Easy 4 Ingredient Tartar Sauce Recipe

Serve this Easy 4 Ingredient Tartar Sauce Recipe the next time your prepare a plate of crispy fish and chips. This recipe also goes great with any fried seafood. Use this recipe to prepare a delicious condiment using ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen!

Ingredients you will need

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup of sweet relish
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dill


This creamy ingredient is the sauce’s foundation. Make sure you use mayo, and not salad dressing. The brand I prefer is Duke’s, it’s a great mayonaisse that’s been produced for over 100 years in nearby South Carolina. If you don’t have Duke’s, any mayo will work.

Sweet relish

This adds a dash of personality, a crunchy texture, and a sweet, tangy punch to our sauce. As a substitute, you can also use dill pickle relish plus a pinch of sugar.

Lemon juice

Fresh lemon juice works best. You will need the juice from a half of a lemon. Its citrusy freshness cuts through the creaminess, balancing the flavors.


Dry or fresh dill works. Will you don’t need much of this ingredient, it brings a fresh, herby undertone to the sauce.

Kosher salt (optional)

While it is not absolutely necessary, I like to add a pinch of kosher salt to taste. The salt ties everything together, enhancing the flavors.


To make your tartar sauce, simply combine all these ingredients in a bowl and stir using a rubber spatula until they are well mixed. I like to chill it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to infuse.

Homemade 4 Ingredient Tartar Sauce Recipe

Easy Tartar Sauce Recipe Using 4 Ingredients

Serving Size:
2 tbsps
10 minutes


  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup of sweet relish
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dill


  1. Using a small mixing bowl, blend together the mayo, sweet relish, lemon juice, and dill.
  2. Stir until ingredients are well blended.
  3. (Optional) Season with kosher salt.
  4. Store in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving

What does tartar sauce go well with?

Tartar sauce is usually served with seafood dishes, such as fish and chips, fried oysters, and crispy fish tacos. It has a rich, tangy taste and creamy texture. It can also be used as a marinade for grilling fish or chicken.

How long does homemade tartar sauce last in the fridge?

It is best to use homemade tartar within 5-7 days after preparation.

How to store homemade tartar sauce

Keep your sauce in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

How do you know if tartar sauce is bad?

Fresh tartar sauce is usually a pale creamy color, similar to mayonnaise. If it turns darker, or you see any green, blue, or black spots, those are sure signs of mold.

It normally has a tangy, yet pleasant aroma. If it starts to smell sour, that’s another sign your tartar sauce has gone bad.

Finally, if it tastes sour or off, it’s time to discard.

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