Tartar Sauce

Total Time:
5 min
5 min

3/4 cup

  • 1/2 cup good mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons small-diced pickles or cornichons
  • 1 tablespoon Champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 teaspoon coarse-grained mustard
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper

Place all the ingredients in a food processor or mini chopper fitted with a steel blade and pulse several times until the pickles are finely chopped and all the ingredients are well mixed but not pureed.

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    Very good Tarter Sauce....thanks!
    Very good. I used half regular sour cream and half mayo. I left out the vinegar as my pickles added enough tang. Really great with some fresh chopped dill too.
    Fresh and fabulous will all sorts of fish and shellfish. I got tired of trying to find a quality jarred tartar sauce -- even the organic brands feature corn syrup or (even worse) high fructose corn syrup, as well as xantham gum. And other recipes call for sweet pickle relish, and I don't want a sweet-tasting tartar sauce. This easy recipe has bright, fresh flavors that perfectly compliment most seafood (and chips!). Like other reviewers, I used freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of the Champagne vinegar. Thanks, Ina -- I can finally give up my formerly fruitless search for a good ready-prepared tartar sauce!
    So easy! And good!
    Delicious! I never want to buy tartar sauce again after making this sauce. Yum!
    I made the tarter sauce using this recipe and was a hit. Everyone liked it and was very easy to prepare.
    One of my favorite tartar sauce recipes and I have tried many! Served this with pan fried walleye and a wild rice medley and the champaign vinegar was the perfect flavor to give an acidic kick! Perfect balance of flavors!
    delish. Added some fresh lemon juice as suggested by other reviewers. DH called it "restaurant quality" thank you Ina!
    Why would you ever buy it, after this? So easy and good. I left it chunky. Served with oven fried cod.
    Fast, easy and delicious...as usual Ina.
    Used this sauce with parmesan crusted oven baked flounder. It was all the rage in my family of 5.
    Definitely yummy, but I have only had a modified version. 
    I had no pickles and forgot the vinegar. I put in some whole small capers (ca 1 tbs and about a tbs of finely chopped capers along with a little of the caper jus. I just stirred everything in a small bowl, and I used a no egg garlic mayo, and some Labne cheese. Topped it of with a small squeeze of fresh lemon jus. Beats bought tartar for sure!
    So yummy & easy!!
    Very tasty!
    I don't like typical tartar sauce but I made this recipe just like it is for my husband, tasted it, and LUV'D it! Make it .. you won't be disappointed.
    Substituted lemon, onion and a used little bit more pickle. DELICIOUS. Thanks Ina! :
    Easy to prepare and so tasty! I followed the recipe as is and was not disappointed.
    Great! So easy to make and ingredients I usually have on hand. I used kosher dill pickles.  
    I won't bother with store bought tarter sauce after trying this.  
    Delicious! I substituted onions for the capers (I irrationally hate them and substituted lemon juice for the vinegar (goes better with fish generally. I small diced regular pickles because that's what I had, but I don't think that makes that much of a difference. Ina does it again!
    Great recipe. The only thing I altered was I substituted 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice for the Champagne vinegar since I find lemon goes better with fish as the acid than a vinegar flavour. Most recipes I have seen for Tartar sauce call for lemon juice, so I went that way with Ina's recipe and it was fantastic!
    Fantastic and VERY easy. So much better than store bought and you can control the fat a bit by using reduced fat mayo made with olive oil! Thank you, Ina!
    Quick & Delicious! So easy to make and very tasty. I added about a tablespoon more of mayo to make it a little creamier, other than that it's perfect.
    I love this easy recipe. I have made this as is multiple times; always perfect as is. 
    I also have added in 1 T minced fresh dill from the garden when available and it is a very nice enhancement. Thanks Ina!
    Great! I added a pinch of sugar and used relish. I will be using this recipe again and never go back to the store bought stuff!
    Very good,my family love it.
    OMG! This recipe is not only delicious but quick to prepare! I followed to the recipe exact. I will never buy store bought again. I served this with Rachel Rays Crispy Oven Fish Fry, a recipe which I did modify. For a side dish I prepared sweet potato wedges. What a hit! Might I add very healthy for you.  
    Thank Ina and Rachel 
    Dawn Warner
    I have to admit I'm a bit biased because I love all things Ina, but I can also be objective, and this tartar sauce was really nice. I didn't have or use gherkins, I only had rice wine vinegar so I used that, I added garlic and parsley, and I didnt use mustard at all. Wait...did I even follow her recipe? Well, it was based on hers anyway. And it was good! :)
    So easy and good. I didn't use the capers because I don't like them but i did add a tsp of chipotle red peppers and it was wonderful. I love watching your shows. Thanks Ina
    Easy and delicious. If you don't have a food processor, just finely chop the pickles and capers. I served it along with Ina's roasted shrimp and cocktail sauce, so the guests had their choice of the two sauces.
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