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What Does Tartar Sauce Taste Like?

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Contemplating trying Tartar sauce but not sure what it tastes like? Want a rough idea before you commit to putting some on your plate? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here is what you are going to want to know.

So, what does Tartar sauce taste like? Tartar sauce is a creamy, somewhat sweet sauce with an element of sharpness. It is kind of like a bolder version of mayonnaise. In terms of consistency, tartar sauce is relatively thick but does provide a crunch due to the inclusion of capers and/or dill pickles.

That’s the gist of it.

Although, the truth is not all tartar sauce tastes exactly the same.

It does depend on the recipe or brand that you consume.

Some call for more of certain ingredients than others; making it sometimes sweeter, or tangier.

For instance, some recipes include more lemon juice; whereas others will include more capers.

So, you are going to need to try a few brands and recipes and find out what you like.

Better yet would be to check the ingredient list first and foremost.

That way you can get a better idea of what to expect.

At other times it may be more creamy and smooth, and may also be more subtle too.

What Is In Tartar Sauce?

Tartar sauce most typically includes mayonnaise, chopped pickles, capers, and specific herbs – such as dill or tarragon. Although, some recipes will also include onions, lemon juice, and other herbs too.

That’s the basis of your traditional recipe.

It does not always follow suit.

And at the same time, the ratio of ingredients can range too.

If you are buying a brand – then you can always compare the ingredients.

But if you are making this sauce from scratch – it gives you plenty of opportunities to test new ingredients, the ratio and create something that is more in line with your preferences.

What Does Tartar Sauce Go Well With?

Tartar sauce goes best with fish. Specifically white fish, battered fish, fried fish, or fish cakes. Although, this sauce can also work well in sandwiches or when eaten with vegetables.

In fact, tartar sauce is almost synonymous with fish and chips.

That is where it has been traditionally used.

But it can really enhance any seafood dish.

And it doesn’t have to be white fish exclusively.

It works very well with crab, calamari, and even the likes of clams.

And how can we forget Mcdonald’s and their use for the sauce?

Breaded fish.

As is the case in the filet-o-fish.

Tartar sauce is included in this sandwich, by default.

And then onto vegetables.

Tartar sauce works great with either baked or steamed vegetables too.

Corn, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli – these all work well.

And here’s another one to try – over a baked potato!


“Tangy mayonnaise with herbs in it” – that’s how I’ve seen Tartar sauce described.

And it’s quite accurate.

I can understand the sentiments here.

While this is not a strong sauce, it is a little tangy and can pack a punch.

But for the most part, it is widely enjoyed.

At least if you enjoy mayonnaise or creamy sauces in general.

But do try out different brands or if you are feeling brave, make your own.

That way you’ll find one that is most flavorsome, and enjoyable, for you.

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