This healthy tartar sauce is packed with flavor but seriously lightened up, using a mix of Greek yogurt and light mayonnaise. This dill tartar sauce uses relish for an easy homemade tartar sauce that can be customized to your liking.
I’ll start by saying: I freaking love condiments. I have some fries with my ketchup, some chips with my salsa, some pasta with my sauce…all of it.
More is more when it comes to my culinary accoutrements.
One condiment among many that I can’t get enough of is tartar sauce, though the flavors can be hit or miss for me (more on that later). It’s clearly the option for a variety of seafood dishes like fish and chips, fried shrimp, etc. And using it as a dipping sauce for french fries? Perfection.
Problem is, tartar sauce isn’t the lightest food out there. In fact it’s traditionally a mayonnaise-heavy sauce that packs in the calories. And a one tablespoon serving size? I just don’t see that happening on my plate.
To continue garnishing my food with wild abandon, I’ve taken to making a homemade and healthy tartar sauce to accompany the many batches of baked tuna cakes we’ve been eating lately.
Using a blend of light mayonnaise and plain Greek yogurt, this dill tartar sauce features a tangy, bold flavor and matches the creamy, slightly crunchy consistency of standard tartar sauce varieties. And it does it all with less fat and and calories per generous serving.
How to make homemade tartar sauce
While I’m sure everyone does it differently, this version of tartar sauce has equal parts light mayonnaise, plain Greek yogurt, and dill relish at its base. Amping up the dill flavor works well to mask the distinct tang that yogurt has and helps hide the fact that this tartar sauce is lightened up. Plus using relish means you don’t have to chop up slippery pickles. No thank you.
When stirred together with diced onion, lemon juice, dried dill, salt, pepper, and a little bit of granulated sugar, you get a thick and creamy tartar sauce that doesn’t lack flavor or texture.
If that makes sense, saying that this sauce is both creamy and has texture. Just that it won’t be too gloopy and you won’t risk having a spoonful in which you won’t get any relish or onion. Lots of flavor in all parts of this sauce.
Sweet vs. dill tartar sauce
One easy way to really switch up this homemade tartar sauce recipe is by using a different variety of relish.
My household is firmly in the dill relish camp so that’s what we use and love when we make tartar sauce. That said, if you know you and your crowd like tartar sauce made with sweet relish better, then by all means use that instead.
Just keep in mind that sweet relish has more calories (around twenty calories per tablespoon) than dill (zero calories per tablespoon), so the nutritional info estimate given at the bottom of the recipe card will differ.
The photos you see in this post are for a double batch of tartar sauce, which served a crowd. The recipe as written is a more manageable size for a meal, though the ingredients are easily able to be doubled if you require more for whatever you’re serving.
Healthy baked tuna cakes, as seen in the above photo, are a perfect pairing for this tartar sauce. They’re super easy to make and wonderfully golden-brown without any pan-frying necessary. I also really love to dip french fries in it!
- This homemade tartar sauce recipe is very forgiving, and you can increase/decrease/add/omit ingredients as you like. I recommend tasting as you go so you can really make this your own.
Healthy Tartar Sauce
- 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup dill relish
- 1 tbsp finely diced onion
- 3/4 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Pinch of salt, or to taste
- Whisk together the light mayonnaise and Greek yogurt in a medium bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.
- Take a taste and see if you'd like to add more of anything: relish, salt, etc.
- Once the flavors are to your liking, refrigerate until serving. Homemade tartar sauce will stay in the fridge for several days.
Nutritional information is provided as an estimate. As it can vary due to many factors (brands used, quantities, etc.), we cannot guarantee its accuracy.