Mom's Tartar Sauce

READY IN: 5mins
Recipe by Julesong

Some people think tartar sauce is no big deal. But I've tasted some pretty darn bad versions (and I have yet to try a store-bought version that tastes good), so here's my favorite: my mom's recipe. The most important thing about tartar sauce, in my opinion, is that it be not at all sweet, but savory and rich instead (if you like sweet tartar sauce, this isn't the recipe for you).

Top Review by LizAnn

Well, I really liked this AFTER I added a heaping tablespoon of sweet pickle relish. It was a little too sour for me. Thanks for sharing!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 118.29 ml mayonnaise (Best Foods, Hellmann's, or Vegenaise)
  • 14.79 ml lemon juice
  • 14.79 ml grated dill pickle
  • 4.92 ml dried onion flakes
  • 4.92 ml chives (optional)
  • balsamic vinegar, to taste


  1. Mix together the mayo, lemon juice, dill pickles (NOT sweet pickles), onion flakes, and chives (if using).
  2. Stir well.
  3. Stir in 3-4 drops of balsamic vinegar, taste, and add more if you like.
  4. Serve with any kind of fish.
  5. Refrigerate any leftovers in tightly covered container.
  6. Note: although Mom doesn't add the balsamic, herself, I love it and add it regularly. Just don't tell her. ;).

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