Tartar Sauce

by Rachel on September 1, 2010

Home made Tartar Sauce

I know you, my fair readers, just buy tartar sauce when you need it.  Who doesn’t?  At first I thought that tartar sauce fell into the same category as ketchup and mustard – that being the category of things that even though I’m an obsessed home chef, I still buy these items prepared at the store.  I don’t, for example, churn my own butter, nor do I have a cow that I milk in the mornings. My children have recently been lobbying for chickens, live ones, in the yard, in West LA.  This is a losing battle on their part.  I am not going to agree to chickens.  I did decide to follow the advice of my father and try making my own tartar sauce. This is his recipe.  It goes well with all kinds of shellfish.  I like it best on shrimp, but it’s a multi-tasker – this recipe.

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 small boiled potatoes, cold, peeled and mashed (1.5 inch diameter red potatoes)
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon capers, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of dill pickle, finely chopped
  • ⅛th teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Thoroughly combine all ingredients and chill for two hours before serving.

The sauce may be thinned with lemon juice if it is too thick.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Erika - In Erika's Kitchen September 1, 2010 at 7:46 am

Tartar sauce has potatoes in it? Who knew!

Rachel September 1, 2010 at 7:49 am

I doubt that all tartar sauce has potatoes in it. My Dad’s does – and it is super yummy. Try it!!

Sylvia Jalomo September 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

You mention it goes well with shell fish-how about a really good piece of baked fish/homemade fish sticks, grilled fish etc. :-)

Rachel September 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

Sylvia – OF COURSE it goes with fish sticks!

Renee September 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Alexander just caught a ten pound halibut and he will be needing a great tartar sauce recipe! Thank you

Rachel September 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm

If Alexander has a ten pound halibut he better be ready to share some!

Karen September 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I like tartar sauce made with mayo, chow chow, capers, and fresh onion.

Nuts about food September 2, 2010 at 1:15 am

I had no idea about the potatoes…but it sounds delic. Thanks for th tip.

M August 19, 2018 at 8:10 pm

Sounds delicious! I love tartar sauce and a horseradishy cocktail sauce on Calabash style fried shrimp (soak in milk or buttermilk and dredge in half flour and half cornmeal) or spiced boiled shrimp.

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