We came up with this Homemade Tartar Sauce when we made our yummy fish and chips recipe. We have tried many store bought and restaurant served tartar sauces over the years, and we definitely prefer the freshness of this homemade version.
Who knew making your own homemade tartar sauce was so easy and tastes so much better than anything you can buy! I love the combo of the lemon and dill flavors, it was the perfect dip for our fish.
For the best flavor, use fresh squeezed lemon juice and fresh dill. There are some helpful things to remember when using fresh dill. Dill weed loses it’s freshness quickly, so pick or purchase it within a day or two of using it in a recipe. The dill leaves will wilt and lose their flavor if kept in the fridge too long. Also, you can use a generous amount of dill in a recipe and not worry about the dill flavor overpowering the dish. When chopping fresh dill leaves, remove the feathery fern-like leaves and stems from the thick center stem. Discard the stem. Use a sharp chopping knife to mince the leaves, to the desired consistency.
If you don’t have fresh dill available, dried dill can also be used. When using dried dill, be sure to crush the dill between your hands before adding to the tartar sauce. Crushing the dill leaves will bring out more of the dill flavor. You can also use a mortar and pestle to accomplish the same thing.
We will definitely be making our own tartar sauce from here on out. Please, please – use a good quality mayonnaise, it makes a huge difference in the taste of the sauce, I prefer Best Foods mayo. And if you haven’t tried our recipe for fish and chips, it is a must try! You can find the recipe HERE.