We love a fish sandwich in our house. Crispy coated fillets of fish, in a soft roll, with crispy salad, then you just need to add your favorite sauce or topping. So, what toppings do you prefer on a fish sandwich? The list is endless so I’ve come up with some ideas for the best fish sandwich toppings, along with my favorite recipe for a Homemade Tartar Sauce which works a treat with fish.
What toppings do you prefer on a Fish Sandwich?
When it comes to choosing what toppings you prefer on your Fish Sandwich, there are a multitude of delicious choices on offer! Whether you like creamy, tangy, zesty or fresh tasting sauces, there is a sauce out there to suit every palatte.
Most fast food places put just tartar sauce on their sandwiches, and most people seem happy with that. Some restaurants will offer a few more toppings, to make their sandwiches more filling.
However, when you’re making fish sandwiches at home, it opens up an array of choices, from simple to more complex. In this post I show you some of the best toppings for fish sandwichs that are easy to pull together at home.
Sometimes, the choice will depend on the choice of fish you are preparing.The suggestions in this post will pair best with traditional breaded fish sandwiches, but will work for other types too.
If you love tartar sauce, then my Homemade Tartar Sauce is a delicious choice. I show you just how easy it is to make in a few simple steps in the recipe below.
How to make Homemade Tartar Sauce:
My recipe combines:
- MAYONNAISE: use your favorite brand of mayonnaise
- MUSTARD: I use yellow mustard as it has a great sharp flavor, but you could also use Dijon mustard if you prefer a milder mustard.
- RELISH: I like to add a spoon of relish, use your favorite brand.
- LEMON JUICE: I always use freshly squeezed lemon juice as it has the best flavor, but you can use bottled lemon juice in a pinch.
- FRESH HERBS: I use freshly chopped dill weed, but parsley would work well in this sauce too.
- VEGETABLES: I like to add 1/2 cup of chopped bell peppers for added crunch.
Stir together in a bowl, slather on your sandwich. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Don’t be intimidated with the thought of making your own Homemade Sauces. As you can see from the recipe above, it’s just a few simple ingredients combined in a small mixing bowl, and ready to serve.
What can I put on a fish sandwich besides tartar sauce?
What you add to your fish sandwich really comes down to personal taste. Perhaps you prefer more of a traditional sandwich or burger style approach, where you like to layer on the lettuce, tomato, cheese pickle and mayonnaise.
You really can’t go wrong with whatever choice you make as sandwiches are really easy to personalize for every member of the family.
The toppings my guys prefer all tend to be items I already have on hand in the pantry or refrigerator. So I just pull them all out onto the counter and let each person assemble their own sandwich, exactly how they like them.
Do you prefer just Tartar Sauce from a jar?
Or how about Tomato Ketchup? Why not try my great tasting recipe for Homemade Spicy Ketchup with added kick of heat.
If you love dill pickle, then try my easy Dill Pickle Dip for something a little bit different.
Or how about a bit of both and try a combination of both ketchup and tartar sauce, for a real savory, sweet and sour twist.
Reader’s suggestions for toppings:
I asked my readers what toppings do you prefer on a fish sandwich, and here’s what they came up with:
- Honey Mustard
- Pickles only
- Hot Sauce
- Ranch Dressing
What type of fish to use for a Fish Sandwich?
What type of fish you use for your sandwich is also an important decision. My guys have always enjoyed Gorton’s Fish Fillets, found in the freezer section at the Supermarket. Personally, I’m allergic to fish, and all seafood, so this works for me as there’s no need to handle fresh fish. It’s also really easy to prepare!
You can also purchase un-breaded fish sandwich patties from the seafood department at the supermarket.
When I’m breading my own fish patties, I prepare them just like I would these chicken tenderloins. Here’s a brief summary of how to bread fish.
- Prepare 3 bowls, one with seasoned flour, one with beaten egg and a third with breadcrumbs.
- Cut the fish into the size of portions you want to cook.
- Take the fish and dredge it first in the flour, then the egg mixture, then back into the flour, into the egg again and finally into the breadcrumbs.
- Set the fish onto a baking sheet lined with kitchen foil and continue coating the fish filets until all of the fish patties are covered.
What type of bread works best for a Fish Sandwich?
Another important choice when assembling a fish sandwich, is the choice of bread. This really does come down to personal taste, although I do prefer a roll that holds it’s shape and doesn’t fall apart too easily.
My go-to bread rolls tend to be sesame seed burger buns, sub rolls, or ciabatta rolls because they’re easy to grab and go. The bakery at our local supermarket, HEB, also makes some FANTASTIC specialty breads that pair well, too.
Don’t be limited to bread rolls. If you wanted to make some buns out of Sprite Biscuits, you’d prepare the dough the same way, then when cutting out, use a pizza/dough cutter to cut into round buns or shape into sub rolls. Bake as directed, allow to cool, then slice open and slide the fish sandwiches and toppings inside to serve.
Can I put cheese on my fish sandwich?
When it comes to sandwiches, I say anything goes, and you should load them up exactly how you want to enjoy them. So, you can absolutely add cheese to your fish sandwich if you want to. However, I wouldn’t recommend going for anything too strong or you risk overpowering the fish. My suggestions would be:
- Mild Cheddar
- Monterey Jack
- Pepperjack Cheese
Great tasting side dishes to pair with fish:
I also like to choose the best pairings to go alongside fish. You’ll also want to choose side dishes that pair well with fish.
In my kitchen, no fish sandwich would be complete without the addition of french fries. You can buy store bought oven french fries, but we love to serve ours with my Homemade French Fries and Easy Fry Sauce.
When it comes to vegetable sides, I don’t think you can beat a good salad or slaw. My Copycat Cracker Barrel Cole Slaw is delicious with Fish Sandwiches.
Don’t miss these additional delicious Seafood Recipes here at When Is Dinner:
Homemade Tartar Sauce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- 2 tsp relish
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp dill weed
- 1/2 cup bell peppers (chopped)
Stir together in a bowl.
Slather on your sandwich
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
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Saturday 11th of February 2023
Well, on a hamburger, I like coleslaw drain of any extra juice first as a substitute for mayonnaise, or with a very thin layer of mayonnaise added first to protect the bread.
So with fish, pickle and tartar sauce, hold the coleslaw as a side dish.
Thursday 8th of February 2018
Tartar sauce, cole slaw (bagged), squirt of lemon.
Tuesday 29th of August 2017
I like Lettuce, Tomato, and Pickles on mine.
Monday 29th of April 2013
I love using humus on my fish sandwich. It adds a very interesting kick.
Ellen Christian (@scentednights)
Thursday 7th of March 2013