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Southern Tartar Sauce Recipe

Tangy and delicious homemade tartar sauce, the perfect condiment for seafood
Course Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine Southern American
Keywords Tartar Sauce
Cooking Method fresh chopping
Hot/Cold Dish Cold
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Author jughandle

What You Will Need:

  • 1/2 c Mayonnaise - Your favorite brand or home made
  • 1 tsp Onion - Dried Minced
  • 1.5 tsp Lemon Juice - juice of 1-1/2 lemons
  • 1 tsp Dill Relish
  • 1 tsp Capers - chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard - Grey Poupon
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Pinch Salt - to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Hot Sauce - Texas Pete
  • 1 Dash Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne - optional



  • Add the mayonnaise, minced onion, lemon juice, to a small mixing bowl.
  • Mince the dill relish and capers then add to the mixing bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • Transfer the tartar sauce to a Ball jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


Notes Use mayonnaise, NOT Salad Dressing, when making tartar sauce. 
Properly stored tartar sauce may be refrigerated up to six months.
Use tartar sauce as a condiment for any fried dough or seafood.
Use the recipes serving size changer to increase the amounts needed for a larger batch.


Nutrition Facts
Southern Tartar Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 Tbsp)
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 119mg5%
Potassium 9mg0%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 2mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.