Last Updated: August 17, 2022

What to Serve with Fish Tacos: 14 Amazing Side Dish Ideas

what to serve with fish tacos

Fish tacos are a Mexican classic and taste insanely good, Whether you grill, bake or fry your fish. Because there isn’t a single thing, you won’t like about fish tacos. Everything about fish tacos is equally mouth-watering, from rich sauce to sweet salsa and warm-tender tortilla chips. So, what to serve with fish tacos?

You can pair fish tacos with 1. Jalapeño poppers 2. Spanish Rice 4. Chips and Salsa 5. Refried Beans 6. Coleslaw 7. Black Bean Soup 8. Mexican Corn Pudding, and more. 

Suppose you love tacos as much as I do and are looking for some side dishes to serve with your fish tacos and make it an unforgettable feast. In that case, I am sure you will love and appreciate my list of the best side dishes to pair with fish tacos.

Without any further ado, let’s dive into the list.

Best Side Dishes for Fish Tacos

1. Jalapeño Poppers

One of the most common dishes served with fish tacos is jalapeño poppers. The panko crumbs and paprika give them a crispy texture and a spicy flavor.

Making this side dish is easy. Just remember not to fry them deeply! 

2. Spanish Rice

Rice is a traditional Mexican side dish that goes well with fish tacos. Because this hearty dish fills up our tummies very quickly, it is even better when you arrange a family and friends to gather.

Regular steaming white rice does the job for you, but why not make it more exciting? Why not Spanish rice? 

Mexican rice or Spanish rice, whichever you may call it, is normally flavored with chicken broth, tomato sauce, and cumin. But you can add some more ingredients such as peas, carrots, and corn kernels to amp up the flavor and make it addictive.

3. Cilantro Lime Rice

Add cilantro and lime rice to your regular broth and tomatoes infused rice. This simple addition will make your regular rice full of flavor and zest. This is another best option if you want to pair your fish tacos with rice. The taste and flavor of both match well.  

So, serve your fish tacos with cilantro lime rice and make yourself and your guest full and happy.

closeup view of cilantro lime rice in a bowl
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4. Chips and Salsa

Mexican with Mexican, nothing makes more sense than this. And chips and salsa only scream. The contrasting textures of this appetizer sat perfectly with fish tacos and made this an addictive combo.

And it’s even better because it’s so easy to prepare. It’s still effortless to whip up salsa from scratch. Just blend tomatoes, cilantro, and onions and season it with lime, pepper, and salt, and that’s it.

5. Easy Guacamole 

If you love avocados and have some on hand, make some guacamole. It is so versatile, and this rich, healthy, and earthy is perfect for a topping on fish tacos and a great chip dip.

And the best part of this dish is it is easy to make and takes only a few minutes. So, top your fish tacos with guacamole. And for some added crush, serve guacamole with some tortilla chips.

6. Refried Beans

Refried beans are another Mexican staple. Because the texture and flavor profiles of fish taco and refried beans are so similar, they are a wonderful pairing.

Let me give you a quick rundown of the dish if you are unfamiliar with refried beans. Different from what the name suggests, the beans are not fried twice. Rather, they are fried thoroughly, resulting in a delicious blend of earthy and sweet flavors. They can be eaten separately or as a perfect taco topping.

This quick and easy recipe can be slathered on a tortilla before adding the fish. Make enough to serve with crispy tortilla chips. 

7. Coleslaw

Super easy-to-make coleslaw is tangy and refreshing with a crunchy contrast to the tacos.

You can either go with regular mayo coleslaw to serve with fish tacos or try the Mexican-styled coleslaw. Instead of mayo, a vinaigrette dressing is used in Mexican coleslaw, and this wonderful dish can be a healthy companion to your tacos.

Along with the main ingredients of coleslaw, cabbage, and carrots, other Mexican staples such as corn, jalapenos, peppers, cilantro, and black beans can be included in your coleslaw.

8. Black Bean Soup

Black bean soup is hearty and earthy, while fish tacos are salty and savory. Together they are a delectable meal.

Also, this super delicious black bean soup is easy to prepare. Try this wonderful dish with your fish taco if you have some canned black beans, bacon, Mexican spices, and onion in your pantry.

9. Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is highly recommended if you want to serve your fish tacos with a smokey dish. With grilled fish tacos, the buttery corn would be great.

When it comes to creating variations every time, this dish has unlimited ways to prepare it. Add your favorite toppings, or keep it classic and simple. Just select the freshest corn to get a delicious final result.

10. Mexican Corn Pudding

a slice of Mexican corn pudding
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Corn pudding is another corn-based side that goes great with fish tacos. Its milky and sweet flavors perfectly complement the umami-filled fish tacos.

All you need is milk, corn kernels, cheese, cornstarch, sugar, and egg to make this dish.

11. Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries are another sweet side dish that tastes delicious with fish tacos. Compared to regular fries, sweet potato fries are both yummier and healthier.

To make this, chop some sweet potatoes into wedges, drizzle them with olive oil, season them with pepper and salt, and then bake them. 

Also, you can easily add a Mexican twist to this tasty dish if you want. Rub the chopped sweet potatoes with a spice blend of paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder before baking to give it additional Mexican flavor.

12. Tex Mex Salad

Make a Tex Mex salad with your big fish taco for a lighter side dish. It comprises some common Mexican ingredients such as beans, corn, and pepper. 

To make the dressing for the salad, combine vinegar, lime juice, olive oil, mustard, and cilantro. 

This easy-to-make salad is equally flavorful and refreshing. 

13. Churros with Dulce de Leche

Never end your Mexican feast without some desserts. Churros are one of the best desserts made by Mexicans. When this typically deep-fried dough is coated with cinnamon sugar and served with Dulce de leche, it becomes magical.

So, end your fish tacos feast with some churros and dulce de leche.

14. Pineapple‌ ‌Salsa‌ 

Yes, salsa is mouth-watering on its own. However, adding some pineapple makes it much more irresistible. This brightly colored fruit adds a perfect balance of savory, sweet, and spicy flavor to the sauce.

top view of pineapple salsa
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Suppose you ever try your fish taco with the flavorful pineapple salsa topping for once. In that case, I am sure you will love it and eat them together for eternity.

Hon’ble Mentions

Below are some other side dishes that can be served with fish tacos.

  1. Pico de gallo is a classic Mexican tomato sauce or dip that adds a fresh, fresh, and low-calorie flavor boost to every Mexican meal. Sprinkle it on fish tacos or scoop it up with tortilla chips; both ways, it will be equally tasty.
  2. The sweet and savory fruit salad and the flavor of the fish taco complement each other.
  3. If you are making fish tacos in the mango season, why don’t you make some mango salsa and pair it with your fish tacos? 
  4. Serve your fish tacos with Elote. Regular corn on the cob is delicious, but when you are having a Mexican meal for dinner, pairing it with Mexican style will result in a mouth-watering feast.

Wrap Up

These are my favorite dishes to serve with fish tacos. Some of them complement the taste of fish tacos, while others enhance their flavor of them.

So, try them to find which one suits your palette better. But remember that, with cooking, you can always be creative. There is always a scope to make something new and serve it with your favorite dish.

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