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Do you think tartar sauce is gross?

Meowzerz Jan 1, 2014 02:03 PM

Tartar sauce is gross, in my mind. I hate mayo and sweet pickles. It's creepy looking.

But when it comes time to eat a fish sandwich, I really love putting tartar sauce on it! Or sometimes dipping pieces of my fish fry into it! I just can't think about the ingredients of the stuff.

How about you guys? Gross, neutral, or love?

  1. jmckee Jan 16, 2014 09:02 AM

    Love it. It isn't a fish sandwich without tartar sauce -- really, any fried fish is better with some of it. And locally here, the Frisch's Big Boy sandwich with their sauce is wonderful.

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      Virginian Jan 12, 2014 01:50 PM

      For everyone who hates tartar sauce because of the sweet pickles, great news. No jarred tartar sauce whose ingredient list I have read contains sweet pickles. All of them that I have read list DILL pickles. So you're now free to enjoy tartar sauce.

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        Raffles Jan 12, 2014 01:24 PM

        Love it!

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          Dirtywextraolives Jan 3, 2014 04:11 PM

          I don't think I've ever had it with "sweet" pickles..... The only tartar sauce I've had always had regular dill pickle, cornichons or capers in it, not sweet relish....that sounds like a bad shortcut.....

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          1. re: Dirtywextraolives
            mels Jan 16, 2014 05:31 AM

            My bad, I thought it was made with sweet pickles. I don't touch the stuff, hence my ignorance. Again, the jarred mayo glop is really the deal breaker for me in tartar sauce. I'll take the chopped pickles, hold the mayo.

          2. mels Jan 3, 2014 12:03 PM

            I vote for "gross." Jarred mayo is particularly disgusting, so adding chopped sweet pickles to it really isn't helping anything IMO. However, you can put chopped up dog kibble in homemade mayo and I would probably eat it! Real mayo is such a different animal than the cream colored glop in a jar made by Hellman's, Best Foods, Dukes, etc.

            1. LotusRapper Jan 3, 2014 09:38 AM

              Don't care for it. I prefer just squeezes of lemon or lime and fresh ground pepper on my fish.

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                seattle_lee Jan 3, 2014 09:18 AM

                Gross, gross, gross.

                Aioli, however, is fine.

                1. njmarshall55 Jan 2, 2014 06:25 PM

                  Love...but homemade. Easy enough. Only commercial brand I like is Legal Seafood brand. But still prefer homemade.

                  1. FoodWacky Jan 2, 2014 03:41 PM

                    TOTALLY gross! I'm with you on that for sure!

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                      Fydeaux Jan 2, 2014 10:23 AM

                      Right out of the fridge, no. After an hour or two out, yeah. I'm another one that doesnt crave it if there isnt any, but I like it well enough. I also punch it up with a little hot sauce.

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                        EllenMM Jan 2, 2014 09:32 AM

                        Like my mother, I aways make my own - Hellman's mayo, chopped onion, chopped sour pickle, chopped capers, tarragon and a bit of dijon mustard, splash of lemon juice, NO SWEET RELISH.

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                          FriedClamFanatic Jan 2, 2014 09:27 AM

                          I don't like Miracle Whip either!..and my fried clams never, ever get near the tartar sauce......a splash of lemon maybe.

                          But.some do, so I don't say anything. And if a tiny bit of my fried fish comes into contact with it, I'm not ging to go Ballistic.

                          Often wondered tho...why not also serve it with French fries? Those garlic mayo sauces in the Netherlands and Belgium are divine...couldn't fries be improved with Tartar Sauce too? (for those who like it to begin with).

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                          1. re: FriedClamFanatic
                            Dirtywextraolives Jan 2, 2014 01:32 PM

                            Yes. Aioli is great with fries. Tartar sauce is a cousin to aioli.

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                              Meowzerz Jan 12, 2014 01:19 PM

                              Aioli is another thing I enjoy but don't like thinking about the ingredients. That damn mayo. I guess I secretly like it...though NEVER on it's own haha

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                            Harters Jan 2, 2014 09:26 AM

                            Perfectly happy with it to go with fried fish.

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                            1. re: Harters
                              Veggo Jan 2, 2014 09:31 AM

                              With fish and chips I like malt vinegar AND tartar sauce with the fish, ketchup for the chips.

                            2. linguafood Jan 2, 2014 09:11 AM

                              Who eats tartar sauce out of the jar or without anything?

                              As you noted, it's meant as a condiment for either specific dishes or whatever you enjoy it with.

                              And "creepy looking?" Ho boy.

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                              1. re: linguafood
                                jpc8015 Jan 2, 2014 09:13 AM

                                A friend of mine puts tartar sauce on his burgers. At first I thought it was wird but it mkaes sense. I put both mayonnaise and pickles on mine.

                                I am yet to try tartar on a burger.

                                1. re: jpc8015
                                  linguafood Jan 2, 2014 09:14 AM

                                  I very rarely make a burger sauce that is similar to tartar sauce: mayo, chopped pickles, a dash of hot sauce, a sploodge of ketchup.

                                  But usually, I'm pretty happy with just mayo and ketchup on the bun.

