If you’re wondering what to serve with fish, you’ve come to the right place!
Here, we’ve gathered 55 best side dishes for fish, including salads, sautéed veggies, and more!
Cooking is a one-part technical ability, one-part patience, and 100% creativity.
I’m always wondering what to serve with fish that doesn’t come in a frozen bag or a blue box.
Fresh ingredients, simply prepared, are often the best way to level up fish recipes.
The internet has been a wealth of inspiration for how to cook, but even more so is a look-book for side dish recipes and a treasure trove of ideas, especially when I know I don’t have everything I need at once, so I can improvise where needed.
So, we put together lists of recipes to help you decide what to eat with fish that you can make at home.
These serve as a jumping-off point for some of your favorite flavors and allow you to use 1:1 of what you have on hand.
Enjoy our recommendations for fish side dishes, from a beautiful cauliflower dish with coriander seeds and Italian parsley to simple, comforting Garlic Spaghetti powdered with parmesan.
What we feature here is just a taste (see what we did there) of all the amazing recipes of the best side dishes that go with fish.
- 1. Roasted Butternut Squash
- 2. Garlic & Rosemary Baby Hassleback Potatoes
- 3. Farro Salad With Air Fryer Vegetables
- 4. Roasted Zucchini With Tomatoes
- 5. Sautéed Green Beans
- 6. Sauteed Bok Choy
- 7. Cheesy Creamed Spinach
- 8. 5-Ingredient Lemon Rice
- 9. Roasted Cauliflower With Garlic, Lemon & Parsley
- 10. Buttered Noodles
- 11. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- 12. Green Salad
- 13. Brussels Sprouts: Smashed & Roasted
- 14. Shaved Carrot Salad
- 15. Corn On The Cob: Three Ways
- 16. Garlic Butter Spaghetti
- 17. Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
- 18. Creamy Parmesan Risotto
- 19. Cauliflower “Steaks”
- 20. Charred Broccolini
- 21. Cranberry Compote
- 22. Apple Carrot Slaw
- 23. Air Fryer Baked Potato
- 24. No-Mayo Carolina Coleslaw
- 25. Tartar Sauce
- 26. Greek Potato Salad With Garlic, Lemon & Fresh Herbs
- 27. Mediterranean Tuna Salad
- 28. Potato & Green Bean Salad
- 29. Broccoli Salad
- 30. Moroccan Beet Salad
- 31. Hush Puppies
- 32. Mango Salsa
- 33. Sweet Potato Grits
- 34. Fried Corn With Bacon
- 35. Crispy Salt & Vinegar Potatoes
- 36. Caprese Pasta Salad
- 37. Corn & Tomato Salad With Feta & Lime
- 38. Burrata Salad
- 39. Vegetable Skewers
- 40. Baked Potato Wedges
- 41. Cacio E Pepe With Brussels Sprouts
- 42. Charred Cauliflower With Garlic Tahini
- 43. Portobello Mushrooms
- 44. Pesto Pasta
- 45. Lemon Ricotta Pasta
- 46. Roasted Asparagus With Balsamic Glaze
- 47. Coleslaw
- 48. Creamed Collared Greens
- 49. Garlic Roasted Radishes
- 50. Crunchy Edamame Salad
- 51. Oven Roasted Root Vegetables
- 52. Greek Orzo Stuffed Sweet Peppers
- 53. Ratatouille
- 54. Cauliflower Rice
- 55. Avocado Lime Rice
- The bottom line
- 55 Best Sides For Fish
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1. Roasted Butternut Squash
Food at home can sometimes be time-consuming to prepare, but Whole Roasted Butternut Squash is as simple as it comes.
Butternut squash is a favorite alongside salmon—a lightly sweet complement to that rich salmon.
With a chef’s knife, slice one lengthwise, coat with olive oil, and set on a baking sheet at 400F, and you have a vegetable that’s either ready to eat or ready to use in recipes.
Once cooled, cube al dente roasted butternut squash for fall salads, or scoop it into a blender to make it into a puree for soup, similar to how you might use sweet potatoes.
This three-ingredient potato recipe has a gorgeous presentation with just butter, baby potatoes, and some rosemary seasoning.
These Hassleback Potatoes can be grilled or roasted, and you can sub out the butter for olive oil.
