A spoonful of homemade tartare sauce coming out of a jar, next to a plate of fish and chips.
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5 from 8 votes

Tartare Sauce

This tartare sauce is so quick, easy and flavourful that you'll never buy it from the store again! It takes just a few minutes for this homemade recipe and the fresh ingredients make a HUGE difference to the taste.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dips and Spreads
Cuisine: American, British, French
Servings: 15
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Kate Hackworthy | Veggie Desserts


  • 1 cup (250g) mayonnaise (or dairy free vegan mayonnaise)
  • 2 tbsp capers rinsed and chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped pickles / gherkins / cornichons all work well
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp pickling juice from the capers or pickles gherkins
  • ΒΌ tsp mustard powder optional
  • Sea salt and black pepper


  • To make this tartare sauce, simply mix all ingredients together well. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Tips and Tricks

  • Swap the parsley for fresh chopped dill for a slightly different flavor.
  • Instead of pickle juice, use lemon or lime juice.
  • Lighten this sauce by using half mayo and half plain Greek yogurt (or their vegan alternatives).
  • No capers? Just use a little extra pickle/gherkin.
  • Use any type of pickles: little cornichons (the tiny cocktail pickles), Kosher dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, sliced pickles - any work well!
How to enjoy this Tartare Sauce:


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg