WHAT IS TARTAR SAUCE?
Tartar or “tartaric acid” occurs naturally in plants, most often grapes. Ever notice “crystals” in the bottom of your wine bottle? That’s tartaric acid. Also called “cream of tartar” it is sour tasting and lends that tang to tartar sauce. But, if you don’t have any, don’t fret–lemon or lime juice is an adequate substitute. This multipurpose fan favorite may seem like it’s only for fish but this tangy creamy sauce is excellent on chicken and roasted or steamed vegetables as well. Best of all it’s super easy to make–pretty much from things you likely have in your own kitchen.
SUGGESTIONS WHEN MAKING TARTAR SAUCE?
- Dill Pickle or Sweet Relish?
Here’s where preference really plays a part–what’s your pickle? Pickle of some kind is traditional in tartar sauce but what kind is up to you. Sweet relish is most often used but if you don’t like sweeter sauces go for minced dill pickle instead. Learn how to make your own dill pickles with our recipe!
WHAT PAIRS WELL WITH TARTAR SAUCE?
Fried fish fillets are a very popular choice, but like with any good sauce other choices abound. From french fries and hamburgers all the up to steak or chicken, this sauce pairs with most proteins and starch. Just be careful that the flavoring you use with the meat is compatible with this sauce. You can even add them to a deviled egg recipe for fun! (written by Chef Stef)