I tweaked this recipe for months until I came up with a very good clone of McDonald's® famous tartar sauce.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Blend mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons relish, capers, 1 tablespoon chopped onion, parsley, and sugar in a blender until smooth. Stir remaining relish and onion into the blended mixture.

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  • Transfer sauce to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Cook's Note:

If you have a problem blending this because it's too thick, add in a teaspoon of milk or cream. Also, use dill relish, not sweet dill relish.

Nutrition Facts

136 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 1.5g; fat 14.6g; cholesterol 7mg; sodium 202.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (54)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2015
I HATE sweet relish and so I usually shy away from tartar sauce because of that reason so this one appealed to me in a big way. I like capers and typically have them on hand but was certain that Mickey D's would NOT use capers and this would not taste anything like their sauce. WRONG! Spot on! No, BETTER! The recipe submitter mentioned it turning out a little too runny and my solution to that was really smashing the relish against the jar before adding it to the recipe to eliminate some of the excess liquid. Hands down this is the best tartar sauce EVER and I am thrilled to be the first reviewer. I will make this often with my catfish. Thanks duboo! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/14/2020
Soooo NOT spot on. I made this recipe EXACTLY as posted and it most definitely does NOT taste like McDonald's. Read More
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74 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 67
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2015
I HATE sweet relish and so I usually shy away from tartar sauce because of that reason so this one appealed to me in a big way. I like capers and typically have them on hand but was certain that Mickey D's would NOT use capers and this would not taste anything like their sauce. WRONG! Spot on! No, BETTER! The recipe submitter mentioned it turning out a little too runny and my solution to that was really smashing the relish against the jar before adding it to the recipe to eliminate some of the excess liquid. Hands down this is the best tartar sauce EVER and I am thrilled to be the first reviewer. I will make this often with my catfish. Thanks duboo! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2015
I'm the submitter of this recipe and I think the flavor is spot on with Mickey Dees. However the last time I made it, it was runnier than I like it. I recommend that you squeeze out the relish before adding and blending. Lately, I've skipped the blending altogether and have mashed the relish and capers with a fork. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2016
I've tried several other recipes claiming to taste like McDonald's Tartar sauce -- one my Martha Stuart. None of them came close. Frankly, I had given up. Then I tried this one. It nailed it! It's obvious that the author really worked to duplicate the taste. If you too had given up, try this recipe. I think you will be surprised and love it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2015
EXCELLENT! I made this to go with tonight's dinner of crab cakes. Normally I just mix mayo and relish so this really caught my eye. I love the addition of capers so I put in a little extra. I put the relish in a colander before adding to be sure it wouldn't be runny. The flavor is delicious and can only get better the longer it's refrigerated. The texture couldn't be better. There was no need to thicken or thin. I've never had the tartar sauce from McDonald's. All I can say after trying this is "Look out McDonald's duboo's in town!" Thanks for sharing duboo. I will use this recipe many times. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2016
I've eaten no less than one bazillion fillet o' fish from McDonalds (my guilty pleasure). It's bang on....and maybe even a little nicer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2016
It's been quite a while since I've had a McDonald's fillet of fish sandwich, but I did remember trying them many years ago and being surprised to find myself liking tartar sauce for the first time. This being the Lenten season, fish is on the Friday menu now, so I thought I'd give this copycat recipe a try. I made it with no adjustments, except to skip the last step of adding part of the relish and onions unblended. I used my immersion hand blender and thought the consistency of the sauce was nice and creamy - not the least bit runny. The addition of capers was a nice touch. We liked this very much. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2018
I love me some fried fish slathered with tartar sauce. I love me some Fillet O’ Fish sammiches with extra tartar sauce. I cannot buy good tartar sauce at the grocery store; in fact they’re all dismal. Too sweet or too gooey. Restaurant versions are weak too. McDonald’s sauce is my holy Grail. So I googled this up and heavens to Betsy!! Well done, my friend! Mind blown. Life changed. Home-made forever. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2019
this is perfect. i love the flavor that adding the capers and using the dill relish and adding onion makes. i used to use sweet relish mayo and that was it, and really hated it because i think mcdonalds tartar is fantastic, and of course when you make tartar with sweet relish and mayo, it tastes nothing like mcdonald's tartar.... so i ventured out to find a copycat, had never even heard of capers, and never knew there was dill relish (i'm thankful for that in itself, because i hate sweet pickles but love dill pickles a lot), anyhow, it is exactly as it should be, i love it, and will never make it any other way. this is perfect. thanks!!! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2015
As the recipe is it is GOOD. BUT Sometime I add 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried tarragon 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice. I like to play with my food. Thank You...Grpa Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/14/2020
Soooo NOT spot on. I made this recipe EXACTLY as posted and it most definitely does NOT taste like McDonald's. Read More
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