Make your own rosemary or steak seasoning here, or even garnish with fresh herbs as you see fit.
The trick is ensuring you don’t cut all the way through the potato.
These make a tasty side for fish, and even kids are happy with the fun shape.
While not (yet) one of America’s most popular grains, this chewy, nutty, and absolutely fortifying grain makes a perfect side dish for pork, chicken, and, as I see it—fish.
This site uses an air fryer to make quick work of the prepped root veggies, and you still have the stovetop to simmer the pearled farro to an al dente finish.
Served hot as a hearty pilaf or a chilled dish that serves up similar to a pasta salad, this will make a lovely, easy side dish any time of year.
Another beautiful air fryer recipe, this one is a simple mixed veggie dish that uses zooks, and either cherry tomatoes or cut tomato wedges.
Grab your big mixing bowl and toss your oil and seasonings, then set your air fryer to “awesome,” and you’ll eat in about 15 minutes.
Get your fish going at the same time, and everything is practically ready to serve at once.
This one is both a recipe and a how-to, so especially if you are new to cooking, it’s a good tip for how to sauté with a short list of the ingredients.
With delicate fish, it’s good to enhance that light flavor in two ways: stay with a light-lunch ideal, or make your flavorful sides do the heavy lifting on the plate.
Freshly snapped green beans will cut the rich, creamy cajun flavors of Baked Flounder with Pontchartrain Sauce, for example.
Got a Salmon Oscar?
We got you these al dente green beans with just a hint of sea salt and olive oil are the great way to go.
We really love the versatility of bok choy—the carte blanc of “exotic” vegetable side dishes.
This article mentions it as a side for meatloaf, sirloin, and of course, plenty of Chinese meals feature bok choy.
But I love this sauteed bok choy as a great side dish for fish.
This three-ingredient recipe (hit that Jump to Recipe to go straight there) is really a jumping-off point for using your favorite seasonings.
The trick is not to flip or move around the bok choy too much so it gets nice and charred.
I will be the first to admit that I grew up LOVING spinach.
It was one of the only vegetables that my mom served that I didn’t throw a fit about.
Maybe it was the irony (get it? Iron?) of how she was so shocked that I would eat it, but I made it my life’s mission to eat it and enjoy it in as many recipes as possible.
This Cheesy Creamed Spinach is one of many.
The garlic and parmesan transform these leafy greens into a rather decadent dish, but you can still say you had your veggies for the day.
How often have you had seafood out, and rice was over, under, or beside your seafood entrée, nestled with a lemon wedge?
Citrus just goes hand-in-hand (hand-in-fin?) with fish, and that perfectly cooked basmati rice just brings it all home.
Combine these classic flavors into this 5-Ingredient Lemon Rice Recipe—one versatile and delicious side dish.
This recipe uses lemon zest, garlic, and olive oil as a simple, fresh sidecar to practically any fish recipe.
Want more lemon juice flavor?
Double that zest and make it sing.
We’ve already established that citrus is a natural sidecar to seafood and fish, and this lemon-levitating powerhouse over at Feasting at Home is both simple and delicious!
Even if you don’t follow a specific diet, look at this one as a delicious way to get your veggies in at your next dinner party.
Check out the perfectly charred florets on the cauliflower with fresh parsley throughout, and you can practically smell the bright lemon through the screen.
They use coriander seeds, caraway seeds, and chopped Italian parsley like a boss.
If this is anything like their pics, I’d eat this gorgeous dish for dinner, lunch, and breakfast.
10. Buttered Noodles
Does it get any simpler than a serving bowl of noodles slathered with butter, salt, and black pepper?
Didn’t think so.
This easy recipe for a fish side has got the trifecta of yum: pasta, butter, and salt.
Ah, it’s such a great option when you want a filling, easy side.
There are many ways to enhance this main ingredient with fresh flavors and spices.
You can garnish the heck of buttered noodles with practically any herbs like fresh dill, shaker cheese, lemon zest, and more, so go to town on this simple recipe.
Pro Tip: Never overcook thy noodles is rule one.
Sweet Potato Fries are always a nice change from the usual, and you can make this all in one go when you use a conventional oven.
