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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Roasted Tilapia with Mustard Sauce

Pan-Seared Cod with Avocado Cream Sauce

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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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  • Ed Haywood says:

    After having fish & chips at J.B. Dawson’s Restaurant & Bar yesterday, I was amazed with their tartar sauce. The main difference in theirs is a good amount of dill. I will try your recipe with a tsp. or so dill in it to see if it is similar.

  • Carol Eliason says:

    I make this in a 2 ingredient recipe
    Been doing it for years.. it’s really good..

  • Caroline Chang says:

    Does it have to be Miracle Whip?

  • Diane Allen says:

    This is how I was taught to make tartar sauce many years ago, people still rave about it. Sometimes I add a few dashes of hot sauce!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes!!! Aren’t mom’s smart? 🙂

  • Diane Day says:

    I love your recipes.

  • Judy Deshazor says:

    I make my tartar sauce using Hellmans, unsweetened pickle relish, dill weed (dried), lemon juice, chopped scallions and a dash of garlic powder tasting as I make for the right balance.

  • Susan Dibble says:

    Rather than sweet Miracle Whip, try Hellmann’s with a teaspoon of sweet relish along with the dill ; it provides a more subtle sweetness and the Hellmann’s allows for the taste of the fish to come through. Also, I find that finely chopped shallots are less aggressive than onion, but I only use about 2 or 3 T. per cup of mayo I loved Howard Johnson’s tartar sauce as a kid, 60 some years ago, and after trial(s) and error(s) … Mmmmmm!

  • Violet Corley. says:

    I have made this for years. I use Blue Plate Mayonnaise dill relish and chopped onions.

  • Patti Scotch says:

    We make this same recipe and it is just the best. We use hellmans because we like it better but it is a taste thing. We use whatever onions we have, red yellow, white…last night we were out of onions so just did relish and mayo and it was not bad, but the onions add a lot of flavor…always wonderful.

  • Ava says:

    And if you want Thousand island just add ketchup

  • Robert T Gatesh says:

    I used reconstituted dehydrated onion (no chopping needed) and Hellman’s Light Mayo. And it turned out great.

  • Margo Easton says:

    Finally a recipe that has ingredients that I always have on hand. I’m a Miracle Whip girl! I grew up on it. My mother never used mayonnaise Most recipes call for mayonnaise, not Miracle Whip. I prefer dill relish to sweet relish. Thank you!

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  • Sylvia j says:

    Love your recipes

  • Vicki says:

    This is so yummy! So easy too- sometimes I give a little squeeze of lemon juice too.

  • Patricia rourke says:

    Excellent recipe as you can alter how much you make. I just change up to Mayonnaise as couldnt get anyone here to touch Miracle Whip with a 10 foot pole.

  • Bette L Behrens says:

    I like it with sweet relish & horseradish

  • Sandra Brawley says:

    I would make it with Hellman’s Extra Creamy. It’s thicker than the usual type. I bought Miracle Whip recently and was stunned that it tasted nothing like I remember it. Threw out the whole jar.

  • Laura says:

    This is my exact go to! I love it…

  • Tonya says:

    Been making my own tartar sauce for years. Hellman’s Mayonaise, Dill Pickle Relish and Prepared Horseradish. I use about 1 cup of Mayonaise with 3-4 large TB of Dill Relish and 2-3 TB of Horseradish. I make it to taste, so after I have mixed everything together, I taste it to see if I need a little more of this or that. Best tartar sauce ever!

  • Peggy says:

    I make mine using capers, onions, lemon juice,real mayo,and dill relish…

  • P T Thomas says:

    I’ve made this one for years. A little more detailed but OMG. My family didn’t like the dill, so when I discovered this one, it was a hit!

    Red Lobster Tartar Sauce, Roanoke, VA location

    1/3 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
    2/3 cup Sour Cream
    3 Tbls Sweet White Onion, finely chopped
    2 Tbls Sweet Pickle Relish (relish from jar with relish juice)
    3 Tbls Carrot, chopped fine
    ¼ tsp Salt

    1. Chop Onion in food processor.
    2. Put in small container and set aside.
    3. Chop Carrots in food processor and add to onion.
    4. Mix in remaining ingredients and stir to blend thoroughly. Do not use electric mixer.
    5. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

  • Janet Howard says:

    I will try this tomorrow after I shop to get the right relish and onions. Thank you because I too have many bottles of disappointing brands in the fridge. There are two or three restaurants that are my favorites simply because they have outstanding freshly made tarter sauce. I actually go to those establishments simply because I like their kitchen made TS. One has bottles of mass produced TS they sale but won’t sale their freshly made brand. I only eat half of my dinners and take the rest home in addition to the dish I ordered for the next day. I feel like I’m stealing when I take enough of TA from the table containers they have in ice buckets. I like lots of TS with my seafood and fries.

  • Sandra Brawley says:

    Sounds yummy! I would use mayo in this with a pinch of sugar. I bought Miracle Whip recently after many years of not using it. It bore no resemblance to the Miracle Whip I remember and it tasted so unpalatable that I tossed it. They have changed the recipe (at least it appears that way here in Canada).

  • Joyce Merritt says:

    I add lemon juice & dill weed–AWESOME!!