Tartar Sauce Recipe

Great Condiment with Many Foods

Favorite Restaurant Sauce Recipe

A quality Tartar Sauce Recipe like this one is used widely in the Pacific Northwest.

Tartar sauce is so popular in the area in which I live (Washington State) that we often order it with French fries, as well as fish and chips, fish entrees and other seafood, chicken, and as a hamburger spread.

Tartar sauce is a thick white sauce of lumpy consistency made from mayonnaise and finely chopped pickles, capers, onions (or chives), and fresh parsley.

Then, in the interest of culinary experimentation, vinegar, ketchup, cocktail sauce, mustard, Dijon mustard and horseradish are sometimes added.

Tartar Sauce Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Sauce Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Makes 2  1/2 cups.



  • 2 ounces dill pickles, finely chopped (or sweet pickles for an entirely different taste)
  • 1 ounces onions, finely chopped
  • 1 ounce finely chopped or minced capers
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped


  • Chop the pickles and onions very finely with a knife or food processor
  • Chop the capers if they are large
  • Press the liquid out of the pickles and capers in a fine sieve so that they don't make the sauce too watery
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well using a whisk or spoon
  • Chill before serving

You can serve this sauce in individual portion dishes or in a larger serving dish so people can spoon out the amount desired onto their own plates.

Enjoy your tartar sauce and the company of those you share it with!


“Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking tartar sauce with you.”

Zig Ziglar