Tartare Sauce
Tartare Sauce
5 from 3 votes
Explore the origins and delicious taste of tartare sauce in this fun, first-person guided recipe. Regardless of your kitchen expertise, unravelling this staple sauce's secrets is a delightful journey!
Tartare Sauce

Tartare sauce, a classic condiment with a rich history, is a versatile addition to any culinary repertoire. Originating in France, it was traditionally served with fish dishes, particularly fried fish, to add a zesty and tangy flavor.

Over time, its popularity has spread worldwide, finding its way into various recipes and cuisines. Despite its gourmet connotations, crafting your own tartare sauce at home is surprisingly simple, making it an ideal starting point for novice cooks looking to elevate their dishes.

Creating homemade tartare sauce allows for customization, ensuring it perfectly complements your preferred flavor profile. With just a handful of common ingredients like mayonnaise, gherkin, parsley, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, you can whip up a batch in no time.

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity; each ingredient plays a crucial role in achieving the desired balance of creaminess, acidity, and freshness.

While tartare sauce may seem daunting at first glance, fear not! With clear instructions and a bit of patience, you’ll soon master the art of blending these basic ingredients into a delectable sauce.

Whether you’re serving up crispy fish fillets, seafood platters, or even as a dip for your favorite snacks, homemade tartare sauce is sure to impress with its vibrant flavors and homemade charm. So, let’s dive in and discover the joy of crafting this timeless condiment from scratch.

Expert Tip: Allow the tartare sauce to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving to enhance its flavor.


Mayonnaise: Creamy and rich, mayonnaise serves as the base of tartare sauce, providing a velvety texture and binding all the ingredients together.

Gherkin: These tangy pickles add a delightful crunch and a burst of acidity, balancing the creaminess of the mayonnaise.

Parsley (Finely chopped): Fresh parsley lends a bright, herbaceous note to the sauce, enhancing its overall freshness and aroma.

Lemon Juice: The acidic kick of lemon juice cuts through the richness of the mayonnaise, imparting a refreshing tanginess to the sauce.

Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, while also serving to season the sauce to taste.

Black Pepper: A hint of black pepper adds a subtle warmth and depth to the tartare sauce, rounding out its flavor profile.

Expert Tip: Experiment with different herbs such as dill or chives for a unique flavor twist.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair with crispy fish and seafood dishes such as fish and chips, fried calamari, or shrimp tempura for a classic combination.
  • Use as a dipping sauce for French fries, onion rings, or vegetable crudites for a flavorful twist on traditional condiments.
  • Spread onto sandwiches or burgers to add a creamy and zesty element to your favorite handheld meals.
  • Serve alongside grilled meats or roasted vegetables as a refreshing condiment to cut through heavier flavors.
  • Include as part of a seafood platter or appetizer spread, offering guests a versatile and delicious accompaniment to enjoy with various seafood delicacies.

Expert Tip: For added freshness, use freshly squeezed lemon juice rather than bottled lemon juice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use store-bought mayonnaise for this recipe?

Yes, store-bought mayonnaise works perfectly fine. However, you can also make your own mayonnaise if you prefer a homemade touch.

How long does homemade tartare sauce last in the refrigerator?

Homemade tartare sauce can typically be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Be sure to check for any signs of spoilage before consuming.

Can I adjust the ingredients to suit my taste preferences?

Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the quantities of ingredients such as lemon juice, parsley, or gherkin to achieve your desired flavor profile.

Is tartare sauce suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, tartare sauce is typically vegetarian-friendly, as long as the mayonnaise used does not contain any non-vegetarian ingredients.

Can I make tartare sauce ahead of time?

Yes, tartare sauce actually benefits from some time to allow the flavors to meld together. It can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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Tartare Sauce

Tartare Sauce

by Nabeela Kauser
Explore the origins and delicious taste of tartare sauce in this fun, first-person guided recipe. Regardless of your kitchen expertise, unravelling this staple sauce's secrets is a delightful journey! 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauces & Dips
Cuisine French
Servings 8
Calories 171 kcal


  • 200 grams Mayonnaise
  • 1 Gherkin
  • 1 tbsp Parsley Finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper


  • Finely chop the parsley, and gherkins then set aside
  • In a mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, chopped parsley, gherkin, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Carefully mix to combine, make sure all the ingredients come together.
  • For optimal results, transfer to a serving bowl or an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 0.3gProtein: 0.3gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.05gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 165mgPotassium: 10mgFibre: 0.03gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 59IUVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Fish, Food, Recipe, Seafood, Simple, Tartare
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