Quick, simple, and only five ingredients - mayonnaise, mustard, onions, sweet relish, and parsley flakes. Yum!
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Recipe updated: April 16th, 2024

An easy homemade tartar sauce recipe that is super quick to make, and it also tastes great. With only five simple ingredients in the recipe, you probably already have them in your kitchen at any given time. The main ingredients are mayonnaise, mustard, sweet relish, onions, and parsley flakes.

Tartar sauce tastes great with french fries, potato wedges, and also seafood dishes such as air fryer fish sticks, crab cakes, baked salmon, salmon cakes, salmon burgers, or fish fillets. It also tastes great as a spread inside cheeseburgers or fish sandwiches.

Homemade tartar sauce in a bowl with a plate of fries.

This is a simple tartar sauce recipe with basic ingredients, but you can certainly add to it. I love my tartar sauce just the way that it is, but whatever sounds good to you to add to this already delicious sauce would probably be a perfect pairing.

๐Ÿ”ช Key Ingredients

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise – regular or light mayonnaise, your choice
  • 1/2 cup of sweet pickle relish or dill pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon of yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup of finely diced onions
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley flakes
Ingredients for homemade tartar sauce.
Ingredients for homemade tartar sauce.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ How to Make an Easy Tartar Sauce Recipe

These step-by-step instructions are accompanied by detailed photos for enhanced clarity and guidance.

Step 1. Dice the Onion

The first step is to dice up the onion for the homemade sauce we are about to make. Dice the onion into small pieces.

Note: Buy a small onion because you will probably use just half of it since this recipe calls for only 1/4 of a cup of diced onions. However, if you like lots of onions as I do, you can certainly add the whole onion because the onions in this tartar sauce recipe do taste fantastic.

Finely diced onions on a plate.
Diced onions on a plate.

Step 2. Add all the Ingredients

In a small bowl or medium bowl if you want to make a double batch, add 1 cup of mayonnaise together with 1/2 cup of sweet relish, 1/2 teaspoon of yellow mustard, 1/4 cup of finely diced onions, and 1 tablespoon of parsley flakes.

Mayonnaise, sweet relish, diced onions, yellow mustard, and parsley flakes in a bowl.
Mayonnaise, sweet relish, onions, yellow mustard, and parsley flakes in a bowl.

Step 3. Blend the Ingredients Together

Stir the mayonnaise thoroughly together with the sweet relish, yellow mustard, finely diced onions, and parsley flakes. This tartar sauce recipe is much cheaper than the grocery stores, and a lot better tasting!

And that’s it! Your homemade tartar sauce is now ready to be poured into a serving dish.

Mayonnaise, sweet relish, diced onions, yellow mustard, and parsley flakes blended together in a bowl.
Tartar sauce in a bowl.

โœจ Recipe Variations

To add some different flavors to this creamy tartar sauce, you can experiment with some of these suggestions:

  • Make homemade mayonnaise instead of buying a jar of store-bought mayonnaise from the grocery store. When you make your own mayonnaise, you will know exactly what’s in it – eggs, lemon juice, mustard, and vegetable oil. That’s it, no preservatives or artificial flavorings.
  • You can add some lemon juice or use diced dill pickles or dill relish for more of a tangy tart taste if you prefer to do so.
  • Dijon mustard can be used instead of yellow mustard.
  • Dice some sweet pickles or butter pickles instead of using sweet relish.
  • Chop up some fresh dill to add to this tartar sauce.
Tartar sauce in a bowl.
Tartar sauce in a bowl.

โ” FAQs

What do I do with Leftover Tartar Sauce?

Put any leftover tartar sauce in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Because it is a mayonnaise-based condiment, it should not be left sitting on the countertop. A couple of days in the refrigerator is okay, then after the third or fourth day, eat it up or throw it out.

What do I Need Tartar Sauce For?

Oh, that is a good question. You need a dipping sauce or spread when you make fantastic dishes. Spread tartar sauce on top of your salmon patties or in your fish tacos, or dip your popcorn shrimp, chicken nuggets, and fried fish in the tartar sauce. Yum!

Tartar sauce in a bowl next to French fries on a plate.

๐Ÿ’ญ Final Thoughts

So the bottom line is to make your own tartar sauce. Don’t buy the store-bought stuff because this homemade version of tartar sauce is so quick and is the best tartar sauce recipe by far! Besides tasting fantastic, the wholesome ingredients should win you over.

Way back in the day, I was not a fan of tartar sauce until I started making my own. I donโ€™t care for the taste of any tartar sauce in grocery stores or seafood restaurants, but I do have to say that I love this tartar sauce recipe. I have made this recipe for over 49 years now, and my husband loves it and so does my sweet little granddaughter. It really is lip-smacking good!

Homemade tartar sauce.

๐Ÿ“„ Recipe Card

Tartar Sauce Recipe

Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Quick, simple, and only five ingredients – mayonnaise, mustard, onions, sweet relish, and parsley flakes. Yum!
5 from 5 votes
Cost $1
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings 2 Cups

๐Ÿซ• Equipment

๐Ÿง‚ Ingredients

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ Instructions

  • Dice the onions into small pieces.
  • In a bowl add the mayonnaise.
  • Add the sweet relish.
  • Add the yellow mustard.
  • Add the finely diced onions.
  • Add the parsley flakes.
  • Mix together thoroughly.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

*๏ธโƒฃ Recipe Notes

  • For all of the onions lovers out there, you can certainly add more onions than the recipe calls for.
  • And for all of you who love the zest and tart-and-tangy flavor of yellow mustard, as I do, you can add a little more yellow mustard to this recipe too.
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  1. Avatar for Joy Panem

    Thank you for sharing your recipes.

    1. Avatar for Tamara Ray

      You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy!

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