From Scratch: Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce

Tartar sauce is one of those sauces that many folks, including myself before last year, seem to believe is easier to buy than to make.

That is not so, my friend.

Making your own tartar sauce takes less than 5 minutes of work and results in a creamy, tangy sauce perfect for spreading over a fillet or dunking with a fried fish finger. After we made this, I threw out the old bottle of tartar sauce and swore never to buy it again -- it's that easy and that good.

Tartar Sauce [printable recipe]

  • ~1/4 cup sour cream
  • ~2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 small gherkin or 1 quarter pickle spear, diced
  • 1 - 2 green onions, minced
  • ~1 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp chives (dried or fresh) (optional)
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust ingredients as necessary to your liking. Chill for 30 minutes before using.