Easy homemade tartare sauce is a superb accompaniment to battered fish and seafood in general. It’s piquant, salty flavour is the perfect foil for the greasiness of golden fish batter. You’ll be won over if you buy store bought versions, which are usually gloopy and sweet. Try this and you won’t look back.
We love a good fry up, and this classic sauce gets trotted out whenever we batter fish or calamari till golden and dollop on a good hit of this delicious sauce. It is perfect to have on hand for over the holidays as seafood always appears on the table whether it’s fresh prawns or delicious blue swimmer cakes. This piquant sauce is best made a day or 2 before serving to let the flavours marry.
Gherkin and caper balance
The right balance of gherkins and capers adds the correct amount of piquancy to this classic sauce. Gherkins bring a tangy, sharp flavour while the capers add a briny balance.
Chives and dill
Fresh herbs add a load of flavour to tartare sauce. They bring a real freshness to the sauce and really ups the flavour.
It is important to have a great mayonnaise base for this classic sauce. Homemade 30 second mayonnaise is our choice 30 second whole egg mayonnaise
Check out some more winning sauce recipes
- easy hollandaise sauce
- seafood cocktail sauce
- ginger and shallot dipping sauce
- haloumi fries with roasted garlic and anchovy and caper dressing
Click on the links above for the recipes
What’s your go to sauce to have with seafood? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.Print
Easy homemade tartare sauce is the perfect accompaniment to battered fish or dipping fresh prawns into. Fresh, piquant and creamy you’ll never buy store bought sweet and gloopy tartare again.
- 1 cup homemade whole egg mayonnaise or a good quality store bought whole egg mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet and sour gherkins
- 2 tablespoons finely sliced chives
- 3 tablespoons baby capers, drained
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
- zest of one lemon
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly milled black pepper
- 2 tablespoons gherkin pickling juice
- few drops of tabasco to taste – optional
- mix all ingredients together till blended
- refrigerate for up to 1 week
- serve and enjoy!
- Category: fish and seafood
- Method: benchtop
- Cuisine: French
Keywords: easy homemade tartare sauce
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