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Tartar Sauce Recipe

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I was frustrated with store-bought tartar sauce; one disappointing can after another. Solution: homemade tarter sauce. Making your own is really easy. It’s fresh and amazing for these salmon cakes fish sticks or breaded fish fillets.

See those fish sticks there – yeah, those are from Costco. Maybe one day, I’ll make my own fish sticks, but for now, these are really good (the Trident brand). Sometimes I find that I eat more tartar sauce than fish stick (sounds gross, but this sauce is THAT GOOD!). This recipe stays fresh in the fridge for a few days.

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Ingredients for Tartar Sauce:

1 cup real Mayonnaise
1 cup finely chopped dill pickles
1 Tbsp dill (fresh or frozen), OR 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp finely chopped onion is good too, but optional (I usually skip it)

Tartar Sauce Recipe

How to Make Tartar Sauce:

This is really complicated so pay attention. Are you ready?…
1. Combine everything in a mixing bowl and give it a good stir.

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Tartar Sauce Recipe

4.96 from 100 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Try this quick and easy tartar sauce recipe and you'll never want store-bought again! | NatashasKitchen.com

Homemade Tartar Sauce is way better than any store-bought version. This has just the right taste and texture. It's perfect for fish sticks, or with crab cakes or salmon cakes.

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3
Keyword: Tartar Sauce
Cuisine: American
Course: Condiments
Calories: 196 kcal
Servings: 8 servings or 1 1/2 cups total

Ingredients

  • 1 cup real Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup dill pickles finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dill fresh or frozen, OR 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 2 Tbsp onion finely chopped, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.

  2. Add more lemon juice or pickles if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Tartar Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 334mg15%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 51IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Jamie
    July 4, 2020

    You hare HILARIOUS ! Love it

    Reply

  • bluehenks
    June 22, 2020

    Outstanding, what a treat! Made with my teenager and we used Vegenaise for mayo (which is great egg-free alternative), homemade dill pickles, and chopped up dill from our pickles because we didn’t have fresh. Ea-sy!! Compelled me to review. Thank you, Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 22, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m happy
      you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Andrea
    June 18, 2020

    I had to do a little improvising because I only had few ingredients on hand. What I came up with was; only about a Tbsp of mayo (and then since I ran out I used plain greek yogurt for the mayo part instead), pickle, fresh dill (which I think is totally the key to the tartar sauce), a few cracks of black pepper, and that’s it! I didn’t have parsley, lemon, sugar, or onion. But it still tasted great, and especially with your salmon cakes recipe!! My boyfriend loved that meal. Next time I will have to try adding the rest of the ingredients when I have them. But it’s nice to know it still tastes good with fewer calories, so you can’t go wrong there ;). Thanks Natasha!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 18, 2020

      Sounds great! I’m so glad your were able to make it work. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Elia C.
    June 15, 2020

    Finally a tartar sauce that taste amazing!!!! No more trying store-bought brands and no more making other recipes. This is a winner! My family and I love it. The only ingredient I omit is the sugar. To me it doesn’t need it. The tangy-ness is perfect without it. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I love to watch your recipes.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 15, 2020

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • rick
    June 8, 2020

    i like to add a little horseradish

    Reply

  • Janie Xiong
    June 8, 2020

    How long can u keep tartar sauce in the fridge?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 8, 2020

      Hi Janie, The tartar sauce keeps covered and refrigerated for 5 to 7 days.

      Reply

  • Luci
    June 3, 2020

    I tried it with just parsley because I didn’t have fresh dill and then opted to add a dash of dried–definitely needs the dill. Awesome sauce

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 3, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Luci!

      Reply

  • Lynn
    May 27, 2020

    The BEST tartar sauce I have ever tasted!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Lynn! Sounds like you found a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Rochella Neely
    May 22, 2020

    The sauce came out great. I thought the quantity was too much for my family as I wanted to whip up some tarter sauce to go with the kids fish sticks. Next time I will make half the quantity needed for the recipe so the rest won’t go to waste.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 22, 2020

      Thank you for sharing that with us! The tartar sauce keeps covered and refrigerated for 5 to 7 days.

      Reply

  • Lena
    May 17, 2020

    Loved it! Didn’t have fresh dill but used some dried and added a 1/2 teaspoon of horseradish.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 17, 2020

      Nice to know that Lena. Thank you so much!

      Reply

  • David
    May 13, 2020

    would love to have your batter recipe for the cod. Looks amazing

    Reply

  • Catanea
    May 2, 2020

    & if you make your own mayonnaise it’s even better & you know what’s in it (added preservatives, &c.).
    Into your blender put: one egg, approx. 3 T vinegar OR lemon juice OR [I often use] orange juice, ¼ – ½ t sugar, ¼ – ½ t salt, one pitted green olive [if you want that “olive oil effect], aprox 2 t mustard [Dijon, or anything, really]; then, start with ¼ c sunflower oil, start whizzing, & drizzle in more oil….until it thickens and stops integrating the oil instantly.
    That’s it.
    Costs almost nothing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 2, 2020

      Thanks for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Preston
    May 1, 2020

    Love this recipe and thoroughly enjoy all your recipe videos. I used pickle relish instead of chopping up the pickles and it was darn tasty.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 1, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Claire
    April 30, 2020

    Can I use dried dill for this instead? It’s hard to get fresh herbs where I am. Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 30, 2020

      That should work too, Claire.

      Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2020

      Hi Claire, we prefer fresh but that should work.

      Reply

      • Claire Frydenlund
        May 4, 2020

        Gotcha. Thank you!!

        Reply

  • Brenda
    April 29, 2020

    Did not have dill pickles, decided to use what I had – pickled onions! It was great. I still used the dill and I added a small amount of horseradish as someone else recommended. It was great!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Vanilla
    April 29, 2020

    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! It has been so long since I have had a delicious tartar sauce like this one!

    I did do a couple of variations based on what I had available. I used dried parsley and honey to taste. I also didn’t chop the pickles, but instead coarsely shredded them and discarded the pickle juice that they released.

    Thank you again for posting such awesome recipes! Keep it up!!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Marr
    April 25, 2020

    Can this be frozen for future use?

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    • Natasha
      April 25, 2020

      Hi Marr, I honestly have not tried freezing it but I would be concerned about the ingredients separating. It’s not typically recommended to freeze mayo.

      Reply

  • Milo
    April 24, 2020

    Do you have a recipe for
    PETCHA ???

    Jelled Calves Foot ???

    Milo
    miloli1@aol.com

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 24, 2020

      Hi Milo, sorry but I don’t have a recipe for that.

      Reply

  • David Brem
    April 15, 2020

    I have made my own tartar sauce for the same reason, store bought just isn’t satisfying. But, I use dill relish instead of chopped dill pickles.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 15, 2020

      Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Antony
    April 10, 2020

    The recipe calls for dill. Did you use the seed, or the leaf? I have both available fresh from my garden, when in season.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 10, 2020

      Hi Antony, we used dill leaf.

      Reply

  • Shelly
    April 6, 2020

    How long in the refrigerator before it should be thrown out?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 6, 2020

      Hi Shelly, the tartar sauce keeps covered and refrigerated for 5 to 7 days.

      Reply

      • Shelly
        April 6, 2020

        Thank you! I just made it for tonight. Had a little taste, yummy! Can’t wait to see how it tastes tonight!! I have loved all your recipes I’d made and I love your videos! Your humor is contagious

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          April 6, 2020

          That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Shelly!

          Reply

  • Kévin Bourbon
    April 6, 2020

    Homemade tartar sauce with pre-made mayonnaise.
    Yeah, that sure is homemade.

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    • Natasha
      April 7, 2020

      Hi Kevin, you are welcome to make your own mayonnaise. If there’s a specific recipe you use to make your own mayo, I would love to hear about it. I think most people appreciate the shortcut of using a staple in people’s pantries without having to make a homemade version, but you definitely can.

      Reply

    • dominique
      April 19, 2020

      Could we have your DIY mayo recipe, please?

      Reply

    • Vicky
      May 21, 2020

      Bet you’re a hoot at parties.

      Natasha, thank you for the recipe!

      Reply

  • Susan Carr
    April 3, 2020

    SPEECHLESS, BEST I’VE EVER EATEN!!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 3, 2020

      Short but sweet compliment! Thank you.

      Reply

  • Barry L. Freeman
    March 31, 2020

    The best tartar sauce ever! Thank you.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 31, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Marketa
    March 25, 2020

    Yummy! I’ll be trying your version. I use pickle jar vinegar instead of lemon juice and sugar. I put my tartar sauce on fries, sometimes mix it in tuna or chicken salad. I am the only person in my family eating tartar sauce. More for me!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2020

      I hope you love it! We look forward to your feedback.

      Reply

  • Beth
    March 20, 2020

    The is exactly what a place here in town made and the owner called it her secret recipe tartar sauce. Thanks a bunch!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 20, 2020

      I’m so glad you found our recipe!

      Reply

  • Roderick Patterson
    March 18, 2020

    Love the tarter sauce. If you find yourself in a pinch try “House Autry” brand it’s not homemade but not bad

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 19, 2020

      Awesome I’ll make sure to check that out. Thanks for your great review I appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Marla
    March 17, 2020

    I am one of your biggest fans! Love your enthusiasm and just being lively. Recipes are clear and delicious. I just made the Salmon cakes and tarter sauce. Both 5 stars. Thank you

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 17, 2020

      Fantastic feedback! Thank you so much for the great review and your nice comments. I hope you love all the recipes that you try.

