This southern tartar sauce recipe is so deliciously creamy and tangy, it's an old-fashioned recipe that has stood the test of time. Perfect served with any fried fish.
The freshness infused in a tartar sauce is perfect for eating with some fried fish. The tangy flavors of the pickles and the lemon juice, then the flavors given by the shallots and the black pepper really makes this sauce a southern favorite.
❤️ Why you'll love it
- It's a super easy recipe to make. Simple ingredients you most likely will already have.
- It takes less than 5 minutes to whip up.
- It'll be your favorite dip for things like crab cakes and seafood dishes.
- This creamy condiment will bring up your fish sandwiches to next level.
- This homemade version is better than anything you can buy in a grocery store.
- Dill Pickles
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Black Pepper
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Dijon Mustard
- Dill Paste
See recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities.
- Step 1: Finely chop the shallots and the picked and add to a small mixing bowl.
- Step 2: Add the remaining ingredients and stir well until full combined.
- Step 3: Serve or refrigerate for later.
Hint: Make a little ahead of time to allow the flavors to melt together more.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Lime Juice - instead of Lemon Juice
- Hot Sauce - to imbue some heat.
- Sweet Pickles - instead of dill pickles.
- Dill Pickle Relish - instead of dill pickles.
- Sour Cream - use a little in place of the mayonnaise.
- Miracle Whip - instead of mayonnaise.
- Sweet Pickle Relish - instead of dill pickles.
- Cayenne Pepper - sprinkle a little of this to add a little kick.
- Fresh Parsley - instead of dill, if you can't get it.
- Dill Weed - instead of the dill paste.
- Old Bay Seasoning - add a little of this for some more flavor.
- Greek Yogurt - mix with the mayo.
- Red Onion - add a little red onion instead of the shallots.
- Fresh Chives - add a little.
- Cajun seasoning - to make it more of a Cajun tartar sauce recipe.
- Whole-grain Mustard - instead of the Dijon.
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Not much equipment is used in the making of this classic condiment. Just a mixing bowl, which I have linked in the recipe card below.
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Store this southern tartar sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Expert Tip: Decant into a squeezable bottle to store in the refrigerator - it will keep longer this way plus it's less clean up.
🍽 What To Eat With Tartar Sauce
- Fried Fish Fillets
- Crab Legs
- Fish Sticks
- French Fries
- Salmon Burgers
- Fresh Vegetables
- Hush Puppies
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- 1 Tablespoon Minced Shallots
- 2 Tablespoons chopped pickles
- 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
- 1 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Dill Paste
- ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- Dice the shallots and the pickles.
- In a small bowl add all ingredients and mix well.
I use Dill Paste quite often as it keeps in the refrigerator well and sometimes it's hard for me to find fresh dill in my stores. It works very well in place of fresh dill, but of course if you have it fresh, it's better.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 253Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 15mgSodium 290mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 0g