Tartar sauce is one of the most popular dips for fried seafood. While we don’t eat seafood, this sauce still matches perfectly with our copycat vegan versions of what makes up a seafood platter.
Typically, this famous seafood sauce is made with either store-bought or homemade mayonnaise, which contains eggs and is not vegan. But these easy vegan tartar sauce recipes sidestep the eggs while maintaining that classic tartar sauce flavor.
1. Vegan Tartar Sauce By Loving It Vegan
It’s almost unbelievable how simple and easy this recipe from Loving It Vegan is. With just vegan mayonnaise, spices (dried dill, onion powder, salt, and pepper), dijon mustard, lemon juice, and a chopped dill pickle, you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard right now.
The preparation is just mixing your ingredients in a bowl. That’s it!
2. Homemade Vegan Tartar Sauce By Sweet Simple Vegan
With just five ingredients, this homemade vegan tartar sauce recipe from Sweet Simple Vegan can be prepared before your favorite vegan fried “fish” has time to drip dry. No food processor is necessary, as store-bought vegan mayo helps ensure this sauce is as creamy as possible.
After a few seconds of whisking, you have a delicious, simple sauce ready for dipping or slathering.
3. Vegan Tartar Sauce By The Hidden Veggies
The use of fresh dill in this recipe from The Hidden Veggies helps this creamy sauce feel light and refreshing. Light, fresh flavors and seafood (or faux seafood in our case) go together like peanut butter and jelly.
If you choose to use dill relish rather than sweet pickle relish, you’ll have some perfectly matching flavors lifted by the lemon juice.
4. Vegan Tartar Sauce By Vegetarian Mamma
This recipe from Vegetarian Mamma is so smooth that you’ll want to put it on everything for that tangy flavor and creamy texture. One of the great things about tartar sauce is that it’s not limited to use on seafood. As Vegetarian Mamma mentions, this sauce will also work well on burgers, salads, and as a dip for a vegetable platter.
5. Easy Vegan Tartar Sauce By The Minimalist Baker
The unique factor in this tartar sauce recipe from The Minimalist Baker is the use of chopped shallots. Often thought of as the onion’s cousin, shallots have a flavor that’s somewhat between garlic and onions.
Shallots add to the flavor in this recipe without completely overtaking the sauce, which can easily happen when you use onions.
6. Vegan Tartar Sauce By Kathy’s Vegan Kitchen
In this recipe from Kathy’s Vegan Kitchen, the writer explains why making your own vegan mayonnaise can be an excellent choice. For one, it’s great to know the exact ingredients in your food. Another reason to do it is that it’s surprisingly easy!
Because this recipe uses homemade vegan mayo, it might take a bit longer, but you will be surprised how easy it is to make things like mayonnaise from scratch.
7. Vegan Tartar Sauce By Picky Eater Blog
There are no out-of-the-blue ingredients in this recipe from Picky Eater Blog. You won’t be searching the aisles for this recipe, as it sticks to the most classic tartar sauce ingredients (though still vegan, of course).
The recipe uses store-bought vegan mayo, lemon juice, fresh dill, dill pickles, and capers (plus salt and pepper to taste).
8. Easy Homemade Vegan Tartar Sauce By Veganosity
This tartar sauce recipe from Veganosity uses vegan Worcestershire sauce as a complete flavor bomb for this creamy dip. Though vegan Worcestershire sauce is available in many stores, the Veganosity site also includes a recipe to make your own vegan Worcestershire sauce!
With the combination of Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, and fresh dill, this sauce is so packed with fresh flavor that you’ll be using it on everything.
9. Vegan Tartar Sauce (Oil Free) By Health My Lifestyle
This recipe omits the oil that is often used in tartar sauce as a way to make it healthier overall. Since mayonnaise contains oil, that is typically the base for most tartar sauce recipes. However, this recipe from Health My Lifestyle uses a dairy-free yogurt to eliminate oil while maintaining the creaminess that is key to tartar sauce.
Dairy-free yogurt has the bonus of containing healthy fat, vitamins, and protein.
10. Vegan Tartar Sauce By The Veg Space
Who knows better about the wonders of tartar sauce than the fish and chips-loving residents of the United Kingdom? This recipe comes from across the pond over at The Veg Space. This recipe includes a link to a fantastic vegan fish and chips recipe that will pair perfectly with the tartar sauce.
If you aren’t from the United Kingdom, “gherkin” is British for “pickle.”
11. Vegan Tartar Sauce Four Ways By Contentedness Cooking
This recipe from Contentedness Cooking offers you a choose-your-own-adventure recipe with four unique flavors of tartar sauce. The flavor variants are classic – parsley, dill, and mustard.
From potato salad, sandwiches, or even vegan burgers, these tartar sauce flavors can pair well with many different main dishes. The classic flavor, and mustard would also work perfectly for a side dish like fries or onion rings.
