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Tartar Sauce Recipe With Pickles

So this tartar sauce recipe with pickles is one of those things that goes well on almost all white fish. It’s not a condiment or sauce that you would put on salmon, at least I’ve never tried it on it.

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s homemade, quick, and easy! Most likely you can do it with things that you already have in your pantry. You will love it with your grilled haddock or your next baked cod dish.

The dill pickles give it a great tang that you’re going to enjoy.


  • ⅓ cup of red onion
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  •  ½ cup of Dill Pickles
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • Half of a lemon


  • cutting board
  • chef knife

How to make dill pickle tartar sauce Instructions

1. Prepare the ingredients

All the ingredients layed out on the table

Start off by chopping the onion as small as possible. You want to get it really fine. This is one of those ingredients that you can omit if you don’t like an onion.

I really like to use red onion because of its mild flavor. You might want to try shallots and if you do let me know how it was!

Next, you want to finely dice the dill pickles. One of the things that set this tartar sauce apart from all the others is the pickles I use.

 If you have never had the Claussen dill pickle they are incredible and I think they add a great flavor to the tarter sauce with a little bit of a garlic touch.

Take the seeds out of the center of the pickle by taking a spoon and dragging it through the center and scraping the seeds out.

2. Mix the ingredients 

Image of ingredients about to be mixed in a bowl

Squeeze the lemon juice out of the lemon into a separate bowl to make sure that you don’t add lemon seeds to the tartar sauce recipe.

Add all the ingredients into a small bowl and give it a stir. You want to be somewhat delicate so you don’t mush the pickles.

3. Refrigerate the tartar sauce

Take the mixed tartar sauce and put it into your fridge. You could serve it after you prepared it but it is better when it’s chilled.

You can store it in your fridge for a few days but I would not go too long. The acid from the lemon will break down the ingredients.

One of the best parts of making your own homemade tartar sauce is that you are making it without all the preservatives.

That’s one of my favorite parts of cooking, you’re making things fresh and not adding all that junk that companies add to make things last a long time.

Try this on your next fish dish! You’re going to love it. Try it on my Grilled Haddock Recipe!

Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce Substitutions

  • You can substitute the dill pickles for a dill relish.
  • If you want a bit of a sweeter taste go with bread and butter pickles.
  • Instead of red onions use shallots.
  • If you don’t have any onions you can use some onion powder.

What goes well with tartar sauce?

Typically fish goes best with tartar sauce. Think of it as a condiment. You want to use it with white fish like haddock, cod, pollock and flounder.

Maybe you have a fried Fishermans platter with shrimp, clams, and scallops. You can’t go wrong with a tartar sauce with pickles.

You could also add it to a burger to give it a unique flavor.

What does tartar sauce taste like?

A lot depends on the ingredients. The main ingredient is mayonnaise and this has a rich fat content taste to it. It gets a balance with pickles and a punch when some onion is added.

There is acid in the recipe that comes from the vinegar in the mayonnaise.

Does tartar sauce contain pickles?

In my world tartar sauce would not be tartar sauce without the added benefit of pickles. They really give it a zing of flavor.

You make tartar sauce from scratch by combing mayonnaise, onion, pickles, or relish with an acid like lemon juice and some freshly cracked pepper and dill. Give it all a good mix and refrigerate it for at least a couple of hours to give it a chilled taste.

There is typically no raw egg in tartar sauce. If you are making your own homemade mayonnaise there is a good chance that you would be using a raw egg, but all store-bought is typically pasteurized.

The best fish for tartar sauce is a white fish like haddock or cod. It is very common with fish and chips when the haddock had been deep-fried.

tartar sauce with pickles in a bowl

Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce (3 Simple Steps)

I like to keep it simple and fresh. Don’t buy store-bought when you can make this amazing dill pickle tartar sauce yourself in just a few minutes!
4.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Seafood
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 389 kcal


  • cup red onion
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup dill pickles
  • Half of a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Prepare the Ingredients – Chop the onions really fine. Take a knife and slice the pickles down the middle and scrape out the seeds. Dice the pickles really fine.
  • Mix the ingredients – Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and give it a stir. You want to be somewhat delicate so you don't mush all pickles.
    Squeeze the lemon juice out in a separate bowl first so you don’t add any seeds to your tarter sauce.
  • Refrigerate – Take the mixed tartar sauce and put in into your fridge. You can serve it after you prepared it but it is better when it is chilled with your fish.


What really makes this tartar sauce shine is the brand pickles and the finely chopped red onion.


Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 25gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 513mgPotassium: 50mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 71IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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