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Grab your fish sticks and dip them into this delicious homemade tartar sauce! Trust me, once you try this simple homemade sauce, you’ll never use store-bought again.

A bowl full of tartar sauce in on a plate next to dill, lemon slices, and a spoon.
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If you’re wondering what to dip into this homemade tartar sauce, you need to check out my recipe for air fryer parmesan-crusted fish sticks! Those crispy air fried fish sticks dipped into creamy, flavorful tartar sauce is almost too good for words.

Summer’s almost here, which for me, means it’s time for seafood! I always make a jar (or more) of this tartar sauce right at the beginning of summer. That way, when I make all my go-to seafood recipes, my favorite sauce is already ready.

The ingredients needed to whip up a batch of this homemade sauce are simple and inexpensive. It’s SO worth the small effort to make your own sauce instead of buying a bottle of that factory made junk!

Once you taste the how much creamier and more flavorful homemade tartar sauce is compared to store-bought, you’ll be so glad you found this easy recipe.

A metal spoon is lifting a bite sized portion of tartar sauce out of the full bowl.

Ingredients for homemade tartar sauce

  • Mayonnaise
  • Dill pickle spears
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Fresh dill
  • Fresh parsley
  • Pickle sauce

The best part about making your own tartar sauce at home is that you can customize it to your tastes. If you really love that dill flavor, toss in another teaspoon!

Likewise, if you like the tanginess of lemon combined with the creaminess of the sauce, feel free to squeeze some juice on top of the sauce when serving.

How do I store homemade tartar sauce?

After whisking all of the ingredients together, store the homemade tartar sauce in an airtight container like a jar. Then, be sure to keep the sauce in the refrigerator!

Homemade tartar sauce will stay fresh for about 2 weeks. You’re going to find yourself reaching for it like crazy during that time!

Tartar sauce is presented on a white plate and is ready to be served.

Ways to use homemade tartar sauce

  • As a dip for fish sticks
  • Drizzled on a sandwich
  • In a cup on a crudite platter
  • In a bowl at a clam bake

No matter how you serve it, this homemade tartar sauce will be delicious. Sometimes, I just air fry some of my favorite veggies and use this sauce to dip them in! It’s such a flavorful healthy snack.

More homemade condiments to try

Easy Homemade Blender Enchilada Sauce

Avocado Green Goddess Yogurt Dressing

Homemade Garlic Chili Crisp Oil

Chili Aioli

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Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade tartar sauce is the perfect companion to all your favorite seafood dishes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 small bowl


  • cup (149 g) mayo
  • 3 large dill pickle spears, finely chopped
  • teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ tablespoon (1 g) chopped fresh dill
  • ½ tablespoon (2 g) chopped fresh parsley
  • Splash of dill pickle juice
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  • Whisk all together in a bowl and use for seafood!


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 1044kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 112g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 2656mg, Potassium: 231mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g

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