Old Fashioned Tartar Sauce is a classic condiment that is perfect on all sorts of fried seafood. This easy tartar sauce recipe only requires a handful of ingredients. I’ve been making this tartar sauce for years, and the Master Taste Tester consistently says that it’s the best tartar sauce he’s ever had. The ultimate compliment!
Ingredients – Here’s What You’ll Need
- The Base: Mayonnaise is the main ingredient for this delicious tartar sauce.
- The Vegetables: I like to add sweet pickle relish, minced onions, minced parsley, and capers to the mayonnaise.
- The Liquids: Fresh lemon juice provides the perfect amount of liquid for the proper consistency and the best flavor. In addition, Tabasco sauce gives the tartar sauce a hint of heat.
Simple Steps in Making the Tartar Sauce
- First, I added all of the ingredients for the tartar sauce to a bowl.
- Once I had added the ingredients to a small bowl, I stirred everything together to ensure that the ingredients were well combined.
- Then, I transferred the tartar sauce to an airtight container and put it in the refrigerator for the ingredients to blend together for the best flavor.
That’s it – quick and easy with such a simple recipe. Yum!
Frequently Asked Questions
Capers are the caper bush’s immature, unripened, green flower buds. The caper bush is found in Mediterranean countries, Asia and Australia. Italy, Morocco, and Spain, as well as Asia and Australia. Capers are often brined and provide texture and tanginess to tartar sauce.
Capers provide an added flavor to the tartar sauce and should not be omitted, at least from this recipe.
Tartar sauce contains lemon juice, which is acidic. The acid in tartar sauce serves to neutralize the fishy taste of seafood in a manner similar to vinegar.
For best results, the tartar sauce should be covered and refrigerated. It should last about a week.
Tartar sauce originated in France as sauce tartare. It was named after the Tatars, who settled in the Ukraine and in parts of Russia.
I personally prefer the tartar sauce made with the sweet relish. However, it’s a matter of preference.
Dishes to Serve with Tartar Sauce
This absolutely delicious tartar sauce is perfect on Fried Shrimp, Fish and Chips, Shrimp Po’Boy, and other seafood delicacies like crab cakes, fried fish, and even fish sticks. I also like to dip french fries in tartar sauce!
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Classic Old Fashioned Tartar Sauce – Quick and Easy
- ⅔ cup (5.38 ounces, 153 grams) mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1 Tablespoon capers, drained
- 1 Tablespoon minced onion
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Dash of hot sauce (optional)
- Combine all ingredients; stir well to combine.
- Cover and chill several hours before serving.
- Yield: 1 cup.