Tartar Sauce

Total Time:
5 min
Prep:
5 min

Yield:
3/4 cup
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
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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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<p>Really tasty recipe! I serve this with a good quality smoked salmon and toast points. So much better than any tarter sauce you could buy at a store.  You will never buy it again after making this simple, fabulous recipe.  Thanks Ina!! </p><p>Leanna</p> item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Best! I quit buying tartar sauce once I found this recipe. It's so simple to make. If you don't have cornichons on hand, dice a bit of dill pickle or gherkin (but it's best with the cornichons). I've used regular Hellmann's and Light Hellmann's...both are perfect. Once again...thanks, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best Ever. Its not your traditional tartar sauce...its better. I subbed bread and butter pickles for cornichons (didn't have any) and it was still great. Added dill (had some extra) and it worked really well in there. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never comment on anything, but this is the ABSOLUTELY MOST FABULOUS tartar sauce EVER!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Better than any store brand. I have had a hard time finding a store bought tartar sauce. I'm just happy I had all the ingredients at home. I only wish I had made it for my Fish Fry yesterday! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the only tartar sauce I make. I don't even bother looking for another recipe because this one is "Just Right"! I have been making this tartar sauce for several years now and have made my own additions to suit my taste for that day....grated onion and a squeeze of lemon juice are two flavors I enjoy in my much loved tartar sauce! Sometimes I think I make fish and chips so I can eat this tartar sauce! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sauce in the video looked runny -- and it was. Made recipe with Champagne vinegar and the taste was too tart, and the capers plus Kosher salt made it too salty for our tastes. I made another tartar sauce recipe with sweet relish and lemon juice and the taste and consistency were perfect. Ina is my go-to but this recipe did not make the grade so we tossed it. I do not think tartar sauce should taste like dill sauce. Tartar sauce in the south is more sweet from the relish than sour from dill pickle. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty much perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used lemon juice instead of vingegar item not reviewed by moderator and published
used kewpie mayo and sour cream. it came out very rich and creamy. just delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good Tarter Sauce....thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy! And good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I never want to buy tartar sauce again after making this sauce. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the tarter sauce using this recipe and was a hit. Everyone liked it and was very easy to prepare. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
delish. Added some fresh lemon juice as suggested by other reviewers. DH called it "restaurant quality" thank you Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why would you ever buy it, after this? So easy and good. I left it chunky. Served with oven fried cod. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fast, easy and delicious...as usual Ina. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used this sauce with parmesan crusted oven baked flounder. It was all the rage in my family of 5. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So yummy &amp; easy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Substituted lemon, onion and a used little bit more pickle. DELICIOUS. Thanks Ina! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to prepare and so tasty! I followed the recipe as is and was not disappointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick &amp; 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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good,my family love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I served this tartar sauce with crab cakes and it was excellent. I dont usually keep capers on hand, so I took someone elses advice of adding a few green olives and a splash of the olive juice. I thought it was very tasty. I did, however, add a small PINCH of sugar to balance the flavors. Very good... (and the addition of hot sauce (or red hot would be fabulous - I will definitely do that next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A home run! Easy to make and great flavor. Thanks, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this tartar Sauce ! It is a hit Ina.... Thank you !!!! It is very versatile and can be made so many different ways. I didn't have any Capers so left them out, added a little Garlic Powder and Onion Powder to the mix ... it turned out delicious ! It is good as a veggie dip too like with Celery and Carrots. Next time I'll add a little hot sauce to it and maybe some horseradish. OH i could go on and on .. this is the best recipe I've come across for Tartar sauce and it is so easy to fix. Very little clean-up too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. I made this with a modified version of Guy's catfish with chipotle lime slaw. We added just a hint of horseradish. Yummy without all the sweetness. May try half greek yogurt next time for some of the mayo. It was a hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great! I make it for fish and chips all the time. Sometimes I substitute calamata olives for cornichons, and it's also delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, who would of though of blending these ingredients together... Great flavors, suprising. A different twist would be adding hot sauce! Love it! Thanks to Barefoot Contessa~ item not reviewed by moderator and published
This tartar sauce was delicious!! I used dill gherkins and just chopped them up finely, no need to use a food processor. I left out the capers because I don't like them and the sauce was still very flavorful. I added a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten it up and give it more tartness. I also used half non-fat greek yogurt and half mayo to make it a bit healthier. Used it to top baked haddock. Awesome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Better than anything from a jar! We used dill relish, I chopped up the capers first, and then just mixed it real thoroughly in a small bowl - no food processor needed! Quick, easy, and very little cleanup. Nice job Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This stuff is GREAT!!!! I'm on a low carb/belly fat diet and this works to a T !!! NO SUGAR in it if you pick the right pickles. Make it ahead and devour it latter! Ina, you rock on this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did not have capers- so I used 1/2 tsp green olive juice with a couple green olives also added about a Tbl sp minced onions and relish- substituted white vinegar- all else the same-My family raved about it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Much better than tartar sauce from a jar. Also used pickle relish. Loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Decided to try something new for our July 4th fish fry, and used this recipe. Everyone absolutely loved it, and my aunt had me email the recipe to her as well. She commented that this was not like the sweet sauces that she had tried and loved it! The entire family practically fought over this one.....it's a keeper for our group. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Last week, I made fish and chips using Anne Burell's recipe. However, I looked to the "barefoot contessa" for a great sauce to compliment the meal. Although i did not have all of the mentioned ingredients, it was still a hit. And to top it off, my fiance asked me to make fish and chips again tonight just for the sauce! Who would have thought? He hated tarter sauce before. