My mother and I always judge a seafood restaurant by their tartar sauce. Well, here's one that will make any fried halibut jump for joy! It's worth the extra ingredients and fuss.

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Ingredients

22
Original recipe yields 22 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir together the mayonnaise, pickles, egg, shallot, capers, tarragon, mustard, parsley, and lemon juice in a bowl. Refrigerate 4 to 8 hours before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

80 calories; 0.4 g protein; 1.4 g carbohydrates; 13.4 mg cholesterol; 128.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2012
Excellent tartar sauce! I used Hellmen's light mayo and relish vs. chopping pickles. I love the capers in this! This was perfect for beer battered fish! Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2012
Excellent tartar sauce! I used Hellmen's light mayo and relish vs. chopping pickles. I love the capers in this! This was perfect for beer battered fish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2009
I made this tartar sauce minus the capers (I didn't have them on hand and forgot to pick them up at the store) and served it with boiled halibut. My dinner party loved the tartar sauce! Even a non-tartar-sauce person loved it! It had a nice tangy and slightly sweet taste from the lemon and bread and butter pickles and I think the tarragon just rounds it out so nicely. It made the dinner I think! I made the recipe as 22 servings but it served my party of 8 with maybe 2 servings left. Like I said they loved it. If I ever have the capers I'll have to try it that way too. Thank you for the tasty sauce recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2010
WOW give me a bigger spoon!! This is SOOO good you don't need any seafood. Since I made this I try to think of something "else" to prepare just so I can have more tartar sauce! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2012
I found this recipe to be good...I feel if I left out the tarragon it would have been better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2017
The best tartar sauce I ever had I thought I liked long Johns sauce but this sauce was the best Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2016
This was so good my hubby was eating it with a spoon! The tarragon adds a nice delicate flavor to this condiment. Easy to make too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2015
This was delicious!! Esp. The next day!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2017
Ok first I have to say I am NOT a tartar sauce person. I've gone my entire life (all 51 years) never liking it.... Until we went tpo a ling o ttle whole-in-the-wall restaurant that had homemade tartar sauce with tarragon-- I flipped. It was really good. So trying to recreate it I found this recipe. I did do some tweaking-- had fresh tarragon and some extra left over basil and tyme leaves from a marinade I was doing... Used sweet gherkins and capers but then ran everything through a food processor before whisking it into a mix of 1/2 cup mayonaise and 1/2 cup of lite sour cream (El Esposo is trying to lose some weight). ERMAGAWD. This is good stuff folks! (I think I may try to sneak some plain yogurt in there next time!) THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2017
Excellent recipe. I used substituted sweet relish though and added some salt and pepper. For the egg I used a an old pasta strainer I was throwing away anyway. Very easy to take this recipe and create different tastes. No tarragon? Try dill. No Parsley? Try Oregano Will be making this in a variety of ways many more times! Edit: After finally getting tarragon to make this the right way I've concluded I prefer it without the tarragon. Dill and oregano are better. Other reviews as far back as 2012 agree. Tarragon does not belong. Read More