Homemade condiments like this healthy tartar sauce recipe have the magical ability to transform any fish dinner into a taste sensation. With just a few flavorful ingredients, this yogurt-based sauce provides a healthy alternative to mayo.
If there is one thing for sure, learning how to make tartar sauce without mayo is an exceptionally flavorful and healthy approach that can bolster just about any seafood dish, whether it is tuna patties, salmon croquettes, or baked cod.
You can surely use this tartar sauce with a fish n’ chips recipe as well.
Though traditional methods certainly call for a large cup or two of mayonnaise as a primary ingredient, going with a yogurt-based sauce instead tastes just as (if not more) delectable than going with the old-fashioned route.
The best part?
This ultimate healthy tartar sauce recipe you are about to read below enables you to intensely savor every tasteful bite, all with a reduction of both saturated fats and calories.
Furthermore, tartar sauce is unimaginably easy to make. All it takes is a few minutes of chopping and stirring all of the ingredients together.
Are you ready to up your healthy tartar sauce game?
Mise en place
Since we are using a fair amount of fresh herbs, there’s a little bit of mincing in this recipe. So grab your sharpest knife because you are going to need it!
Prep the herbs: Let’s begin by properly rinsing the fresh herbs under cool running water. Once they are dry, you need
- 2 tablespoons of minced fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon of minced fresh dill
- 1 tablespoon of minced fresh parsley (Italian flat-leaf)
Prep the capers and the dill pickles: Two other ingredients need mincing:
- 4 dill pickles and
- 1 tablespoon of capers
How to make tartar sauce without mayo
Once the herbs and some of the ingredients have been minced, all you need to do now is combine them in a small bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly together with a fork. More specifically:
- 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons of pickle juice
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon of kosher salt (or to taste)
- pinch of black pepper (or to taste)
That’s it! Please give it a little taste test and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Cover with plastic film and refrigerate for at least 2 hours for the flavors to meld.
Pretty simple and straightforward.
The real magic with this simple recipe is nailing down your perfect flavor combination. Now, if the above just so happens to be your ideal concoction, then that is fantastic! But feel free to tweak/experiment with it until you get the savoring outcome you and your family will love.
This is an exceptionally versatile recipe, and you can certainly match your condiment needs with the dish you are trying to enhance by:
- replacing the chives with tarragon.
- Using roasted garlic for another taste experience.
- Replacing the lemon juice with lime juice.
- Adding green olives or green bell peppers if your aim is texture rather than bright flavors.
- Replacing the dill pickles with a sweet relish.
- Adding lemon zest for an extra tangy sauce.
- Rinse the capers before mincing.
- Use a fork rather than a whisk to combine the ingredients -it is easier to clean.
- This recipe can easily be doubled.
In most cases, you can store your healthy tartar sauce in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 7 days. However, keep in mind that this tartar sauce without mayo is best when served fresh. Stir it before serving.
Many dishes! Use it as a yogurt-based dip for potato croquettes, crinkle-cut fries or zucchini sticks. You can also dollop it over air fryer potatoes or oven-roasted vegetables. It’s also pairs well with any ultra-spicy dishes and is a delightful spread for burgers and fish sandwiches.
More yogurt-based sauce recipes
If you prefer a lighter, garlicky dipping sauce that can also be used as a healthy salad dressing, this garlic yogurt sauce is for you.
As a dietitian, I constantly try to create great-tasting healthy alternatives for some of my family’s favorite foods.
During the past couple of years, I’ve been recipe testing with my air fryer. In fact, this past month has been all about finding lighter versions of familiar deep-fried favorites. I’ve already posted recipes for both air fryer codfish and crinkle-cut fries.
As you can tell from the above photo, I am in the process of testing out a healthier air fryer version of fish and chips.
It was only a matter of time before my attention turned to creating a healthier version of the perfect condiment for fish. In the end, creating a homemade version is not nearly as complicated as it may sound. In fact, it can be downright fun to make.
It also tastes superior to any commercial product and so much healthier without the mayonnaise.
I hope you get a chance to try this easy homemade tartar sauce.
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Healthy Tartar Sauce without Mayo
- 1 cup greek yogurt plain
- 4 dill pickles minced
- 2 teaspoons pickle juice
- 1 tablespoon capers rinsed, minced
- 2 tablespoons chives fresh, minced
- 1 tablespoon parsley flat-leaf, minced
- 1 tablespoon dill fresh, minced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
- pinch black pepper or to taste
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Stir until well combined.
- Give it a little taste test and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before using.