Seafood Sauces

Mustard Sauce

Serve with any fried seafood.


– 1/2 cup mayonnaise
– 1 tbs Dijon mustard
– 1 tbs. vinegar


Combine ingredients.

Makes 1/2 cup

Herb Butter Sauce


– 3 tbs tarragon vinegar
– 2 tsp chopped shallots
– 1/4 cup butter
– 1 tbs chipped chives
– 1 tbs chopped chervil or parsley
– 1/4 tsp thyme
– 1/8 tsp. fennel seed


Combine vinegar and shallots in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients. Serve with cooked fish.

Makes 1/2 cup.

Cucumber Sauce


– 3 large cucumbers
– 2 tsp salt
– 1 cup sour cream or unflavoured yogurt
– 1 cup mayonnaise
– 1/2 tsp. dill
– 1 tbs. vinegar
– dash garlic powder


Peel halve and seed cucumbers. Chop very fine. Mix with Salt. Chill at least two hours. Drain well. Add remaining ingredients.

Makes 3-1/2 cups.

Tartar Sauce


– 1/2 cup each mayonnaise and sour cream
– 1 tbs. each finely chopped stuffed green olives, sweet pickles, onion, capers and parsley
– 1 tsp. lemon juice
– few drops Tabasco


Mix all ingredients and chill 30 minutes.

Makes 1-1/2 cups.

Quick Hollandaise Sauce

When you are in a hurry, this is a great recipe to remember It is the perfect embellishment for many fish. It is somewhat lighter and fluffier than the traditional version.


– 1/2 cup butter (stick)
– 3 egg yolks
– 1 tbs lemon juice
– 1/4 tsp. salt
– 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
– pinch cayenne pepper


Heat butter to bubbling in a small pan. Watch carefully. Don’t allow to burn. Place egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, mustard and pepper in a blender. Cover and turn on low speed for 3 seconds. With blender still operating, remove the cover and add bubbling butter in a steady stream. When all has been added, turn off the blender. Serve immediately or keep warm over hot water.

Makes about 1 cup.

Seafood Cocktail Sauce

A perfect “topper” for any fresh shellfish.


– 1/2 cup catsup or chili sauce
– 1 tbs. diced onion
– 2 tbs. lemon juice
– 2 tsp. horseradish
– 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
– dash Tabasco sauce if desired
– salt to taste


Combine all ingredients. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.

Makes 4 servings.