Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce is packed full of crunchy zesty dill pickle goodness! It pairs perfectly with fish, chips or fries, and even goes great on shrimp!

Everyone loves tartar sauce, but the store-bought version doesn’t even hold a candle to its homemade sibling. You will be so surprised to see how simple it is to make homemade tartar sauce, packed full of fresh dill, dill pickle bits, and other great flavors!  Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce in a clear glass bowl

It wouldn’t be fish and chips without homemade tartar sauce – the freshness from the lemon pairs perfectly with the creaminess from the mayo. Add some zestiness from the dill pickles and you have yourself the best tartar sauce ever!

It may be perfect on fish and chips, but it goes perfectly with just about any fish dish (I rhymed!)… fish tacos are great with it too!

Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce ingredients before being mixed

What is tartar sauce? Tartar sauce is basically an aioli (or mayonnaise) sauce often made with sweet pickles although I prefer a zesty dill. This dill pickle tartar sauce tastes great because I add in some extra ingredients with max flavor – dijon, capers, and fresh parsley.

In this pickle tartar sauce recipe, I love using crunchy garlic dill pickles, as garlic is one of my favorite flavors and of course I’m pretty much a dill pickle addict (hence the Dill Pickle Pasta Salad I created). Sweet pickles also work great in this recipe if you have them on hand!

We typically think of tartar sauce for just fish but it’s great for crispy oven fries, chips, or pretty much any appetizer.

Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce in a clear bowl

How To Make Tartar Sauce

It’s as simple as mixing all of the ingredients into a bowl! Start by dicing the pickles into super fine pieces. Make sure they are pretty small, depending on how chunky you’d like your sauce to be.

Combine all of your tartar sauce ingredients in a bowl, and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes so that all of the flavors have a chance to combine and intensify.

Homemade tartar sauce with dill pickles will last for about 2 weeks. Store it in your fridge in a bowl covered with plastic wrap, or transfer it into a mason jar.

What does Tartar Sauce go with?

This quick tartar sauce can be served alongside some of your favorite dishes!

Did you love this Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below!

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Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce

Zesty tartar sauce with lots of dill pickle bits. This is perfect for dipping fish, shrimp or your favorite appetizers. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 tablespoons
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  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon sweet relish
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dill pickles finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Store in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
5 from 26 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 98 | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 10mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip
Cuisine American

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  1. Just stumbled across this recipe while looking for parmesan crust recipe. Omg, This is perfect! I didn’t have onion powder so i minced some fresh onion. No fresh dill, dried is fine? Seems ok. Dilll relish instead of sweet is what i had on hand. Had everything else. Delicious! And it’s not ready yet!

    Thank you.5 stars

  2. Hey Holly,
    I made this tonight to go with some fried oysters. It was perfect!!! I didn’t have sweet relish but I had everything else and it turned out great. Neither of us like things sweet anyway. I’ll be exploring some of your other recipes as well.
    Best wishes, Lizzy5 stars

  3. This is a
    Very good tarter sauce recipe for someone who dislikes tarter sauce but loves dill pickles. Made fish and chips and hubby wanted tarter sauce. Yum!5 stars

  4. Instead of using relish I chopped up some pickles and used the brine, it worked out really well! So happy I’ve finally started making my own tartar sauce because I’m constantly going through bottles with how much our little ones love fish sticks for breakfast! Thanks for sharing!!5 stars

  5. My tartar sauce recipe for years has been finely chopped dill pickle mixed with some Best Food Mayonnaise. That is it! People always ask for my recipe. I can hardly believe it is so simple and the best.

  6. This tartar sauce recipe looked great! I’ve made many and will make this one next. Another great tartar sauce recipe is Natasha Richardsons, which also uses lots of dill pickles which is the only way to go IMHO!