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Fish Taco Sauce (no Sour Cream)

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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.

Fish taco sauce is our go-to sauce for mahi mahi tacos, beer battered fish, and crab cakes. It’s packed with citrus flavor with a bit of a spicy touch. Some of our other favorite sauces are this chipotle cream sauce, homemade remoulade sauce, and tzatziki sauce.

Close up of fish taco sauce in a dish.

Fish Taco Sauce Recipe:

Have you ever had baja fish 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 fish 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.

Our taco sauce is easy to make, comes together in about 5 minutes, and is very versatile. Your entire family will love this taco sauce. We also have a homemade dill sauce and homemade tartar sauce if this type of sauce isn’t what you’re looking for!

How to Make Spicy Fish Taco Sauce:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix all the spices, then add the mayonnaise and lemon juice.
  2. Enjoy the sauce immediately or refrigerate it until ready to use.
Collage showing how to make fish taco sauce.

Fish Taco Sauce Tips and Variations:

  • Intensity: As it’s stored in your fridge, the flavors will become more intense.
  • Mayonnaise: We used full-fat mayonnaise for this recipe. Something like Miracle Whip is not going to taste the same, so we recommend that real deal, full-fat mayo be used.
  • Pairing: Obviously, we love to use this sauce on fish tacos, but it also pairs well with our fish taco slaw and several other recipes that we’ve linked to above.
  • Spices: We love the blend of spices in this recipe, but they can be adjusted to your tastes. If you want to make this recipe less spicy, reduce or omit the chipotle.
  • Sour Cream: We made this recipe without sour cream, but you could swap out some of the mayonnaise for sour cream if needed.
Sauce for tacos in a white dish.

Storage Recommendations:

Room Temperature: We do not recommend storing this taco sauce at room temperature due to the mayonnaise base.

Refrigerator: Fish taco sauce should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container and be discard after 3 to 4 days.

Freezer: We do not recommend freezing this taco sauce.

Other sauce recipes you may love:

Don’t forget to check out our Fish Taco Sauce web story!

Top down view of fish taco sauce with 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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