This Whole30 tartar sauce is quick and easy to make with fresh cucumber, dill, and capers.
Whole30 Tartar Sauce Recipe
A few weeks ago I was looking to make a new traditional crab cake recipe and thought it would be perfect with a little tartar or remoulade sauce. To my dismay, nearly every recipe included relish or pickles! As a lot of us know it’s really difficult to find pickles without coloring, additives, or preservatives of some sort. Don’t even get me started on the jarred tartar sauces out there. That’s when I got the idea to make my own by just using fresh cucumber – super simple, right? This recipe for Whole30 tartar sauce is not only paleo, but also migraine-friendly.
Don’t worry, the traditional crab cake recipe is coming and I’m thrilled to be able to make one that’s migraine-safe by using a dumbed down version of Old Bay seasoning. But I’m easing back into this whole blog thing after I just cooked over 90 recipes in 4 weeks, ok?
What Mayo to Use
If you have an issue with eggs, give this aquafaba mayo recipe a try. It’s a vegan mayo that uses chickpea juice instead of raw egg.
Capers on a Migraine Diet
As for the capers, if you’re on a migraine diet, these can be questionable since they’re pickled flower buds and not exactly fresh. If you’ve tried olives and done well with them, you can typically find good capers that are just packed in just water and vinegar. Here’s a post that explains a little more on that subject! I like to just rinse them really well and pat them dry with paper towels.
I like to use this sauce on grilled seafood or fish and even burgers. Enjoy!
And don’t miss it on these migraine-friendly Maryland Crab Cakes.
For other paleo recipes, check out these posts.
Made without pre-packaged dill pickles, this quick and easy recipe is perfect for those who are trying to avoid additives or MSG in their diet. Serve with grilled fish, seafood, or burgers. This recipe makes roughly 1/2 cup of tartar sauce.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise *see post for recommendations
- 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
- 1/4 cup finely chopped seedless cucumber
- 1 teaspoon grainy mustard *If you can't find a compliant brand, try 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 tablespoon chopped capers (optional for migraine diets)
- freshly cracked pepper and kosher salt to taste
In a medium bowl, combine the chopped cucumber with distilled white vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Add other ingredients and stir to combine, tasting to see if it needs any seasonings. I personally always add pepper, but prefer it without salt unless you're not using capers. Place it back in the fridge and allow it to chill for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to combine.
- You can use homemade mayo or Primal Kitchen for all Whole30. See post for two homemade recipes, one without eggs.