Tartar sauce

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Tartar sauce
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Tartar sauce is often served with fried seafood.
Alternative name(s) tartare
Place of origin Europe
Main ingredient(s) mayonnaise, capers, gherkins, lemon juice, and tarragon

Tartar sauce (tartare in the UK, New Zealand and Australia) is a creamy white mayonnaise-based sauce, typically of a rough consistency. It is often used as a condiment with seafood dishes.[1]


It is based on mayonnaise (egg yolk, mustard sauce and oil) with some extra ingredients. In the UK recipes typically add to the base capers, gherkins, lemon juice, and tarragon. US recipes may include chopped pickles or prepared green sweet relish, capers, onions (or chives), and fresh parsley.[1] Chopped hard-boiled eggs or olives are sometimes added, as may be Dijon mustard.[2]

History and etymology[edit]

The sauce has been found in cookbooks since the 19th century. The name derives from the French sauce tartare, named after the Tatars from the Eurasian Steppe, who once occupied Ukraine and parts of Russia. Beyond this, the etymology is unclear.[3] In Europe, the sauce was used as condiment to steak tartare.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Isabella Graham Duffield Stewart, Mary B. Duffield (1878). The Home messenger book of tested receipts. Detroit: E. B. Smith & Co. p. 31. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Louisette Bertholle, Julia Child, Simone Beck (1961, 1983, 2001). Mastering the Art of French Cooking 1. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-307-95817-4. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "tartar". Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper. 2001-2002. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Craig J. Smith (6 April 2005). "The Raw Truth: Don't Blame the Mongols (or Their Horses)". New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 

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