Easy Lightened Up Tartar Sauce

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As a kid, I loved the fish sandwich from a certain fast-food chain that shall remain nameless. There was something about it that I just really enjoyed…and I’m quite convinced it was the tartar sauce. For some reason, I always felt that tartar sauce was something special, reserved for fast-food meals or vacation fish joints. We never had it at my house, making it even more alluring.

My fascination with tartar sauce continues. To me, there’s nothing better than a little dab of it on a grilled piece of tilapia or smeared on a hearty bun along with a piece of blackened perch and lots of lettuce. It’s the perfect complement to so many great fish dishes.

That’s why I’ve created my own, simplified, healthier tartar sauce recipe. The ingredients are mostly staples in the pantry, and I’ve used granulated and powdered versions of onion and garlic, respectively, for even quicker and easier preparation. Of course I swapped out most of the mayo for low-fat, plain Greek yogurt, saving calories and adding protein and calcium!

Try it as is, or add a splash of hot sauce or sriracha to spice it up. Experiment with fresh herbs like dill and thyme. It’s the perfect condiment compliment to your favorite fish dish!



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Easy Lightened Up Tartar Sauce

  • Author: Sara Haas


The perfect topping for your favorite fish recipes!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 34 hamburger dill chips, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to enjoy.


  • Makes 1/4 cup total with 1 tablespoon as a serving.
  • This sauce tastes even better when made ahead of time. Make it in the morning before work so that you can have it on your blackened tilapia at dinner!


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 241
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 64
  • Fat: 17
  • Saturated Fat: 6
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9
  • Trans Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 1
  • Protein: 20
  • Cholesterol: 68