How To Make Tartar Sauce

Are you a seafood fanatic who wants to learn how to make tartar sauce? Did you know that tartar sauce is an excellent topping for a number of other foods? Many condiments are simple to make and take minutes to prepare—especially tartar sauce, which is merely a combination of items you probably already have floating around in your refrigerator. Though typically used as a dipping sauce for fried fish, tartar sauce actually tastes great on shrimp, French fries, chicken, steak tartare and more. It makes a great dip for vegetables and can also be used as a marinade.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. pickle relish
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Combine mayonnaise, relish and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.

It's as simple as that—now you know how to make tartar sauce. Feel free to substitute Miracle Whip for the mayonnaise, but if you do, you may need to use less lemon juice. Always taste test the sauce before you serve guests! If you're feeling a little adventurous, add a half teaspoon of chili powder, Cajun seasoning or Sriracha sauce to the mix for some heat. You can also add capers, minced garlic and onion, olives, chopped hard-boiled egg, chives, parsley or horseradish to tartar sauce for a slightly different taste. If you're going to experiment, add each new element a little at a time to avoid overpowering the sauce with additional flavors. If you mess it up, simply start over! 

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