      Reply

  • brenda king pappas
    March 4, 2020

    make my own but I cheat on the diced onion I put a teaspoon of pickle juice in the bowl with a teaspoon of dehydrated minced onion wait 2 mins. and you got it . you could use the lemon juice instead

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 4, 2020

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Brenda! I hope you liked it.

      Reply

  • DOROTHY SCALLON
    March 4, 2020

    How long will this Tartar Sauce keep in the fridge please and thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 4, 2020

      Hi Dorothy, the tartar sauce keeps covered and refrigerated for 5 to 7 days

      Reply

  • Joanne
    February 28, 2020

    I love this recipe, especially with the finely diced onion. Delicious

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Janet
    February 22, 2020

    Absolutely delicious! I will never use any other recipe again!!! Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 22, 2020

      You’re welcome, Janet! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Sharon Beverly
    February 19, 2020

    I’ve been making this homemade tartar sauce since I was young (50 yeas ago (;D). Now that I am a Type 2 diabetic the only change I make is to use Stevia instead of sugar. My Mom’s fried fish would not be complete without it. She dipped the fish in beaten egg, dredged it in saltine cracker crumbs and fried it in canola oil. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 19, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Amanda
    February 17, 2020

    This is awesome! We loved it. I will never buy tartar sauce again. Thanks bunches!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 17, 2020

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite Amanda!

      Reply

  • Tommy
    February 17, 2020

    With Lent coming up I wanted a salmon patty like my granny used to make. These were exactly the same! Tarter sauce is perfect too. Thanks so much.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 17, 2020

      You’re welcome and thanks for your good feedback too!

      Reply

  • Vivian Geisland
    January 26, 2020

    Totally fabulous. The man loves it too. Thanks a bunch.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 27, 2020

      You’re welcome, Vivian! I’m so glad you liked this recipe.

      Reply

  • ron
    January 22, 2020

    ngl im not sure ifi will be able to remember that method

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 22, 2020

      Hi Ron, the recipe will stay on the blog when you’re ready to make it.

      Reply

  • Dee
    January 19, 2020

    Simply the best tarter sauce recipe.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2020

      I’m so glad to hear it, Dee! Thank you for your great review!

      Reply

  • Dr. B
    January 14, 2020

    Just finished making the salmon patties and tartar sauce…delicious! The mayonnaise really helped bind the patty. Thank you I’ll be making this again…maybe tomorrow!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2020

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for that awesome feedback, Dr. B

      Reply

  • Nicaam
    January 14, 2020

    My 13 yr old loves this. I think he has me make salmon cakes for the dip only. I add about 1/3 cup of homemade milk kefir and skip the lemon because I’m not sure if it’ll curdle. He’s none the wiser and gets probiotics. Plus I cut back on some of the mayo. Thanks for this.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed this!

      Reply

  • Nikki aka JustTabandMe
    January 12, 2020

    I’ve been cooking since I was 9 years old, and now, in my mid 70’s, I learned a new trick!!! When my daughter wants finely minced onions, she uses the grater plate on her mandolin!!! I’m impressed, since two of my four girls like onion, but hate feeling it on their tongue! I love your site!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 13, 2020

      That’s genius! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

    • Stormy
      January 29, 2020

      So yummy! Make it every time I make the salmon patties.

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 29, 2020

        The best combination! Thank you for stopping by!

        Reply

  • Portugalholidays4u
    January 4, 2020

    This is without doubt our favourite tartare sauce recipe, so simple and so easy. Tartare sauce is one of the few things we really miss since relocating to Portugal, so thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 4, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Randy Kadera
    December 27, 2019

    I just made the tartar sauce went exactly by the directions and went to eat it taste like I was eating Dillpickle’s not very good at all

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    • Natasha
      December 27, 2019

      Hi Randy, you should be able to taste the dill pickle in there and that is normally a good thing. Did you maybe add too many pickles or maybe cut them too large?

      Reply

    • Nikki aka JustTabandMe
      January 12, 2020

      I’m not a dill pickle lover, so I use a dill pickle, & sweet relish too! I also add some horseradish, but that’s just me!!! I like a little zing!

      Reply

  • Barbara
    December 14, 2019

    How long can you keep Tarter Sauce in refrigerator.?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 14, 2019

      Hi Barbara, the tartar sauce keeps covered and refrigerated for 5 to 7 days

      Reply

  • Elizabeth Bell
    November 22, 2019

    Just made this. Substituted dill relish for the chopped pickles and sugar… So yummy!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 23, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • KunyaJ
    November 22, 2019

    This is sheer perfection!!! I’m yelling omg with every bite!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 22, 2019

      That’s just awesome!!!

      Reply

  • Gary Dunne
    November 10, 2019

    Tartar sauce absolutely luv it why would you put Sugar in an age old traditional recipe and where are the must have Capers I luv your recipes but this time you definitely got it wrong If It Ain’t broke Dont Fix It SUGAR Doesn’t make things better it just makes them Fatter

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    • John
      January 10, 2020

      I love the negative reviews, such as “it just tasted like dill pickles” or “why add sugar and where are the capers”…I guess these people don’t eat much tartar sauce, tarter sauce is basically mayo, pickles, and lemon juice. And I’m sorry but as much as I love capers and do put them in my tartar sauce, they are not “must have” in tartar sauce, they’re not even classically in the recipe. This tartar sauce is good.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 11, 2020

        Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, John!

