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Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce Recipe

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Long John Silvers makes a terrific Tartar Sauce.

And this recipe will let you make it from the comfort of your own home!

Famous for its crispy fish and juicy shrimp, what sets Long John Silvers apart from the competition is its signature tartar sauce.

This delicious blend of garlic, onion, capers and fresh dill in a creamy mayonnaise sauce is perfect for all your favorite seafood dishes.

I couldn’t imagine eating a crispy fish fillet without it!

And with so many requests for this recipe, I’ve put together an authentic-tasting Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce recipe that’s super easy to make at home.

You won’t need any unique ingredients or special equipment to make a tartar just like they serve in the restaurant.

In addition, I’ve included some simple variations that will take your tartar sauce to the next level.

Whether you’re going Asian or south of the border, you’ll have the perfect sauce that will have your guests begging to know your secret.

So if you love tartar, read on for the best Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce recipe you can have ready in minutes.

What Do You Need To Make Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce


Fresh Garlic

Intensifies the flavor of your tartar.

White or Yellow Onion

Gives your tartar some texture and savory goodness.

Feel free to use a red onion for a more intense taste.


Nothing beats homemade for its rich and creamy flavor. However, you can use your favorite brand.

Hellman’s comes closest to capturing the same taste and texture as homemade.

Dill Pickles

Use your favorite or feel free to substitute sweet pickles if you like a sweeter-tasting tartar.

Lime Juice

Limes are a bit tangier than lemons and will give your tartar more zing.

However, you can substitute fresh lemon juice if you don’t have limes.


Similar to green olives, but with an added brininess and floral tang.

Worcestershire Sauce

For a savory and umami flavor that complements the other ingredients

Dijon Mustard

Gives your tartar some depth.

Feel free to substitute other mustards, like yellow or whole-grain.

Fresh Dill

If you can’t find fresh, you can use dried dill.

However, cut the amount in half as dry dill has a more robust flavor than fresh.

Salt and Pepper

The finishing touch that brings all the flavors together, but use sparingly, so you don’t overseason your tartar.


  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Non-reactive mixing bowl
  • Spoon or spatula

How To Make Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce

This Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce recipe is super easy to make.

Step One: First, chop the garlic, onion, capers, and dill.

Step Two: Then put all the ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and mix well.

Step Three: Cover and place your tartar in the fridge for one hour to chill before serving so all the flavors can develop.


Other Things To Consider When Making Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce

You Can Customize Your Sauce

This Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce recipe tastes great just as it is.

But with a few easy changes, you can create exciting variations that will make your taste buds sing.

For example, add ground cayenne pepper or your favorite hot sauce to give your tartar a kick.

Or, add a tablespoon of Thai chili paste or sriracha for a spicy Asian flair.

I like to use canned chipotles in adobo sauce for southwestern tartar, which goes great with fish tacos.

Add lime zest to give your sauce more zing.

Consider substituting sweet pickles or pickle relish for the dill pickles.

I like adding fresh herbs, like thyme, oregano, or chives, for a deeper flavor.

Have fun experimenting with this recipe. Who knows? You might discover an even better version than the original.

What Can I Eat with Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce?

This Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce recipe is the perfect partner for crispy fried fish. Its creamy, tangy flavor will pair well with all your favorite fish dishes.

But surprisingly, tartar goes with so much more than just fish.

Here are some ideas you might not have thought of before.

  • Serve with steak bites as a tasty appetizer.
  • Perfect over crab cakes – the tanginess complements the sweet crab meat.
  • It pairs well with all kinds of oysters and clams.
  • Serve with crispy baked vegetables.
  • A delicious dipping sauce for french fries – just like they do in Seattle!
  • Makes a yummy sandwich spread, especially for roast beef.
  • Move over sour cream! Try this on your next baked potato.

Make More Than You Need!

I like to make a double batch at the beginning of the week. That way, my tartar is ready to go whenever I’m craving a delicious fish fry.

Plus, the longer it sits, the better it tastes.

Extra tartar will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks, though I wouldn’t recommend freezing it. Tartar tends to lose its creaminess after being frozen.

Yield: Yield: 1 1/2 cups of sauce (approximately 10 servings)

Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce Recipe

Long John Silver Tartar Sauce Recipe

If you love Long John Silvers Tartar Sauce, you must use this recipe! It makes a creamy, fresh tartar sauce that pairs well with fish and many other foods. And it's effortless to make!

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • ½ yellow or white onion, minced
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickles, finely chopped
  • Juice from ½ a lime
  • 1 teaspoon capers, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. First, peel and mince the garlic, and chop the onion, pickles, capers, and fresh dill.
  2. Add the mayonnaise, minced garlic, chopped onions, pickles, capers, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and chopped dill to a non-reactive bowl and mix well.
  3. Taste your sauce and adjust any of the ingredients.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and let your sauce chill in the fridge for one hour before serving so the flavors can develop.
  6. Serve chilled.
  7. Enjoy!


  • Substitute red onion for the white for a more intense flavor.
  • Add fresh herbs, like thyme, oregano, or chives, to give your sauce more depth.
  • Like it sweet? Use sweet pickles or pickle relish instead of the dills.
  • Add a pinch (or two) of cayenne pepper or a teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce for some heat.
  • Add a tablespoon of distilled white or apple cider vinegar for a tangy tartar.
  • For a spicy Asian-inspired tartar, add a tablespoon of Thai chili paste or sriracha.
  • Looking for the perfect fish taco sauce? Add some chopped chipotles in adobo sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60Total Fat: 4.5gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 0.5g

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