Keto Tartar Sauce

Keto Tartar sauce in a small red bowl

A couple years ago, I got tired of always pulling a bottle of expired tartar sauce out of my pantry. I swear the stuff has the shortest shelf life! So I decided to start to make my own homemade tartar sauce.

You know what? It was even easier than I thought. And since I had complete control over the ingredients, I could make it low carb: keto tartar sauce!

Ingredients needed

  • Mayo
  • Dill pickle (and some pickle juice from the jar)
  • Lemon juice
ingredients: pickles, mayo, lemon for juice

The beauty of this is, these are ingredients I always have on hand. I can literally just throw this together in under 5 minutes while my salmon patties or potato crusted cod are cooking.

How to make homemade tartar sauce

Chop the pickle and place it in a bowl. Add everything else and mix it up.


Variations for this easy tartar sauce

With the right mayo, this keto tartar sauce is low carb, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and sugar-free. If you’d rather go low-fat, then use a reduced fat mayo.

Fresh squeezed lemon juice gives the sauce a bright and fresh taste, but I will confess that I keep bottled lemon juice around for emergency back up and it has certainly been used for this tartar sauce. If you want to make tartar sauce without lemon juice, just substitute a little more pickle juice to compensate.

If you don’t usually keep dill pickles around, then maybe pick up some dill pickle relish. Not the sweet relish – you want the dill version. Since it’s already chopped, that will make things even quicker. However, you don’t really have access to the juice in relish, so you’ll probably have to play with the proportions a little. Start with 2 tablespoons of relish and be prepared to make adjustments.

In the instructions I state to take a quick taste once everything is mixed. The tartar sauce should have a distinct tang, and not taste overwhelmingly of any one of the flavors. This is the perfect time to add a bit more pickle juice, lemon juice or mayo as needed. It’s very, very simple.

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Once you’ve made your own easy tartar sauce, you’ll never want the stuff from the store again!

Keto Tartar sauce in a small red bowl
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Keto Tartar Sauce

This easy homemade sauce is low-carb, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and sugar-free. But filled with fresh taste!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 194kcal
Author: Sula


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 medium dill pickle approx 2 oz
  • 1 Tablespoon pickle juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  • Chop pickle into very fine pieces.
  • Place chopped pickle in a bowl with all other ingredients and stir together.
  • Taste and adjust as preferred.



Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.


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