Baking these gems will cut down on the fat, but there are some things to remember:
- Peeling provides a smoother fry – that skin comes out tough in the oven
- Slice the fries as thin as possible
- Only cook in one layer
- Don’t place them too close together
- Use parchment paper or sprayed foil on the baking sheet.
You can make these into sweet potato wedges, too.
12. Green Salad
Who knew that an easy recipe for a salad was really important to make a meal go from yum to YOWZA!
The unassuming title of “Best Green Salad Recipe” doesn’t do this one justice.
The tang of pecorino cheese, the crunch of panko, red onion, and my favorite—butter lettuce—make this salad go over the top, 100%.
With a mustard/vinegar combo vinaigrette, you’re set. Or sub out a simple lemon dressing or champagne vinaigrette if you don’t have all of the ingredients it calls for.
Not exactly smashed and roasted like my Uncle Pete at my cousin’s wedding but ALMOST.
Brussels sprouts just weren’t a vegetable I could choke down until I was almost -cough- years old.
But then, THEN, some were prepared properly—nicked at the ends and roasted in the oven with balsamic vinegar—and it changed my veggie life.
This recipe for Smashed Roasted Brussels Sprouts features mountains of parmesan cheese, so let the cheese move you to tears.
You can even use fresh or frozen Brussels (which is nice if you can’t find them in season near you).
Steam these little green gems and literally smash the cooked sprouts into submission.
The crisp edges of cheesy goodness will just send you over the edge, y’all.
Such a pretty side dish to go with tasty fish, particularly a grilled teriyaki tilapia.
Shaving carrots was never on my to-do list until this spicy number from Running To The Kitchen showed up on my desk.
The salad itself is just carrots, scallion, and cashew, but the flavor punch comes from this dressing of home-roasted chili peppers, two kinds of oil—coconut and sesame—and white wine vinegar.
I’d probably add a touch more salt and honey because carrots seem to need the depth of flavor.
If you can handle that kick, this one will make your fish dish SING.
Corn is so versatile, and if you’re grilling your fish, find the grilling method here and get these set up on the grill before you put your fish on.
Grill it all and save your kitchen the cleanup.
But if you only have a few minutes and you want to get your fresh corn on the table fast, boil them on the stovetop.
Serve with plenty of salt, butter (and Tajîn if you’re feeling fancy).
We always recommend that you drain corn on the cob well and cool them for a couple of minutes before serving.
Get the bibs out—corn on the cob is one of the best sides for fish this side of the Fishissippi. (Sorry.)
Spaghetti is one of those popular side dishes that’s far more versatile than we often give it credit for.
I’ve been eating it with marinara and ground beef for so long (ok, meatballs, too) that I’ve rarely given it a chance to grow up.
This recipe over at Little Sunny Kitchen says, “Here’s your chance, spaghetti. Go and make us proud.”
They talk about all the amazing ways to pair it, but of course, we love this with practically any fish: salmon, halibut, trout, and more.
They use fresh parsley—and of course, fresh herbs are so bright and wonderful—but I have a packed pantry of dried spices, so I used dried parsley just fine in this one.
While we are happy cooking with garlic in any state, there’s something PROFOUND about roasted garlic. Profound, I tell you.
High heat changes the flavor profile of garlic completely!
Smooth, luscious, and practically creamy with warm, nutty notes instead of the tang of fresh garlic, this recipe helps you take that first step to make roasted garlic for a charcuterie board, to add to sauces, or to make into a spread.
We were making this list too simple for you, eh?
Well, level up dinner time with risotto, the famously time-consuming dish that takes all of your attention.
This recipe from Grace and Good Eats doesn’t have a long list of ingredients, but they are truthful about how long it will take you to create this lovely pot of grain goodness.
Follow the directions to a T, and you’ll come out happy and full next to your delicate fish.
We do tend to like cauliflower with fish because we can add a lot of sauces or cheese (or both) and still call it a veg.
This one, though, makes like steak—cut in thick slices and charred beautifully.
Add spices of your choice, or use the ones we’ve included.
The trick is not to move the cauliflower too much so it gets nice and dark on each side.
It adds a smoky flavor that just steamed cauliflower doesn’t have.
It’s hard to wait, and patience is a virtue in this recipe.
This goes in the oven, but you can adjust it to make it on the grill.
