Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

This HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE RECIPE takes about 5 minutes to toss together, is packing way more flavor than anything you’d buy at the store, and is perfect for serving up with your favorite fish!

Homemade tartar sauce next to salmon patties.

Growing up, I never really at tartar sauce, mostly because I didn’t know what it was and that meant it was probably scary and gross. 😉 

The first time I tasted tartar sauce though, I was hooked.

I went through a phase where I ordered fried fish at restaurants, just so I could eat copious amounts of tartar sauce. I’d even dip my fries in the stuff. It’s so good, you guys.

Anyway, we really don’t cook a ton of fish in our house, so we don’t usually keep tartar sauce on hand. 

This recipe for tartar sauce is perfect, because it’s so easy to whip up from pantry staples. You’ll never have to go without again!

Tartar sauce ingredients: 

ingredients for tartar sauce in glass bowl.

My recipe for tartar sauce is a really simple mixture of mayonnaise, pickles, dill, lemon juice, and onion powder.  

You can easily make adjustments to suit your tastes, though.

I use dill pickles, but sweet pickles work well.

Minced onion is a nice replacement for the onion powder.

No lemon juice? Just add a little vinegar or pickle juice instead! 

You can also add in other seasonings like garlic, parsley, or seasoned salt. 

I think my homemade tartar sauce is pretty perfect as is, but feel free to play with the flavors and make it your own!

homemade tartar sauce recipe close up.

How to make tartar sauce: 

You’ll need some mayonnaise, pickles, dill, lemon juice, and onion powder for the perfect tartar sauce.

Just mince your pickles and toss them in with the rest of the ingredients and give it all a stir. 

This tastes best if you can let it chill in the fridge for an hour or two before serving, but if you’re in a rush, go ahead and dig in. 

easy tartar sauce recipe in small cup.

Low carb tartar sauce: 

That’s right – tartar sauce is low carb! 

If you’re following a keto diet, be sure to use mayonnaise that is free of soybean oil to make your tartar sauce. Avocado oil mayo is a good choice. 

If you use sweet pickles, you’ll want to get a sugar free version and check the carb count. 

Serve this homemade tartar sauce with my low carb salmon patties!

More low carb goodness? 

Check out That Low Carb Life to follow me for more low carb recipes! I share new recipes twice a week that are low carb and often keto friendly! tartar sauce and salmon patties on white plate.

homemade tartar sauce recipe.
5 from 4 votes

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: seafood
Calories: 128 kcal

This homemade tartar sauce takes about 5 minutes to whip up and is so much better than store bought!


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup minced dill pickles
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small mixing bowl and stir well to combine.

  2. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or more before serving.

  3. Store, tightly covered and refrigerated, for up to 10 days.

Recipe Notes

The flavors will develop more as the tartar sauce chills, but you may serve immediately if needed.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Tartar Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 171mg7%
Potassium 9mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on bunsinmyoven.com should only be used as a general guideline.