Easy Homemade Tartare Sauce

easy homemade tartare sauce

easy homemade tartare sauce served in a green bowl with a spoon pieces of fish with salt sprinkled on them and slices of lemon

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 cakes. This piquant sauce is best made a day or 2 before serving to let the flavours marry.

easy homemade tartare sauce ingredients laid out on marble bench ready to prepare

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.

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

Chives and dill

Fresh herbs add a load of flavour to tartare sauce. They bring a real freshness to the sauce and really ups the flavour.

easy homemade tartare sauce dill and chives being chopped
dill and chives finely chopped

Mayonnaise choice

It is important to have a great mayonnaise base for this classic sauce. Homemade 30 second mayonnaise is our choice 30 second whole egg mayonnaise

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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
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet and sour gherkins
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced chives
  • 3 tablespoons baby capers, drained
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 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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