You know what they say, “Fake it till you steak it.”
Broccolini, aka baby broccoli or broccoli rabe, with an asparagus-like stalk and a mild traditional-broccoli floret flavor, is best cooked al dente nicely.
I love this stuff with seafood and super-rich, sauce-smothered entrees.
I’m not trying to influence you in any way, but I discovered this cruciferous veg at Pappadeaux’s, and they know what to serve with fish.
So, try this recipe out, and the trick is to sear, sear, sear.
They offer a lot of notes for broccolini first-timers.
I am always waxing poetic about how cranberries go so well with everything salmon that I make: salmon patties, grilled salmon, oven-baked salmon, and pan-sauteed salmon.
While this isn’t fresh fruit, it’s cooked; this Cranberry Compote is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about what to serve with fish.
Full disclosure: I eat cranberry compote with a spoon as a snack, too, so I REALLY love it.
That snappy sour tang isn’t for everyone, but I LOVE it.
And it’s really best with a rich fish dish. (Say that one three times fast.)
Try this recipe with a frozen bag of cranberries that you bought during that short autumn window when they are available.
Let me know what you think, unless you hate it, then don’t tell me.
This slaw is thrown it down with Granny Smith apples, apple cider vinegar, a touch of mayo and sour cream, and a prepared bag of coleslaw mix, so your recipe comes together in a snap.
That touch of table sugar heightens that apple flavor and this one disappears with the forkful.
Some days, I think simple baked potatoes are so…simple…and then once I have one in front of me, I tuck it in like I’ve been long lost in the desert.
That perfectly soft and fluffy new potato, or Yukon golds, or a fine Russet.
Topped with everything…or almost nothing…a baked potato will make your fish’s day.
We are hooked on the simplicity of a baked potato and how fast and easy it is to bake in the air fryer—and we still get that beautiful, aromatic, oven-roasted texture.
See? Now I want a baked potato.
A light, bright no-mayo coleslaw goes perfectly with summer seafood recipes.
We have a couple of slaw options on the site, but this one is our favorite to come alongside easy dinner recipes of meaty fish or grilled fish fillets.
We pile this one high on sliders and fish sandwiches, and it’s the perfect pairing with fish tacos, too!
25. Tartar Sauce
What list of sides to serve with fish would be complete without tartar sauce?
There’s plenty of fried fish out there (and maybe a few french fries) that are lonely and hoping for a quick dipping sauce to make life complete.
Can you mix sweet relish with mayo and call it a day?
But also try this recipe.
There’s something about Greek Potato Salad that pairs with a light and delicate fish dish.
The tender potatoes are enriched with the robust flavors of garlic, lemon, and fresh herbs.
Garlic adds a full depth to the potatoes, while slices of juicy lemon infuse the salad with a brightness that cuts through any richness of the fish.
Fresh herbs like oregano, parsley, and dill bring complexity and layers of flavor to the dish to make it even more special.
Together these ingredients create a vibrant accompaniment to simply grilled or smoked fish for an unforgettable family dinner or summertime gathering.
This classic dish is made with fresh ingredients such as red peppers, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes, all of which come together to make it vibrant and flavorful.
It best pairs nicely with other fish dishes like fillets and casseroles.
The light and acidic flavors in this salad provide a fresh contrast to the richness of the fish dish–it’s important not to overpower these subtle flavors but let them shine through on their own.
Adding the crunchy texture of olives or pine nuts can also add another level of texture and depth to the meal that’s sure to have everyone reaching for seconds.
Look no further than Potato & Green Bean Salad for those looking for a terrific side dish to go with a fish entrée.
Not only is it filling and full of vegetables, but it also contrasts wonderfully with most seafood dishes.
The potatoes provide a subtle earthiness that complements the flavors of the fish, while the blanched green beans offer a nice crunchy texture that creates an enjoyable mouthfeel.
Additionally, potato and green bean salad have that unmistakable summertime taste, giving your dish an added burst of warm-weather flavor.
29. Broccoli Salad
Broccoli Salad is an ideal side dish to pair with a fish main.
There are a few reasons why it works nicely for these types of meals; first, the bright and tangy flavor of the broccoli is a great way to balance the more subtle flavors of the fish.
The complementary sweetness in this salad comes from the dried fruits, nuts, and creamy dressing.
