Spicy Tarragon Caper Tarter Sauce

Prep Time

15 minutes

Prep Notes

This delicious tartar sauce can be made 24 hours in advance - and saves nicely in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


1 1/2 cups


1 cup organic mayonnaise

2 1/2 tablespoons finely diced dill pickles

1 tablespoon minced drained capers + 1 tablespoon liquid

2 teaspoons minced green onions

2 teaspoons freshly minced parsley leaves 

1 finely diced green onion

2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon

1 teaspoon nice grainy Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

1/4 teaspoon Chinese chili paste - or favorite hot red pepper sauce - season to your personal heat level; start slow and add more according to your preference.

Refrigerate before serving about 30 minutes - the longer you allow this tartar sauce to "ripen" in the refrigerator - up to 24 hours - the better it tastes - 24 hours works well if preparing for a food event the next day. It's up to you! 

Tartar sauce saves well in the refrigerator for up to five days. 


Add all ingredients together - mix well - and chill for at least 60 minutes before serving. Keeps well refrigerated in air tight container for up to five days. 


The above picture is this delicious tartar sauce recipe paired with Crispy Louisiana-Style Gluten-Free Crab Cakes, and Herb Brown Rice with Mushrooms & Capers.


This recipe was inspired by Chef Emeril Lagasse