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Adding a dollop of sauce brings any dish up a level. Our jalapeno tartar sauce recipe has a little kick to it without overwhelming heat.

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Use the tartar sauce to top Baja fish tacos, fish &chips, fish sticks or any seafood dish, fried food, especially French fries andchicken fingers. Jalapeno tartar sauceis even great on a hamburger.

How To Make Our Jalapeno Tartar Sauce Recipe

Just 4 ingredients & 5 minutes to an excellentsauce. Mix mayonnaise with fresh lime juice,diced jalapeno and red onion. That’s it!

Ingredient Substitutions For Jalapeno Tartar Sauce Recipe

The lime juice is a variation on lemon juice that istypically used in homemade tartar sauce recipes. Lemons are a good substitute for the lime.

You can use any kind of onion. I like red onion for the color and little bitof bite that red onions have.

Jalapenos can be fresh or use the jarred kind that you’llfind by the pickles at your grocery store.

How To Cut Fresh Jalapenos

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Jarred jalapenos are a perfectly acceptable substitution forfresh in our jalapeno tartar sauce recipe.I prefer the texture of fresh jalapenos but the flavor is very similar.

Wash and dry the fresh jalapenos. Slice off the stem end and discard. Cut the jalapeno in half lengthwise. To control the heat, remove the seeds andlong membrane. Or leave the membrane inif you prefer a spicier tartar sauce.

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DO NOT TOUCH YOUR EYES until you have thoroughly washed yourhands with soap. You’d be surprised howmuch of the chili oil remains on your hands and fingers that you don’t evenrealize.

What To Do If You Get Jalapeno Oil In Your Eyes

I learned the hard way by touching my eye after cutting ajalapeno. It burns like crazy and I hadto just close my eyes and wait for the burn to go away.

According to the website pepperscale.com, youdon’t want to go for water. Water will makethings worse by spreading the burning around.Water will repel the oil because they don’t mix well.

Instead go for milk which will break down the capsaicin inthe hot peppers. After washing your handswith water, put a paper towel soaked in milk on your eye. Don’t rub, just let the milk seep a littleinto your eyes, it should help relieve some of the burn.

Now you can make our jalapeno tartar sauce recipe withoutworry of chili oil burn.

Uses For Our Jalapeno Tartar Sauce Recipe

BajaFish Tacos, or just about any taco.Try it on Beef BarbacoaTacos, EasyChicken Tacos, BlackenedFish Tacos,

Any fried food, especially Frenchfries and chickenfingers

Fish sticks or fish & chips

Topping a hamburger, try our FriedGreen Tomato Hamburger or GeneralMuir Hamburger

Jalapeno Tartar Sauce Recipe

Just 4 ingredients & 5 minutes to an excellent sauce. Mix mayonnaise with fresh lime juice, diced jalapeno and red onion. That’s it!


Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Servings 1 cup

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  • 1cupmayonnaise
  • 1Tablespoonfresh lime juice
  • 1mediumfresh jalapeno, dicedor 3 Tablespoons jarred
  • 2Tablespoonsred onion, diced


  1. Wash and dry lime and jalapeno. Dice jalapeno and red onion. Reserve a few pieces for garnish. Stir into mayonnaise and add lime juice.

    Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

Ingredient substitutions:

Lime can be replaced with lemon

Fresh jalapenos can be replaced with jarred jalapenos

Red onion can be replaced with any type of onion

Mayonnaise can be replaced with Greek yogurt

Of course all of these substitutions will alter the taste a little

Word Of Caution: When dicing a fresh jalapeno wash your hands thoroughly and DON’T touch your eyes, it’ll burn

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How to make Gordon Ramsay's tartar sauce? ›

Gordon Ramsay Tartar Sauce
  1. Condiments.
  2. • 1 tbsp Capers.
  3. • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard.
  4. • 1 Dill pickle, small.
  5. • 1 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh.
  6. • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise.
  7. • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce.

How do you use tartar sauce? ›

Tartar sauce is traditionally served with seafood dishes like crab cakes and fish and chips, but in our house, we eat it with veggies instead! Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy it: With crispy baked (or air fried) veggies. I'd take crispy veggies over fish sticks any day!

Why is it tartar sauce? ›

Why is it called tartar sauce? Tartar sauce originated in France as sauce tartare, named after the Tatars who settled in Ukraine and parts of Russia. The French, in producing this mayonnaise or aioli sauce, may have based the "tartar" moniker upon their spelling of the Tatar name, which was Tartare.

What is traditional tartar sauce made of? ›

Tartar Sauce Ingredients

It's typically made with mayonnaise, chopped pickles or relish, lemon juice, and herbs (like tarragon and dill). There are also a handful of optional ingredients you can add that take the tartar sauce's flavor to the next level.

How long will homemade tartar sauce keep? ›

Tartar sauce should be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for about a week. Obviously, if it starts to smell funky in the fridge or the flavor is off before the week is up, you should dump it. Similar to other mayonnaise-based condiments, tartar sauce does not freeze well because the emulsion can break.

Can tartar sauce go bad? ›

Tartar sauce can last for about six months.

Opened bottles of tartar sauce should remain good for up to six months as long as they're kept in the refrigerator. If you suspect your tartar sauce is going bad, check the bottle for an expiration date.

Is tartar sauce good or bad for you? ›

Eating tartar sauce may promote bone and heart health

But just because it's not the lightest accompaniment doesn't mean it's completely lacking in nutritional benefits. According to Healthline, tartar sauce is relatively low in calories, with two tablespoons adding up to about 63 calories.

What is a good substitute for tartar sauce? ›

Instead of tartar sauce, use a garlicky aioli with or without a little dill or chopped pickle. Another good sauce option that goes well with seafood is a tomato-based co*cktail sauce. Hummus, which is also slightly acidic with lemon juice, can also make a nice dip for seafood.

Why is my tartar sauce runny? ›

Tartar sauce will thicken a bit when it's chilled. If you find that your tartar sauce turns out runny or too thin, try reducing the lemon juice next time. Make sure you always drain the pickles well. If it's still too thin, try adding a bit more mayonnaise.

Why does tartar sauce taste so good? ›

The inclusion of lemon juice, dill pickles, and capers ensures that tartar sauce offers an unbelievable kick of tang, above and beyond what sour cream offers. That makes the flavor of the baked potato more dynamic, which is perfect when you want to get a little something more out of a weeknight meal.

How long does tartare sauce last? ›

Homemade tartar sauce will last for up to 1 week stored in the fridge.

How does Gordon Ramsay make batter for fish? ›

Cooking instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix both flours, baking powder and sugar.
  2. Add soda water, lager and salt.
  3. Mix together only until the batter binds together and is smooth. ...
  4. Cover your fish with a dusting of plain flour, then drop into the batter and coat completely.
  5. Pre-heat vegetable oil in deep fryer to 180C.

What is the difference between tartar sauce and tartare sauce? ›

Tartar sauce (French: sauce tartare; spelled tartare sauce in the UK, Ireland, and Commonwealth countries) is a condiment made of mayonnaise, chopped pickles and relish, caper, and herbs such as tarragon and dill.

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