Homemade Tartar Sauce

The trick to making tartar sauce is to make sure the eggs are at room temperature and to add only a few drops of oil at a time.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1⁄8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. capers, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pickle, chopped


  • Put the egg yolks into a metal bowl and whisk vigorously. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and continue whisking. Repeat with a second tablespoon of vegetable oil. Whisk in the salt.
  • Add the white wine vinegar. Add 2 more tablespoons vegetable oil, a few drops at a time, whisking vigorously. The mixture should emulsify and thicken.
  • Once the mixture has emulsified, add the lemon juice, mustard, cayenne, capers, onion, and pickle. Add the remaining 1⁄4 cup of vegetable oil and process in a blender or food processor. For best results, chill for an hour to give the flavors a chance to blend.