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What to Serve With Halibut: 21 Flavorful Side Ideas

What to Serve With Halibut: 21 Flavorful Side Ideas

From lemon couscous to roasted fennel to simple pesto tomatoes, there’s a dish here that will be perfect for what to serve with halibut!

Halibut is an excellent option if you’re searching for a delightful seafood dish! 
This fish is flavorful and will bring happiness to many palates and tummies.
To help you out, I’ve prepared a list of 21 recipes that pair perfectly with halibut. 

 If you’re a fan of fish, then you’ve probably had your fair share of cod and salmon.
But what about halibut?
This white fish is often overlooked because it has become pricey in recent years, but it’s a versatile seafood option.
Halibut is a flatfish found in cold waters all around the world.
It can grow quite large – some specimens have been known to weigh over 300 pounds!
Halibut is prized for its mild flavor and firm, meaty texture.
It’s a popular choice for grilling, baking, and steaming.
Halibut pairs well with various sides, so get creative and experiment until you find a combination you love.
Check out #18 on this list, as it’s a definite crowd-pleaser.

Haricots verts, also known as French green beans, are thin, tender green beans.
They pair impeccably with halibut, a delicate white fish.
The brown butter herb sauce also brings out the flavors of the dish.
This meal is elegant and easy to prepare, so it’s just right for a dinner party.

We love to pair green beans with fish. Try these.

These Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Shallots with Herbed Salt are an ideal accompaniment to halibut or any other mild white fish.
The shallots add a hint of sweetness, and the herbs provide an exquisite flavor that complements the fish nicely.
The potatoes also absorb all those wonderful flavors.

One popular way to prepare halibut is with pesto roasted tomatoes.
The acidity of the tomatoes helps to balance out the richness of the pesto, and the combination goes exceptionally well with the mild flavor of the halibut.
Roast the tomatoes in a hot oven until they are slightly charred, then combine them with freshly made pesto and serve over grilled or baked halibut.
This dish is effortless to prepare but packed with flavor, and it always receives rave reviews from guests.

This flavorful soup provides a robust balance of savory and slightly sweet flavors.
Plus, the delicate texture of the noodles pairs impeccably with the flaky texture of halibut.
So, next time you’re looking for a nourishing and comforting dinner, be sure to give this ginger garlic noodle soup a try!

Regarding side dishes, many options go well with halibut.
However, one of my favorites is glazed carrots.
The sweet and savory glaze pairs well with the dainty flavor of halibut, and the carrots add color to the plate.

The next time you’re looking for a light salad to serve with your halibut, try this celery root and apple salad.
The sweetness of the apples pairs excellently with the delicate flavor of the fish, and the celery root provides a refreshing crunch.

Combining sweet oranges, crunchy fennel, and savory olives creates a refreshing and flavorful salad that will make your guests say wow.
The salad’s light, delicate flavors complement the fish’s rich taste, and the orange slices add a lovely pop of color to the plate. 
When it’s time to eat, remove the salad from the fridge and top it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

This dish is a compelling way to brighten up any meal.
The sweetness of the peas is offset by the tartness of the lime, while the cilantro adds a touch of freshness.
The sugar snaps peas add crunch and texture, making it a terrific accompaniment to halibut.

The grapefruit provides a sweetness that pairs well with the delicate flavor of the fish. 
At the same time, the watercress adds a gentle bitterness and a crunchy texture.
The herbs and onions add even more flavor, making this salad a unique dining experience.

The salad is packed with kale, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts, all brought together by a zesty orange maple vinaigrette.
Trust me, the flavor combination of sweet, acidic, and savory will have you coming back for seconds.

The lemon’s acidity balances out the richness of the halibut, while the turmeric gives the dish a beautiful golden color.
Indian Lemon Rice is best served warm, but it can also be enjoyed at room temperature.

CookingChew Lemon Rice recipe

There’s something about the combination of fresh cilantro, juicy lime, and crunchy slaw that just screams refreshing!
Add in some halibut, and you’ve got a meal fit for the gods.
The cilantro and lime brighten up the rich fish, while the slaw adds a nice crunch.

There’s something about the combination of fresh cilantro, juicy lime, and crunchy slaw that just screams refreshing!
Add in some halibut, and you’ve got a meal fit for the gods.
The cilantro and lime brighten up the rich fish, while the slaw adds a nice crunch.

