Homemade Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce

An easy, healthy tartar sauce recipe that uses thick, creamy Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise.

Tartar sauce is a mayonnaise-based sauce, traditionally served with seafood. I prefer to make homemade tartar sauce because it’s easy, and because Store-bought tartar sauce is filled with junk – see the list of ingredients below*. Even organic tartar sauce from Whole Foods has a few ingredients that I’d rather avoid, such as soybean oil, sugar, gums and thickeners, and the all-mysterious “spices.”

I make my tartar sauce with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. It’s just as good, and much, much healthier. Since I use Greek yogurt, which is naturally tart, I find that there’s no need to add lemon juice or vinegar to this homemade tartar sauce.

Tartar Sauce Recipe
Prep and Cool time
Total time
Recipe type: Sauce, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal
Yield: 4 servings
  • ½ cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Pinch dried dill
  • Pinch cayenne (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced dill pickles
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced capers
  1. In a small bowl, with a small spatula, mix the yogurt with the mustard, salt, pepper, dill and cayenne if using.
  2. Fold in the pickles and capers.
  3. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes, to allow flavors to meld.
*Ingredients in Kraft Tartar Sauce:
Water, Vinegar, Soybeans Oil, Pickles Chopped, Sugar, Corn Syrup High Fructose, Eggs, Food Starch Modified, Contains less than 22% of, Salt, Onions, Mustard Flour, Parsley, Xanthan Gum, Colors Artificial, Flavors Natural, Paprika, Spices, Flavors Artificial, with, Garlic, Potassium Sorbate, and, Calcium Disodium EDTA, As Preservatives.

Ingredients in Whole Foods Tartar Sauce:
Soy Oil Expeller Pressed Organic, Water Filtered, Vinegar Cider Organic, Sugar Cane Organic, Cucumbers Organic, Eggs Yolks Organic, Salt, Lemons Juice Concentrate Organic, Onions Organic, Tapioca Starch Organic, Capers Organic, Spices Organic, Xanthan Gum, Vegetables Gum, Calcium Chloride, Spices Extract.
Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: 2 tablespoons; Calories: 62; Fat: 3g; Carbohydrates: 4g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 196mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 5g

Tartar Sauce Recipe

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