Tartar Sauce Recipe

I'm so glad I found this easy tartar sauce recipe! Homemade tartar sauce tastes so much better than store-bought.

Tartar Sauce

I especially like that I can make just the amount I need for a meal - there's no half-used bottle of sauce getting old at the back of the fridge.

If you're really in a rush, omit the onion and the parsley. You'll still end up with a respectably good tartar sauce.

This recipe is easily halved or multiplied, so you can exactly what you need for one meal.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • dried parsley

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • mayonnaise
    • dill pickles

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • green onion

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a small bowl
    • a cutting board and sharp knife
    • a spoon

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • measuring cups and spoons (if not, just estimate)

    The recipe

    1 cup/250 mL mayonnaise

    1/4 cup/60 mL minced pickle

    1 Tbsp/15 mL minced green onion

    1/2 tsp/2 mL dried parsley

    Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

    Serve immediately, or refrigerate.


    • Use red onion - or any onion - instead of the green onion

    • Use 1 Tbsp/15 mL chopped fresh parsley instead of dried parsley.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Use your favorite pickle in place of the dill pickle. Sweet pickles work well!

    • Make your own homemade mayonnaise.

    • Add other seasonings to the sauce. How about some fresh or dried dill, or tarragon, or cajun seasoning, or chives?

    • Jazz up the tartar sauce with your choice of additions. Try some chopped capers, or garlic, or chopped hard-boiled egg. How about a bit of hot pepper sauce, or Worcestershire sauce, or mustard?


    • If you are in a rush, use pickle relish instead of chopping up a pickle.

    Serving suggestion

    Tartar sauce is delicious served with