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What to serve with fish tacos (16 complementary side dishes)

Fish tacos are a tasty summer treat made from a mixture of fried fish strips, corn tortilla, salsa, and cabbage, topped with cream sauce and lime juice. Delicioso!

Thanks to diverse ingredients and condiments, fish tacos have risen in popularity for their crispy texture and umami flavor. The dish can stand on its own, but pairing the taco with the right side dishes makes it all the more exciting!

If you’re curious about what to serve with fish tacos, this recipe guide should solve your dilemma. From the famous jalapeño poppers, Caesar salad, to crispy sweet potato fries, unlock these 16 side dishes for fish tacos to elevate the flavor of your prized taco even more!

1. Jalapeño poppers

Jalapeño poppers are one of the default side dishes for fish tacos. They feature crispy texture and spicy flavor–all thanks to the panko crumbs and paprika spice. 

These treats are easy to put together and only require ingredients you probably have in your kitchen. Plus, deep frying them isn’t necessary! 

More details about this recipe here.

2. Mango guacamole

Another fantastic side item for fish tacos is the mango guacamole. It combines essential ingredients such as avocados, lime, mango, cilantro, and salt. What’s more, you can experiment with its flavor by adding fruits and vegetables to the mixture. 

If you’re not into mango, feel free to substitute it with peaches, strawberries, or pineapple. Apart from fish tacos, mango guacamole also goes well with your breakfast sandwich, deviled eggs, or sweet potatoes. 

Here’s the recipe.

3. Caesar salad

This version of Caesar salad complements the flavor and texture of your fish tacos. It’s creamy, light, and versatile! What makes it unique, too, is the absence of anchovies or eggs in the mixture. 

You can make the dish heartier by adding other ingredients to your liking. I love tossing some crispy bacon, grilled chicken, and sometimes radishes. 

Get the recipe here.

4. Angel hair pasta

This angel hair pasta is all you need to complete your taco meal. This delectable side entry boasts a savory flavor profile with a mouthwatering aroma fit to harmonize the taste of your fish taco. 

And what’s more, you can customize the recipe relative to your tastes. Feel free to add grilled chicken, crispy bacon, sauteed mushrooms, and roasted asparagus. 

Here’s the recipe.

5. Cucumber salad

What’s a good side dish for fish tacos? Cucumber salad! This salad has a refreshing, creamy flavor and crunchy texture coming from cucumbers, red onion, sour cream, chives, dried dill, paprika, and dried parsley. 

It’s recommended to let the cucumber salad chill in the fridge for six hours or overnight. This is to allow the flavors to reach their potential. 

Get the recipe here.

6. Queso fundido dip

Imagine dunking your fish tacos into a nice and melty queso fundido dip. Now I’m hungry!

The rich flavor and texture of this side dish perfectly match with fish tacos. The recipe is made from butter, whole milk, flour, goat cheese, and black pepper. 

And the best part? You can either bake or broil it! Just ensure to get that golden brown perfection before garnishing the recipe with chopped cilantro. 

Here’s the recipe.

7. Sopa Azteca

If you want to keep things all hearty and cozy, a bowl of sopa Azteca is quite the perfect choice for you! This warm soup has the right flavor that won’t overpower the taste of your fish tacos. 

The process of making the recipe is as easy as ABC. Saute the onion and garlic. Cook the tomatoes, add broth, and let it simmer for several minutes. Then include chili peppers, tortillas, cheese, and avocado as toppings. That’s it!

More details about this recipe here.

8. Cilantro lime rice

There’s nothing wrong if you stick with the basics when choosing sides for fish tacos–like this cilantro lime rice. You might be surprised how this simple rice recipe can improve the flavor of your main dish. It has a spicy and tangy kick that you and your family will love. 

Bear in mind to cook your rice properly, though. Also, use long-grained rice if possible as this variety comes out dried and fluffier after cooking. 

Get the recipe here.

9. Tomato salad

If you’re still confused about what to serve with fish tacos, then our next entry might very well be the one you’re looking for!

