Fabulous, Nearly Fat-Free Tartar Sauce

"This sauce, by way of Jane Brody, is so rich you won't believe how little fat it has. Don't use fatfree mayo--it really alters the taste and texture. And don't be tempted to substitute gherkins--the cornichons give the sauce just the right bite. You can chop everything in a mini-processor--almost all time required is the hour the sauce has to sit."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
3/4 cup




  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Cover the bowl and let the sauce stand for an hour.

Questions & Replies

  1. If I don’t have capers, would this still come out ok?


  1. My family likes the old 1950's standby - canned red salmon patties. I usually serve them with lemon wedges but decided to try a lower fat tartar sauce. This was excellent tartar sauce, every bit as good as the full fat versions. I didn't have any shallots in the vegetable bin but finely minced green onion made a good substitution. Thank you!
  2. Good one! I also added 1/4 cup of lemon juice and chopped fresh pickles in it. However, I didnt expect that yogurt makes it loosed... I had to let it stand in fridge overnight. It makes a little bit more stiff so that tartar became a little bit more thicker to drip in with my yummy fish sticks!
  3. Delicious! I did change a few things however. I used dill pickles (i made these so wanted to use them ). I didn't use dairy yogurt, but sub'd with Soy. I also used Vegenaise mayo and doubled the recipe. I can use this on other things too. Thanks for the great post.
  4. I just made this to go w/ a recipe that COOKS ILLUSTRATED asked me to test: Crunchy Oven-Fried Fish. They suggested lemon and tartar sauce as accompaniment. I decided to go all the way and make my own sauce too! This is the recipe I made and I LOVED it so much at first taste I had to hold myself back from eating it all before the hour wait time! This is SO much better than anything I've ever purchased. And to think it's so low in fat!! I did use trader joe's kosher dills instead of the cornichons because that's what I had, but that was the only change. Definitely deserves all five stars!
  5. I made this for the DM who loves tartar sauce and she certainly loved this and so much better for her than the commercial one though I had to use gherkins as that is what I had on hand. Made for Please Review My Recipe. Thank you Chef Kate.


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