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Captain D’s Tartar Sauce Recipe

by Chef Gabby
Captain D's Tartar Sauce Recipe

If you’ve yearned to replicate this zesty and full-bodied delight at home to accompany your seafood dishes, your proteins, or perhaps just to spread on toast, you’re in the right place. The allure of Captain D’s tartar sauce lies in its captivating balance of acidity, sweetness, and creaminess, which elevates any dish it graces. And guess what – I am going to let you in on a recipe, tested and perfected, that takes you toe-to-toe with this encapsulating symphony of flavours.

How to make Captain D’s Tartar Sauce

Captain D’s Tartar Sauce is a condiment typically served with seafood, especially at Captain D’s, a popular seafood restaurant chain in the United States. Tartar sauce is a creamy sauce that usually contains mayonnaise, chopped pickles or relish, capers, onions, and various seasonings such as mustard, lemon juice, and herbs. The exact recipe for Captain D’s Tartar Sauce may be proprietary and vary slightly from other recipes, but it generally follows the traditional tartar sauce ingredients. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill pickles
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped capers
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the mayonnaise, finely chopped dill pickles, capers, red onion, and lemon juice in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well distributed.
  2. Fold in the honey and fresh dill, giving it a gentle stir just until the flavours meld.
  3. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, according to your preference. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning as desired.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, allowing the flavours to meld and marry.
  5. Before serving, give the tartar sauce a good stir to ensure that all the components are well combined.
  6. Serve your Captain D’s Tartar Sauce alongside your favourite seafood dishes, proteins, or even on toast!

Tips for the Perfect Captain D’s Tartar Sauce

  • Quality ingredients matter: Using high-quality mayonnaise and fresh produce ensures the most authentic and delicious taste.
  • Chop it fine: Ensure that the pickles, capers, onions, and dill are finely chopped so they mix smoothly and harmoniously into the sauce.
  • Adjust to taste: You can customize your tartar sauce by adjusting the sweet (honey) and sour (lemon juice) balance.
  • Serve properly: Tartar sauce is served chilled or at room temperature to maximize flavour profiles and seamlessly complement your dish.

What to serve with

The richness and versatility of Captain D’s tartar sauce make it an ideal accompaniment to various dishes. Let’s explore the culinary combinations that will amp up your dining experience:

  • Seafood: Fried Fish is the classic pairing that never fails. The golden-brown exterior and tender, flaky inside of fried fish match perfectly with the tartar sauce’s tangy creaminess.
  • Grilled Shrimp: The tartar sauce adds a zesty note to the smoky flavour of grilled shrimp, making a party-pleasing combo.
  • Fried Calamari: Dip crispy, golden rings of fried calamari into the tartar sauce for a blend of contrasting textures and mouthwatering flavours.
  • Fried Chicken: Whether it’s chicken tenders, chicken nuggets or simple fried chicken, Captain D’s tartar sauce adds a new dimension to their flavours.
  • Roast Beef Sandwiches: Try smearing some tartar sauce on the bread before adding roast beef and see the sandwich transform into a gourmet feast.
  • Fried Zucchini or Pickles: The tartar sauce pairs harmoniously with the flavours and textures of these fried classics, making them even more delicious.
  • Burgers & Hot Dogs: An unexpected and delightful match – tartar sauce gives a unique, tangy twist to these American staples.
  • Fish Tacos: Use tartar sauce instead of sour cream to make your fish tacos burst with flavour!
  • French fries & Onion Rings: Swap out your regular ketchup or mayo dip for tartar sauce and enjoy this change of pace.

Final Thoughts

The power of a genuinely great tartar sauce is that it can turn a simple, homecooked meal into a culinary masterpiece. I hope this recipe will help make your dinner table feel more like a seat at Captain D’s. So what are you waiting for? Let your meals set sail with the flavor-packed Captain D’s Tartar Sauce.

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Captain D's Tartar Sauce Recipe

Captain D's Tartar Sauce

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 100 calories 10 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill pickles
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped capers
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the mayonnaise, finely chopped dill pickles, capers, red onion, and lemon juice in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well distributed.
  2. Fold in the honey and fresh dill, giving it a gentle stir just until the flavours meld.
  3. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, according to your preference. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning as desired.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, allowing the flavours to meld and marry.
  5. Before serving, give the tartar sauce a good stir to ensure that all the components are well combined.
  6. Serve your Captain D's Tartar Sauce alongside your favourite seafood dishes, proteins, or even on toast!

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