Tartar sauce is the classic accompaniment to fried seafood, a cooling, tangy presence on the plate. Our classic jalapeño tartar recipe starts with store-bought mayonnaise and mixes in capers, pickles, scallions, lemon juice, black pepper, and a spicy twist: a chopped jalapeño pepper. Serve with grilled salmon burgers or use to dip our corn fritter recipe in.

This recipe was part of our feature on Salmon Burgers and 5 Tasty Ways to Top Them.

  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 15 mins 

Ingredients (7)

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped capers
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 2 medium lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill pickle
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped scallion (from about 1 medium scallion, white and light green parts only)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.