Tartar Sauce タルタルソース

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  • Creamy & tangy with a consistent bite of texture, Tartar Sauce is a beloved condiment often enjoyed with Japanese seafood dishes. Here’s an easy tartar sauce recipe you can make at home.

    Tartar Sauce with Ebi fry on a white plate.

    In Japanese cooking, tartar sauce is enjoyed with many deep-fried or baked crispy seafood dishes such as Ebi Fry and Crispy Salmon.  You can easily whip up homemade tartar sauce that suits your taste.

    How to Make Delicious Tartar Sauce at Home

    The combination for a truly delicious tartar sauce incorporates eggs, sweet onion, pickles, fresh lemon juice and some salt & pepper. I recommend using Japanese mayonnaise for a creamier flavor if you can find it. The sauce can be made a few hours ahead, or use it immediately.

    Tartar Sauce with crispy salmon on a white plate.

    Recipes with Tartar Sauce

    Ebi Fry, Fried Prawn with Taratara sauce on a white plate.

    Ebi Fry

    Crispy Salmon with Taratara Sauce on a white plate.

    Crispy Salmon

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    Ebi Fry (Fried Prawn) | JustOneCookbook.com
    Tartar Sauce
    Prep Time
    18 mins
    Cook Time
    12 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins

    Course: Condiments, How to
    • 2 large eggs
    • ¼ onion
    • 1 pickle (or 7 cornichons/4 sweet gherkins)
    • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • ½ lemon (more or less according to your taste)
    • 4 Tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
    • Parsley (optional)
    • 1 tsp Japanese karashi hot mustard
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

    2. Put water in a saucepan, and gently put eggs. Make sure the eggs are completely covered by water. Bring the water to boil on medium heat. Meanwhile you rotate the eggs with a spoon once in a while (this is a tip to make sure the egg yolk will be in center). Once the water boils, lower heat but keep the water boiling (but don’t let the eggs jumping around) for the next 12 minutes. Discard the water and run under cold water. When eggs are almost cool, they are ready to peel.
      Ebi Fry 1
    3. Meanwhile you dice the onion finely and soak the onion in cold water for 10 minutes to get rid of bitter flavor.
      Ebi Fry 2
    4. Finely chop the pickles.
      Ebi Fry 3
    5. Drain the onion after 10 minutes. Put it the center of paper towel and squeeze the excess water out.
      Ebi Fry 4
    6. In a bowl, break the eggs into small pieces with a fork.
      Ebi Fry 5
    7. Add the pickles, the onion, salt and pepper and squeeze some lemon juice. Then add the mayonnaise (also parsley and karashi mustard) and mix all together. Cover and keep it in the fridge until used.

      Ebi Fry 6
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. Please do not copy this recipe and images without my permission. If you want to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source.

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