This allows you to combine two light dishes that don’t overpower each other.
Every bite helps deepen and round out the other components while still letting them shine in their own right.
Moroccan Beet Salad is an excellent addition to any fish dish.
The combination of roasted beets, feta cheese, and fresh mint makes for a colorful plate full of flavor.
Beets are nourishing, and the feta adds an ooey-gooey creaminess that complements the smoky taste of roasted vegetables.
At the same time, the fresh mint adds a bright herbal flavor that pairs well with lighter fish dishes such as sea bass or cod.
31. Hush Puppies
Hush Puppies are one of the most popular side dishes at seafood restaurants.
These light, fluffy, deep-fried balls of cornmeal and onion offer a tasty contrast to fish dishes and can be enjoyed with almost any seafood entree.
What makes Hush Puppies such a perfect companion for fish?
Firstly, their flavor is lightly spiced with herbs and seasonings, but they don’t overpower the mild taste of fish.
Besides that, they provide just the right amount of crunch to bring out the succulent texture of a grilled or fried fillet.
32. Mango Salsa
When pairing flavorful dishes, mango salsa is a sublime choice for fish.
The ripe, juicy mango adds sweetness, while the fresh peppers and cilantro add a bit of spice, creating a balance of flavors.
Not only does the combination taste great together, but the visual presentation is also crucial in any fine dining experience.
Here is where mango salsa shines—the vibrant orange and red colors of the diced vegetables look stunning against flaky white fish.
Furthermore, mango salsa is also highly versatile from a culinary standpoint as it can be served with different types of fish—from grilled tilapia to smoked salmon.
Sweet Potato Grits are not just for breakfast anymore.
This comforting side dish accompanies almost any fish dish, adding an extra element of flavor and texture.
Sweet Potato Grits is made with just a few ingredients, mainly sweet potatoes, butter, and milk, creating a creamy consistency.
The sweet taste of the potatoes compliments the delicate taste of fish while also helping to bring out additional flavors in the seasoning used.
The slight crunchiness of the grits pairs well with a heartier fish-like halibut while providing enough body to help cut through more decadent sauces.
Fried Corn With Bacon is one side dish that pairs wonderfully with fish.
For starters, the smoky bacon pieces bring out the fish’s natural flavor.
Additionally, the combination of sweet and salty ingredients contrasts nicely to create a balance of flavors.
The fried corn also brings a crunchy texture to the plate, giving the overall meal experience continuity.
While some side dishes can overpower a delicate fish dish, fried corn with bacon brings just the right amount of flavor complexity and richness without being too strong or excessive.
With so many side dishes to choose from for fish night, it can take time to decide what to make.
One tried-and-true favorite combination is Crispy Salt-and-Vinegar Potatoes!
Salty potatoes and fish go together naturally, but with a bit of tart vinegar added, they become an unbeatable pair.
The clean acidity of the vinegar helps to lighten the heaviness of a fish dish, while the crisp texture of the potatoes adds contrast.
Caprese Pasta Salad is a fantastic accompaniment to a fish dish, providing a burst of summery flavor.
With its simple ingredients of tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, it has all the classic elements of the traditional Caprese salad but with the added creaminess and texture of cooked pasta.
The sweet tomatoes balance beautifully with the savory mozzarella, while the briny capers provide an extra layer of flavor.
This combination of flavors works incredibly well with grilled or poached fish.
The acidity in the tomatoes cuts through the richness of oily fish like salmon or mackerel, and it also acts as an exciting contrast for milder white fishes like cod and halibut.
Fish is a mild yet flavorful ingredient that pairs beautifully with fresh vegetables and sauces.
The sweetness of the corn, coupled with the tangy acidity of the tomatoes and feta cheese, plays off the mildness of fish, making it stand out on the plate.
Meanwhile, a squeeze of fresh lime juice adds an irresistible citrus flavor to this simple yet enjoyable side dish.
38. Burrata Salad
Burrata Salad makes for a great accompaniment to fish dishes.
Not only does its creamy texture balance out the firmness of the fish, but it also adds a refreshing splash of flavor to the meal.
Every bite of burrata is like a little surprise–you never know what ingredients you’ll discover–so it helps to keep your taste buds engaged.
