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Homemade Dill Tartar Sauce

This recipe for homemade dill tartar sauce uses simple pantry ingredients and whips up in minutes. Better than store-bought this tartar sauce is nice and tangy, perfect for your next seafood night.

Tartar sauce in a half pint jar garnished with fresh dill.
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There is nothing better than a side dish of tangy tartar sauce when you are having seafood. Especially if you are eating fried or breaded seafood.

I find that most tartar sauce you buy at the grocery store is lacking in flavour.

I promise you that this homemade dill tartar sauce is not.

It has just the right consistency to work as either a dip or sauce and it is both creamy and tangy.

It’s made with simple ingredients and ready in minutes. This recipe makes about one cup of sauce which is the perfect amount for most meals with a bit leftover.

Tartar sauce in a small jar with fresh dill and lemon on the side.


Homemade tartar sauce is made with simple pantry ingredients. You will need:

Mayonnaise – This forms the base of the sauce. My favourite brand to use is Hellman’s, but you can use whatever you like. Just be sure you are not substituting with Miracle Whip or sandwich spread as it will change the flavour.

Dill pickles – This recipe uses both diced dill pickles and pickle juice.

Capers – Capers are little flower buds. They have a slightly salty flavour from the brine they are in and add a great flavour to seafood dishes.

Lemon juice – Fresh is best, but bottled will work in a pinch.

Dijon mustard – You can substitute mustard powder if needed.

Dill – I use dried because I always have it, but you certainly can use fresh. If using fresh use at least 2 tablespoons.

Garlic powder – For a slight garlic note without overpowering the tangy dill.

Hot sauce – This is totally optional, but I like adding a few dashes for a bit of a kick.

For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.


Step by Step Instructions

The preparation for this delicious dill tartar sauce is quick and easy. All you need to do is add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and mix it well.

This sauce will be best if it has at least an hour to rest to allow all of the flavours to blend, but it is ok to serve it right away if you need to.


Pro Tip – Feel free to taste as you go. Depending on the brand of pickles I’m using I sometimes find I need to add a bit of extra pickle juice to get the flavour I’m after.

I like to store mine in a small mason jar. It should last about a week in the fridge.

Homemade tartar sauce in a small jar.

Serving Suggestions

This tartar sauce is perfect with any seafood meal.

We love this served on salmon burgers or with breaded shrimp. It is delicious with battered halibut or cod and is even a delicious dip for French fries.

You can use this homemade sauce for just about everything.


Top Tips & FAQS

Can I make tartar sauce vegan?

All you need to do to make this tartar sauce vegan is substitute the mayonnaise for a vegan version. No other substitutions are required.

How should I store tartar sauce?

I like to store my tartar sauce in a small mason jar, but any small container will do. It should last about a week in the refrigerator.

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Tartar sauce in a half pint jar garnished with fresh dill.

Homemade Dill Tartar Sauce

This recipe for homemade dill tartar sauce uses simple pantry ingredients and whips up in minutes.
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Course: Sauces and Spreads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 16 Tablespoons
Calories: 50kcal
Author: Deanna


  • ½ Cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup diced dill pickles
  • 1 tablespoon capers drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoon dill pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash hot sauce


  • Dice the pickles and roughly chop the capers.
  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir until well mixed.
  • This tartar sauce is best if it has time to rest (1 hour), but can be served immediatly.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.


If you would rather use fresh dill, increase to 2 tablespoons.
I find salt is not needed in this recipe as the dill pickles, pickle juice and capers add enough, but you can salt to taste if needed.


Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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