After you make this Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe, you’ll never eat store-bought tartar sauce again! This super easy recipe can be part of a low-carb, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, diabetic, or Whole-30 diet.

In a serving bowl with onions and red pepper flakes.

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This recipe for tartar sauce may make you change the way you think about the condiment! There is something about making tartar sauce with truly fresh ingredients that makes it sing! Fresh dill and fresh onions make all the difference in flavor.

So with hundreds of recipes for tartar sauce on the internet, what makes this one different? Pickle juice! Instead of using lemon juice or vinegar like so many recipes do, I decided to use pickle juice for that acid in the recipe. The results are fantastic! Pickle juice already contains a lot of the flavors we love in tartar sauce, like dill and garlic. These flavors have already had time to truly harmonize with each other. Instead of adding a single bright note, like we would if we added a vinegar or lemon juice, we add a melange of flavor along with the brightness.

In a serving bowl with onions and red pepper flakes.

Another thing that sets this tartar sauce apart is the use of red pepper flakes. Using red pepper flakes is something I find myself doing more and more in my cooking. I love the spark of heat it gives foods. Adding just a bit keeps the heat from being overwhelming. I find that these spicy flakes compliment the dill quite nicely.

This Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe takes only a few minutes to whip up to serve with your favorite fish. Don’t have a low-carb fish recipe, yet? No worries!  Just check back on Monday for a low-carb fish recipe that goes perfectly with this recipe. For a sneak peak, check out the last photo.

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe in a serving bowl.
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Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

After you make this Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe, you'll never eat store-bought tartar sauce again! This recipe can be part of a low-carb, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, diabetic, or Whole-30 diet.

Course Condiment
Cuisine American, low-carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 20
Author Annissa Slusher

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickles minced
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoons onion minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

    Ingredients for Homemade Tartar Sauce in a mixing bowl
  2. Stir to blend. 

    Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe--Process Photo with ingredients mixed.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1 tablespoon

Per serving:

Calories: 71

Fat (g): 8

Carbs (g): <1 

'Fiber (g): 0

Net carbs (g): <1

 

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe served on fish.

 

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