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3 September 2021

This creamy fish taco sauce recipe brings just the right amount of zing to your fish tacos, made with mayo, crema, hot sauce, lime juice and more. It’s so easy to make!

Who’s in the mood for fish tacos? I am! I’ve been making a lot of fish tacos lately, all different types, using different fish, mostly whitefish – red snapper, mahi mahi, cod, halibut – though I love a good salmon fish taco as well. And don’t forget shrimp tacos! Shrimp make great tacos, too.

I also enjoy cooking the fish in different ways. Think grilled fish tacos, but also sautéed or battered and fried. Fish tacos are SO GOOD when they’re crispy and fried with a coating of seasoned beer batter.

No matter how you’re making your fish tacos or what fish tacos recipe you’re using, it is extremely important to make yourself a good fish taco sauce. Fish taco sauce is key! There are many different types of sauce you can either buy or make, but I love a good creamy white sauce for my fish tacos.

Lucky for us it is incredibly easy to make, and it only requires a few ingredients that are readily available in most kitchens.

Let’s talk about how we make the best creamy fish taco sauce, shall we?

Freshly made Fish Taco Sauce in a bowl

Fish Taco Sauce Ingredients 

  • Mayonnaise
  • Mexican Crema – Or use Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Hot Sauce – Sriracha is great here, or use your favorite
  • Garlic Powder or Fresh Garlic – use half 1/2 teaspoon or more to your preference
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

Fish Taco Sauce Ingredients

How to Make Creamy Fish Taco Sauce – the Recipe Method

First, whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. 

Whisking together the fish taco sauce recipe

Make sure everything is nicely incorporated, like so.

Creamy Fish Taco Sauce, just whipped together in a bowl

Transfer the fish taco sauce to a small container or squeeze bottle and chill slightly in the refrigerator to let the flavors mingle. You can enjoy it right away if timing is an issue.

When your tacos are ready, spoon or squeeze some over your tacos and enjoy!

Mike grabbing a fish taco from the serving platter

Simple enough, right? As I said, it’s crazy easy to make, and you can whip this together in practically no time. It’s perfect with any fish taco recipe you’re making, whether it’s pan seared, grilled, baked or fried fish. Blackened! Doesn’t matter, it’s perfect every time.

I absolutely love this recipe. You may need to make some extra.

Fish Taco Sauce on a spoon, ready to serve

Recipe Tips & Notes

Use This is a Base Recipe. Think of this recipe as a starter sauce that you can play with. Vary up the ratios to your own personal preference. For example, I like to include a bit more hot sauce when I make mine. I also switch up the hot sauce I’m using – sriracha one day, ghost pepper hot sauce the next time, or whatever else I’m in the mood for.

Adjust Your Fish Taco Sauce to Taste. Try adding some of these other ingredients for a different version:

  • Chipotles in Adobo – Use a blender to blend the chipotle peppers, or use chipotle sauce. The chipotles offer a touch of smoky goodness, and the adobo sauce is rich with lots of flavor.
  • Spicy Chili Powder – A dash or two could bring the extra zing you’re looking for. Be careful going too spicy for some palates, as overly spicy chili powder, like ghost powder, might overwhelm the delicate flavor of your chosen fish. Of course a spicier fish taco sauce would be perfect for stronger tasting fish like catfish. 
  • Green Yogurt – I use Mexican crema for mine, but a creamy yogurt or even sour cream works for this recipe as well. You can realistically go with your favorite of these.
  • Extras – A quarter teaspoon of cumin will go a long way for a touch of Mexican flare. Try fresh herbs. I love a nice cilantro-lime combo.

Fish tacos with lots of fish taco sauce and sliced serranos

Awesome Fish Tacos. Use this fish taco sauce with my favorite fish tacos recipe, which is white fish that is seasoned and pan seared in a bit of olive oil, then served with a crunchy slaw made with lots of shredded cabbage, roasted jalapeno, lime juice and more. Or serve it alongside iconic pico de gallo. Perfect tacos!

Storing. This fish taco sauce recipe will last several weeks in the refrigerator. Store in the fridge in a sealed container and use anytime you’d like. 

Serving. As the name suggests, this is meant for serving with fish tacos, but you can also serve it over any whitefish, with vegetables as a flavor boost, or with grilled meats. It’s a wonderful dipper, perfect for fried foods, like fried chicken and French fries. So good! I also enjoy it over pulled pork, sort of like an Alabama White Sauce.

Fish Taco Sauce on a spoon

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy the recipe. Time to make some fish tacos! Let me know how you change it up to make it your own. It’s a family loved recipe.

Try it Out On Some of These Recipes

Mike dipping a piece of grilled shrimp into fish taco sauce

Also, Try Some of My Other Popular Sauce Recipes

Crispy fish tacos with creamy fish taco sauce

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H. 

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5 from 2 votes

Creamy Fish Taco Sauce Recipe

This creamy fish taco sauce recipe brings just the right amount of zing to your fish tacos, made with mayo, crema, hot sauce, lime juice and more.

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 min
Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish, tacos
Servings: 10
Calories: 99kcal


  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup Mexican crema or use sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice about ½ a small lime
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce sriracha is great here
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1-2 fresh cloves, minced
  • Pinch of salt


  • Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.
  • Chill slightly, and enjoy.



Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Fish Taco Sauce in a bowl with a spoon

NOTE: This recipe was updated on 9/3/21 to include new information. It was originally published on 9/4/20.



  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe, Mike! I love when you eat the result of your recipes … you look so content and delighted, that I’m jealous and wanna have the same pleasure right away!!!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Jérémie! I always appreciate your comments.

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