Tartar sauce is thick and creamy with the perfect amount of zing. Whether it's served with English fish and chips or Japanese Ebi Fry, I'd say that tartar sauce is a sauce well-loved all over the world!
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What is Tartar sauce?
Tartar sauce is a thick, creamy and tangy sauce that pairs very well with seafood, especially of the deep fried variety. Tartar sauce originated from France and has made its way all over the world. (for good reason!)
What are the main ingredients in Tartar sauce?
There are many variations of tartar sauce, but the main ingredients used in the UK and European countries are:
- Mayonnaise (or aioli)
- Lemon Juice
- Dill or Parsley
How is Japanese Tartar Sauce Different?
Of course the base of the sauce is very similar, but Japanese Tartar sauce omits some surprising ingredients! Maybe because it's hard to get capers in Japan, but there's also some additional ingredients that you might not expect.
- Mayonnaise (Japanese mayo made with rice vinegar like Kewpie)
- Boiled Egg
So, although some recipes do contain pickles, the main crunch in Japanese Tartar sauce is onion!
In addition to mayonnaise, Japanese tartar sauce contains boiled eggs. The egg yolk is mashed and mixed in with the mayonnaise. That's what gives it more of a yellow colour.
Then the egg whites are finely chopped and add an extra texture to the sauce.
Which one is better?
Well of course I couldn't possibly decide... English tartar sauce is a bit more sour and runny while Japanese tartar sauce is a bit thicker and slightly milder in taste.
They're both delicious! But for Japanese dishes you should definitely try the Japanese version!