The Best Tartar Sauce

Friday, 14 June 2019

 The Best Tartar Sauce 

The recipe I am sharing today is one I developed when I worked down South at the Manor. I used to make it when I was making them Cod Cakes or even just pan frying fish. They loved it. No surprise there. It's totally delicious!  Homemade Tartar Sauce from scratch tastes infinitely better than anything mass produced!!

The Best Tartar Sauce  

I made this to go with some simple frozen fish and chips last week, having been inspired by the inclusion of some lovely looking gherkins in my May Degustabox.  The theme for May was Brunch & Afternoon Tea!

Every month I am the lucky recipient of a Degustabox.  Once a month, around the middle of the month, I am sent one of these lovely boxes which contain a delicious assortment of all things foodie.  I just love these boxes. Opening each one is tiny a bit like opening a Christmas gift. Always a surprise, and always filled with things that pique my interest and desire to try. Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of 10 to 15 specially selected foodie products.  

There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Quite often you will have the opportunity to try  new products before they arrive in the shops, so it can be a bit of a sneak peak! Each Degustabox costs only £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved. You can cancel at any time. I love getting these boxes! In my opinion, they are great value for money spent.  This month I can even offer you a discount. (more about that below) 
And now a bit of what was included in the May box.

SPLENDA Sweet Minis  1 X £1.50

SPLENDA, the perfect alternative to sugar, is made with sucralose, a low-calorie sweetener derived from sucrose.  Splenda makes it easy to enjoy life's treats and cut down on sugar at the same time.  Each Splenda mini has the same sweetness as a teaspoon of sugar, but doesn't contain calories.

*Available in major supermarkets and Ocado 

INDIE BAY SNACKS Spelt Pretzel Bites with Rock Salt 2 X £1

Indie Bay Snacks have reinvented the classic pretzel, using new ingredients and processes to create a snack with benefits. These crunchy, delicious pearls are sources of protein and fibre that contain fewer than 100 calories per portion, and they're vegan too! 

*Available at Sainsbury's, Ocado, Amazon & others.


Daelmans (Est. 1909) original Dutch stroopwafels. A tasty waffle and subtle caramel filling made from the finest ingredients.  The delicious treat with coffee, tea or just in between.

*Available at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Co-op,  or

Koko Dairy Free Super Milk is enriched with 9 key vitamins and minerals, offering specially boosted nutrition for all ages from toddlers to seniors. It provides more nutrients than any regular plant or dairy milk! With a creamy full-bodied taste its delicious to use as a full fat milk replacement.

*Available at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, Co-op 


Milkybar Mix Ups are here!  An exciting mix of Milkybar white chocolate buttons with a cocoa filling ad milk chocolate buttons with a milky filling.  They are available in bags of different sizes.

*Available in all major supermarkets and independant shops.

 FREE FROM FELLOWS Midget Gems 1 X £1.99

Free From Fellows Vegan Midget Gems are made with a delicious twist. They are made without sugar, gluten, gelatin and dairy!  These products are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. They are also egg free, soy free, GMO free, nut free and are free from artificial colours and flavours.

*Available at Ocado, Boots, Sainsburys, Holland & Barrett, Morrisons and all leading Health Food Stores. 

REAL GOOD KETCHUP (Bonus Item)  1 X £2.49

Real Good Ketchup is an awesome range of Award Winning, No Added Sugar ketchup made with rich Mediterranean tomatoes, allergen free & plant-based ingredients – nothing artificial. Winner of the Best New Sugar Reduced or No Sugar Product & The Food Talk Clean Eating Gold Award. Deliciously tomatoey!

*Available at Co-op, Morrisons, Planet Organic, Whole Foods, Super Valu, and Amazon.

FIREFLY DRINKS Lemon, Lime & Ginger 1 X £1.55

Or revitalising botanical drinks are expertly crafted from still water, fruit juice and active botanicals for the perfect blend of flavour and refreshment. We never add anything nasty. All our drinks contain only naturally occurring sugar, no colours or preservatives and are Vegan friendly.

*Available at Waitrose and Ocado

LA GIOIOSA Prosecco Brut DOC Treviso 1 X £3.49

Family owned La Gioiosa is one of Italy's leading Prosecco producers. Based in Trevisio in the heart of "Prosecco Country", it produces quality wines. Its name pays tribute to the old definition of the Treviso province., "Marca giolosa et amorosa" (Joyous and Amorous March) underling the sociable Italian way of life.

*Available at Ocado, Budgens, McColls, Nisa Locally, Costcutter

NOTE- When you sign up to Degustabox you can choose to sign up for either an alcohol or alcohol free box.  This item was included in the alcohol box.

HELLMAN'S Vegan Mayo 1 X £2.15

Try new Hellman's Vegan Mayo - the great taste of Hellman's, now Vegan! Our creamy and delicious vegan mayo is gluten free, suitable for vegans and is a great source of Omega 3. The perfect addition to vegan burgers and sandwiches or as an altenative to our Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise.

