Why buy tartar sauce when homemade is so easy and so much more delicious? This easy, healthy and delicious tartar sauce recipe thick, creamy Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. It’s perfect for fish, crab cakes, fried clams…
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Happy Leap Day! This day only comes every 4 years. I always think about the people who were born on this day. They are only a quarter of their age — that’s the good part. But the bad part (in my eyes), it that they don’t have a birth day to celebrate three years out of four. I guess they have a choice to celebrate on either February 28th or March 1st. But I digress. I want to tell you about my weekend and this amazing tartar sauce recipe which I can’t believe I’ve not share before.
Some of our friends from Virginia (where we lived for many years) were visiting this past weekend. Carol loves nature and taking photos as much as I do. She’s has seen some of my photos from The Celery Fields on my Facebook page so a trip was in order. It was really cold the morning we went and we weren’t sure how much we would see. The one thing about nature is it is totally unpredictable. Some trips you see tons of wildlife others nothing, nada, zilch. Where do all those critters hide?
It wasn’t a great morning. By great, I mean the amount of wildlife present. Carol was hoping to see a Rosette Spoonbill … but no such luck.
But we did manage to have some sightings. We saw a pair of Black Bellied Whistling Ducks, a Limpkin, a few flocks of Ibis, a couple of Glossy Ibis and this Green Heron. At first he was hiding and then he came out into the sun.
For dinner, I decided to make crab cakes, roasted new potatoes with feta, chives and spring onions (I used all purple potatoes this time) and a salad.
My husband likes tartar sauce with crab cakes … and fish. With ingredients like hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, commercially bought tartar sauce is just gross. In my humble opinion.
So, I started making my own tartar sauce. A healthier version using Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise and a few other whole ingredients. No hydrogenated nothing or artificial anything.
In the past, I’ve used Fage plain Greek Yogurt. But this time, I used my homemade yogurt that I made last weekend.
Healthy Homemade Tartar Sauce (See below for a printable version of the recipe)
Yields approximately 1/2 cup
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used my homemade yogurt)
1 large pickle, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Champagne vinegar (I like both this one or this one)
1 Tablespoon capers
1 teaspoon coarse-grained mustard (I used this one)
Zest of lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
If you don’t want to chop the pickle by hand, you could always use a food processor or mini chopper fitted with a steel blade and pulse several times until the pickles are finely chopped and all the ingredients are well mixed but not pureed. But, I was was lazy thinking I didn’t want to wash my food processor (which I love and it comes in very handy) so I just chopped the pickle and then mixed all of the ingredients together in a bowl until combined as I don’t mind if my capers stayed whole.
Store in a mason jar in refrigerator for up to a week.
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (homemade or store-bought
- 1 large pickle, finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Champagne vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon capers
- 1 teaspoon coarse-grained mustard
- Zest of lemon
- juice of ½ lemon
- 1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
- Pinch salt
- Pinch freshly ground black pepper
- If you don't want to chop the pickle by hand, you could always use a food processor or mini chopper fitted with a steel blade and pulse several times until the pickles are finely chopped and all the ingredients are well mixed but not pureed. But, I was was lazy thinking I didn't want to wash my food processor so I just chopped the pickle and then mixed all of the ingredients together in a bowl until combined as I don't mind if my capers stayed whole.
- Store in a mason jar in refrigerator for up to a week.