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Top down shot of a bowl of homemade tartar sauce next to a few pieces of baked cod.

Tartar Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Counter Top
  • Cuisine: American


The BEST tartar sauce recipe!  A quick and flavorful tartar sauce that’s perfect for your next fresh fish recipe!


  • 1/41/2 cup Claussen pickles, spears
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 12 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 12 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sweet yellow onion, diced
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Prep Pickles: In order to remove some of the excess water from the pickles (no one wants watery tartar sauce), lay each spear on its side on a cutting board and cut off the seeds. Cut remaining part of the pickle into small pieces and then using either a cheesecloth or clean hands, squeeze out as much remaining liquid as possible. 
  2. Blend: Add prepared pickles to food processor along with mayo, dill, lemon juice, garlic, dijon and onion. Blend until consistency is smooth (don’t over-blend). 
  3. Taste + Adjust: Taste and add any salt or pepper, as-needed, as well as any additional dill, lemon, etc. 
  4. Serve: we love serving this with our Dreamy Baked Cod – enjoy! 


  • Pickles: I highly recommend the Claussen pickles we used for testing, their flavor is light and bright and works perfectly in this recipe. Of course, use what you have available if you can’t! 
  • Yield: make approx. 1 1/4 cup


  • Serving Size: 2 Tbs
  • Calories: 159
  • Sugar: 1.3 g
  • Sodium: 155.5 mg
  • Fat: 16.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.2 mg