*Available at major supermarkets

FRUITY BEAUTIES Organic & Fairtrade Snack Bars 1 X £1.50

Fruity Beauties are on a mission to provide a fun and nutritious burst of life. Their delicious fairtrade and organic bars are high in fibre ad one of your five a day. Positively juicy, these bars are traceable farm to fork and promote sustainability..

*Available at Ocado and via direct contact.

OTEAS Black Tea & Apricot 1 X £3.75 

Irish Tea Brack

Product of the month (This is the tea I used to make my Irish Tea Brac the other week) 

This black tea with apricot is infused with sweet and nutty apricots to create a light fruity beverage. Using only high quality black tea and apricot pieces responsibly sources, all delivered in a fully biodegradable bag. Enjoy many of our teas hot or cold.

*Available online at
Use code OTEAS15OFF for a 15% discount (expires 30 September 2019)

SHORE Seaweed Puffs  1 X £1.99

Shore takes super healthy seaweed and makes nutritious and tasty vegan snacks.  Shore seaweed puffs are a deliciously crunchy, unami filled savoury snack that's packed with good for you nutrition & all for under 100 calories per bag. Available in 4 fantastic flavours. 

*Available online at Ocado, Wholefoods & As Nature Intended stores. 

KUHNE Gin & Whiskey Cornichons 1 X £2.59

This is a new and very interesting product that I had never seen before and this is the one I chose to highlight with a recipe.  These tasty cornichons come refined with either Gin or Whiskey.

They went perfectly in this quick and easy tartar sauce recipe!  I had the Whiskey ones.  The flavour of the whiskey is very subtle and not smack you in the face. Very nice.

Of course you will want a good quality mayo for this.  I use Hellman's, always . . . I just personally like the texture and flavour of it.  I had almost been doing to use the Vegan one in this, but didn't because this isn't really a Vegan friendly recipe as it also included prepared creamed horseradish.

There is also a quantity of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley  . . .

As well as finely chopped fresh celery . . .  

Fresh lemon juice and dry mustard powder, along with some seasoning . . . 

The Best Tartar Sauce

It goes together in a flash.  I do like to make it an hour or so before I need it, chilling it covered in the refrigerator.  That way the flavours really have time to meld together perfectly.

This is THE perfect Tartar Sauce!

The Best Tartar Sauce

It has the capacity to even lift plain old battered frozen fish and chips.  Yes, even I resort to that from time to time, especially if I am having an ultra busy week! I'm only human!  This tartar sauce is also delicious on a fish finger sandwich!

The Best Tartar Sauce

Yield: Approximately 4 servings
Author: Marie Rayner
Once you taste this you'll never eat tartar sauce from a squeeze bottle or jar again. This is the best.


  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped fine
  • 2 TBS finely chopped cornichons
  • 1 TBS prepared creamed horseradish
  • 2 TBS coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 6 TBS good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


How to cook The Best Tartar Sauce

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, mixing well together. Serve with fish. If not using right away, cover and chill in the refrigerator. I always like to make this a few hours ahead of time in order for the flavours to really meld well together.
Created using The Recipes Generator

Many thanks to Degustabox UK for sending me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile.  If you like the sound of this box, why not sign up now! I find them to be really good value for money spent and I really enjoy trying out new products that I have not tried before.   Included is also a detailed information card  which tells you all about each product included, and other extras such as recipes, etc.   

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 So, that was the May Degustabox - a nice selection of products as always. We loved it. The price of each Degustabox is £12.99 (including delivery). To order your box, visit 

Use the code 2ROE0 to get £5 off your first Degustabox, free delivery AND a free bonus item (Jules Destrooper Almond Thins & Belgian Chocolate worth £2.19) – enjoy! 
Note - Although I was sent a box free of charge any and all opinions are my own. 


  1. Your fish and chips and tartar look fab..Gosh!I really should try frying..last time I used it was 13 yrs ago,we never fry.I would have to use a boat load of oil.Celery prices have hit the roof here.$5.00

    1. This wasn't fried fish Monique, just frozen ready made. Sometimes you got to do what you got to do. This tartar sauce is excellent even with poached fish or fish cakes. I miss salt cod. We always used to make our fish cakes with salt cod and potatoes. That's pretty steep for celery! Its not something you can freeze and use either. Frozen celery isn't good for much! Ouch! xoxo

  2. The celery is an interesting addition. I often replace half of the mayonnaise with greek yogurt. It adds a lighter freshness to the sauce.

    1. Yogurt is a great addition for sure Alasdair! Thanks for the input!

  3. Prepared horseradish isn't vegan friendly? I thought it was basically just horseradish root, vinegar, and salt.

    1. The creamed horseradish I use has cream and dried egg yolk in it Kath.

  4. That must be so much fun unboxing all the treats, wonderful surprises every month! Your tartar sauce sounds perfect! I love fish and chips but I never deep fry anything so baked fish is all I do, yours looks very yummy, so does your tea cake, my mum made this all the time, it was so good, I haven’t made it in years, I hope you have a great weekend marie, take care,


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