                                  1. re: linguafood
                                    jpc8015 Jan 2, 2014 09:18 AM

                                    I never put ketchup on a burger. Mayo, brown mustard, pickles, tomato, lettuce, onions, grilled onions, fried egg, cheese, bacon, and ham are all options. No ketchup.

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                                      linguafood Jan 2, 2014 09:22 AM

                                      Mustard? Gah. No way in hell for me. But my man likes it.

                                    2. re: linguafood
                                      breadchick Jan 2, 2014 12:49 PM

                                      I do something similar for my husband's burgers. He likes my "special sauce" of everything you mentioned with the exception of ketchup. I use bbq sauce instead. Sometimes I include a bit of horseradish if I have some on hand. Mix it all up and put it on top of an extra cheesy juicy burger with grilled buns brushed with melted butter. Add a cold beer and he's all set.

                                      1. re: breadchick
                                        jpc8015 Jan 2, 2014 12:52 PM

                                        I love you.

                                        1. re: breadchick
                                          linguafood Jan 2, 2014 01:43 PM

                                          Sounds pretty delish. I could see using bbq sauce instead of ketchup. More flavah.

                                  2. alkapal Jan 2, 2014 09:09 AM

                                    tartar sauce -- well-made -- is sublime and always good with fried shrimp and fried fish.

                                    best tartar sauce i've ever had -- anywhere -- is actually that from cracker barrel, and i've looked in vain for their recipe.

                                    1. j
                                      jpc8015 Jan 2, 2014 08:47 AM

                                      I like tartar sauce with dill pickles.

                                      1. ipsedixit Jan 1, 2014 07:58 PM

                                        On its own? Yes, sort of not very good.

                                        But, as you say, paired with other things (fish sandwich, etc.) it's quite delectable.

                                        But isn't this true of most condiments? I mean, I wouldn't want to sit there and take shots of straight ketchup. But give me some fries, and yeah, it's ALL GOOD.

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                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                          alkapal Jan 2, 2014 09:11 AM

                                          ipse, got the buy-one-get-one-for-1¢ filet o fish deal yesterday and thought of you as i bit into the steamed bun, with the tartar sauce and cheese oozing out on one side.

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                                            ipsedixit Jan 2, 2014 11:08 AM

                                            Jealous. Me, I am.

                                          2. re: ipsedixit
                                            Meowzerz Jan 12, 2014 01:17 PM

                                            Yes, but on it's own, ketchup doesn't gross me out haha. Now I'm craving fish fry with lemon and tartar sauce.

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                                            WishyFish Jan 1, 2014 07:54 PM

                                            Disgusting. Blech.

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                                              Jerseygirl111 Jan 1, 2014 05:48 PM

                                              Love. Any fried fish must have tartar sauce.

                                              I think it has to do with mayo. Some people just skeeve it.

                                              I make mine with: mayo, relish, parsley, onion powder and a little lemon juice.

                                              For shrimp and raw clams- Cocktail sauce: ketchup, chili sauce, worcestershire, lemon juice and lots of horseradish.

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                                                Tripper Jan 1, 2014 05:02 PM

                                                Love it...especially the recipe I use from a hotel in Chicago. Made with dill pickle, onions and capers.

                                                1. carolinadawg Jan 1, 2014 04:53 PM

                                                  Love it.

                                                  1. Veggo Jan 1, 2014 04:52 PM

                                                    I would never buy it. It's so easy to make with either sweet or dill minced pickles, cornishons, sometimes with capers, tarragon, chipotle, cayenne, or salsa picante, depending on what it's complementing.

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                                                      debgh Jan 1, 2014 04:49 PM

                                                      Only if made improperly.

                                                      I enjoy tartar sauce with crab cakes, but only my homemade: mayo, chopped cornichons (not pickle relish), chopped green olives (with or without pimento, but pimento is a good color addition), small capers, a little squeeze of lemon and a little of the brine from the cornichons. Add hot sauce if desired. Let the flavors blend for a while before serving.

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                                                        sandylc Jan 1, 2014 04:26 PM

                                                        Yuk tartar sauce. No reason to eat it.

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                                                        1. re: sandylc
                                                          jmckee Jan 16, 2014 09:03 AM

                                                          Unless you like it, that is.

                                                        2. PotatoHouse Jan 1, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                          Try dill tartar sauce instead.

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                                                            Dirtywextraolives Jan 1, 2014 04:12 PM

                                                            It's awesome stuff. Fried stuff + mayo + something sweet or briny = awesomeness

                                                            1. SaraAshley Jan 1, 2014 04:07 PM

                                                              Ehhh.....I've had some good freshly made tarter sauce at more upscale restaurants that I've enjoyed before, but as a whole I usually don't like it. Because of this I've resorted to using ketchup on my fried fish and crab cakes in the past. I love ketchup and can use it on mostly anything fried.

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                                                                Kate is always hungry Jan 1, 2014 09:46 PM

                                                                I can't stand the way it looks--it reminds me of 1000 Island dressing. I do, however, like tuna salad made with mayo and sweet pickles.

                                                                When I eat fried fish, as in fish and chips, I can't get enough ketchup!

