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Classic Tartar Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


1 cup

You'll never buy the jarred stuff again once you've tried this homemade tartar sauce recipe! —Michelle Stromko, Darlington, Maryland


  • 2/3 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • Dash pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Tartar Sauce Tips

Why is it called tartar sauce?

Tartar sauce originated in France as sauce tartare, named after the Tatars, who settled in the Ukraine and parts of Russia. The French, in producing this mayonnaise or aioli-based sauce, may have based the “tartar” moniker upon their own varied spelling of the Tatar name, which was “Tartare”.

Is there gluten in tartar sauce?

Tartar sauce is typically made of mayonnaise, chopped pickles or gherkins, and onions, capers, or fresh parsley. As such, it is gluten-free. For those who follow a gluten-free diet, always check the label to verify that the mayonnaise you are using is gluten-free.

What goes well with tartar sauce?

Tartar sauce traditionally pairs excellently with seafood, notably fish and fries. However, it can also be used as a condiment with fried chicken and even burgers. It is all a matter of personal taste!

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 93 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 167mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.