Old Bay Tartar Sauce

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Heaven with crab cakes…

There’s no denying the uber-love for Old Bay in our spice rack – the Maryland crab seasoning has the perfect mix of mild heat and bold spices. It’s so distinctive and flavorful. No crab cake is right without a little Old Bay along for the ride.

One of our favorite ways to bring that Old Bay flavor to crab cakes – or really any seafood – is via homemade Old Bay tartar sauce. The mix of mayonnaise, sweet relish, and Old Bay delivers a flavor wallop – tangy, creamy, warm, and earthy all in one. The heat in Old Bay comes from paprika in the seasoning itself. If you want a little extra fire to the flavor, add a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder to the mix. 

Old Bay Tartar Sauce

Old Bay Tartar Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon capers crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon sweet relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder optional
  • Pinch salt and pepper or to taste


  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. For best flavor, chill the tartar sauce for 1 hour prior to using.


Want it spicier? Add the cayenne pepper powder to the mix. Otherwise leave it out to experience the typical simmer of Old Bay seasoning.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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