South Texas Tartar Sauce Recipe -
South Texas Tartar Sauce Recipe
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South Texas Tartar Sauce

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"This delicious tartar sauce, vegetable dip is similar to that served at the famous King's Inn restaurant on Baffin Bay in South Texas."

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Original recipe makes 3 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. Place the onion, olives, garlic and jalapenos into the container of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. In a bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, relish, buttery round crackers and saltine crackers. Mix in the contents of the food processor and season with curry powder. Chill overnight before serving with seafood or vegetables.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 23, 2012

If the individual who posted the picture for this recipe had followed the directions, the sauce would have more of an orange color that comes from the buttery round crackers. It is never white like the picture. Also, the recipe originally called for jalapeno peppers (fresh, not pickled). I have since found that serrano peppers work much better. I do not seed them, just toss them in the blender. Depending on how much heat you want, I usually use about 3 small ones. When I could not locate my original recipe, I turned to all recipes since I knew I had posted it here. After measuring out all ingredients as listed, I realized something was WRONG. The quantity just did not look right. Eventually, I found the original. It called for 1 PINT, not 1 CUP of mayo. We normally make it with 1 cup of mayo and 1 cup of salad dressing. I am sorry for the mistake. I am glad those who tried it were not disappointed, but try it again using the additional mayo. It makes it to further and will have a smoother texture. Otherwise, for those of you who prefer it the other way, go for it ! Thanks for trying it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 12, 2014

Sorry, but this is not even close to being King's Inn tartar sauce.

Mar 04, 2007

Original review 2/19/06: This is it! This is the tartar sauce I have been looking for FOREVER! Ever since I was pregnant with my 1st child, and we went to Landry Seafood in Galveston, TX...I ate and ate this stuff! Thank you, thank you! I finally had all the ingredients...the green olives are the secret ingredient. Thanks so much for the post!

Mar 23, 2011

People need to try this. Don't let the ingredients fool you. This is great tartar sauce. I was learey at first due to olives and crackers in a tartar sauce, but it is great. Be brave and at least try it once. I have been using this for about 1 1/2 yrs and just suprised more people haven't tried it.

Mar 03, 2008

I haven't tried this yet but I've been looking for this recipe for FOREVER! Every time I go to King's Inn, I'd just sit there and eat this stuff on crackers... yum!

Mar 02, 2012

I just whipped this up for tomorrow's fish and my family will not stop eating it! It's so yummy and so different with a spicy kick. It's very good on crackers I didn't have saltines so I used all buttery crackers. I will be making this again and again. Thanks for a winner.

Jul 27, 2008

Very very good! A little more complex than some recipes, so not as easy to whip up as some recipes. Big deal? Sort of, after a long day of fishing. Nevertheless, I think it is a worthwhile endeavor for the taste, which is unique (in a good way), and sure to get + comments at your next fish fry.

Jan 19, 2011

The recipe is good, but I think it is better eaten fresh rather than 24 hours later, I used my home canned jalepenos, home made relish, and home made mayo which I add lime to. The picture is way off as to what it really looks like when finished.


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  • Calories
  • 101 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.8 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 8.3 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 230 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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