Lubys Tartar Sauce Recipe

I love to pair the Lubys tartar sauce recipe with my favorite fried fish dishes. In this article, I want to share a copycat tartar sauce recipe inspired by Lubys. Luby’s is a cafeteria-style restaurant that serves good food at a reasonable price. 

What is a tartar sauce made of? Usually, tartar sauce is prepared with mayonnaise, calamansi juice, capers, parsley, and so on. Typically, this sauce is serve with seafood, but it could be a great addition to other fried dishes, too. 

However, tartar sauce is the perfect companion to seafood. You can make this creamy and flavorful dipping sauce within a few minutes. After trying today’s homemade tartar sauce you might never need to buy another bottle of tartar sauce again from Lubys. 

Lubys Tartar Sauce Recipe

Recipe by Lindsay G. Cabral
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Cuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This Lubys tartar sauce recipe has made up of a few simple ingredients and it is the perfect sauce for a fish fry, French fry, fried shrimp, and fried clams. Let’s have a look at all the steps for preparing the traditional tartar sauce recipe. 


  • 300-gram Japanese Mayonnaise

  • 30g capers in Vinegar

  • 1 red onion

  • 3 cloves of garlic

  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp calamansi juice

  • Ground mixed peppercorn

  • Himalayan pink salt

  • Tools
  • Chopping board

  • Knife

  • Mixing bowl

  • Serving dish

how to make Lubys Tartar Sauce

  • Chopped the onion: Take a chopping board and one red onion. At first, peeled the onion and nicely chopped/minced the whole onion with a knife. 
    chopped the onion
  • chopped the garlic: After then, take 3 cloves of garlic and peeled them. Then mince the garlic cloves nicely. Garlic contains important antioxidants that support our body’s protective mechanisms against oxidative damage. 
    chopped the garlic
  • Minced the Capers: Take 30 grams of capers in vinegar and grained them. Then minced the capers. 
    Minced the Capers
  • minced parsley: take some fresh parsley and minced them. Parsley is a good source of vitamin C and other antioxidants, which help to reduce the risk of different serious health conditions like stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 
    minced parsley
  • Mixed ingredients with mayonnaise: Now, it’s time to mix all the ingredients with mayonnaise. Take a medium mixing bowl, put 300g Japanese Mayonnaise into the bowl then gradually add all the ingredients including 30g capers in Vinegar, 1 red minced onion, 3 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tbsp fresh minced parsley, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp calamansi juice, ground mixed peppercorn, and Himalayan pink salt. With a spoon mix well until each ingredient mix with the other. 
    Mixed ingredients with mayonnaise
  • Served the sauce: Serve the sauce immediately with fish fry, chicken fry, French fry, or any of your favorite fried dishes. You can also refrigerate this tartar sauce in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. In that case, before serving you need to take out your sauce from the refrigerator and then allow it to bring at room temperature. 
    served the sauce

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  • How long does tartar sauce last once opened? Its answer depends on the storage condition of the sauce. To maximize the self-life of your opened tartar sauce, refrigerate and keep tightly covered at all times. 

Nutrition Information

Serving1 ½ cup
Cholesterol12 mg

The Bottom Line

The homemade Lubys tartar sauce recipe is healthy and better than the store-bought version. It has the right taste and texture. It is perfect for fish sticks, salmon cakes, or crab cakes

What about you? Do you like to pair this sauce with your favorite dish? Let me know your answer in the comment section below. 

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