National Tartar Sauce Day – February 24, 2023

National Tartar Sauce Day is celebrated on the Friday after Lent, on February 24 this year. The holiday aims to bring attention to the scrumptious sauce that can add a distinct flavor to every food item. Admit it, since meat can’t be consumed after Lent and seafood is the only option left with people, tartar sauce becomes an essential item in every household. Tartar sauce is used on seafood, and makes a great dish during this period as Lent approaches. Since meat is not allowed, we enjoy fish and other seafood more with a bowl of creamy tartar sauce. The deliciousness never ends, whether we can eat meat or not. Hence, of course it deserves a special day of its own where its contribution to the world of cuisine can be honored. Plus, the day is a delight for any foodie who loves to add a little relish to their dinner menu. So lets gets the celebrations started!

 

History of National Tartar Sauce Day

The real origin of tartar sauce remains unclear. Some say that it has been in existence since the Roman era, while others insist that tartar sauce originated from France. A few maintain that the French evolved the condiment. The current tartar sauce originated in France as sauce tartare. It is spelled as ‘tartare sauce’ in some parts of Europe, South Africa, and Australia.

Tartar sauce is mainly made from mayonnaise with pickles, capers, herbs, and in some recipes, hard-boiled eggs or lemon juice. The recipes differ in different places to accommodate individual tastes and preferences. The sauce is made as a condiment to be enjoyed with seafood. The best seafood choices are cod, salmon, haddock, shrimp, and pollack. Tartar sauce became commercially available in the 1920s, making it easier to get it at grocery stores, rather than making it from scratch.

The National Tartar Sauce Day that takes place every Friday after Lent starts, has a cultural and religious link to food. This is because as a large amount of people switch to consuming fish, the distinct flavor of the sauce becomes a necessity. Seeing how the limitation on food items to be consumed can have an impact on the eating habits of people, the National Tartar Sauce Day came into being. The day was founded by Frisch’s Big Boy in 2017 to pay tribute to the sauce that becomes a must have item on a yearly basis. However, Frisch’s relationship with tartar sauce is a story on its own. The first Frisch’s cafe was opened up in Cincinnati in 1923, and was taken over by the original owner’s son, Dave Frisch, in 1923. This is when Dave started experimenting with food and ended up adding his homemade tartar sauce to the Big Boy sandwich. From thereon, the special sauce by Dave became a hit and went on to be sold in stores in the 1960s. Since the tartar sauce led to the instant success of the eatery, it is no wonder Dave Frisch decided to create a day especially for it!

National Tartar Sauce Day is celebrated at a time when the condiment is in high demand during this period as seafood becomes the choicest food item of the season. Lent is the period of fasting and abstinence from beef and chicken. For those who are not really fans of fish, tartar sauce is the best for enjoying fish and seafood with its creaminess and zingy taste.

Of course before tartar sauce was discovered, people resorted to other sauces to add flavor to food items. For instance, in the Middle Ages, mustard was very famous. The ingredients for mustard too, were later amended to make it more commercial. In the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, several other sauces were invented such as Pesto sauce, chutney, soy sauce, and ketchup!

Tartar sauce is also enjoyed with pita bread, chips, and roasted veggies. We celebrate National Tartar Sauce Day with lots of seafood and enjoy it with the sauce. If you don’t like fish at all, you can enjoy it with vegetables.

National Tartar Sauce Day timeline

17th Century
The French Tartar

France recreates the original tartar sauce by using mayonnaise.

19th Century
Tartar Sauce in Western Europe

Tartar sauce is adopted in European cuisine.

1920s
Commercial Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce is commercially sold in jars.

1984
Tasty Beginnings

Chef Tachibe adds tartar sauce to dishes.

2017
A Day for Tartar Sauce

National Tartar Sauce Day is created.

National Tartar Sauce Day FAQs

How do you store tartar sauce?

Store-bought tartar sauce can be kept in the refrigerator for as long as stated on its label. It is better to make homemade tartar sauce in small quantities and store it in the fridge for two weeks.

Is there an alternative to tartar sauce?

Yes. You can always use nonfat sour cream as an alternative if you cannot find tartar sauce.

What else can you enjoy with tartar sauce?

You can put tartar sauce in sandwiches and baked potatoes. You can also enjoy it with crispy vegetables, fried if you like.

How to Celebrate National Tartar Sauce Day

  1. Make your own tartar sauce

    There's no better way to celebrate than making your own tartar sauce to enjoy with the seafood of your choice. It's even fun to create your own recipe or host a tartar-sauce-making contest with your loved ones.

  2. Eat seafood

    Order in or eat out. This is the best way to try fine tartar sauces served at eateries or restaurants.

  3. Have a sauce cooking competition

    To celebrate the day, hold a sauce competition with close friends where everyone can create and present their version of the tartar sauce.

5 Fun Facts About Tartar Sauce:

  1. Calories in the sauce

    There are 59 calories in two-tablespoons of tartar sauce.

  2. Adding to weight gain

    Tartar sauce is said to be high in fat.

  3. High amount of Vitamin K

    Since the sauce has Vitamin K, it helps strengthen bones.

  4. Tartar sauce and the heart

    The Vitamin K in the sauce is beneficial for cardiovascular health.

  5. Life of the sauce

    Once its opened, refrigerated tartar sauce will stay fresh for two months.

Why We Love National Tartar Sauce Day

  1. We love seafood

    We may not be French, but we love the edible fish species and its neighbors under the sea.

  2. Never wrong with seafood

    The savory taste, creaminess, and little tartness make tartar sauce the best choice for all seafood.

  3. Increases sales of tartar sauce

    There are tons of brands that sell tartar sauce in the market. Because of this special day, sales of these brands increase. This is also beneficial for small business owners.

National Tartar Sauce Day dates

YearDateDay
2022March 4Friday
2023February 24Friday
2024February 16Friday
2025March 7Friday
2026February 20Friday

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