Tartar-Like Sauce

$1.32 recipe / $0.33 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
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I’m calling this “tartar-like sauce” because I don’t really know what it is. Well, it’s the sauce listed with this recipe but changed a whole bunch to fit what I have in my refrigerator and to reduce the fat.

Whatever this mixture is, it tastes DELICIOUS! I might just have to use it as a dip for a bunch of different things. I combined light mayonnaise and fat free plain yogurt as the base for the sauce but if you don’t happen to have fat free plain yogurt around, you can just sub more mayonnaise in it’s place.

A side note on mayo: Not all light mayonnaise is created equal! If you’ve tried it and don’t like it, you may have just tried the wrong one. Honestly, Hellman’s light mayonnaise is the only one that I’ll eat. As a matter of fact, it tastes so good that I can’t tell the difference between it and it’s full fat friend. And, no, they did not pay me or send me free stuff to say that.

Tartar-Like Sauce

tartar like sauce ingredients in white bowl with spoon

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Tartar-like Sauce

Make this lighter version of tartar sauce and be in complete control over the flavor and ingredients that go into it.
Servings 4
Prep 10 minutes
Total 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise ($0.84)
  • 1/4 cup fat free plain yogurt ($0.13)
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle slices ($0.15)
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard ($0.07)
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice ($0.03)
  • 1/2 tsp dry dill ($0.10)


  • Finely dice/mince the dill pickles. Combine them in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Chill until ready to use.

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Serving: 1ServingCalories: 87.83kcalCarbohydrates: 4.63gProtein: 1.13gFat: 7.38gSodium: 382.63mgFiber: 0.3g
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Step By Step Photos

dill pickle slices with fork and jar of pickles in the background
Take a few dill pickle slices…

minced dill pickles with knife
Dice them up really well.

sauce ingredients in white bowl with spoon
Add the rest of the ingredients (mayo, yogurt, dijon, lemon juice, dill)…

sauce stirred and ready to serve in white bowl
And stir it up until it’s well combined. Chill until ready to serve!

Tartar like sauce placed on blue plate with fish sticks to dip

I want more fish sticks…

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  1. We love raw onion around here so whenever I make a quick “tartar” sauce, I always add very finely chopped onion… SO good.

  2. Wow! This sauce is just awesome! I used to mix only mayo and relish to go with my fish sticks but this is much much better! Thank you for sharing all your ideas!

  3. i used too much mustard in mine so it was a pale yellow :( but it still went really well with my “flounder fish sticks” instead of tilapia (because that is what i already had) great ‘lighter’ recipe for a sauce though!!

  4. …I thought Tartar sauce was just mayo and pickles? I mean, if it looks like a tartar sauce, walks like a tartar sauce, and quacks like a tartar sauce…

  5. I totally hear you on the Hellman’s! Mayo is the ONLY thing I refuse to buy generic. It truly is the best. and can’t wait to try this sauce! I have to work through some serious left-overs before I make something new.