12. Easy Vegan Tartar Sauce By Shane & Simple
This vegan tartar sauce recipe from Shane & Simple brings you simplicity at its finest, with only four ingredients to make this delicious dip. The ingredients are vegan mayo, mustard, relish, and lemon juice.
If you’re looking to make a healthier vegan tartar sauce, the recipe includes a link to a homemade vegan mayo that is oil-free.
13. Vegan Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce By The Vegan Atlas
This tartar sauce recipe conveniently includes a vegan fish and chips recipe! The Vegan Atlas offers a supremely simple and incredibly quick recipe for tartar sauce with just three ingredients.
All you need to do is combine vegan mayo, sweet pickle relish, and lemon juice. Give it a whisk, and enjoy.
14. Easy Vegan Tartar Sauce By Simply Ceecee
This recipe from Simply Ceecee uses capers and minced shallots for a little extra bite. If you’re looking for a bit of complexity in your tartar sauce, this recipe brings in great flavors while still being extremely easy to execute.
15. Vegan Tartar Sauce By Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
This healthy vegan tartar sauce alternative may take a bit longer than others (though still short at only ten minutes), but you’ll appreciate the extra effort that goes into making this sauce so tasty. This recipe uses silken tofu, sidestepping the fat-filled mayo and makes the recipe oil-free.
16. Vegan Tartar Sauce By SideChef
There is debate on whether tartar sauce should use chopped pickles or pickle relish, but this recipe from SideChef proves that relish works just as well. The recipe also adds a tablespoon of minced onion to the tangy, fresh flavor we know from tartar sauce.
This sauce is perfect for your favorite vegan fish and chips.
17. Easy Vegan Tartar Sauce By Darn Good Veggies
This easy vegan tartar sauce recipe from Darn Good Veggies uses only five ingredients. Even better, you likely already have these ingredients in your kitchen!
The recipe uses vegan mayo, chopped dill pickles, lemon juice, capers, and salt and pepper to taste. The capers add that slight bite you’ll remember from seafood restaurant tartar sauce.
18. Vegan Tartar Sauce By Living Fresh Daily
With a super short ingredient list, this tartar sauce recipe by Living Fresh Daily is incredibly quick and easy. What works so well here is the combination of chopped dill pickles and fresh dill since the two have similar but slightly different effects on flavor.
In addition, a splash of pickle juice helps make this a tangy, creamy dream.
19. Vegan Tartar Sauce By Classic Bakes
No surprise that this vegan tartar sauce recipe from Classic Bakes is, well, classic! All of the traditional flavors of tartar sauce are here, with lemon juice for acidity, dill pickles for tang, and a bit of maple syrup to balance it all out.
Classic Bakes recommends trying this sauce out with your favorite homemade vegan French fry or onion rings recipe.
20. Cashew Tartar Sauce – Vegan By VegInspired
In this interesting tartar sauce recipe from VegInspired, a cashew garlic aioli serves as the base for the sauce. Rather than buying the (often pricey) vegan mayonnaise from the store, you can take a crack at making your own through this aioli.
What’s excellent about making your own vegan mayo (aioli in this case) is that you can make it in bulk, store it, and use it for everything!
21. Vegan Tartar Sauce By Food With Feeling
This vegan tartar sauce recipe from Food With Feeling uses store-bought vegan mayonnaise, making this one of the quickest sauces you’ll ever mix up. Maple syrup is used to help balance all of the bright, tangy flavors that come from the dill relish, diced onion, and lemon juice.
What’s great about this recipe is that by using diced onions, you can choose to have a super smooth or slightly chunky sauce to your taste. The chunky sauce would be perfect for a vegan fried fish sandwich if you leave the diced onions a bit larger.
22. Vegan Artichoke Cakes With Homemade Tartar Sauce By The Veg Life
This one from The Veg Life includes a homemade tartar sauce recipe and a recipe for vegan artichoke cakes! If you were a lover of crab cakes in a former life, you’re sure to love these crispy, tasty artichoke cakes.
Interestingly enough, the secret ingredient for the crunchy artichoke cakes is Ritz Crackers, a surprise vegan item. Some white wine vinegar and capers combine to make an upscale tartar sauce to accompany your new favorite recipe.
23. Vegan Avocado Tartar Sauce By Mary’s Test Kitchen
This vegan tartar sauce recipe slightly twists the classic flavor by incorporating avocado into the mix. Adding avocado maximizes the creamy factor and helps make it a healthier sauce for sandwiches or burgers.
Avocados are full of healthy fat, vitamins, and minerals, so using them in this sauce will make your tastebuds and your health-conscious mind happy.
Easy Vegan Tartar Sauce Recipes, Final Thoughts
Eating vegan doesn’t mean giving up the delicious sauces and sides that accompany “regular” meals. Whatever your reason for being vegan, tartar sauce is still on the menu for you thanks to the above easy vegan tartar sauce recipes.