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Tartar sauce is a popular condiment made of mayo and pickles. The essential for deep-fried food especially panko-fried seafood, with Rich and tangy flavor in the creamy sauce.

How is Japanese Tartar Sauce different?

Theone of characters in Japanese tartar sauce is contains many unique ingredients to comfort to the Japanese includes Japanese mayo such as KEWPIE, chopped boiled eggs, minced onions, and pickles even with TSUKEMONO.

You can use mayo-only to made up rich creamy chunky tartar sauce, but I add 1/4 yogurt/ fresh milk to reduce calories and make the best thickness.

To give a hint of sweetness, adding maple syrup is a kind of unique.

Yet, you can use other sweeter such as sugar or syrup, or eve skip them.

Japanese Mayo

Everyone knows Kewpie mayonnaise, the staple Japanese-style mayo worldwide. But do you know why Japanese mayonnaise is so good and what the differences are? There are many mayonnaise lovers in Japan and they are so proud to live in the mayonnaise wonderland, of Japan. On this site, I, the native Japanese introduce not only Kewpie but also other products such as Ajinomoto, and Kenko which are available on Amazon, and also, a few domestic products that you can get only in Japan!

*Japan is a “mayonnaise” wonderland

Kewpie mayo has become increasingly popular in the U.S. and other countries in recent years, but, it’s the staple mayonnaise, more than it, no less than it in Japan.

Kewpie has 60% of the market share in Japan and was also the first company that produced mayonnaise products in 1925.

The amount of eggs handled by Kewpie is about 250,000 tons per year, which is equivalent to 10% of the domestic production.

Surprisingly, Kewpie Mayonnaise attracts consumers with only five ingredients: egg yolk, vinegar, vegetable oil, salt, and mustard powder.

It’s richer, creamier, and smoother, with a little vinegary and custardy texture. As I said, the bottle cap that I love is handy and fun to use.

Pickles For Tartar Sauce

Minced pickles give the tartar sauce crunchy texture and salty, tangy flavors as well.

Add your choice of pickles such as authentic dill cucumber pickles or my favorite sliced jalapeno.

Japanese TSUKEMONO pickles also work to make more sense to call this tartar sauce “Japanese” tartar sauce.


It is similar to FUKUJINZUKE but it is made of semi-dried cucumber only.

Seriously, you can make these homemade semi-dried cucumber pickles easily.

You can dry them in the sun just for half a day. The semi-dried cucumber will be greatly sweeter and has a unique crunchy texture.


Umeboshi is known for the traditional Japanese plum Pickled With Shiso Perilla and is extremely sour.

This sour taste chemically brings sweetness aftertaste and can give the tartar sauce a unique and refreshing taste that is more Japanese-like.

You can get UMEBOSHI products easily by throwing money to AMAZON (but thank you), yet, it is actually easy to make with applicants from scratch.


How Long Does Tartar Sauce Keep?

To store this Japanese tartar sauce, keep it covered and chilled in the refrigerator.

It should be consumed within 2-3 days since it contains yogurt, fresh minced onions, and boiled eggs.

Japanese tartar sauce, egg tartar sauce, kewpie, japanese kewpie mayo, recipe

Japanese-style Chunky Tartar Sauce

Rico McConnellRico McConnell
This easy homemade Japanese tartar sauce is better than anything (especially you're hungry) you can buy at the store. It’s creamy, refreshing, kicking, filling, and perfect for serving next to your favorite deep-fried dishes and sandwiches. Mayonnaise provides the whole balance of flavor in this tartar sauce. For the best tartar sauce, (and this recipe is made with Japanese mayo,) you've gotta try Japanese mayonnaise. Pickles add crunch and flavor to the sauce. You can use dill pickles, but I recommend switching to pickled jalapeno instead of common pickles. Japanese ginger pickles also give you a unique sweet flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup Japanese Mayo
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt/ Sour cream
  • 1 tbsp French Whole Grain Old Fashioned Mustard
  • 1 TSP Maple syrup *optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp Curly Parsley, finely minced
  • 2 Hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • ¼ onion, minced
  • Your favorite pickles, minced *dill pickles, pickled jalapeno, Japanese pickles


  • Optionally, soak minced onion in cold water for 10 minutes to get rid of the sharp flavor if desired.
    Drain and squeeze the excess water out with your hands.
  • In a large bowl, add mayonnaise, yogurt, and the remaining ingredients.
    Combine well.
  • Adjust the flavor to add salt and pepper to taste.
  • To store tartar sauce, keep it in a sealed container and consume it within 2-3 days.



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Keyword condiment, Easy, Egg, Kid-friendly, Mayo, Sauce, Traditional

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