Homemade Tartar Sauce

Using a few common ingredients that are found in most kitchens this creamy white tartar sauce recipe can be easily whipped up in a couple of minutes.

With just a wee taste of sweet and a little nip of tang this delicious dressing will have your fish tasting like it came from the finest of restaurants. Homemade tartar for fish dishes is an easy and economical recipe that anyone can mix it up in just minutes. As with all homemade items you can adjust the ingredients to make to suit your taste. It is a dipping sauce that is delicious and so much tastier than the store bought version.


1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoon green relish

2 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh squeezed or bottled)

1/4 cup finely minced onion

1/4 teaspoon pepper


1/4 teaspoon Ginger 

1/4 teaspoon Garlic


1. Combine all ingredients together in small bowl. Mix together thoroughly.

2. Now it is ready for your use. Cover leftovers and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 

If more tartar sauce is required his recipe can be easily doubled or tripled to create more. You can easily adjust the ingredients to your taste preferences. I add ginger and garlic into my recipe. Tartar is traditionally served with old English fish and chips but it is a creamy white sauce that is tasty with most types of fish.

This recipe is so easy that I often mix it up in a cup. Using the recipe above I quickly mixed up a batch of tartar to go with the fish sticks that I am having for lunch. Most people will use a small mixing bowl to prepare their dressing but I fixed this batch up in a coffee cup. Making tartar in a cup is a little messy on the stirring so I would recommend using a sauce bowl for your mixing instead. 

Doing it up in a cup though did make it quite easy to measure out my ingredients. I put a half cup of mayonnaise into the mug and follow this with the 1/4 cup of minced onion. I then put in the remaining ingredients and stirred my ingredients till they are thoroughly blended together. If you require more tartar sauce simply double or triple your recipe ingredients.

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Country Raised I Grew up on a Diet of Fresh Fish and Moose Meat
With six kids in our family my dad supplemented our diet like most other country folk. Fish, moose, elk, and an occasional pheasant or two were among the wild foods that graced our table. 
My dad loved to fish and spent virtually every summer weekend out camping beside a local lake or creek. Of course that meant that myself and my siblings were out there as well because my mom was not going to be watching us kids while dad was out relaxing alone at the local lake. He didn't seem to mind having us tag along and we certainly did not mind going.

He would pitch the tent and then hop into the boat with a couple of kids he would go while the rest of us played at our little camp site. When he was done fishing for the day he would light the fire and we would chow down on a caught fish or food that my mother had sent along with us. Now when I look back on those camping trips I really do have to wonder how the heck we kids came out of it alive. Despite all of us being still in elementary school not a one of us drowned while swimming unsupervised at what ever location my dad had chosen.

We were chased by black bear, a big old bull, and ran into a moose or two as well. My dad was pretty good at scaring them off even though he rarely brought a gun along on our trips. We somehow all managed to survive. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized how important all that foraged food was to our family. It was a healthy diet but more importantly it insured that we were never without food.