California-Style Tartar Sauce

  • Serves

    makes About 1 Cup

Traditional recipes for tartar sauce use homemade mayonnaise, but high-quality store-bought mayo yields good results, too.


  • 3 cornichons or gherkins
  • 2-3 tsp. nonpareil capers
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp. pickling brine from jar of cornichons
  • 1 tsp. pickling brine from jar of capers
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, white or black


Step 1

Finely chop cornichons or gherkins and transfer to a medium mixing bowl. Chop nonpareil capers and add to bowl with cornichons.

Step 2

Add mayonnaise, lemon juice, and pickling brine from cornichons and capers. Mix with a wooden spoon until well-blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Adjust seasonings with a little more mayonnaise, lemon juice, or either of the pickling brines, if you like.

Continue to Next Story

Want more SAVEUR?

Get our favorite recipes, stories, and more delivered to your inbox.