Easy Tartar Sauce

filed under: Food + Drink on August 25, 2019

Easy Tartar Sauce is so easy, and yet so delicious! You will want to have fish as often as possible because of the ease and taste of the tartar sauce. In fact, it works great with my Baja Fish Tacos! You can also use this as an alternative tartar sauce recipe for my Fish and Chips.

Easy Tartar Sauce

Easy Tartar Sauce

Every time I go into the grocery store to buy tartar sauce, I am always hoping that I will like the flavor. It’s generally hit or miss. Some are too sweet, and some just don’t have the traditional supper club flavor I remember as a kid. Well, with this recipe being so easy, and I am not exaggerating how easy it is, you can have the perfect tartar sauce whenever you need it. Plus, this Easy Tartar Sauce recipe allows you to make as much or as little as you need.

Ingredients for Easy Tartar Sauce

Easy Tartar Sauce Recipe

Just like the name of this tartar sauce says, it is EASY! Again, I am not exaggerating about that–it is only three ingredients!


  • Dill Pickle Relish: We prefer Mt Olive Simply Relish Deli Dill Style. This dill pickle relish has thicker chunks, it’s easier to drain, and it holds up better than other versions. Some, like Vlassic, are mushy, hard to drain, and produce a more watery final tartar sauce. Just to clarify, this is a dill pickle relish, NOT a sweet relish.
  • Miracle Whip: Miracle whip is what we have always used. Mayo might be an ok substitute, but you would have to try it to see which you prefer. You could even try my amazing Homemade Mayo!
  • Red Onion

Bowl of Easy Tartar Sauce

How to Make Easy Tartar Sauce

Have I mentioned how easy this tartar sauce is? The recipe is equal parts relish, miracle whip, and onion. I know my recipe states 1 cup of each ingredient, but you can just as easily use one 15 ounce container relish, a 15-ounce container miracle whip, and about 2 medium red onions, chopped. Any equation works as long as it is equal parts of each ingredient. So, it can be customized for 2 people or 100 people!

Spoonful of Easy Tartar Sauce

Is Tartar Sauce just for Fish?

Absolutely not! One of my favorite uses for tartar sauce is to dip my french fries into it. When you have your fish and chips, have extra tartar sauce on hand for the fries, for sure! You can also use it on most seafood, particularly fried seafood like shrimp, clams, and oysters. Get creative and add some ketchup to your Easy Tartar Sauce to spread on your burger. What does it taste like to you???Easy Tartar Sauce on Best Fish Tacos

Are you craving more Fish recipes?

My Baja Fish Tacos are one of my favorite fish recipes, and the Easy Tartar Sauce pairs perfectly with them,  but I have plenty of other fish recipes you could try!

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tartar sauce
Easy Tartar Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Chilling Time
30 mins

Only 3 ingredients and a few minutes and you have a delish tartar sauce!

Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Tartar Sauce, Homemade Tartar Sauce, Tartar Sauce
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 59 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke-iambaker.com
  • 1 cup dill pickle relish, drained
  • 1 cup miracle whip
  • 1 cup finely diced red onion
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir well to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve.

  2. Store covered in a refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

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  • Joyce Merritt says:

    I add lemon juice & dill weed–AWESOME!!

  • Justina says:

    I use mayo and little bit of sugar for taste instead of miracle whip

  • Marlena says:

    Great on salmom patties also!

  • Farmersdaughter says:

    This is the tartar sauce I make but using mayonnaise instead of MW (too sweet for me). I love it, it’s easy and it’s also great on fish tacos with a little salsa verde on top! I use it for tuna salad as well!

  • Sandra says:

    Miracle whip is never in our house. I use yellow onion lots lots of dill pickle I chop mayo( best foods and some of the pickle juice. Everyone raves about it. My dad was a commercial fisherman. This was my grandma’s recipe.

  • Jenny says:

    Hi I’m Australian and would like to know what Miracle Whip is please and if there is a substitute if I cannot purchase it here.



  • Pam says:

    We always used mayo. Dont think I would like it with Miracle whip

  • Terri says:

    Have made this for a long time, but I add about 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice too.

  • Jodi says:

    I use mayonaise, sweet pickle relish, and some dry mustard.

  • Shirley says:

    I like my own recipe better. It is mayo chopped dill pickle, capers and parsley in equal quantities. Don’t like the onion in it at all.

  • Christine says:

    I also add finely chopped capers and dill weed

  • Guy says:

    What is miracle whip? I live in Australia

  • Donna Wolf says:

    I do this but use Mayo. I will try it with Miracle lWhio. Cocktail sauce is easy too. Ketchup or chili sauce and horseradish.

  • Suzie Hinote says:

    In Florida, we put some Cream of Tartar (Hence TARTAR sauce) in basically that recipe. We use mayo instead of Miracle Whip. Add a sprinkle of black pepper, too

  • Marge Johnson says:

    I use this recipe except I add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

  • Caroline says:

    I have used Miracle whip, sweet pickle relish and Marzetti slaw dressing. Wonderful! I also use Marzetti (just a dribble) in my deviled eggs and also potato salad…all want to know the secret, so tasty!