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This creamy fish taco sauce is cool, tangy, smooth and slightly spicy. The perfect complement to your fish tacos, this sauce comes together with minimal ingredients and less than 5 minutes of your time.

Bowl with homemade fish taco sauce.


Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Simple ingredients: this white sauce comes together with easy ingredients.
  • Mild but flavorful: thanks to the addition of hot sauce, garlic, and lime juice this sauce has a tangy, slightly spicy flavoring. It’s the perfect complement for seafood like these fish tacos or shrimp tacos.
  • Quick: only 5 minutes are needed to mix this sauce together.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients needed to make fish taco sauce laid on the counter.
  • Sour Cream: this can be subbed with plain greek yogurt, or Mexican Crema.
  • Hot Sauce: use your favorite, some options include: Sriracha, Valentinas, and Cholula.
  • Lime: fresh squeezed lime juice is best.
  • Mayonnaise: this gives a creamy base to the sauce, you can use any mayonnaise you prefer.

How To Make It

  1. Combine the sour cream and mayonnaise until you have a smooth and creamy base. Adjust ingredients as needed to get the desired consistency.
  2. Add in the hot sauce, garlic powder, lime juice and salt. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired.
  3. Cover or seal the container and place in the refrigerator to let chill until you are ready to use it on your fish tacos.
Ingredients for assembling fish tacos laid out.

Make Ahead and Storage Info

  • Make Ahead: Prepare the sauce, store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days (as long as your sour cream or greek yogurt aren’t expired).
  • Freezing: it is not recommended to freeze this creamy fish taco sauce.
  • Storage: store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

What To Serve with Fish Tacos

Lighter options pair best with seafood tacos, while I love Mexican Rice and refried beans there are some other options that make a nice complement for the fish.

Or check our What To Serve with Tacos recipe collection for more ideas!

Fish tacos topped with cabbage and fish taco sauce.

Creamy Fish Taco Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Serene
Bowl with homemade fish taco sauce.


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice freshly squeezed
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt to taste


  • Combine the mayonnaise and sour cream in a small bowl. Stir until well combined and smooth
  • Add the hot sauce, lime juice and garlic powder. Taste and adjust as needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble tacos. 


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.04mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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