Clam Box Tartar Sauce

This easy tartar sauce recipe from the Clam Box in Ipswich, MA, goes great with fried fish and shellfish, but also things like grilled eggplant and zucchini fritters.

By Yankee Magazine

Apr 21 2002

Tartar sauce, the necessary accompaniment to fried fish and shellfish, is also delicious with things like grilled eggplant and zucchini fritters. This New England tartar sauce recipe is from the Clam Box, a mecca of fried clamdom located in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Cooks there use sweet Spanish onions to make their fried onion rings, and the thick, tasty (but un-fryable) centers go into the tartar sauce.


3/4 cup of sauce, enough for 2-3 pints of fried clams


7 parts mayonnaise (1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon)
4 parts sweet relish, drained (1/4 cup)
1 part diced onions (1 tablespoon)


Combine all ingredients.