        Reply

    • Gina
      January 25, 2020

      I’m a stickler for good grammar and using punctuation marks. Your’s is awful and diminishes whatever you’re trying to say. I was reading reviews for the recipe and had to let you know so you can improve it.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 25, 2020

        Thank you for that feedback, Gina.

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      • Kantis
        January 25, 2020

        Gina you are rude AF and could have kept that to yourself.

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      • B. Sanders
        January 25, 2020

        Gina,

        Your’s is?

        When you are indicating possession, yours is the correct choice—not your’s. You do not need an apostrophe to indicate possession because yours itself is a possessive pronoun.

        In this sense, yours is similar to other possessive pronouns like its, whose, and ours. None of these words requires an apostrophe since they are already possessive.

        We’re all entitled to our opinion, but we should be grateful that Natasha has shared such a wonderful recipe with us!

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        • Stephanie
          March 15, 2020

          My family loves this recipe, but I hate to say I’ve adjusted it just a bit. We do not care for a “sweet” tartar sauce, so we omit the sugar. We only use 1/4 cup finely diced dill pickles, but add about 1/4 tsp (or more!) of hot horseradish sauce. We always add the finely diced onion. Again, this is a personal preference. Thank you so very much for such a delicious alternative to store-bought, artificial tartar sauce!

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          • Natasha's Kitchen
            March 16, 2020

            I am glad that it worked great with some adjustments that you made. Thank you for sharing that with us and for providing a great review!

      • Doug Weingartz
        March 25, 2020

        Wow.

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      • David Marion
        May 18, 2020

        “Your’s” is awful?
        Your comment was intended satire, I hope.

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    • Elizabeth Dallaire
      February 26, 2020

      I haven’t tried making the salmon patties yet but I did try the tartar sauce which I loved. I was wondering though if the cup of pickles to a cup of mayo was not too much, It tasted lovely just that I got the impression that maybe it should have been half to two thrids cup pickles and more lemon juice. Would it be wrong to add a little more lemon juice, and parsley?
      My question, how do you fit in cooking for your family, caring for the kids and then answering all your fans comments??? It must be so overwhelmingly time consuming and tiring to sift through the myriad of comments, and answer each one. And for all the recipes that you have too!!! Do you have someone helping you with that as in m y mind, I cannot wrap it around the amount of time it would take to answer all those comments. But thanks for taking it!! And for your wonderful recipes and videos.

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      • Natasha
        February 26, 2020

        Hi Elizabeth, you can definitely change that up to your taste preference and it should still work fine. It has grown into something bigger than we could handle on our own and I have 3 assistants that help me behind the scenes to manage our community. There is no way I could possibly do it all alone. My assistants are amazing and help me so much.

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  • Sandra
    November 7, 2019

    The best tartar sauce I have ever tasted. Kudos Natasha and all the best. God bless you.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 7, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

      Reply

  • Lorraine Kapsa
    October 26, 2019

    I just made this tartar sauce and it was fabulous. One question: how long does it keep?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 26, 2019

      Hi Lorraine, the tartar sauce keeps covered and refrigerated for 5 to 7 days.

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      • Lorraine Kapsa
        October 26, 2019

        Darn, I was hoping for longer since it makes so much. Thanks

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    • Terri
      November 4, 2019

      Wonderful! Quick easy and sooo good! Added onion powder and used dill relish.

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        November 4, 2019

        I’m so glad you enjoyed that! Thank you for sharing that with me!

        Reply

  • Dave
    October 19, 2019

    Sorry. Comment intended for the salmon patty recipe. DUH!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2019

      That’s okay! Thank you for that awesome feedback!

      Reply

  • David
    October 19, 2019

    You’re a cook after my own butter-loving heart. These are delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that, David! Thank you for that great review!

      Reply

  • Joseph Grillo
    October 9, 2019

    I followed the recipe exactly and that tasted nothing like good tarter sauce ugh

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 9, 2019

      Hi Joseph, I haven’t had that happen but I am more than happy to troubleshoot. Was anything altered in this recipe by chance?

      Reply

  • Sierra
    September 16, 2019

    I just made this to go with lunch, som fish fillets I cooked in my Air Fryer. Easily the best tartar sauce I’ve ever had! The only things I changed was adding a little bit of onion powdee (instead of diced onion) and I added a bit golf celery seed.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 16, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that, Sierra! Sounds like you found a new family favorite!

      Reply

  • Judy
    September 16, 2019

    I’m making your Tartar Sauce.
    How long will this keep in the refrigerator?

