What happens If you eat expired tartar sauce?

In this article, we will answer the question “What happens If you eat expired tartar sauce?”, and how to store tartar sauce?

What happens If you eat expired tartar sauce?

Eating expired tartar sauce won’t make you sick unless the sauce was spoiled or the bottle was leaking or damaged. Store-bought tartar sauce comes with a best-by or -use-by date instead of an expiration date. 

Now the best-by or the use-by date is not an indicator of safety. It only gives your information about how long the product will maintain its prime quality. 

Therefore, you can consume expired tartar sauce If It qualifies all the quality parameters i.e It does not give off an off smell or have mold growing on it. If you notice any of these signs or If the tartar sauce looks discolored, It has gone bad and should be immediately discarded.

How to store tartar sauce?

The general rule of thumb is to keep the tartar sauce in a dark, cool, and dry place with a sling as It is unopened. The pantry or a kitchen cabinet would work fine. A steady storage temperature is important to maintain the quality of the sauce. 

Frequent temperature fluctuations quickly ruin the texture and degrade the quality of the sauce. Keep the bottle away from sources of heat like direct sunlight and the stovetop. Once the bottle is opened, It belongs in the fridge. 

Keep it on the back shelf of the fridge and not the door. The temperature is not consistent in the latter. Avoid pouring the leftover tartar sauce back into the bottle. Wipe clean the rim of the bottle between uses. Make sure the cap is tightly sealed after each use.

How long does the tartar sauce last?

In the pantry (unopened)In the fridge (opened)
Tartar sauce 12 months 6 months 

How to serve tartar sauce?

Tartar sauce pairs well particularly with seafood dishes including fish and chips, clam strips, fried oysters, fried fish, fish sandwiches, and fish fingers. It can also be enjoyed with burgers, French fries, sandwiches, or schnitzels. Last but not the least, tartar sauce makes for a great salad dressing as well.

How to make tartar sauce?


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small dill pickle, chopped very small (3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon capers, chopped, optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, optional
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper


  • In a bowl, add mayonnaise, pickles, lemon juice, capers, dill, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard. Stir all the ingredients until homogenous, smooth and creamy.
  • Sprinkle some pepper and salt as per taste. Add more lemon juice, salt, and pepper If needed. Use it after at least half an hour of refrigeration for the best taste.
  • Transfer it to an air-tight container and keep it in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition facts

The following nutrition facts apply to one serving or 1tbsp tartar sauce prepared from the above recipe.

Calories 64g
Total fat 6.9g
Saturated fat 1.1g
Cholesterol 3.9mg 
Sodium 103.8mg 
Carbohydrate 0.3g
Dietary fiber 0.1g
Total sugars 0.1g
Proteins 0.1g

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Popular condiments and their shelf-life 

The following are estimated shelf-life of different types of condiments. If the condiments are to be stored in the pantry, make sure they are ais cool, dry, and the surrounding temperature is below 85℉. 

If the condiment is instructed to be refrigerated after opening, make sure the temperature is maintained below 40℉.

In the pantry In the fridge 
Barbeque sauce 12 months (unopened)1 month (opened)4 months (opened)
Ketchup, Cocktail, or Chili sauce12 months (unopened)1 month (opened)6 months (opened)
Chutney 12 months (unopened)1-2 months (opened)
Horseradish in jar12 months (unopened)3-4 months (opened)
Mayonnaise 2-3 months (unopened)2 months (opened)
Mustard 12 months (unopened)1 month (opened)12 months (opened)
Olives (Black and Green)12-18 months (unopened)2 weeks (opened)
Pickles 12 months (unopened)1-2 weeks (opened)
Salad dressings10-12 months (unopened)3 months (opened)
Salsa, Picante, and taco sauces12 months (unopened)1 month (opened)
Vinaigrette Dressings – Italian, Balsamic12-18 months (unopened)6-9 months (opened)
Relish 2 years (unopened)1 year (opened)
Hot sauce 5 years (unopened)5 years (opened)


In this article, we answered the question “What happens If you eat expired tartar sauce?”, and how to store tartar sauce?





Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.