Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Welcome to the delightful world of homemade Tartar Sauce, where simplicity meets incredible flavor! Ina Garten, the queen of elegant yet approachable recipes, has crafted a version of this classic condiment that’s sure to elevate your seafood dishes to new heights. Forget the store-bought varieties; Ina’s recipe invites you to create your own tangy, creamy, and utterly delicious Tartar Sauce right in the comfort of your kitchen.

Perfectly balanced with the right blend of ingredients, this sauce is a must-have companion for your favorite fish and seafood delights. Join us in this culinary adventure as we discover the joy of making Tartar Sauce from scratch, one spoonful at a time. Get ready to impress your taste buds and those around your table with this homemade gem!

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Homemade tartar sauce can typically be stored in the refrigerator for about 1 to 2 weeks. To ensure its freshness and flavor, it’s essential to keep the sauce in an airtight container. Additionally, always check for any signs of spoilage, such as off smells or changes in color and texture, before using it. If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to discard the sauce to maintain food safety. Keep in mind that the shelf life may vary slightly based on the specific ingredients used, so use your judgment and trust your senses when determining the freshness of your homemade tartar sauce.

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Tartar Sauce

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Try Barefoot Contessa’s simply delicious recipe for Homemade Tartar Sauce to serve with your next fish dinner. This is so simple and much better than store bought sauce. Nothing simpler than Homemade Tartar Sauce.

  • Author: Ina Garten
  • Prep Time: :05
  • Total Time: :05
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Food Processor


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  • 1/2 cup good mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons small-diced pickles or cornichons
  • 1 tablespoon Champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 teaspoon coarse-grained mustard
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or mini chopper fitted with a steel blade and pulse several times until the pickles are finely chopped and all the ingredients are well mixed but not pureed.
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