    Thank you.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 16, 2019

      Hi Judy, the tartar sauce keeps covered and refrigerated for 5 to 7 days.

      Reply

      • Dean Crombie
        October 17, 2019

        Have kept this in the frig for months, still good

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  • Kym R Brice
    August 24, 2019

    Ooh yep
    .. that’s a cracker tartare!
    So easy and it’s spot on I reckon!
    I dropped in a tblspn of sweet mustard pickles and a tblspn of sugar and it was super sickly sweet.
    No dramas It was easy to get it back under control with more mayo.
    Beutifull …
    I did get pumped on it so much that I tucked buck into the fridge a then snuck in a tblspn of cream also just coz I’m fiesty for experimental opportunities with my cooking.
    Regards.
    Killer job

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 24, 2019

      I’m glad you enjoyed that Kym. Thank you for that feedback!

      Reply

  • Dorothy Gibson
    August 22, 2019

    I realized too late we were out of Tarter Sauce to go with our fish. I Googled and found your receipe. It is 10x better than store bought like most things are better homemade. I don’t know why I waited so long to try making it. It was so good. My family loved it. Now I am looking at your other receipes to try. Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 22, 2019

      Sounds like you found a new favorite Dorothy! Thank you for that awesome review!

      Reply

  • Paula Philips
    August 22, 2019

    This is sooo good. I used dill, and garlic pickles. It was great with your Salmon patties.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 22, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Paula!

      Reply

  • David H.
    August 19, 2019

    I’ve always added a touch of Ketchup to my tartar sauce. I think I got that from my grandma. I don’t see any recipes that call for it online. Do I come from a crazy family?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 20, 2019

      Honestly, I haven’t seen or tried that combination. If you like it then you like it. Nothing wrong with that 🙂

      Reply

    • Mary
      November 5, 2019

      Nah, it’s just a tartar sauce trying to be thousand island dressing. Sometimes my grandma used chopped sweet pickles instead of dill.

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  • Dawn
    August 18, 2019

    Delicious and SUPER fast and easy.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 18, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

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  • Sophia
    August 16, 2019

    Hello there, dear Natasha! This is Sophia from Athens Greece I couldn’t help comenting on this recipe since it’s the first one of yours I tried. I just made it for my 18years old twins, hoping that it would get my son finally eat the fish he constantly avoids – since he’s a strict meat lover. I wanted you to let you know that… goal achived and I cannot thank you enough! As for my daughter (on the contrary huge fish_lover and vegeterian as well) was like “mmhhh mmhhh” while enjoying this beautiful sauce! Thank you! I found your channel on facebook by accident (as good things usually happen) then did some more research and I must say that I love the way you present everything about cooking. I love the simplicity, I love the clarity, plainess and neatless of your recipes, I love the touch of chic on the editing of your channel and videos.

    I wish all the best to you and your family, keep up the great job and be sure that I’ve already marked several of your recipes to try in my kitchen asap. I really like them all and I’m so glad that I found your so fine meal_suggestions. Thank you very very much!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 16, 2019

      I’m so happy you love our recipes, Sophia! Thank you so much for the fantastic review and your encouraging words. I am smiling big reading your comment

      Reply

  • Joann Campbell
    July 28, 2019

    I made this exactly as it says (unusual for me). It was perfect! I did use the onion (red onion) and fresh dill and let it all sit for about an hour or more. Served it with fresh deep fried cod sandwich. I won’t buy store bot again. Great!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 29, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Rhonda
    July 27, 2019

    I caught myself in a pinch today. I cooked fish and low and behold no tartar sauce. I came across your recipe and decided to give it a try “Very Good” I did have to alter a little bit because I didn’t have enough dill pickles so used a little sweet relish and turned out great. Will make from now on instead of store bought and make sure I have all the supplies. Thank you for sharing…

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 28, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

      Reply

  • Nancy Devine
    July 11, 2019

    My favorite is: Mayo, Onion, Sweet Pickle Relish, lemon juice. My go to tartar sauce recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 12, 2019

      That sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing that!

      Reply

  • Anonymous
    July 11, 2019

    Claussen pickles

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  • Bill
    June 11, 2019

    Being from the South I’ve been making tartar sauce for years, but never with a recipe. the unknown variant is always the dill pickle. I’m curious if you have found a reliable favorite; my wife has never met a dill pickle she couldn’t eat, but I’m a bit pickier. Oh, by the way, never leave out leave out the onion…finely diced or even grated, amount to taste, Vidalia if you can get them or other sweet variety…just sayin’… 🙂

    Bill

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2019

      Hi Bill! We definitely prefer homemade over here! Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

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      • Bill
        June 11, 2019

        I’m assuming you use your aunt’s recipe. Have you ever tried halving the cokes before pickling?

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        • Natasha
          June 11, 2019

          Hi Bill, we usually put them in the jar whole – do you prefer to halve them?

