Fish Taco Sauce

A rich, creamy, acidic, and spicy sauce is just what you need to serve with some fish tacos. Make this sauce to dress your Fish Tacos or use as a dip!

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A rich, creamy, acidic, and spicy sauce is just what you need to serve with some fish tacos. Make this sauce to dress your homemade tacos, or just use it as a dip for all sorts of recipes!

Why not use this sauce recipe to make some delicious Fish Tacos? Or try making your own guacamole to pair with your tacos using this Easy Chunky Homemade Guacamole Recipe?

Fish Taco sauce in clear mixing bowl

Fish Taco Sauce

A good sauce needs to have a few important ingredients; it needs some good fat to provide flavor and to hold on to other flavors; it needs plenty of acidities, and it needs some spices to make it distinct.

Like all great sauces, this one uses mayonnaise for the fat and lime juice for the acidity. In terms of seasoning, it uses a pretty standard yet classic mix of garlic and chipotle to create a tangy, rich, and zesty sauce that pairs perfectly with fish.                                                                     

Fish Taco sauce ingredients

Fish Taco Sauce Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Sour cream

• Mayonnaise

• Lime juice

• Chipotle powder

• Garlic powder

• Fresh cilantro

Fish Taco sauce ingredients in bowl

How To Make Fish Taco Sauce

• Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well until the sauce is really well blended

• Use to top fish tacos or dip chips in!

Fish Taco sauce dripping off spoon

Can You Make A Low-Fat Version Of Fish Taco Sauce?

The combination of sour cream and mayonnaise gives this sauce its rich and creamy texture. Unfortunately, these two ingredients also add most of the calories and fat to this sauce.

There is nothing wrong with a calorie-dense sauce, especially when serving it with a low-fat dish like fish tacos. However, this sauce is delicious and will likely be something you will want to make on a regular basis, even if just to pair with chips as a tasty movie snack.

Therefore, it is always helpful to know how you can adapt this sauce to make a low-fat version for those times when you do not have the calories to spare.

Turning this delicious Fish Taco Sauce into a low-calorie sauce is super easy. All you need to do is swap the sour cream and mayonnaise for low-fat versions. Both of these ingredients are sold in almost every grocery store and are usually right next to the regular sour cream and mayonnaise.

Using low-fat alternatives will take away some of the rich creaminess of the sauce, but not enough for it to really be noticeable when paired with either tacos or chips. Plus, this lower-calorie alternative means that you can pour even more of the sauce over your tacos which is definitely a bonus!

Fish Taco sauce on a fish taco

What Is The Best Way To Store Left-Over Fish Taco Sauce?

It is always best to prepare too much sauce than not enough, especially when making this Fish Taco Sauce for party guests. There is nothing worse than an unhappy guest who did not get their share of the delicious fish sauce and is left with a dry fish taco.

There is no reason to throw your leftover sauce away after the party, as it can be kept in the fridge for up to a week. You then have an easy sauce that you can either use to make a quick, tasty weeknight meal, or you can grab some chips and dig in for a much-needed treat.

It is important to store your Fish Taco Sauce correctly so that it keeps its rich creaminess even days later.

The best way to store your leftover sauce is in an airtight container in the fridge. Using an airtight container prevents other flavors in your fridge from affecting your sauce and vice versa. Airtight containers also help retain the sauce’s freshness for much longer than other storage devices.

If you do not have any airtight containers on hand, you can always use a regular bowl and plastic wrap, although your sauce might not last quite as long. When using plastic wrap, remember to push it down into the bowl instead of just draping it across the top of the bowl. Pushing the plastic wrap down limits the amount of air within the bowl and minimizes spoilage.

Looking for more delicious Salsa, Guacamole, and Dip recipes to pair with tacos? Try these out:

The Best Taco Dip

The BEST Tex-Mex 7 Layer Bean Dip

White Bean Ranch, Bacon & Cheddar Dip

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A rich, creamy, acidic, and spicy sauce is just what you need to serve with some fish tacos. Make this sauce to dress your Fish Tacos or use as a dip!

Fish Taco Sauce

A rich, creamy, acidic, and spicy sauce is just what you need to serve with some fish tacos. Make this sauce to dress your Fish Tacos or use as a dip!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder add extra to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1  tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  • Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons lime juice, garlic powder and finely chopped cilantro in a bowl and mix well until sauce is well blended.
  • Use to top fish tacos.

Recipe Notes

Make sure to adjust the seasonings to your own personal tastes. This is just a base recipe for you to create your own perfect sauce with! 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 108kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 182mg, Potassium: 61mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 241IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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