Whether it’s fried, grilled or baked, there’s just something about a fish taco that gets us every time—it must be the magical combo of flaky fish, creamy sauce and a warm tortilla. But our beloved fish tacos can easily get overwhelmed by heavy flavors—not any accompaniment will do. Wondering what to serve with fish tacos? Here, 26 side dishes you should try next, from watermelon salad and mango salsa to cheesy queso fundido.
What to Serve with Fish Tacos? 26 Quick and Easy Sides
It’s refreshing, no-cook and ready in all of five minutes—the ideal side for grilled fish tacos, if you ask us. Feel free to swap the feta for another cheese, like crumbled queso fresco or cotija.
This side dish sounds exotic, but it’s surprisingly simple. The dressing is a mixture of balsamic vinegar, agave syrup and cocoa nibs, which infuse the salad with complex, rich flavor.
The sweet juiciness of the watermelon pairs fabulously with flaky white fish. Serve it as an appetizer or alongside the tacos in a small cup.
According to legend (OK, the internet), the Caesar salad was actually invented in Tijuana, Mexico, initially as a finger food than a traditional salad. Surprising, right? The city is also famed for fish tacos, so naturally, we’re pairing the two. (It turns out it’s delicious.)
Sometimes, it’s best to stick to the basics. Keep it simple with this flavorful rice you can cook on the stovetop or in the slow cooker.
Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City restaurants. She used to sling sugary desserts in a pastry kitchen, but now she's an avid home cook and fanatic baker.