The pros: Trader Joe's Tartar Sauce is thick and full of relish. You'll need a knife or spoon to get this out the jar.
The cons: This can occasionally be difficult to find.
The verdict: I enjoy a good seafood dinner. So that means there are two necessary condiments for seafood: lemon and tartar sauce. Lemons are easy. Tartar sauce can be a bit of a finicky think.
Trader Joe's Tartar Sauce can be a bit hit or miss to find (or at least in the stores I shop at it can be). I've seen this with the condiments and I've seen this displayed over the frozen seafood. I'm never quite sure where I am supposed to be looking when I go into the store. When I do find it I'm greeted by the same reliable product.
You are getting a very thick tartar sauce. This is not something that should be in a squeeze bottle as it would be clogged all the time. This is one thick sauce. You''ll need to reach for a spoon to get it out. Not a big deal and in fact I prefer it that way. Now, to be fair I didn't exactly taste test this by putting an entire spoonful in my mouth. This is not a product you would by itself. Like ever. Unless you are a huge tangy mayo fan. Then maybe. Odds are you'll have this with some sort of fish where acidity, tang, and a touch of sweetness would be a welcomed compliment to the seafood.
This is more tangy than sweet. That's a good thing. There is sugar in this so the sweetness is there but it plays a supporting role to all of the relish. This is very thick, so if you only want a touch of tartar sauce, you might struggle with getting the right amount on your meal.
For a more thorough comparison of this Tartar Sauce to other brands, then check out Serious Eats Tartar Sauce review. For $1.99 this is worth picking up if you happen to be at Trader Joe's. It's nothing that will rock your world, but something that makes for a good choice to go with fish.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The jar of Trader Joe's Tartar Sauce:
The nutritional information and the ingredient list:
About this Trader Joe's Tartar Sauce:
Served with Trader Joe's Cod Fillets:
Would I buy this again? Yes. While Trader Joe's Tartar Sauce is not earth shattering or life altering, it's a reliable go to in my household (when I can find it).
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