That fancy Fish Taco Sauce you love so much can be made right at home to drizzle on fish tacos or even as a dip for crispy baked chicken tenders.

It’s fresh, flavorful, and best of all, easy to make. This will become a go-to dip for everything from seafood to fries!

Fish Taco Sauce in a white dish

A Delicious Dip or Drizzle

  • This easy, Baja-style recipe can be used for all kinds of fish and shrimp recipes.
  • This dip can be mixed a couple of days ahead of time.
  • Serve with fried or grilled fish tacos.

Ingredients assembled to make Fish Taco Sauce

Ingredient for Fish Taco Sauce

THE BASE: Like most dips and creamy dressings, sour cream and mayonnaise create the base. For a thicker base (or a healthy boost), swap sour cream for plain Greek yogurt.

FRESH FLAVOR: Fresh lime juice adds the best flavor, bottled juices can sometimes be bitter. Cilantro is a favorite for its herbal flavor. If you can’t eat cilantro, you can use parsley in this recipe although it will change the flavor of the sauce.

SEASONING: Seasonings like cumin, garlic powder, and smoked paprika give the sauce depth. Add some cayenne pepper for heat or even a bit of Cajun seasoning.

How to Make Fish Taco Sauce

  1. Zest & juice the lime.
  2. Combine all ingredients per recipe below in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle on mahi-mahi tacos, shrimp tacos, or any other favorite taco recipe!

ingredients for Fish Taco Sauce in a bowl

Other Ways to Enjoy this Sauce

Use it as a creamy dip for veggies or a dressing for slaw. Use on mashed potatoes, drizzle over baked potatoes, or roasted veggies or even dip potato chips.

How to Store

Keep fish taco sauce in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For best results, shake or stir before serving again and refresh it with a little squeeze of lime juice.

Fish Taco Sauce in a bowl

Tastes Great With…

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Fish Taco Sauce in a white dish topped with chives
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Fish Taco Sauce

Homemade Fish Taco Sauce is creamy, tangy, & a little bit spicy. Drizzle over tacos, burritos, or use as a dip!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4


  • cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro minced
  • 1 tablespoon light cream
  • 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Zest ½ teaspoon zest from the lime. Juice 1 tablespoon of the juice from the lime.
  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Drizzle over fish tacos (or any kind of tacos).


Serve as a dip or dressing with any kind of taco, seafood, or even as a dip for chips or veggies.
Plain Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream.
Keep fish taco sauce in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For best results, shake or stir before serving again and refresh it with a little squeeze of lime juice.
5 from 43 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 127 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 312IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine American
Fish Taco Sauce in a white dish with lime slices with text
Fish Taco Sauce in a white dish topped with chives with text
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  1. Very good, quick and easy. I didn’t have a lime, so used lemon and it was delicious. Also, I added minced red onion.5 stars

  2. Great generic taco sauce that you can tweak for personal taste. My wife does not like strong tastes or spices so this fit the bill perfectly for her. Thanks for the recipe!!!5 stars

  3. I made this for some very fishy tasting fish and it is absolutely delicious. Saved my tacos. Although I didn’t have some of the stuff so I improvised it. I used sour cream, mayonnaise (4 tbs since I didn’t have enough sour cream), realemon lemon juice (2tbs), creole seasoning, Cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, pepper and parsley.5 stars

  4. Hi, this looks so good, as do all of your recipes! Have you tried this on shrimp tacos?

    I have been looking for a sauce to use on breaded shrimp tacos and this looks like it

    may fit the bill. Thanks5 stars