With only a handful of ingredients, this tartar sauce will take no time at all to whip up! You will never be tempted to pick up a bottle of store-bought again. Come on over to my kitchen, and let’s make this easy recipe for tartar sauce with horseradish!
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Bottled tartar sauce is okay, I guess. But why would you want to settle for something mediocre on your fish, when you could spend ten minutes of your time making something extraordinary? When testing this recipe out, it came down to two bowls of tartar sauce. One with the secret ingredient, and one without. What was that secret ingredient, you may ask? Horseradish. Horseradish is the key ingredient in this recipe. It adds the “something-something” that was missing in the bowl without it. Just ask my family!
What you need to make tartar sauce.
- Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is the base ingredient to most any tartar sauce. If you want to make a great mayo, use my recipe for homemade mayonnaise! It’s delicious.
- Dill pickles. I chopped mine quite fine. To chop a pickle, just slice it lengthwise in half, cut the lengthwise halves into strips, and then slice the short end to make tiny pieces of chopped pickle. Easy.
- Fresh dill. You know, I have never encountered dried dill that tasted good. Fresh dill is the way to go for this recipe.
- Lemon juice. Fresh squeezed or bottled will work just fine.
- Green onions. These need to be chopped finely, also.
- Horseradish. Try to find prepared horseradish. The stronger the flavour, the better.
- Mustard. While you could use any type of mustard, I just stuck to plain old yellow.
- Honey. You could replace the honey with a little white sugar if needed. I prefer the honey flavour, and it’s easier to mix in than sugar.
How to make tartar sauce with horseradish!
- Measure out one cup of mayonnaise into a medium sized bowl.
- On a cutting board, chop dill pickles finely. You’ll need half a cup.
- Using the same cutting board, chop a quarter of a cup of fresh dill.
- Add the pickles and dill to your mayonnaise.
- Add one tablespoon of either fresh or bottled lemon juice.
- Chop two green onions and add them to the bowl.
- Scoop out one tablespoon of prepared horseradish.
- One teaspoon of both honey and yellow mustard. Add horseradish, honey and mustard to the bowl of ingredients.
- Mix all together very well. The end result will be somewhere between a salad dressing and mayonnaise texture.
- Enjoy your tartar sauce on fish!
- How long does homemade tartar sauce last in the fridge?
Tartar sauce should last in your fridge, covered tightly, at least a week. After a week, I would check it to make sure it smells okay.
- What does tartar sauce go well with?
Fish! I would also dip my potato fries in it. Battered fish is best with this sauce, but I think it would be tasty with baked, broiled or fried fish also.
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Tartar Sauce with Horseradish
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 tbsp lemon juice, fresh or bottled
- 1 tbsp prepared horseradish
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- 1 tsp honey
- Chop pickles, onions and dill finely on a cutting board.
- Measure mayonnaise, dill, pickles, onions, lemon juice, horseradish, mustard and honey in a medium sized bowl.
- Stir well.
- Enjoy with fish!
Tips for tartar sauce:
- Use fresh dill if at all possible. It is WAY better than dried dill.
- To chop a pickle, cut it lengthwise in strips, and then chop the shorter end into tiny pieces.
- You can use either fresh or bottled lemon juice. Both are perfectly suitable.
- Make sure to find prepared horseradish. It will have the strongest flavour.
- You can use 1 tsp of sugar instead of honey.
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- Prepared horseradish. Try not to buy horseradish “sauce”.
- Wooden measuring spoons. I really like mine.
- Striped napkins. Very similar to the one I used in this post.