Simple tartare sauce

Simple tartare sauce
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Takes 10 minutes

Whether it’s fish and chips, scampi, calamari or any fish or seafood dish, serve it with our quick and simple tartare sauce recipe.

Looking for something a little lighter? Try our healthier tartare sauce recipe instead.


  • 1 large free-range egg yolk
  • ½ tsp English mustard powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 150ml olive oil
  • 1 tbsp rinsed, chopped capers
  • 1 tbsp rinsed, finely diced gherkins
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped


  1. Place the egg yolk in the small bowl of a food processor with the mustard powder, half the lemon juice and some seasoning.
  2. Pulse to mix, then add the oil really slowly, drop by drop at first, until the mixture begins to emulsify and you have a lovely thick mayonnaise.
  3. Add the remaining lemon juice and taste to see if it needs more seasoning.
  4. Scrape into a bowl and stir through the chopped capers, gherkins, parsley and shallot. Taste again and add more of any of the flavourings if you need to.


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