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What is Tartare Sauce

What is Tartare Sauce?

You’d be surprised how often we’ve been asked this.

More popular in Europe and especially in coastal area – tartare sauce is a creamy, tangy dip that tastes amazing with seafood. 

Make it from scratch, or cheat and get Amity’s home made version here.

Tartare Sauce
Amity's Homemade Tartare Sauce


What is Tartare Sauce?

Tartare sauce is a cold and creamy condiment with herbs through it. blended in. It has a sweet, tangy taste.

At its most basic, tartare sauce will consist of mayonnaise, chopped pickles and chopped onions, providing that balance of tart and sweetness. Some versions will also contain capers, olives, dill, lemon juice, vinegar, or even mustard.

It is a condiment that is typically served cold, often as a side for dipping – it tastes great with fried seafood.

But don’t stop there! This sauce also works well as a sauce added to sandwiches or atop steak tartare (more on the differences between tartar and tartare later!).

What Does It Taste Like?

Tartare sauce is part sweet, part savoury with a bit of tartness. It’s often served with fried seafood dishes, as its smooth creaminess really compliments the savoury flavor and crispy texture.

It can be more tart or more mild depending on the amount of ingredients like capers or lemon juice that are added. 

Langoustine and Tartare Sauce
Langoustine and Tartare Sauce

Is it Tartare or Tartar?

Both! While known in the states as Tartar, in the UK and other Commonwealth Nations, it is commonly referred to as ‘Tartare’.

Is it vegan?

Traditionally made tartare is not vegan as it contains mayonnaise, but it is gluten-free! 

Can I Cook With It?

This condiment should be served cold. Usually it will be served on the side as a dipping sauce, or as part of a sandwich filling. For example, it works deliciously in fish finger sandwiches or fish in a bun!

Where to Buy

Tartare sauce
Fish and Chips with Tartare Sauce

You can get yours delivered direct from Amity here.


Beautiful homemade Tartare Sauce by Roxy’s Sauces – the ideal accompaniment to any of our fish products, particularly the breaded items. Just a treat!

Looking for more inspiration? Our Brand Ambassador Rebecca’s Cookery has some delicious and easy to follow recipes that are perfect for Amity seafood. Or head to our COOKING page for great tips on how to use your langoustine by Chef and Cookery Writer Charlotte Pike.

Still not sure? Our dedicated crew are here and ready to take your calls and answer your emails. We are passionate about our produce and happy to make recommendations and provide guidance on how to use your Amity catch! Contact us on orders@amityfish.co.uk.

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