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Easy homemade tartar sauce

Who has time for making a homemade tartar sauce? Ain’t nobody got time for that! If you need it, just buy it, right?

Poor tartar sauce is one of those things you don’t really think about until you need it. Maybe you want to have a beautiful piece of fish or some tasty crab cakes. If you’re in the South, you might want some tartar sauce with your fried catfish. The thing about tartar sauce is this: good, homemade tartar sauce elevates every dish it is served with. Fish sticks with homemade tartar sauce become a meal the whole family can get behind. It’s not just something that you serve your kiddos anymore if it has tartar sauce with it. They might actually prefer ketchup with their fish sticks, but that’s okay too.

The next time you find yourself needing a bit of tartar sauce, don’t go out and buy the stuff in the jar. Just don’t. Trust me on this. You can make your own homemade tartar sauce! It’s easy, made with ingredients you’ll probably already have on hand, and fast. It may seem like something that is too difficult to fuss with, but it is so easy! And once you make it yourself, you’ll never go back to buying the premade stuff again.



Easy homemade tartar sauce


  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp finely diced red onion
  • 1 tbsp finely diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp dill pickle
  • 1 tbsp sweet relish
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped

Prep time: 10
Serves: 4-6


      1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
      2. Chill until ready to use.

That’s it. Didn’t I tell you it was easy? I got the inspiration for this recipe from a recipe on Natasha’s Kitchen. The only other thing I would add is make sure you make it ahead of time so it can cool down if you like yours cool with hot seafood. Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Oh, and if you’re not going to be making tartar sauce anytime soon please pin this recipe for later so you don’t forget where you read about it. Once you make it, you’ll be thanking me.

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