Take your fish tacos to another level with this easy to make, homemade Fish Taco Sauce. It’s creamy and little tangy with a slight kick. Leftovers can be paired with a variety of seafood!
This easy fish taco sauce comes together with a handful of pantry staple ingredients in under 5 minutes.
Level up your Taco Tuesdays with this creamy restaurant-quality sauce that pairs perfectly with shrimp tacos, fish sticks, and more!
Fish Taco Sauce Recipe
Who knew simple ingredients tossed together could taste so good and make some of the best fish taco sauce in town?!
It reminds me of the fish taco sauce I once had at a Mexican restaurant, except it’s better than restaurant quality.
Whether you are making tacos on warm corn tortillas, fish sticks for the kids, or looking to top off a fish recipe with a tasty sauce, this goes on everything!
Bonus: this recipe comes together in 5 minutes or less, depending on how fast you whisk, and can be kept in the fridge to drizzle on other recipes throughout the week.
Missing an ingredient? All of these ingredients are easy to find in any local grocery store making this easy recipe, even easier to prep for.
Ingredients to make Sauce for Fish Tacos
The base of the sauce. The base comes together with mayonnaise and Greek yogurt. I enjoy a 50/50 combination. However, you can play with the ratios based on personal taste and preference. You could even make it using only Greek yogurt if you’re not a big fan of mayonnaise.
Wet ingredients. To get the perfect creamy consistency, you are going to need white vinegar, light olive oil, and fresh lime juice (lemon juice will work too). Depending on how thick or thin you want your sauce you can add more lime juice or thin it out with room temperature water.
Save some extra lime juice to squeeze on top of your fish tacos before serving!
How to Make Fish Taco Sauce
1. Combine seasoning. In a small bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and kosher salt.
2. Prepare the sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk the seasoning together with the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, white vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, and cilantro until well combined.
3. Serve or refrigerate. Serve with your favorite fish tacos or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
Recipe Tips, Tricks, and Variations
Mayonnaise. Using mayo as the base for a sauce gives it that perfect creaminess we all know and love. However, if you are looking to save yourself some calories and make the sauce a little lighter, you can substitute regular mayo for light mayo or use straight Greek yogurt as your base.
Thinning out the sauce. If you aren’t a fan of thick or super creamy sauces, you can thin out your fish sauce by adding more lime juice or room temperature water.
Turn up the heat. If you are looking to crank up the spice factor on the sauce, you can add more cayenne pepper and/or chili powder and taste test as you go to get the sauce to the level of heat you are looking for. However, if you are really looking to turn up the heat, I recommend adding in some of your favorite hot sauce, chipotle adobo sauce, or finely diced chipotle peppers!
Leftover sauce. This sauce recipe makes about 1 cup of sauce. Depending on how much you need, you may need to double accordingly. Remember, with this sauce, a little bit goes a long way, so if or when you have leftovers, grab an airtight container! Leftover sauce will keep in the fridge if stored properly for about a week.
What to Serve with Fish Tacos
The best fish tacos are served alongside some of my favorite side appetizers and side dishes! There is no limit on what you can serve alongside fish tacos, but some of my favorites include:
- Fresh green salad
- Fish Taco Slaw
- Pico de gallo
- Mango Pineapple Salsa
- Avocado Mango Salsa
- Homemade Chunky Salsa
- Mexican Street Cornbread
- Summer Corn Salad
- Watermelon Tajin Skewers
What is fish taco sauce made of?
To make a quick and easy fish taco sauce, all you need is a creamy base – I like using mayo and Greek yogurt. Aside from your base, you will need fresh limes, garlic powder, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.
Can I substitute mayonnaise and/or Greek yogurt?
Yes! This recipe can be made in so many ways – you can substitute for low fat mayo, fat free mayo, reduced fat mayo, yogurt, or even a combination of sour cream and mayo or Greek yogurt.
What kind of fish is used for fish tacos?
Whether you like them fried, baked, or grilled, you can make fish tacos or Baja fish tacos with shrimp, cod, Mahi Mahi, grouper, sea bass, halibut, tilapia, snapper, or catfish.
Typically, easy fish tacos call for flaky fish or lean white fish. However, they can also be made with salmon. I make some delicious salmon tacos!
More Tasty Homemade Sauce Recipes
There is nothing better to top off a meal with than a homemade sauce! Forget store bought and make your own with my favorite sauce recipes below.
- Big Mac Sauce
- Coconut Curry Sauce
- Miso Tahini Sauce
- Cilantro Lime Empanada Sauce
- Crab Cake Sauce
- Chili Garlic Sauce
- Homemade Chick-Fil-A Sauce
- 5 Minute Garlic Butter Sauce
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Fish Taco Sauce
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and kosher salt.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the seasoning mixture together with the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, white vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, and cilantro until well combined.
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-5 days.