The artichoke heart is a delicate and delectable vegetable prized for its unique flavor and texture.
When cooked properly, it can make an excellent addition to any meal.
One of the best ways to enjoy artichoke hearts is in a white wine garlic butter sauce.
This simple dish pairs the sweetness of the artichoke hearts with the savory flavors of garlic and butter, creating a delicious and cohesive flavor profile.
Halibut is an ideal fish to pair with this dish, as its mild flavor allows the artichoke hearts and sauce to shine.

Corn is a beloved side dish that pairs well with various main courses.
However, this recipe gives the humble vegetable a gourmet twist, thanks to the addition of fresh tarragon and shiitake mushrooms.
The result is a flavorful and elegant dish that will impress your dinner guests.
Halibut is a mild-flavored fish that provides a canvas for the corn’s vibrant flavor.
When sauteed, the corn takes on a beautiful golden color, while the tarragon adds a hint of licorice-like flavor.
The mushrooms add an earthy depth of flavor while providing a hearty texture.

NEW: From main dishes to side dishes, these corn recipes will do ya just fine!

This dish is packed with tomatoes, chickpeas, and spinach. 
The Orzo pasta provides complex carbohydrates that will give you sustained energy.
Plus, the acidity of the tomatoes and lemon juice help to brighten the flavor of the halibut, making it an ideal pairing for this dish.

Hearty and nutritious, roasted vegetables are a vibrant side dish for a variety of main courses.
But when it comes to fish, they can be especially delicious.
The natural flavors of the vegetables are brought out by the roasting process, and they complement the delicate taste of fish like halibut.
Roasted vegetables also have a lovely crispy texture that pairs well with the flaky flesh of the fish.

Sautéed mushrooms and spinach is a classic pairing that is yummy and versatile.
The mushrooms provide a rich and earthy flavor, while the spinach adds a touch of sweetness.
The spicy garlic sauce rounds out the flavors and gives the dish a kick.
When paired with halibut, the result is a truly memorable meal.
The mild and flaky fish pairs well with the mushrooms and spinach, and the spicy garlic sauce helps emphasize the natural sweetness of the halibut.

The mild flavor of the fish is enhanced by the sweetness of the coconut, while the firm texture of the fish pairs well with the fluffy rice.
Moreover, the white of the fish and the white of the rice creates a visually stunning dish.

CookingChew Tip: This recipe mentions toasting unsweetened coconut as a final garnish, and I have a tip here. Toasting brings out a wonderful flavor, but I recommend pulsing the toasted, cooled coconut in a small food processor so you get the flavor with less “chew” of coconut for this creamy rice.

It’s hard to pick our favorite rice dishes. This one goes so well with halibut too.

I use the air fryer a lot in the CookingChew kitchen. 

This recipe is easy, looks cute on the plate, and potatoes are just kind of comforting no matter how you eat them.
The rich, creamy texture of the potatoes complements the light, flaky flesh of the fish.
Plus, the earthy flavor of the potatoes helps to round out the delicate taste of the halibut.
AND you can tell your kids you SMASHED ‘EM. 

How can they resist?

The bottom line

Halibut is a succulent and versatile fish that can be enjoyed in many ways.

However, finding answers to the question “what to serve with Halibut” can be tricky.
If you’re looking for side dishes, there are many options that pair well with halibut.
So whether you’re looking for something light and healthy or hearty and filling, there’s sure to be a dish on this list that will suit your needs.
Let us know if you find your new favorite here.

What To Serve With Halibut

What To Serve With Halibut

From lemon couscous to roasted fennel to simple pesto tomatoes, there's a dish here that will be perfect for what to serve with halibut!


  • Lemon Braised Fennel
  • Haricots Verts with Lemon-herb Brown Butter
  • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Shallots with Herbed Salt
  • Spring Pesto Roasted Tomatoes
  • Garlic Ginger Bok Choy Soup with Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Glazed Carrots
  • Celery Root and Apple Salad
  • Sicilian Fennel and Orange Salad
  • Lime Cilantro Sugar Snap Peas
  • Pink Grapefruit and Watercress Salad
  • Autumn Harvest Salad with Vinaigrette of Orange
  • Indian Lemon Rice
  • Lemon Couscous
  • Cilantro Lime Slaw
  • Artichoke Hearts in a White Wine Garlic Butter Sauce
  • Sauteed Corn with Fresh Tarragon and Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Best Italian Orzo Salad
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach With Spicy Garlic Sauce
  • Coconut Rice
  • Smashed Red Potatoes In The Air Fryer


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