Homemade Tartar Sauce

This homemade Tartar Sauce is so tangy and delicious! There's tons of flavor from lemon and pickles, along with the fresh herbs! So great with fish or shrimp!

Homemade Tartar Sauce in a square white bowl on a wooden cutting board.

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Homemade Tartar Sauce in a clear bowl on a light background.

This recipe was photographed and updated 3/2024.

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recipe ingredients in clear bowls on a light background.

  • mayonnaise
  • pickles
  • fresh dill
  • fresh parsley
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • granulated sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper

Fishing season is in full swing right now in Minnesota! There's nothing like going out on the boat and catching some sunfish or walleye to bring home and fry up.

What goes best with some fresh, breaded lake fish? Homemade Tartar Sauce! I was never much of a tartar sauce fan and usually went without, until I tried this recipe. You really can't get any simpler than this. The pickles and lemon add a tangy flavor and the herbs add that much needed freshness.

This recipe is enough for a few people, but it's easy enough to multiply the recipe for larger crowds. We tend to have a huge fish fry when everyone comes off the lake at dinnertime. It's also great with fried shrimp, crab cakes, tuna or salmon burgers.

We love making homemade sauces and condiments. If you want to try making your own, give this homemade pesto or strawberry balsamic vinaigrette a try!

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recipe ingredients in a clear bowl before mixing.

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • add grated fresh onion
  • use diced green olives instead of pickles
  • use pickle juice instead of lemon juice
  • use pickled jalapenos instead of pickles
  • add paprika
  • add dijon mustard
  • use pickle relish instead of chopped pickles
  • add old bay seasoning
  • add chopped chives
  • use capers instead of pickles
  • use bread and butter pickles instead of dill pickles

Recipe tips:

Homemade Tartar Sauce in a white square bowl.
Yield 8 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
10 Min
Total time
10 Min

Homemade Tartar Sauce


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pickles
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts




21 g

Sat. Fat

3.29 g


0.79 g


0.17 g

Net carbs

0.61 g


0.6 g


0.36 g


286.45 mg


11.76 mg

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  1. Your tartar sauce recipe sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I just made fish this evening and sure wish I would have made your tartar sauce!

  3. I never realized just how easy it is to make your own tartar sauce at home! :)


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