If you are a fish stick fan, you will want to talk about sauces. Because let’s face it, fish sticks are kind of a dry and dull dish. If you’re anything like me, you grew up eating fish sticks, and, more often than not, they were served with ketchup or tartar sauce. While those are perfectly fine options, they can be downright delicious with the right sauce. So here’s the roundup of the best sauces for fish sticks.
To make your fish sticks more exciting and delicious, you can serve them with numerous sauces, including cocktail sauce, blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, tartar sauce, Wasabi mayo, garlic herb aioli, lemon dill yogurt dip, and spicy sweet chili sauce.
Fish sticks are a classic kid’s meal, but they’re not just for kids! They’re a great way to get protein and some healthy fats into your diet and are effortless to prepare. Regarding sauces, these are my suggestions, but you can always experiment and find what you like best!
Forget ketchup. When it comes to fish sticks, nothing beats a classic cocktail sauce. It’s easy to make and goes with practically any seafood concoction. To prepare it, combine 1/2 cup of ketchup, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, a tablespoon of horseradish sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon of paprika.
Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to let the flavors meld together. Serve chilled with your favorite seafood dish.
Blue Cheese Dressing
Blue cheese dressing is my all-time favorite. I love the tangy, salty flavor it adds to dishes. It pairs perfectly with fish sticks, but it’s also great on salads or as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers or fries.
There are a lot of different recipes for blue cheese dressing, but I like to keep it simple. I just mix some blue cheese crumbles, sour cream, milk, and mayo until you get the consistency you want. If you want a little bit more of a kick, you can add in some red pepper flakes or black pepper.
Ranch dressing is a classic in many households, and it pairs great with fish sticks. It’s creamy and savory and has just a little hint of tanginess – the perfect combination for fish sticks.
This dip is excellent because you can adjust the flavor to your liking by adding spices like garlic powder, dill, or red pepper flakes. Usually, I’ll stir in some minced parsley or dill too, which adds freshness to the dip. And if you want a bit of extra zip, add some Worcestershire sauce!
Be sure to use a good quality ranch dressing for this one, and homemade is also an option. I love to combine buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, minced garlic, and onion powder for mine.
Tartar sauce is creamy, tangy, and slightly salty, and perfect for dunking your crispy fish sticks into.
If you’re looking to make your own tartar sauce, it’s pretty simple. Just mix some mayo, diced pickles, capers, and a touch of lemon juice until it reaches your desired consistency. And that’s it! You now have a delicious dipping sauce to enjoy with your fish sticks.
Wasabi Mayo is the perfect combination of spicy wasabi and cool mayonnaise. You can find it in most grocery stores, but you could also make it at home by mixing a few tablespoons of wasabi paste with a cup of mayonnaise.
If you’re looking for an easy way to spice up your dinner routine, this is the sauce for you! This sauce adds a kick to fish sticks you won’t find anywhere else. It’s creamy, it’s zesty, and it even has some horseradish in it for an extra bit of warmth. Plus, it goes great with fries and other fried snacks beyond fish sticks.
Lemon Dill Yogurt Dip
The following sauce is for all you health foodies out there. The lemon dill yogurt dip is a great way to add some zing to your fish sticks without too much fat or calories. All you need is some plain yogurt, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, some dill, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix these, and you’ve got yourself a delicious dip!
The yogurt dip goes great with the mild flavor of the fish sticks, while the lemon juice gives it that extra zing. You can also swap out the dill for other herbs like parsley or thyme for a different flavor profile. No matter what combination you choose, this dip is sure to be a hit at your next get-together!
Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce
Spicy sweet chili sauce is a perfect accompaniment to fish sticks if you like a little heat and sweetness at the same time.
The key ingredient in this sauce is, of course, chili peppers, which bring a ton of flavor as well as some spiciness. But the other ingredients help balance the heat, including garlic, sugar, and rice vinegar.
You can use store-bought sweet chili sauce or make your own at home for an even fresher flavor. Either way, this sauce pairs perfectly with fish sticks for a delicious snack or meal!
Garlic Herb Aioli
This garlic herb aioli is an easy and tasty way to dress up your fish sticks. All you need are a few simple ingredients to whip up this creamy sauce full of flavor. I like blending garlic, fresh herbs like parsley, dill, or basil, and some lemon juice for zing. Then, stir in some mayo until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
The garlic herb aioli can be adjusted however you like. You can increase the amount of mayo if you want a more liquidy sauce, add extra lemon juice for more tartness, or even add other ingredients like capers or diced red onion for an extra kick.
Best Cocktail Sauce for Fish Sticks
- ½ cup Ketchup
- 2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
- ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp Horseradish Sauce
- ¼ tsp Paprika
- Prepare the ingredients and mix them in a bowl.
- Cover the mixture and refrigerate it for at least an hour. The flavors have to meld together.
- Serve and enjoy chilled with your fish sticks or favorite seafood.