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Homemade Tartar Sauce

There’s not a lot you can say about tartar sauce, other than it tastes pretty darn good on most seafood. It’s no newcomer to culinary history either—it’s been found in cookbooks since the early 19th century. It has a mayonnaise base and is traditionally mixed with a pickle relish. While it tastes great on fancy cuts of expensive fish fillets, it tastes just as good on a deep fried fish stick. The sons may prefer to slather theirs in ketchup (blech!), but pass me the tartar sauce please. Since the hubs and I are the only ones who eat it, we were never using a full bottle before the expiration date and since throwing things out/wasting food gives me migraines & makes me twitch, I decided to stop buying it. It’s so much easier to just mix up a little myself, as needed,  an hour before dinner. This simple recipe is perfect for dressing up your next fish dish, whether it be for your fried catfish, grilled fish, crab cakes, tuna cakes, or birthday cakes! Just kidding about the birthday cakes, I think. But totally not judging if you’re into trying that.

Homemade Tartar Sauce

 4 Sons 'R' Us: Homemade Tartar Sauce

recipe adapted from Favorite Family Recipes

1 cup quality mayonnaise
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 to 3 tbsp finely chopped dill pickle, or dill pickle relish
1 tsp. dried dill weed
1/4 tsp pepper


1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl, stirring to completely incorporate. Refrigerate for at least an hour before using.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that. And doesn’t that just make it taste even better?


About 4 Sons 'R' Us

Hi! I’m Meaghan. Welcome to my virtual kitchen & craft corner. Pull up a chair, stay awhile and follow along with us and our 4 sons. Can I get you a glass of wine? Some coffee? Pretzels or cheese sticks? While I can’t actually give you these thing online, I can show you how to make them… on a budget!

5 responses »

  1. Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook

    I hateeee wasting too!!!! This looks really good, now I want a fish stick! Haha:)

  2. I just love tartare sauce too and hate to waste food! Will need to try this version. Thanks

  3. I love tartar sauce! My mom used to make one very similar to this when I was growing up and I always used way too much with my fish sticks because I loved it so much! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week


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