Let’s taco about fish taco sauce – My homemade recipe is smoky, spicy, tangy, and can be used with fish tacos, or traditional grilled tacos.
Fish Taco Sauce Recipe
Everybody loves Mexican food, especially me! And here in California, we have a number of different restaurants that serve authentic Mexican food. One of my favorites is fish tacos. If you love fish tacos as I do, I’m positive that you’ll love this homemade fish taco sauce recipe.
The good news is that it is easy to make, very fast, and requires only simple ingredients that are most likely already in your pantry or refrigerator.
There may not be a lot that’s new to most typical fish taco recipes, but there is one thing that separates this recipe from the pack — the sauce. By being both spicy and tart all at once. This makes it taste traditional, yet with a kick. If you’ve already tried fish tacos, this sauce recipe is sure to take your opinion of the dish up a notch or two.
What is fish Taco Sauce?
The fish taco sauce recipe is a perfect blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, sriracha hot sauce, lime juice, and spices to produce a creamy, tangy sauce with a hint of spice. It is not only perfect for fish tacos but also for all types of fish recipes.
You can use fish taco sauce on more than just tacos (although we recommend it on any taco that has fish in it like baked codfish, grilled fish, or this air fryer salmon recipe ). It also pairs well with all kinds of seafood because of the light and refreshing lime juice, spicy sriracha sauce, and creamy sour cream and mayo. You can drizzle it on quesadillas, use it as a dip for chips, or even mix it in with some shredded chicken or beef for a special treat! The possibilities are endless!
Ingredient For Fish Taco Sauce
All you need to make this fish taco sauce is sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, chili pepper, paprika, and sriracha.
- Sour cream and mayonnaise: The combination of sour cream and mayonnaise provides a creamy base for the entire sauce.
- Lime juice: Using lime juice gives the sauce a refreshing, acidic tanginess.
- Paprika: The earthy notes of paprika is a must-have in this recipe as they add another depth of flavor.
- Chili powder: Chili powder livens up the dish and adds an extra zing to the sauce. You can add more or less, depending on your preference.
- Sriracha: The sriracha caps off the spiciness of this dish with an extra kick.
- Cilantro leaves: A hint of fresh cilantro leaves as garnish brings all the elements of this dish together.
How To Make Fish Taco Sauce
You don’t need any special equipment asides from your whisk and knife to whip up this delicious fish taco sauce.
- Whisk the sour cream and mayonnaise together until a smooth consistency is formed.
- Then, thin the mixture with a bit of lime juice until it looks like it will drip easily from the whisk.
- Add the required spices and continue to mix with the whisk thoroughly.
- Put the sauce in a jar and refrigerate to cool for at least one hour. Serve over your fish tacos and enjoy.
This recipe is very basic, and there’s nothing complex to it. However, you can do the following to elevate the taste of your fish taco sauce:
- For best results in flavor and consistency, use equal parts of mayo and sour cream or greek yogurt.
- Either greek yogurt or sour cream works for this recipe so feel free to use the one you prefer.
- If the sauce is too thick, feel free to add more lime juice. If too runny, add sour cream.
- If you prefer it a little more spicy, you can increase the levels of chili powder or hot chili to give the sauce that extra kick. However, take care, so the spiciness does not overwhelm the delicate taste of whatever fish you’re using.
- I used sour cream and mayonnaise for my recipe, but you can switch with Greek Yogurt if that’s what you prefer.
- The cilantro is optional, but it works well with the lime to give your sauce a refreshing taste.
- Once the sauce is ready, leave it to rest in the fridge to allow all the flavors to bloom and meld together to form one very flavorful white fish sauce.
- You can also serve the fish taco sauce on other foods from fish. It gives your vegetables an extra flavor and goes well with grilled or fried foods.
How To Store
When refrigerated properly, this fish taco sauce can last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator and retain all of its fresh flavors. Use an airtight sealed jar to store the sauce for your next use.
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fish taco sauce
- ½ cup sour cream or greek yogurt
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped [optional]
- ½–1 teaspoon sriracha hot sauce or add to taste
- 1 pinch salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder or 1 teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce
- Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
- Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least one hour – the longer, the better.
- Serve chilled over fish tacos, taco salads, or rice bowls.
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