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This vegan tartar sauce recipe whips up a creamy, flavorful dip using capers, dill, and vegan mayo. Perfect for dipping vegan crab cakes, veggie burgers, or carrot sticks, everyone loves this plant-based twist on the classic.

Vegan Tartar Sauce
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Craving that creamy, tangy kick of classic tartar sauce but want to eat plant-based? Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor or fun to enjoy this condiment. This easy vegan tartar sauce recipe whips up into a version that eaters of any diet will love! Try it on veggie burgers, crispy tofu nuggets, vegan crab cakes, and even as a veggie dip! This vibrant combination of vegan mayo, tangy pickles and capers, and dill brings massive flavor and takes just minutes to whip up.

Ingredients in vegan tartar sauce

This vegan tartar sauce recipe is built on vegan mayo, so it’s quick and simple to whip up. All you need is a high quality vegan mayo brand. Brands can vary a lot in flavor and texture, so make sure to find a great brand you love. Another idea is homemade vegan mayo (try this homemade mayo from vegan recipe developer Jessica in the Kitchen). Here are the ingredients you’ll need for a vegan tartar sauce:

  • Vegan mayonnaise
  • Shallot
  • Capers
  • Dill relish or finely minced dill pickle
  • Sugar
  • Dried dill
  • Salt, if desired
Vegan Tartar Sauce

How to make tartar sauce

Tartar sauce is a mayonnaise-based sauce that’s often served with seafood. It’s common in the US, UK, South Africa, Australia and around the world. The exact origin is unknown, but it’s very similar to remoulade sauce, which was invented in France in the 17th century (they can be used interchangeably, so you can call this vegan remoulade, too).

Tartar sauce is simple to make: you’ll simply mix together a few easy ingredients. Here’s how to make tartar sauce (or jump right to the recipe for exact quantities):

  • Chop the fresh ingredients: Finely chop the shallot and capers.
  • Mix: Mix them with the dill relish, sugar, dill, and mayonnaise. Taste and additional salt if desired.

Storage info

This vegan tartar sauce tastes so similar to the real thing! Depending on the mayo brand, the flavor sometimes intensifies over time. We like making it in a small batch (reflected in the recipe below). Leftovers last up to 1 week refrigerated.

Vegan Crab Cakes with Vegan Tartar Sauce

Ways to serve vegan tartar sauce

There are so many ways to serve vegan tartar sauce! It works as a dip for vegan crab cakes, a spread for sandwiches and burgers, or just with veggies. Here are a few great ways to use it:

More vegan sauces

Let us know how you plan to use this vegan tartar sauce in the comments below! Here are a few more vegan sauces to try:

This vegan tartar sauce recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Vegan Tartar Sauce

Vegan Tartar Sauce


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: ½ cup 1x

Description

This vegan tartar sauce recipe whips up a creamy, flavorful dip using capers, dill, and vegan mayo. Perfect for dipping vegan fish and chips, crab cakes, veggie burgers, or carrot sticks, everyone loves this plant-based twist on the classic.


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons* minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon drained and finely minced capers
  • 1 tablespoon dill relish or finely minced dill pickle
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • Salt, if desired

Instructions

  1. Chop the shallot, capers, and pickle as noted above.
  2. Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and add salt if desired (most vegan mayo brands are salty enough without added salt).
  3. Store refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Notes

*Double the ingredients for a larger 1 cup batch (use the 2x button). We typically make small batches since we like using smaller quantities of vegan mayo at a time.

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Sauce
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know what questions you have!