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          • Bill
            June 12, 2019

            I’ve only ever made bread and butter pickles before; but thought perhaps halving would mature them sooner. But on second thought that might also negatively impact crispiness…which by my reckoning is the holy grail of pickle making.

            While I’ve got you…I’m not sure if I’ll be able to lay my hands on dill with the flower; would a teaspoon of dried dill be an acceptable alternative ?
            Thanks again

          • Natashas Kitchen
            June 12, 2019

            I think that will work Bill! Let me know how you like that if you experiment!

  • Angela R Wade
    May 31, 2019

    how long will this keep in the fridge?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 31, 2019

      Hi Angela, the tartar sauce keeps covered and refrigerated for 5 to 7 days.

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      • Terry LeFoy
        August 27, 2019

        If my mayo is good for a year from now, and seems to be the only real ing. that can spoil, why then do you say this only keeps 5/7 days in fridge? I’m making it now.

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        • Natasha
          August 27, 2019

          Hi Terry, it’s more for the onion and dill which are more perishable.

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          • Terry LeFoy
            August 27, 2019

            OK, thank you. I’m using a dry dill, so didn’t think of it that way. Terry

  • Bob Bergquist
    May 30, 2019

    Should there be a little Cream of Tartar in Tartar sauce ??

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    • Natasha
      May 30, 2019

      Hi Bob, Cream of Tartar isn’t a common ingredient in tartar sauce. I’ve seen one recipe with it online which surprised me since Cream of Tartar is usually known for it’s usefulness in baking and not tartar sauce.

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      • d j
        June 17, 2019

        Hullo Bob. I replied on this quite sometime back. Yes, you do need a bit of cream of tartar in it – 1/8 to 1/4 tsp, depending on howmuch tanginess you want in your sauce. Modern tastes may have changed, but that is how my 1916 vintage grandmother taught me back in the 70’s. The cream of tartar gives it that little something extra that modern sauces miss. It is also how TARTAR sauce got its name.

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  • David W Henry
    May 22, 2019

    Trident’s fish sticks are the best. I have been a supplier of their packaging and the QC is outstanding. I have watched them made on the line and what a QC job they do. You will not know how well their QC is, above the industry. Did you know the largest consumer of fish sticks is Germay??

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 22, 2019

      That’s amazing!! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

    • Monica Chiasson
      May 25, 2019

      I worked QC in Our fish plant, and at the end of every day I worked the Mince Machine for fish sticks. It was comprised of all the trimmer’s V-Bones from the days work and never quality checked for parasites. Have not ate a fish stick since..

      Reply

  • Farrel
    May 13, 2019

    This is basically the same recipe I have used for years, but I also add some capers.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 13, 2019

      That’s so awesome! Thank you for sharing that with me, Farrel!

      Reply

  • Shawnee M Bigelow
    April 24, 2019

    Excellent recipe.. My mom always made homemade tartar and cocktail sauces. My question is, what mayo or salad dressing do you prefer for recipes like this particular one? It’s always a toss up for me between Hellmans and Miracle Whip… What is your go-to mayo?

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    • Natasha
      April 24, 2019

      Hi Shawnee, I always use Real Mayonnaise and not miracle whip and I do go between different brands – Hellmans’s or Best Foods, or Real Mayo.

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      • Cathy
        April 25, 2019

        Best to make sure the mayo does NOT contain canola oil.

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    • d j
      June 17, 2019

      If you have a source of freshly laid eggs, homemade is best. Youtube has great videos on how to easily make fresh mayo using a stick blender, and you control the ingredients and flavor.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        June 17, 2019

        Thank you for sharing that DJ.

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    • Terry LeFoy
      August 27, 2019

      I just gotta jump in here, lol, there is (to me) NOTHING to compare to the taste of DUKES Mayo, it’s mild, and just makes alllll taste so much better, there is to me a slight bitter aftertaste with other mayos. I buy the regular and the lite, love it! And using it now with this.

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      • Cindy
        September 17, 2019

        Yeah Terry! Another Duke’s fan!!!! Nothing better!

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      • thela
        September 21, 2019

        Just recently found Duke’s and am waiting to open it. Good to see a positive review on it. I am fussy about maho and wonder why sme folks don’t realize Hellman’s is mayo and Miracle Whip is saad dressing and has sugar in it. Mayo does not.

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  • Bonnie
    April 24, 2019

    I do this but if I don’t have dill pickles a little green relish works too

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 24, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Bonnie!