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                                                                foodieX2 Jan 1, 2014 03:02 PM

                                                                Love it especially when indulging in a good, fresh fishermen's platter. Nothing better.

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                                                                  PHREDDY Jan 1, 2014 04:03 PM

                                                                  I go for the bigger size...."fishermen's" platter

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                                                                    PHREDDY Jan 1, 2014 04:13 PM

                                                                    You hit the edit button....didn't you?

                                                                  2. PHREDDY Jan 1, 2014 02:52 PM

                                                                    Works for me on a sandwich of some fresh grilled tuna, a thin slice of Bermuda onion and some Romaine lettuce...

                                                                    Fish is the only thing it goes on....

                                                                    Does anyone use it on anything but fish?

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                                                                    1. re: PHREDDY
                                                                      Bellachefa Jan 1, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                      Off topic, not a tartar sauce, but my go to store-bought condiment for home made crab cakes, conch fritters and clam stuffies is

                                                                      Robert Rothschild Onion Blossom Horseradish Sauce.

                                                                      But I truly appreciate a house made tartar. Never found a commercial brand to appreciate.

                                                                      1. re: PHREDDY
                                                                        suzigirl Jan 1, 2014 03:01 PM

                                                                        I like to dip fried okra and fried green tomatoes in the dill style relish.

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                                                                        gordeaux Jan 1, 2014 02:51 PM

                                                                        Love it. HOWEVER, it has to made correctly.

                                                                        My major two issues with tartar sauce as has come to be known far too often is fake mayo and sweet relish. Why people have come to think slathering fish with sugar is acceptable is far beyond my realm of understanding. Real mayo is NOT sweet, and sugar laden pickles are just so, so, wrong,imo.

                                                                        Tartar sauce with real mayo and capers or chopped savory pickles (or both,) is good eats for me. Fish with gobs of sugar just seems wrong.

                                                                        1. MamasCooking Jan 1, 2014 02:44 PM

                                                                          Delicious when it is made with dill relish. Either way I like it and I also love spicy cocktail sauce with extra horse radish.

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                                                                            Bellachefa Jan 1, 2014 02:36 PM

                                                                            A well executed home made tartar sauce as well as a well executed home made cocktail sauce are revelatory and inspiring. A glop of mass produced stuff in a little plastic cup = not so much.

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                                                                              kseiverd Jan 1, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                                              For me, fried fish has to have either tartar or cocktail sauce. I never BUY the stuff. Tartar sauce = mayo, sweet pickle relish and liberal slosh of hot sauce. Cocktail sauce = ketchup, hot sauce, and enough horseradish to make it PINK!! Crab cakes always get cocktail sauce.

                                                                              1. grampart Jan 1, 2014 02:25 PM

                                                                                It can be gross. I make mine from an old Fannie Farmer cookbook. It uses mayo, shallot, capers, sweet pickles, olives, fresh parsley, and (most important ) tarragon vinegar. I've never had better.

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                                                                                  Big Eater Jan 3, 2014 07:25 AM

                                                                                  Hey! You can't leave us hanging like that. What are the proportions?

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                                                                                    grampart Jan 3, 2014 10:10 AM

                                                                                    This makes about a cup.
                                                                                    3/4 C. Mayo
                                                                                    1/2 Shallot, chopped fine
                                                                                    1 Tsp. Capers
                                                                                    1 Tsp. Finely Chopped Pickles
                                                                                    1 Tsp. Chopped Olives
                                                                                    1 Tsp. Chopped Parsley
                                                                                    1 Tbsp. Tarragon Vinegar (I use 1-1/2)
                                                                                    Mix Well.

                                                                                2. bagelman01 Jan 1, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                                                  Hate it!
                                                                                  I don't like Mayo or relish, so won't eat Tartar sauce.

                                                                                  But I don't think it's gross, I just wouldn't eat it, PLUS when placing an order for fish in a restaurant I instruct the server that NO tartar sauce is to come on my plate. Leave it in the kitchen. I don't want a piece of my food to end up with some Tartar sauce on it, and I don't want to either have to smell it up close, or handle the small cup and remove it from my plate. Save the restaurant some money, don't garnish my plate with it and then have to throw it out.

                                                                                  My parents always used this product, but always mixed in cocktail sauce. I don't eat the cocktail sauce either. All I want on my fish is some fresh lemon and pepper.

                                                                                  1. Chemicalkinetics Jan 1, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                                    <Gross, neutral, or love?>

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                                                                                      fourunder Jan 1, 2014 02:08 PM

                                                                                      It has it's place in the food world.....I like to spice it up a bit with Chili/Cayenne Pepper and Horseradish......which coincidentally is what the Blooming Onion Sauce is from Outback.

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                                                                                        grumpyspatient Jan 1, 2014 02:05 PM

                                                                                        the opposite...I like mayo and sweet pickles but wouldn't dream of putting tartar sauce on anything!

                                                                                        1. NanaMoussecurry Jan 1, 2014 02:04 PM

                                                                                          I like it but find it highly optional. It's kind of a stupid condiment when you start thinking about it, it seems invented by a kid.

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