How to Make McDonald's Tartar Sauce: Copycat Recipe

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Learn how to make a copycat version of McDonald's tartar sauce

Learn how to make a copycat version of McDonald's tartar sauce

McDonald's is a famous American fast-food chain with tens of thousands of outlets all around the world. This restaurant is well known for its burgers and its McNuggets. In addition, they have many popular sauces, including the tartar sauce that accompanies the Filet-O-Fish. As a regular customer and fan, I tried to re-create their tartar sauce at home. This recipe takes only five minutes to prepare.

Ingredients for McDonald's tartar sauce

Ingredients for McDonald's tartar sauce

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

5 min

5 min

approximately 3/4 cup


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons pickle chips, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon capers, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon parsley, dried
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • sugar, to taste


  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 small plate
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife


  1. In a bowl, add mayonnaise and lemon juice. Mix.
  2. Add capers, parsley, pickles, and onions. Mix all the ingredients.
  3. Season with salt, sugar, and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary.

McDonald's Tartar Sauce Step-by-Step Procedure

Tips and Techniques

  • Make a homemade mayonnaise instead of using store-bought.
  • Make it sweeter by adding more sugar.
  • Replace pickle chips with pickle relish.
  • You can omit the capers if you prefer.
McDonald's tartar sauce served with chicken lollipops

McDonald's tartar sauce served with chicken lollipops

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on December 08, 2018:

Hi Liz,

I agree with you! I really love the fish n chips from the UK even if it's serve with vinegar. Though tartar sauce is the best.

Liz Westwood from UK on December 08, 2018:

This is a great idea for an accompaniment to many fish dishes.

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