- Recipe: Tartar Sauce
- Writer: Nicolas Wilson
- Content-Type: Food Blog
You’ll never buy tartar sauce again once you’ve learned how to make it! This lighter version is incredibly creamy, tangy, and delicious.
“Oh, are you using the cream of tartar?” Jack said when I informed him I was working on a homemade tartar sauce recipe.
I busted out laughing right away, but I can’t say I blame him for his error. Tartar sauce, after all, is creamy. Doesn’t it seem reasonable?
The two have nothing to do with one another in reality. Cream of tartar is a powdered baking ingredient used in desserts such as cookies and meringues.
On the other hand, tartar sauce is extremely delicious, thick, and tangy. It’s usually served with seafood, but believe me when I say that this delectable sauce can be used for so much more.
I’ve been using it as a dip for my crispy air fryer cauliflower lately, and there are never any leftovers. The sauce is slathered on sandwiches, piled on baked potatoes, and dolloped on grilled vegetables.
More serving ideas can be found in the post below. But, actually, you can use this tartar sauce recipe to perk up any dish that requires a rich, tangy explosion of flavor.
Ingredients for Tartar Sauce
Traditional tartar sauce is made primarily with mayonnaise, but I lighten it up by combining mayonnaise and Greek yogurt.
This tartar sauce recipe is particularly acidic and creamy thanks to the yogurt. The flavor is further enhanced by the addition of the following important ingredients:
- Lemon juice adds a lovely brightness to the sauce.
- Capers and sliced dill pickles give a salty, briny taste to the dish.
- Dijon mustard provides acidity and a spicy edge to the dish.
- For a pungent, flavorful depth of flavor, use fresh garlic and onion powder.
- And a little of salt to bring out the flavors!
How can you get ready-to-cook tartar sauce?
This is what you must do:
- Prepare the ingredients first. Measure the mayo, yogurt, onion powder, and mustard, as well as the pickles, capers, and garlic.
- Then combine everything! In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir until well blended. Season with salt and pepper to suit, then top with fresh chives and serve.
Serving Suggestions for Homemade Tartar Sauce
Tartar sauce is generally served with seafood meals such as crab cakes and fish and chips, but we eat it with vegetables at our house! Here are a handful of our personal favorites:
- Veggies that have been crispy baked (or air fried). Crispy vegetables win out over fish sticks every time! I adore dipping my baked zucchini chips, air fryer cauliflower, and air fryer French fries in homemade tartar sauce.
- On a crudité platter, to be exact. Serve it as a dip with pita bread and your favorite fresh vegetables.
- Serve with vegetables that have been grilled or roasted. The sauce can be served over grilled corn, zucchini, roasted cauliflower, roasted broccoli, or veggie kabobs.
- On a baguette. It’d be great in a variety of sandwiches, but I especially like it in this Crispy Cauliflower Po’ Boy in place of the remoulade sauce.
- In a cooked potato, to be precise. Sour cream, step aside! A spoonful of this sauce is delicious on top of a steaming baked potato.
|Time to Prepare: 10 minutes
This creamy, tangy tartar sauce recipe is quick and easy to create. My favorite ways to serve it are detailed in the page above.
- Combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, capers, pickles, mustard, garlic, onion powder, and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Season with pinches of salt to taste.
- If preferred, garnish with chives and serve with any of the options from the last post.