Simple Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Discover the simplicity and deliciousness of Simple Tartar Sauce! This versatile condiment will elevate your dining experience, making fish dishes a frequent craving due to the effortless preparation and delightful taste.

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Simple Homemade Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce Ingredients and Substitutions

Stay true to the simplicity of this tartar sauce with just three ingredients:

Dill Pickle Relish: Opt for Mt Olive Simply Relish Deli Dill Style for a chunkier texture and better consistency. Avoid mushy relishes like Vlasic, which can result in a watery sauce. Sweet relish or homemade alternatives are viable substitutes.

Miracle Whip: While Miracle Whip offers a tangy flavor, mayonnaise works as a suitable replacement. Experiment with different brands or even try homemade mayo for a unique twist.

Red Onion: Finely dice red onions for a subtle kick. White, sweet, or yellow onions can be used as alternatives, and chives are also an option for added flavor.

Simple Homemade Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce Variations

Customize your tartar sauce with these optional ingredients:

  • Lemon Juice for acidity
  • Horseradish for a bold kick
  • Old Bay Seasoning for a savory touch
  • Ranch Dressing for creaminess
  • Capers and/or their juice for a briny flavor
  • Red Wine Vinegar for tanginess
  • Salt & Pepper for seasoning

Simple Homemade Tartar Sauce

How to Make Simple Tartar Sauce

Crafting this tartar sauce couldn’t be easier! Simply combine equal parts of relish, Miracle Whip (or mayonnaise), and red onion.

Serving Size

This recipe yields enough tartar sauce for 8 tartar sauce enthusiasts or 12 individuals with moderate portions.

While the recipe specifies 1 cup of each ingredient, you can also use one 15-ounce container of relish, one 15-ounce container of Miracle Whip (or mayo), and approximately 2 medium-sized red onions, finely chopped. Adjust the quantities to suit any number of servings, ensuring equal parts of each ingredient.

Simple Homemade Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce Beyond Fish

Don’t limit tartar sauce to fish alone! It’s a versatile condiment perfect for dipping french fries or enhancing various seafood dishes like fried shrimp, clams, or oysters. Get creative by mixing it with ketchup for a burger spread, and savor the unique flavor combination!

Simple Homemade Tartar Sauce


  • 1 cup (240 ml) dill pickle relish, drained
  • 1 cup (240 ml) Miracle Whip or mayonnaise
  • 1 cup (150 g) finely diced red onion


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  2. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Simple Homemade Tartar Sauce

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