The dish offers a taste of summer that might outshine your main entree. What’s more, this salad is so easy to whip up. Simply slice ripe tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. Combine them with red onion, fresh basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. 

For those adventurous, try adding cucumber, avocado, or mozzarella for a creamy flavor profile. 

Here’s the recipe.

10. Avocado slaw

This six-ingredient avocado slaw should satisfy your palate and add crunchy goodness to your fish taco meal. It’s SUPER light, bright, and fresh!

If you want to make it a day before, make sure to store the shredded cabbage, carrots, and diced onions in a plastic bag. Just mix the ingredients and stir them when they’re ready to serve. 

Here’s the recipe.

11. Corn on the cob

If you want to partner your fish tacos with something smokey, I highly recommend my corn on the cob recipe. The trick to achieving a delicious final product is to pick out those freshest corns if possible. 

This recipe has endless possibilities when it comes to variations. Take it to the next level by adding toppings that suit your taste or keep the flavor simple and classic.

Here’s the recipe.

12. Mexican corn pudding

In case you haven’t tried it, fish tacos taste great, along with this sweet Mexican corn pudding. The recipe combines the flavors of jalapeños, poblano peppers, fresh cilantro, and Mexican cheese. 

To spice things up a little, consider including crumbled bacon, diced tomatoes, and black beans. Want something fierier? Add cayenne pepper!

Get the recipe here.

13. Tex-Mex quinoa salad

Though it could be a star of the meal, this Tex-Mex quinoa salad can also act as a supporting dish for your fish tacos. 

The salad is brimming with so much flavor coming from fresh tomatoes, red onion, corn, black beans, cotija cheese, fresh lime, and avocados. Plus, you can make this salad before your big day! 

Were you running out of cotija cheese? Feel free to replace it with parmesan cheese or any other Mexican cheese that you can get your hands on.

Learn how to make this recipe here.

14. Shrimp stuffed avocados

Another must-try side for fish tacos is my very own version of shrimp stuffed avocados. The dish might look intimated, but it’s simple and straightforward to make!

If you want to make the recipe tasty, make sure to pick out fresh and ripe avocados. Here’s a tip on picking the right fruit: look for avocado with dark outer skin, but be careful to check indentations as they may indicate bruising. 

Here’s the recipe.

15. Arroz Verde

Arroz Verde is another Mexican staple that tastes wonderfully with fish tacos. It has a nice green color coming from poblano chiles and cilantro. Moreover, the fluffy texture of the rice is one of the reasons I love adding it to my taco meal. 

Get the recipe here.

16. Watermelon salad

This salad offers the right balance of sweet and savory taste that creates a harmonious and filling flavor when combined with fish tacos. 

Tweaking the ingredients makes this recipe a bit fun. Include cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, corn, or any vegetable to your liking. 

If you’re not a fan of feta cheese, consider substituting the ingredient with fresh mozzarella balls or goat cheese. 

Get the recipe here.

The bottom line

If I still have time to prepare my side dishes after creating my taco, I typically whip up three of my favorites: sweet potato fries, cilantro-lime rice, and corn on the cob. 

However, this doesn’t mean that you need to make these side items because the entree alone is tasty enough to satisfy you. But I digress.

Now let me tell you, what do you usually serve with your fish tacos? Tell us your favorite sides in the comments!

16 fish tacos side dishes

16 fish tacos side dishes

This recipe guide features 16 side dishes for fish tacos, all of which can elevate the flavor of your favorite taco entree!

Ingredients

  • Jalapeño poppers
  • Mango guacamole
  • Caesar salad
  • Angel hair pasta
  • Cucumber salad
  • Queso fundido dip
  • Sopa Azteca
  • Cilantro lime rice
  • Tomato salad
  • Avocado slaw
  • Corn on the cob
  • Mexican corn pudding
  • Tex-Mex quinoa salad
  • Shrimp stuffed avocados
  • Arroz Verde
  • Watermelon salad

Instructions

  1. Select two side dishes
  2. Gather the ingredients and create them. 
  3. Serve the side items along with fish tacos.

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