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Discovered when I was making my fish dinner that I was out of tarter sauce. As always I look to Ina for a classic yet delicious twist on a recipe and as always this one did not fail. I did add a squeeze of lemon but it probably didn't need it. I just love a little lemon with my fish. Less than a minute to make and it sure beats store bought. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tartar sauce last night. It is the best tartar sauce I have ever eaten. I dont think I have ever eaten homemade tartar sauce. No more store for me. IT was quick easy and just perfect. Ina is the bomb! Love it! oh and so did my hubby :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the third recipe I have tried of Ina's in the last month. It is sooo good and very easy to make. The other two recipes were also winners - Curried Chicken Salad and Potato Salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy and super favorful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is both easy and good, but also good and easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe produces not only a wonderful tartar sauce but I substitute pickle relish for the cornichons and use it to make a terrific tuna salad. Thanks again, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made salmon cakes this afternoon, and thought I had a bottle of very good tartar sauce in my pantry. Minutes before dinner I realized I had only cocktail sauce, so I turned to Ina as I so often do. I had all of the ingredients on hand, and it was a breeze to put together! And delicious to boot! I'll never buy the bottled stuff again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made up some of this sauce in a pinch when I realized I had forgotten to pick up some sauce at the market. The flavors in this recipe are great and now I have absolutely no reason to purchase tartar sauce again. I have made this a few times and the last time I made it I realized I was out of white vinegar, so I just used some juice from the pickle jar. Turned out fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a fabulous sauce! The only thing I did differently was to add about a tablespoon of chopped onions. I served it with Melissa d'Arabian's Salmon Patties (which are the best I've ever had!) and it was a hit. Thanks for another fabulous recipe, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simply the best sauce I've ever had, had everything in my kitchen, except used Red Wine Vinegar instead of white wine and home made pickle relish instead of cut up pickles. Fantastic flavor. Is now our standard fish condiment. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very good recipe and easy to make! I used low fat mayo and it turned out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love tartar sauce and can say this is very easy and great. I usually always have the ingredients on hand so for me, I am actually saving money by not needing to buy it when I need some. I think the champagne vinegar is the 'secret!' item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fantastic! I didn't have cornichons, champagne or white wine vinegar, but used instead sweet pickle relish (I drained it of its juice), cider vinegar and sauvignon blanc... I admit I was a little nervous at first, but this just tastes fantastic. Bar none, the best tartar sauce I've ever had. Thanks for another great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I fried some catfish for a catfish sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes and wanted to make some yummy sause to go with it. I made this sause for my husband and he loved it!! I will never buy store tartar again!!! I didn't put it in the food processor though cause I like mine a little chunky, so I just diced the pickles and left the capers the size they were. VERY TASTY!!! VERY EASY!! Thanks Ina!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This tartar sauce is so fresh tasting - we all loved it. I'll never buy tartar sauce again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I still have my cocktail sauce brought to me in Atlanta from the best fish camp in North Carolina, but nobody's tartar sauce is as good as this! The capers and champagne vinegar make it PERFECT! Upscale, yet easy to put together. As a Southern gal, I ONLY use Duke's mayonnaise. Don't shortchange any of your food, but especially this tartar sauce, with anything less than the best. Like other reviewers, I also used relish instead of pickles and spicy brown instead of grain mustard. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Much better than store-bought! For those that think this is bland, be sure to add salt/pepper. Homemade sauces and dressings need it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have always made homemade tartar sauce as the stuff in store is just hideous. Anyway, this is the best I have ever tried. We even dipped the potatoe wedges in it. We like it a little tangier, so I add a little extra vinegar. I also add some chopped fresh chives from the herb garden. Mmm, Mmm good!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was soooo good that I couldn't stop raving, until no one else would listen... that's why I'm writing a review! LOL I really like homemade tartars that have a sweetness to them... so I used sweet relish instead of regular pickles. I also really like dijon instead of spicy brown mustard. I had also read the reviews about wanting an extra spice or "kick".... so instead of using Tabasco like the other reviews... I used shallots.... which always go GREAT with white wine or champagne vinegar!!! This tartar was so easy to make... and it also had the perfect balance of sweetness, tart and savory! I bet it would also be really good with a splash of fresh lemon juice! Thanks Ina!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is so easy and so tasty, i crave it. i do add some hot sauce and i just used it on a ham sandwich! soooooo gooood. Love your recipes, ina, you never fail me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great, basic tartar sauce! I had to use digon mustartd instead of grainy mustard and didn't have any pickles, so I used sweet relish, and the results were perfect. I agree with the other reviewers, however, that it needs a little kick; I added a couple dashes of Tabasco and now it's perfect! The fish is cooking and I can't wait to slather the sauce all over it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this sauce is perfect. I added a little lemon juice (1 tsp or less) to add a bit more tang but otherwise, it was perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this tartar sauce but like some other reviewers wanted more heat so I added Louisiana hot sauce. Now it's perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This tartar sauce was not bland like some reviewers said; and I do not believe they actually made the sauce; especially the reviewer who said she added capers because Ina's sauce was bland. The recipe already listed capers in the ingredients so why would she say it was bland and she decided to add capers. Tut, tut, tut. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Most commercial tartar sauces are bland, gooey, and awful, but my husband prefers it on his fish and often uses it in place of mayonnaise on sandwiches. So we went on a search for a tasty home-made version. Like another reviewer, we found this good but not quite there. We added more pickle relish (which we had on hand) and capers and a dash of Tabasco, and that did it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this tartar sauce to go with fish tonight for dinner and I felt that it was somewhat bland. I added a couple dashes of cayenne pepper and now it suits just fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried the tartar sauce and the potatoes. The tartar sauce was mild. The potatoes were tasty but didn't brown even though I cooked them 40 minutes. A little disappointing. I will not try them again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hi I have tried several recipes for Tartar sauce and this is by far the very best!!!! Thanks Ina!! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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