Homemade tartar sauce can be easily made in a few minutes. Doing it yourself means that you can control the ingredients for healthy and tasty alternatives that appeal to you. Homemade tartar sauce is preservative-free can be stored for several days in the refrigerator. It should be chilled for at least an hour before serving on your favorite fish dish.
This popular fish sauce contains various chopped vegetables and herbs, blended into a mayonnaise. There are many variations to what can be included. Tartar sauce recipes in the UK and Europe differ from those from the US. The British recipes include capers, gherkins, parsley, chives and lemon juice added to the mayonnaise base. In the US the tartar sauces contain finely chopped onion, dill relish, sweet pickle and capers are added. Sometimes hard-boiled eggs, olives and various herbs are added.
When you make the sauce yourself you can choose your own ingredients to suit your taste. The sauce can be made using a food processor or blender, but it can be made easily hand by mixing the ingredients together into a good mayonnaise. The blender will make a smoother sauce, but some people prefer a chunky texture. You an make the entire sauce from scratch by making a homemade mayonnaise.
Separate the yolks from the egg whites, which can be used for something else.
Making by hand - transfer the egg yolks to a large, clean bowl with damp cloth beneath it to secure when mixing. Add the vinegar and mustard. Whisk vigorously with a balloon whisk to blend the ingredients. Add a tiny amount of oil and whisk and keep repeating this for a few minutes until the sauce thickens and emulsifies. Stop when the mayonnaise has reached the consistency you want. If its too thick, you can add a little warm water to thin it.
Season with sea salt and white pepper and adding more vinegar or mustard is wanted.
Making using a Blender of Food Processor - place the egg yolks into the bowl of a blender, or food processor. Add the vinegar, pepper, salt and mustard. Pulse the blender once or twice to blend. With the processor motor running, add the oil gradually in a steady, thin stream by pouring through the top of the lid. After one or two minutes, the mixture will emulsify into a thick, rich sauce.
Taste, and adjust the flavouring by adding more salt or pepper, vinegar or mustard.
This is the basic sauce recipe, for which various ingredients can be substituted.
The following ingredients can be added as variations