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Homemade Tartar Sauce

This Homemade Tartar Sauce is perfect for crab cakes, alongside fish and chips, or even spread on top of a tasty fish burger!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 543kcal


  • cup mayonnaise
  • cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped pickles
  • 3 teaspoons finely chopped capers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning optional


  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Can be served immediately, but tastes best after refrigerated for 2 hours.


  • Chop finely or leave bigger pieces depending on how chunky you want the sauce to be.
  • If you don't have capers, you can substitute them with additional pickles. 
  • I sometimes like to add some lemon zest and Old Bay Seasoning to my tartar sauce for even more flavor.
  • Usually, there is no extra salt needed but it gets better with some freshly ground pepper.
  • This sauce will get better when it had a chance to sit a bit and let all flavors infuse the mayonnaise and yogurt. You can make it in advance and it will stay good for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Variations:
    • If you don’t have capers you can easily substitute them for more pickles or relish of your choosing.
    • For a tangy, sharp flavor with a little bit of spice, you can try adding in some dijon mustard, vinegar, or Cocktail Sauce
    • Swap out the pickles for dill relish, sweet relish, or even pickle relish! You’ll still get a pickle flavor just in a different variation. Sweet pickles like my Bread & Butter Pickles are also a delicious option.
    • If you want the added onion flavor without the crunch, mix in a little bit of onion powder!
    • Want some heat? Add some cayenne pepper to taste.


Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 1197mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 679IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg