The basic ingredients for homemade tartar sauce are mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard and lemon juice. Some cooks remove the sweet pickle relish and add other ingredients as substitutes.
Basic tartar sauce involves mixing 1 cup of mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish, 1 teaspoon of prepared yellow mustard and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a bowl. This tartar sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Epicurious omits the sweet pickle relish in favor of a mix of ingredients that produce a similar flavor. The recipe calls for 1/4-cup of chopped dill pickle, 3 tablespoons of chopped green onion, 1 tablespoon of drained capers and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley. The recipe further specifies Dijon mustard over prepared yellow mustard. It also adds 1/2-teaspoon of dried tarragon, 1/2-teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and 1/4-teaspoon of hot pepper sauce. The cook still mixes all the ingredients together in a bowl.
The Food Network features a gourmet-style tartar sauce. It starts with 1 cup of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of sweet pickle relish and lemon juice. This recipe does not call for mustard. Instead, cooks add 1/4-cup of sour cream, 1 tablespoon of minced red onion, 1 teaspoon of crab boil seasoning, 2 dashes of hot sauce, a pinch of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.