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Cathal Armstrong's Tartar Sauce

This recipe for tartar sauce, a perfect dipping sauce for Battered Cod, is courtesy of chef Cathal Armstrong.

  • Yield: Makes enough for 4 servings
Cathal Armstrong's Tartar Sauce

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March Winter 2007


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cornichons
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, cornichons, shallots, capers, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Reviews (5)

  • AngieBaby 14 Jul, 2011

    I meant cooking light magazine's site. Here's the link

  • AngieBaby 14 Jul, 2011

    This tartar sauce is delicious ! I will never buy tartar sauce in the store again. So quick and easy ! I made it the first time exactly as it said, but I found the shallots too sharp and overpowering. I use onion powder and instead of cornichons I use relish. That way I can make it with things that I always have on hand. I found a very simple yet delicious fish recipe on cooking magazine's website and use this tartar sauce with it. It has been on the menu every week for the last couple of months

  • joanne evans2 30 Sep, 2009

    Cornichon's are Gerkins...

  • cmkobus 6 Mar, 2008

    Cornichons are like tiny Franch dill pickles.

  • Peach143g 25 Feb, 2008

    May I ask what is a cornichon? What is the flavor like and where can I get them?

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