Czech Republic Comfort Food Recipe: Tartar Sauce

by DerdriuMarriner

Tartar sauce (Tatarská omáčka), a staple in Czech households, is served fresh from homemade, time-honored recipes. This versatile condiment graces an array of dishes.

Tartar sauce (Tatarská omáčka) is an essential condiment in the hearty cuisine of the Czech Republic.

Not only does it accompany fish but it also is enjoyed heartily on a popular vegetable dish, fried cauliflower (smazeny kvetak), and on a comforting, convenient snack, fried bread with shredded cheese (langoš se sýrem a tatarkou). Homemade tartar sauce, made from homemade mayonnaise, is Czech comfort food par excellence!

Czech cuisine redefines tartar sauce by expanding its context and finessing flavors and textures.

tartar sauce, essential condiment for fish as well as for fried cauliflower, a Czech favorite

Tatarská omáčka (tartar sauce) served in Pension-restaurace "U nás," Jetřichovice-Vysoká Lípa 126 (Okres Děčín)
Tatarská omáčka (tartar sauce) served in Pension-restaurace "U nás," Jetřichovice-Vysoká Lípa 126 (Okres Děčín)


The creativity and versatility of Czech cuisine are epitomized in family recipes for Tartar Sauce (Tatarská omáčka).

  • Conventional concepts of tartar sauce are cast aside in Tatarská omáčka, which differs remarkably in flavors and texture from the culinary stereotype.
  • Homemade mayonnaise contributes the revitalizing sparkle which encourages exploratory pairings as comfort food.
  • As a basic recipe, tartar sauce invites variations according to preferences or pantry supplies.

 Czech tartar sauce is not restricted to use as a condiment for fish. Instead, Czech cuisine has expanded the condiment's boundaries par excellence through creative pairings with breads and vegetables.

At Czech tables, whether at home or in restaurants, tartar sauce is appreciated for its culinary contributions as a comforting condiment to the hearty cuisine of the Czech Republic.


Czech Republic Comfort Food Recipe for Tartar Sauce (Tatarská omáčka)

Prep time: 5 minutes -- Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for 12 servings

Depending upon portion size, yields 12+ servings.


Allow for chill time of several hours after combining ingredients.



homemade mayonnaise:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


1 teaspoon chopped capers

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1 small onion, diced

1 small pickle, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

dash of salt

pinch of sugar

1 teaspoon minced parsley




1. For homemade mayonnaise:

  • Combine egg yolks with mustard, mixing well until creamy.
  • Add oil slowly, in small doses, while stirring constantly.
  • Gently fold in lemon juice.

2. For tartar sauce:

  • Combine homemade mayonnaise with chopped capers, grated lemon peel, diced onion, and chopped pickle, blending well.
  • Fold in seasonings (white pepper, salt, sugar).
  • Top with minced parsley.
  • Chill in refrigerator for several hours, at least, before serving.


Servings: 12+ depending on portion size. 


fried bread with cheese and tartar sauce

langoš se sýrem a tatarkou
langoš se sýrem a tatarkou



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Image Credits


Tatarská omáčka (tartar sauce) served in Pension-restaurace "U nás," Jetřichovice-Vysoká Lípa 126 (Okres Děčín): Nillerdk, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @á_omáčka.jpg

langoš se sýrem a tatarkou: Dezidor, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @š_se_sýrem_a_tatarkou.jpg


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DerdriuMarriner on 10/02/2014

Rupert, Yes, there is a red cabbage recipe in my Czech cuisine repertoire. I'm happy that my family's treasured Czech recipes are appreciated. I'm always looking for an excuse to visit Canada, so if a trip ever materializes, I'd be happy to throw a Czech cuisine party and share these hearty favorites.

RupertTaylor on 10/01/2014

Derdriu - You keep posting these great recipes - and I don't have time to make them all. How about you come and visit us in Canada for a week and teach me how to make this great food. By the way, I'm sure you have great recipe for red cabbage - yes?

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