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4.91 from 11 votes

Best Homemade Tartar Sauce

Tartar sauce is easy to make, fantastically delicious, and incredible versatile!  It's perfect for fried fish, clams, shrimp, calamari, oysters, boiled lobster, fried chicken tenders, hushpuppies, French fries, zucchini fries, onion rings, fried green tomatoes, added to burgers, tuna salad, ham salad, egg salad, on baked potatoes and even with potato chips!
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickles
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed/drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 small shallot, finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (fresh dill is also a great option for seafood)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (option)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped olives (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish (optional)


  • Place all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine.  Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.  The longer the better as the flavors improve over time.  
Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.2mg