Easy Homemade Tartare Sauce

Easy homemade tartare sauce is a superb accompaniment to battered fish and seafood in general. It’s piquant, salty flavour is the perfect foil for the greasiness of golden fish batter.

You’ll be won over if you buy store bought versions, which are usually gloopy and sweet. Try this and you won’t look back.

We love a good fry up, and this classic easy homemade tartare sauce gets trotted out whenever we batter fish or calamari till golden and dollop on a good hit of this delicious sauce.

It is perfect to have on hand for over the holidays as seafood always appears on the table whether it’s fresh prawns or delicious blue swimmer crab cakes. This piquant sauce is best made a day or 2 before serving to let the flavours marry.


Black Pepper
Red Onion

Shopping List

Sweet & Sour Gherkins
Baby Capers
Fresh Dill
Dijon Mustard
Tabasco – optional

Gherkin And Caper Balance 

The right balance of gherkins and capers adds the correct amount of piquancy to this classic sauce. Gherkins bring a tangy, sharp flavour while the capers add a briny balance. We like to use baby capers and leave them whole but if you’ve only got the larger capers simply give them a chop and mix through. 

easy homemade tartare sauce ingredients about to be mixed in a glass bowl with a rubber spatula
ready to mix!

Freeze Dill Rather Than Waste It

Fresh herbs add a load of flavour to tartare sauce. Unfortunately using a tablespoon of dill and then finding the remainder of the bunch a week later in the back of the fridge wilted and sad is not particularly economical……

So next time you buy dill try wrapping it in cling film and freezing it, when you need some dill just slice what you need and return the remainder to the freezer.

frozen dill – sliced and ready to use straight from the freezer


Mayonnaise forms the basis for tartare sauce and a good quality egg mayonnaise or better still our 30 Second Whole Egg Mayonnaise  which is super quick, easy and delicious to make marries the ingredients together.

30 Second whole egg mayonnaise is a game changer for making mayonnaise. Have you ever made whole egg mayonnaise before and whisked, and whisked, and whisked till you arm aches? Or stood by your food processor ever so slowly dripping the oil into the egg yolks till it comes together. Then this method is a winner and one you need in your repertoire. 

Need Mayonnaise, No Problem. 30 Second Whole Egg Mayonnaise

Watch How To Make Easy Homemade Tartare Sauce


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What’s your go- to sauce to have with seafood? We would love to hear from you in the comments below when you make this easy homemade tartare sauce.


Easy Homemade Tartare Sauce
Yield: 1 cup

Easy Homemade Tartare Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Easy homemade tartare sauce is the perfect accompaniment to battered fish or dipping fresh prawns into. Fresh, piquant and creamy you'll never buy store bought sweet and gloopy tartare again.


  • 1 cup homemade whole egg mayonnaise  or a good quality store bought whole egg mayonnaise - see video below to make a super quick 30 second whole egg mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet and sour gherkins
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced chives
  • 3 tablespoons baby capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
  • zest of one lemon 
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly milled black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons gherkin pickling juice
  • few drops of tabasco to taste - optional


  • mix all ingredients together till blended
  • refrigerate for up to 1 week
  • serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g


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