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Spicy Fish Taco Sauce

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Spicy Fish Taco Sauce is quick, easy, and the perfect way to add a little, creamy, tangy kick to fish tacos or sandwiches. It makes a wonderful fry sauce as well.

Have you ever had Mahi Mahi tacos?  They are one of my favorite seafood dishes. Quick, simple and fresh.

I love the meatiness of the fish, the soft tortillas, the crisp fish taco slaw, and best of all this spicy fish taco sauce.

It can be difficult to find the right taco sauce, though. Our recipe with mayo adds a tangy kick of lemon to cut through any meaty white fish.

We made this fish taco sauce without sour cream, but you could easily substitute a little sour cream for some of the mayonnaise if you’d like.

We also have a homemade dill sauce and homemade tartar sauce if this type of sauce isn’t what you’re looking for!

Ariel view of Fish Taco Sauce in a bowl next for fresh lemons.

How to Make Fish Taco Sauce:

In a large mixing bowl, mix all the spices, then add the mayonnaise and lemon juice. Enjoy the sauce immediately or refrigerate it until ready to use.

Serve the creamy taco sauce immediately on your favorite fish tacos, fish sandwich, beer battered fish, crab cakes, crab rolls, or even as a dipping sauce for French fries.

Ariel view of mayonnaise, lemon, and spices used in fish taco sauce recipe.

It only takes about 5-10 minutes to make and you’re done!  

It will last about 3-4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Ariel view of mixed fish taco sauce in a bowl with a whisk beside fresh lemons.

Tips For Making the Best Fish Taco Sauce:

  • As it’s stored in your fridge, the flavors will become more intense.
  • Use this sauce on Fiesta Fridays to create delicious Baja fish tacos.
  • This sauce pairs well with this vinegar lime slaw that we like to use as a topping for tacos.
Ariel view of Fish Taco Sauce Recipe in a white bowl next to fresh lemons.

Other homemade sauces you may enjoy:

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Ariel view of Fish Taco Sauce Recipe in a white bowl next to fresh lemons.

Fish Taco Sauce

Yield: 20 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Our easy fish taco sauce recipe is quick, easy, and the perfect way to add a little, creamy, tangy kick to fish tacos or sandwiches. It makes a wonderful fry sauce as well.


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Keep cold in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. The sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of about one to two tablespoons. Actual calories may vary.

We purchase the majority of our spices through Thrive Market and Amazon.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 25 g
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 183mg

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Monday 29th of June 2020

I made this sauce to go with tilapia fish tacos. It was awesome!!! The whole family loved it. I didn’t put old bay seasoning because it was out of stock at the store but the sauce was still great without it. Thanks for sharing!!


Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Thank you, Becky! We're glad you and your family loved the sauce. If you decide to make it again and the store is out of Old Bay seasoning, you could add 1/2 teaspoon of seasoned salt in place the Old Bay. Thank you again for coming back to comment on and rate the recipe card. Kim and I hope you have a lovely day :)

Mary Tognazzini

Wednesday 13th of November 2019



Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Good Morning Mary, unfortunately, I can't recommend a brand with confidence. Because, spice brands can have regional availability. When I developed that recipe, I lived in Southern Florida. So, I used a brand called Badia. It was affordable and tasted good. Since we've moved, we don't have Badia in our new city. So, we use McCormick, Spice Island, and other imported brands when needed (using Amazon).

What I recommend is using a brand YOU trust and tastes good to you. I understand it might not seem like the best advice; however, hear me out. You know what you like (what tastes good to you) so, you're the best person to pick out a spice brand.

The important thing is that my recipe gives you the blueprints (main components), the mayo (fat), the lemon juice (acid), and blend of seasonings. The only spice brand listed is Old Bay and that's because they use a unique blend of seasonings in their product that pulls everything together. In closing, I hope this information helps. Thank you for asking your question, Kim and I hope you have a lovely day :)


Thursday 8th of August 2019

Would this sauce be good on shrimp tacos as well?


Thursday 8th of August 2019

Absolutely, this sauce will work. Or, we also have a key lime sauce for shrimp as well. Have a lovely day :)


Saturday 6th of October 2018

Love it. I did use 1/2 sour cream in place of half of the mayo. Great recipe! Thank you for posting it!


Saturday 6th of October 2018

Hi Joline!

Thanks so much for giving it a try! Using 1/2 sour cream is a great idea. We're glad you enjoyed the taco sauce and stopped by to leave feedback. Have a great weekend!

Ben Myhre

Tuesday 8th of May 2018

This sauce looks great! Make some fish tacos so I can serve up this excellent sauce!


Tuesday 8th of May 2018

Thank you, Ben! Kim and I hope you enjoy the sauce :)

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