Tasty and healthy Greek yogurt tartar sauce is a much better choice than store bought soybean oil sauce. Wonderful with any seafood, I often serve it with tuna cakes.
Tartar sauce is a mayonnaise-based sauce, traditionally served with seafood. Apparently, it’s been around since the 19th century. I love this sauce, but I actually prefer to make homemade Greek yogurt tartar sauce.
Store bought tartar sauce is often not the best choice
The reason I prefer to make it homemade? Commercial tartar sauce is often filled with questionable ingredients.
Kraft’s, for example, contains soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, artificial flavors, and preservatives. 😳
Perhaps that’s not surprising. But 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.”
That’s a huge pet peeve of mine! I’d like to know what “spices” are included in a product that I purchase. Many people have allergies and sensitivities to certain ingredients, including spices. I appreciate the need to keep commercial recipes secret, but the consumer’s right to know should trump that, in my opinion.
Can you make tartar sauce with Greek yogurt?
Absolutely! I always make my homemade tartar sauce with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. I think it’s just as good, and I love that it’s so 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 recipe.
If you prefer to use mayonnaise, I suggest you use avocado oil mayo. Studies show that avocado oil is very healthy. Another tasty option is to use sour cream. I haven’t tried that, but if Greek yogurt works, then sour cream would work too. However, Greek yogurt is obviously a healthier choice.
How to serve Greek yogurt tartar sauce?
Tartar sauce is very versatile. it’s truly wonderful with any seafood dish. I usually serve it with crab cakes, tuna cakes and salmon muffins. It also pairs beautifully with simply boiled shrimp, in lieu of cocktail sauce. And it’s wonderful with low carb fried fish.
How long can I keep homemade tartar sauce?
It keeps quite well actually, though not as long as commercial sauce, of course. You can keep this Greek yogurt tartar sauce in the fridge, covered, for up to 7 days. Just make sure you mix it again before serving.
Greek Yogurt Tartar Sauce
- 1/2 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Pinch kosher salt
- Pinch black pepper
- Pinch dried dill
- Pinch cayenne (optional)
- 1 tablespoon finely diced dill pickles
- 1 tablespoon finely diced capers
- In a small bowl, with a small spatula, mix the yogurt with the mustard, salt, pepper, dill and cayenne if using.
- Fold in the pickles and capers.
- Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes, to allow flavors to meld.