Fried Fish and Tartar Sauce: A Match Made in Heaven

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Everyone knows you’ll find the best seafood in NH at Bentley’s Roast Beef, especially fried seafood. But you can’t properly enjoy your fried fish without tartar sauce.

Tartar sauce, that creamy and tangy condiment we love to slather on our fried fish, has a rich and fascinating history that takes us on a culinary journey from the Tatars to today’s dining tables.


In honor of National Tartar Sauce Day on February 16th, we’re going to look at the origins of this condiment and why it pairs perfectly with fried fish.


French Origins

We can trace the origins of tartar sauce back to French cuisine, where it was first called sauce tartare. The name is an homage to the Tatars, a Turkic-speaking people known for their love of raw meat. The French adapted and transformed the sauce, incorporating mayonnaise, chopped pickles, capers, and herbs to create the delightful condiment we now know as tartar sauce.


Around the World

As people traveled, tartar sauce made its way across the Atlantic and became a beloved accompaniment to fried fish in the United States and beyond. Its unique combination of flavors perfectly complemented the mild taste and flaky texture of fried fish, making it immediately popular. The tanginess from pickles and capers, combined with the creamy base of mayonnaise, created a sauce that was not only delicious but also served as the ideal counterbalance to the richness of the fried coating.


Tartar Sauce Today

Today, tartar sauce is an established staple in seafood culinary traditions. Tartar sauce adds a layer of flavor that enhances the experience of enjoying fish and chips and other fried seafood. Its versatility has even led to creative variations. Chefs have experimented by adding ingredients like lemon juice, Dijon mustard, or fresh dill to personalize the sauce.


Get the Best Seafood in NH at Bentley’s!

Tartar sauce can elevate even the simplest dishes, but you need to start with great seafood. At Bentley’s Roast Beef, you can enjoy fried haddock, clams, shrimp, and all your favorite NH seafood. We serve all our seafood meals with our homemade tartar sauce so you can experience all the perfect pairing for yourself!


Visit us at 134 NH-101A in Amherst, give us a call at (603) 883-2020, or order online!

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