What to Serve with Fish Tacos (14 Side Dish Recipes)

Need to know what to serve with fish tacos?! Here are 14 recipes that pair well, along with a list of other topping ideas!

what to serve with fish tacos

Taco night is the best night! Whether you’re having fish tacos or shrimp tacos, let’s make the perfect side dish to go with everything.

If you’ve never made fish tacos before there are lots of amazing recipes on the internet! Cajun Cod Fish Tacos use olive oil and cajun seasoning to season the fish fillets.

Fish you might use for tacos: Mahi Mahi, white fish fillets (like tilapia or halibut), frozen fish sticks, shrimp, etc.

Mix up a spice blend of chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and kosher salt for the best results!

What to Serve with Fish Tacos

Fish Taco Toppings Ideas:

  • Sour Cream
  • Creamy Sauce – such as Mama Leah Dip (recipe below), or a fish taco sauce
  • Green Onion
  • Cotija Cheese
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Hot Sauce
  • Queso Fresco
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Homemade Salsa
  • Purple Cabbage – this added crunch is unbelievable!

You’ll need plenty of flour tortillas or corn tortillas for the fish taco recipes! Having a warm tortilla filled with flaky white fish… nothing gets better! It’s a great choice for a dinner party!

Make sure you pack the table full of salsas, dips, and other toppings!

peach guacamole for fish tacos

Peach Guacamole – When you think of guacamole, you think of creamy avocado, spicy jalapenos, tangy onion and garlic, herbaceous cilantro, and bright lime juice. We deliver all those things, but to a new level when we add some sun-kissed sweet peaches to the mix!

fresh pico de gallo for fish tacos

Fresh Pico de Gallo – Tomatoes bursting with rich flavor from fresh lime juice, salt, peppers, and onions. Crisp tortilla chips will have competition with the warm corn tortillas filled with fresh fish! It’s a fantastic pairing!

Mama Leah Dip

Mama Leah Dip – A simple three-ingredient dip recipe that makes the perfect taco topper! In a medium bowl mix together a can of Rotel (if you don’t like spicy, get the medium heat one!), ranch seasoning powder, and a carton of sour cream. That’s it! This is one of those great recipes you can whip up when people pop by your house, and serve immediately with tortilla chips, fresh veggies, or stirred into black bean soup! Yum.

jalapeno pineapple salsa

Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa – Your taste buds will thank you for making this recipe! Fresh, sweet pineapple is mixed with all the usual suspects of fresh salsa. Mixed up, and served in the pineapple for an extra pretty presentation!

Salad Ideas

jicama salad

This light and crunchy Jicama Salad is a wonderfully healthy and refreshing summer dish. Julienned jicama, mango, red pepper and cucumber are tossed in a light honey lime dressing.

chipotle coleslaw recipe

This cabbage Chipotle Coleslaw Recipe is tossed in a smoky cilantro lime dressing. This Southwest slaw is great as a side dish or for tacos!

caesar salad

This Caesar salad recipe is simple and easy to prepare and has all the classic flavors! It’s made with crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons, Parmesan cheese, and a classic Caesar dressing!

Southwest Chopped Salad

This Southwest Chopped Salad is packed with tasty fresh vegetables and tossed with a cilantro vinaigrette! It’s delicious paired with fish tacos.

marinated pineapple mojito salad

Marinated Pineapple Mojito Salad is cold and refreshing. Pull it together in just minutes using fresh ingredients.

cucumber yogurt salad

This refreshing Cucumber Yogurt Salad recipe features all the flavors of tzatziki in salad form. It’s loaded with crunchy cucumbers, creamy Greek yogurt, fresh dill, garlic, and lemon. A quick and easy side dish that is SO GOOD! Cucumber Salad helps balance the spicy flavors of the fish tacos.

grandma dorothea's corn salad

Grandma Dorothea’s Corn Salad – Fresh corn kernels and tomatoes are gently mixed in a large bowl with a tangy vinegar-based dressing to create this simple dish. It’s one of those easy side dishes you love making over and over!

Hot Side Dishes

vegan spanish rice

This simple, one-pan Spanish rice recipe beautifully compliments your favorite fish tacos. Scoop into the tacos or eat on the side, either way, it’s a win! If you like Mexican rice, this recipe is a must-try!

hot corn dip recipe

Easy Hot Corn Dip – while it’s a dip recipe, you could definitely eat it as a salad.

Black Beans – whether made into refried beans or served as one of the best side dishes, black beans are perfect for easy fish tacos!

Jiffy Corn Pudding – Jiffy corn casserole is a perfect side dish that has cornbread, two types of corn, sour cream, and cheese baked in one dish.

Mexican Street Corn – a swipe of mayo across cooked corn with cayenne pepper, cotija cheese, and a white sauce like Mexican Crema.

Other side dish ideas:

Toss some frozen Jalapeño Poppers into your air fryer, and let it do the work!

You could also make sweet potatoes and stuff them with the fish taco mixture. Yum! Sweet Potato Fries are also a great side dish idea!

The best way to round out your fish taco meal is with something a little bit sweet! Maybe some Creamy Lemon Pie is the perfect way to end your evening!

Serving Your Fish Tacos

The best thing to do is to heat tortillas in a tortilla warmer like this one. Then, have your guests start by grabbing a warm tortilla and filling it with the main ingredient.

People can help themselves to all the delicious Mexican food, and take as much time as they need to fill their plates!

It helps to corral all the toppings in a baking sheet, having each one in a small bowl. Then, if you need to, you can just pick up the whole thing and plop it on your table. How many times have you been eating a taco, and you just need a little more tomato sauce or a little kick of chili peppers?!

Finally, hosting a Fish Taco night is a great way to open your doors and cultivate community around your table.

Your guests can contribute by bringing a side dish (send them this list and let them choose one or two to bring!), or bringing paper products.

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