Why This Recipe Works
Thanks to store bought vegan mayonnaise, this recipe tastes just like tartar sauce that’s made with dairy.
Additionally, you can buy or make vegan Worcestershire sauce, which is a common ingredient found in this homemade tartar sauce.
The rest of the ingredients are also vegan, so when they’re combined with the vegan mayo and Worcestershire, the sauce is exactly what you’d expect it to taste like.
It’s truly the best tartar sauce.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Vegan Mayonnaise – This is the base of your tartar sauce. Most store-bought mayo is nut-free, so it’s good for those who have allergies to nuts.
We always try to support vegan companies, so our mayo of choice is Follow Your Heart Veganaise. If you can’t find this, then try Hellman’s or Sir Kensington’s vegan mayo.
Substitute with plain vegan Greek yogurt.
Sweet Pickle Relish – This adds tanginess, and of course, sweetness to the mayo.
If you don’t like sweet relish, then feel free to use dill relish. In a pinch you can also chop up whole pickles.
Lemon Juice – The fresh lemon adds acidity and depth of flavor to the sauce.
Substitute with white wine or apple cider vinegar.
Capers – These little flower buds add a briny, salty flavor. If you don’t have capers you can substitute with green or kalamata olives.
Fresh Dill – Dill is best when it’s fresh, and it makes a big impact on the flavor of the sauce.
Substitute with dried dill if you can’t find fresh.
Vegan Worcestershire Sauce – Conventional Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies. Fortunately, Wizard’s is vegan AND gluten-free.
Substitute with tamari or soy sauce.
Dijon Mustard – Substitute with yellow mustard.
Salt and pepper to taste – Taste the sauce before adding the salt and pepper, because many of the other ingredients will add salt.
How to Make Vegan Tartar Sauce
Mince the capers and fresh dill.
Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until fully combined.
Recipe FAQs and Pro Tips
Yes, just swap the mayo with plain vegan Greek yogurt.
Yes, there are several different brands that make it, including Follow Your Heart.
If you prefer a thicker sauce, add more mayo by the tablespoon until you get the desired thickness.
For a thinner sauce, add water by the teaspoon until you get the desired consistency.
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Easy Vegan Tartar Sauce
- ½ cup vegan mayonnaise we use Follow Your Heart brand
- 2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
- 2 tsp lemon juice or white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp capers chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh dill minced
- 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce we use Wizard's brand
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Finely chop the capers and mince the dill.
- In a small bowl, whisk the 1/2 cup vegan mayo, 2 tbsp sweet pickle relish, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp capers, 1 tbsp fresh dill, 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to taste until fully combined.