Keto Tartar Sauce Recipe

Our Keto Tartar Sauce Recipe is so creamy and crunchy. It is homemade and contains no sugar. The perfect condiment for seafood, fish, jicama fries, and even roasted vegetables. If you visit our Keto site regularly you will recognize that Joanie is the “Queen of Sauces.” The right sauce not only adds so much to any recipe, it is essential to enhance the taste of many bland proteins. Think of chicken, for an example, or baked fish, scallops, and even shrimp. A perfectly prepared sauce will make these proteins delicious. You can do so without adding carbs. Joanie’s homemade tartar sauce falls into that category. It is delicious, and it will not add to your carb count!

You may want to try some of our other Keto sauce recipes found in our Sauces and Dips category page. Or click on any of the following links:

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  • Low Carb Remoulade Sauce

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This is a mayonnaise based sauce. It is the perfect creamy base for many dipping sauces. Joanie likes to use Primal Kitchen’s Real Mayonnaise made with Avocado Oil. It contains no gluten, sugars, or soy. It is definitely low carb as it contains zero carbs. If you only have Hellman’s or any Real Mayonnaise on hand, it will also be okay. It may contain sugar, but will be low carb. As always, it is a good idea to read labels.

The key ingredient in tartar sauce is pickles! Yes, that is the crunchy part. Sometimes you will also see capers, but you may not always have them on hand. But, don’t skip the chopped pickles. Use dill pickles, that is where that tartar taste comes from. Joanie also adds some of the dill pickle juice, since it tends to permeate that flavor through the sauce. In addition, it thins the sauce just a bit. Fresh dill is also a nice touch to meld dill into each serving. You can use dried dill instead (as noted in the notes below). But, fresh dill is easy to find, and, well. it’s fresh. Another ingredient Joanie likes in her Keto Tartar Sauce Recipe is just a bit of horseradish. It adds a little kick and tang. Oh, and give the Dijon Mustard a try, it adds to the flavor, color, and creaminess.

Preparation Tips

The preparation is easy! Grab a small bowl and mix all of the ingredients with a spatula until blended thoroughly. Refrigerate for an hour or more so the flavors will meld together. It will keep in the refrigerator for a week or two. Some folks will say that is too long, but they are being over cautious. We have had no problem keeping the sauce. In fact, we often double the recipe, so we have leftover. Storing in a mason jar is ideal. Make sure you serve tartar sauce cold.

Serving suggestions are so varied. Tartar sauce is not just for fried fish. We love this recipe as a vegetable dip. It is just perfect with Jicama fries. The taste is even better than traditional mayonnaise for your Belgium fries. We will post our Jicama fry recipe (baked and air-fryer) soon. You can even use our Keto Tartar Sauce Recipe as a dipping sauce for steamed mussels. We do have two delicious Mussel recipes with their own sauces our site. However, just a big batch of mussels steamed in white wine, garlic, and shallots would result in a perfect seafood appetizer for our tartar sauce. In this post we show it being served with our Keto Creamy Cole Slaw as a side, and our almond crusted fish (baked or air-fryer). The Cole Slaw recipe is a favorite of our followers.

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Our Keto Tartar Sauce Recipe will replace the store-bought brands. It is homemade, so you know what is going into the sauce. There are no preservatives, just clean and natural ingredients. It is the perfect condiment for any seafood, fish, and roasted vegetables. It is another perfect sauce for topping our Low Carb Crab Cakes. You will be amazed at how many uses you will find for this delicious sauce. Make some tonight!

Keto Tartar Sauce Recipe

Recipe by Joanie and Chris
4.9 from 17 votes
Course: Sauces and DipsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Our Keto Tartar Sauce Recipe is so creamy and crunchy. It is homemade with natural ingredients. It contains no sugar or preservatives. The perfect tangy condiment for seafood, fish, jicama fries, and even roasted vegetables.

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  • 1 cup 227 g Mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup 113 g Dill pickles minced

  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon Dill pickle juice

  • 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon Dill fresh chopped

  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon Horseradish

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper


  • Mince the fresh dill and pickles. Dill should be fine. Pickles should be minced.
  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl.
  • Cover and refrigerate for one hour (or more) for the flavors to meld. Serve cold.


Chef’s Notes

  • You can use pickle relish in place of the chopped dill pickles. If you do you can eliminate the pickle juice. Instead of the fresh dill you can used 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 192.9kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 0.6g
  • Protein: 0.4g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3g
  • Cholesterol: 11.8mg
  • Sodium: 275.7mg
  • Potassium: 20.2mg
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Sugar: 0.3g
  • Calcium: 8.6mg

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  1. Is the pickle juice sweet pickle juice or dill pickle juice?

    • Joanie and Chris

      Great question! I should have been more specific – I always use dill pickle juice. Thanks for helping . . . Joanie.

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