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  • Jan
    March 29, 2019

    Thanks so much for including all the comments; I got some great ideas from them. I can’t eat pickles, so I think I will try finely chopped pickled okra (I get it at Walmart). The vinegar has already reduced the slime, and I’ll rinse it and pat dry to further reduce it. I really appreciate your blog.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 30, 2019

      I’m so happy that was helpful! I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Joyce
    March 24, 2019

    This Tartar Sauce recipe is the same way my son makes his homemade version except instead of sugar he uses Old Bay!! SO good!!! I will have to show him your version!! Love all your recipes AND your videos!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 24, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂

      Reply

  • Jen
    March 22, 2019

    I make this recipe with a slight variation. I substituted the bread crumbs with crushed pork rinds for a Keto friendly version. The cakes and tartar sauce are to die for!
    Natasha, thank you for sharing this recipe. I recommend your channel to everyone! This is a definite hit at potlucks.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 23, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review Jen 🙂 I’m so happy you found a favorite on our blog!

      Reply

  • Laura
    March 8, 2019

    I am never ever buying tartar sauce again. I use my home made dill pickles and I didn’t skimp with the seasonings.I used onion powder,just a little. Wonderful stuff ! I can’t wait to check out other recipes on your blog.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 8, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!.

      Reply

  • Nunu
    March 8, 2019

    This is an excellent recipe.

    I used my own homemade mayo and my MIL’s carrot pickles instead of dill pickles. I also added a minced clove of garlic, but otherwise followed the recipe as written.

    A keeper I will make again and again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 8, 2019

      Sounds like you found a new favorite! Thank you for sharing your awesome review with me!

      Reply

  • Tartar lover
    March 6, 2019

    What kind /brand of dill pickles do you use? I love to eat pickles but I only like the good deli type ones like boars Head or claussen; but I’m thinking the cheap “picklier” ones that are bright green might add more flavor?

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    • Natasha
      March 7, 2019

      Hi, I think you’re right about the cheap picklier ones – they seem to add more of a vinegary punch, but the Boars Head and Claussen are also good.

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      • Pete
        April 13, 2019

        Tartar sauce should include the same ingredients as a steak tartar: pickles, shallots (not onion), and capers. There should be enough acid from the capers and pickles, plus that in the mayo, to not need to add lemon juice, though it’s a question of taste. As are the optional parsley or dill. Generally, if you need these other ingredients, there’s too much mayo and not enough capers, pickles and shallots.

        In your recipe, there are certainly not enough capers!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          April 13, 2019

          Thank you for sharing that with us!

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  • Maureen
    January 20, 2019

    Made it last night to go with fishcakes. Only had cornichons pickled with chili. Wow did that add a fantastic kick! Thanks Natasha.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

      Reply

  • Virginia Velez
    January 8, 2019

    YOU ALREADY HAVE SO MANY HAPPY FANS, BUT I JUST HAVE TO COMMENT ANYWAY. THIS STUFF IS TO DIE FOR! HUSBAND, 2 TWEENS AND A TEEN INHALED IT WITH SLOPPY SALMON PATTIES TONIGHT.
    THANK YOU.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 8, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂

      Reply

  • Sue Ritter
    January 7, 2019

    I use cilantro instead of dill in mine and never had the exact measurements- I use to hate fish till I started making my own tartar sauce -can’t wait to try yours with dill- also add a little sour cream

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 7, 2019

      I hope you love it, Sue!

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  • Elaine
    January 3, 2019

    How long will this keep in refrigerator?

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    • Natasha
      January 3, 2019

      Hi Elaine, the tartar sauce keeps covered and refrigerated for 5 to 7 days.

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  • Rachel
    January 2, 2019

    Can I use dill pickle relish rather than cutting up dill pickles?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 2, 2019

      I haven’t tried relish but I think it could still work fine as long as it isn’t a sweet relish which would change the flavor profile. 🙂

      Reply

  • Steve D Myers
    November 20, 2018

    I added some lemon zest for a little more lemon flavor

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 20, 2018

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Jim Taylor
    November 4, 2018

    Really super alagoshus good

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Jeremy Williams
    November 3, 2018

    Simply amazing! This is my go to recipe. I always double the recipe and add a tbsp on minced garlic as well. The onions are a must for me but I beyond mince them so my kids don’t even know I added any! Thanks for a superb recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 3, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Monica Booth
    November 2, 2018

    Thanks for the recipe! I was making fish and chips last night and realized our bottle of tartar sauce was expired! I didn’t have ALL your ingredients on hand, but I had mayo, tangy dill relish, lemon juice and fresh cracked pepper. So I can’t say I made your recipe exactly, but you certainly inspired me (and helped with knowing proportions to make my own). I’ll never buy store-bought tartar sauce again, especially since it always seems to expire before I can finish it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 2, 2018

      I love that you were able to make this work, Monica!! Thank you for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Aldi
    October 22, 2018

    easy and delicious went amazing with the salmon cakes ! 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 22, 2018

      Isn’t it the perfect combination! Thanks for your feedback!

      Reply

  • Addison
    October 9, 2018

    This tartar sauce is awesome. I will never buy store bought again. I’d give it 10 stars…its that good.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 9, 2018

      Wow! Thank you for this amazing review, Addison!

