Nothing accompanies fried fish better than a bit of tartar sauce.
Tartar sauce is a thick, mayonnaise
sauce most popularly used as a dip for fried fish
or French fries
simplest tartar sauces include just mayonnaise and a single
accompanying ingredient (usually pickles). Some combination of capers
, lemon juice
, hard-cooked eggs
usually augments the sauce.
While the name tartar refers to the Tatars, Turkish-speakers who
migrated to Mongolia in the 5th century, tartar sauce is not a Tatar
recipe. Sauces akin to tartar sauce have been used in Europe since
Tartar sauce is so popular in Seattle, Washington that it is often
served unrequested with French fries and is used by some restaurants,
including the chain Dick’s Drive-In, as a staple burger ingredient.
Some local restaurants even use a mustard-tartar sauce mix referred to
sauce has also made a splash in pop culture in the Nickelodeon cartoon
series "Spongebob Squarepants," which is set on the ocean floor. The
title character uses “Tartar Sauce!” as an exclamatory curse word when
things go amiss.
Regular tartar sauce can be made to varying degrees of fancy-ness
depending on the combination of ingredients. Check ingredients when
purchasing, or just purchase the ingredients themselves to whip up your
own tartar sauce
as vegan mayonnaise is available, so is vegan tartar sauce
. The mixture
generally includes some variation of the following ingredients and can
be store-bought or homemade: sunflower oil, water, plant protein, wine
vinegar, raw cane sugar, sea salt
, mustard, cucumber
, onion, spices
Keep tartar sauce refrigerated. If left at room temperature or warmer for several hours, it needs to be discarded.
Even if you don’t typically make your own tartar sauce, you can conjure
a simple recipe when in a pinch: just mix mayonnaise and relish.
Try one of our favorite tartar sauce recipes:
Crawfish Cakes With Chipotle Tartar Sauce
Oven Fried Oysters
Baked French Fries
View BigOven's tartar-sauce recipes