      Reply

  • Joy Rae
    October 5, 2018

    This is so good! I make it just as the recipe specifies.
    Very satisfying and I liked the hint of lemon. Goes great with our beer-battered cod we like to eat.
    Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 5, 2018

      Yes! So perfect with beer battered cod! Thank you for the awesome review, Joy!

      Reply

  • Kathy Owen
    September 15, 2018

    This is my first time making Tartar Sauce. It’s really good. I didn’t have dill or parsley so I just left them out. Yummy!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 15, 2018

      That’s so great! Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Michelle
    September 9, 2018

    This recipe was awesome. Best tarter sauce recipe I’ve ever made. I only substituted Vegenaise for the Mayo for a slightly healthier option. I also used 1/2 Tspn of Dill and 1/2 Tbspn of Parsley. Thx for sharing your recipe!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 9, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Michelle! Thank you for the wonderful review!

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  • Yaeli vital
    August 17, 2018

    Dear Natasha! I make home made dill pickles,my grandma recipe,I always use the dill from the pickles for recipes like this and for my yogurt tziziki,the dill flavor is so much richer than the fresh ones in this kind of recipes ! When people ask me how do I get this flavor in this recipes I tel them “my secret”!!! You really should try!!! But then you will need my grandma’s perfect and sooo eazy to make recipe!!! “Estusha”s dill pickles” ! I will be more than happy to share it offcors!!! 😊💗I will make your Tartar and I will put chopped fresh chives instead of onions(not cooked onions are to sharp for me I use green onions or chaives)and I will let you know how it was(for us here in tel Aviv -beautiful Israel!)by the way,is it fish in the photo next to the Tartar? Look’s solo yummm! Can I have the recipe?? And exactly what fish you used? Thank you very very much! And so sorry for the loooooong massage!!! Dont know what happened to me today…sorry!😏☺️😍

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 17, 2018

      Hi Yaeli! Yes, please share that with us, we love to hear about new recipes from our readers. I really appreciate the longer but thoughtful messages!recipe here, please enjoy!

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  • Yailenne
    August 16, 2018

    I don’t like tartar sauce, do you think it’s going to taste good with some lemon aioli?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 16, 2018

      Hi Yailenne. Which recipe are you referring to? 🙂

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      • Yailenne
        August 16, 2018

        Oh sorry! I was talking about the salmon cakes recipe. I’ve just try it and it was awesome!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          August 16, 2018

          Oh thank you for clarifying! I’m so happy you enjoyed that!

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  • Sarah
    August 13, 2018

    My husband loved and I did too

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 13, 2018

      Hi Sarah! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Spanish Jeepboy
    July 29, 2018

    I added a tbsp of capers [well-drained] – it was really tasty

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  • Arlene
    July 22, 2018

    This recipe was awesome including the tartar sauce recipe! Just make sure you follow the directions to the T. Be certain to use unsalted butter and the salmon/croquettes will turn out awesome! I even made the homemade tartar sauce it was simply marvelous! I think my friend for sending this to me through Facebook. I think it was Olivia thanks a lot! Love you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2018

      Thank you for your thoughtful review! I’m so happy you all enjoyed this!

      Reply

  • Mucio
    July 15, 2018

    Hi! Greetings from Brazil! The land of barbecue parties, sunny beaches and great carnival balls! I do love american recipes.
    Is there any sour cream recipe? Unfortunately in Brazil there is no sour cream ready to use and we do have to prepare it at home. Can you Help me? Thanks a lot, Mucio

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 16, 2018

      Hi Mucio. Sour Cream is a fairly simple recipe including whipping cream and buttermilk. I would recommend a simple google search for a recipe. I hope this helps.

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  • Helen Lehman
    July 12, 2018

    Looks like something to make tonight.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 12, 2018

      Awesome! Enjoy!

      Reply

  • Sheila Bell
    July 2, 2018

    Has anyone tried this recipe with sweet pickles instead of dill pickles? I would leave out the sugar if I used sweet pickles.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 2, 2018

      Yes! Some of readers reporting this working great with sweet pickles!

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  • Michelle
    June 19, 2018

    Holy moly this is good. I left out the sugar since I like my tartar sauce more on the tart side and used my own homemade mayo. I’m a tartar sauce on everything kind of girl and now that I can make it at home makes me so happy. Thank you for the recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 19, 2018

      Thank you for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Michelle
    June 14, 2018

    Thank you so much for the tartar sauce recipe! I will never buy store bought again. It’s easy and fresh, and the onion gave it that certain something! I will be subscribing and following your blog so that I don’t miss a thing!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 14, 2018

      I’m so happy you discovered our blog. Welcome! 🙂

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      • T. Quevedo
        May 23, 2020

        I loved your recipe so much, I saved it on the computer. Then my hard drive went belly up. I had to search for it again by telling it I wanted a recipe that used 1 cup dill pickles. Best recipe ever. I use a spice grinder to finely chop the dill pickle.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          May 23, 2020

          I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for that great review!

          Reply

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