Plus, it looks impressive on the plate and can make any dish appear more gourmet.
Few dishes can compare to vegetable skewers when selecting a side dish to accompany a fish entrée.
They bring a bright, vibrant appearance to the plate and are surprisingly easy to prepare, and provide plenty of flavors.
One of the best aspects of choosing vegetable skewers is that you can pick and choose from dozens of varieties and combinations, allowing your meal to be completely tailored to your tastes.
For example, many enjoy pairing popular summer vegetables such as bell peppers, onion slices, tomatoes, mushrooms, and zucchini with their fish dishes.
Not only does each component grill up nicely for an enjoyable smoky taste, but many veggies naturally pair well with different types of seafood.
For a genuinely mouth-watering dinner, consider pairing fish with Baked Potato Wedges.
Potato wedges are an ideal accompaniment to a fish dish; they bring out the flavor of the fish while adding a nice crunch.
The lovely balance comes from pairing the crispy wedges with your favorite type of fish’s delicate and slightly flaky texture.
When we think about dinner pairings, some classic combinations come to mind.
One delicious option that is sure to please is Cacio E Pepe With Brussels Sprouts and a fish dish.
It is a pasta dish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese seasoned with black pepper.
The combination of cheese and pepper create a bold flavor profile, while the creamy texture adds a touch of indulgence.
The crunchy Brussels sprouts contrast nicely against the rich cheese sauce.
Together with a light, flaky fish dish, these two entrees make a delightful pairing that everyone can enjoy.
Charred Cauliflower With Garlic Tahini is a simple yet flavorful side dish that works well with various dishes.
The slightly charred flavor can provide an ideal contrast to the subtle taste of fish, creating a unique combination of flavors.
The hint of garlicky tahini complements the buttery texture of a good-quality fish and adds just enough piquancy to make each bite really pop.
Portobello Mushrooms and fish are a classic culinary pairing that pleases any palate.
They have a deep, earthy flavor and ample meatiness that complement most fish dishes brilliantly.
For an even more tasty take on the pairing, stuff them with flavorful ingredients such as barley, sun-dried tomatoes, and rosemary.
The hearty barley provides a rich base of taste and texture that contrasts markedly with the delicate moisture of the mushroom.
Sun-dried tomatoes add an intense pickled sweetness, while spicy herbs like rosemary evoke a summery aroma in every bite.
The juxtaposition of contrasting flavors works extremely well when enjoyed alongside a fresh deboned fish dish like lemon almond sole or codfish sputnik.
44. Pesto Pasta
There’s no denying that pasta and seafood make an unbeatable pairing. Both the richness of the fish and the richness of the pasta blend together to create a lip-smacking dish.
Yet when it comes to elevating a fish dinner, nothing compares to pesto.
This zesty Italian condiment is creamy yet light in flavor, pairing amazingly with nearly any type of fish.
Plus, this duo stands out in terms of presentation; bright green pesto swirls come alive when paired with beautifully browned roasted salmon or combined with buttery halibut fillets.
Lemon Ricotta Pasta is an iconic Italian dish that can be a beautiful accompaniment to a divine fish dinner.
The smooth and creamy sauce, made with ricotta cheese, lemon juice, and just the right amount of spices, is both flavorful and light; this makes it the ideal partner for more delicate white-fleshed fish such as cod or haddock.
Roasted Asparagus With Balsamic Glaze is a fantastic accompaniment to various dishes, especially with fish.
The light yet slightly sweet glaze brings out the subtle flavors of any fish dish without overwhelming it.
Asparagus also adds great texture to the meal.
Its tender yet crunchy spears add a nice bite that complements the fish exceptionally well–it doesn’t make the already delicate fish seem mushy, which can happen with other side dishes.
Coleslaw is a traditional side dish that can be enjoyed with many types of fish dishes.
This classic combination is bursting with flavor, mostly due to the creamy mayonnaise-based dressing.
The crunchy texture of the cabbage and carrots contrast nicely with the delicate, flaky texture of your favorite type of fish.
The tangy sensation of the vinegar and pickles is balanced with a subtle sweetness from the mayonnaise.
This simple side dish can take your fish dinner to the next level, giving you plenty of flavor without all the fuss.
Creamed Collared Greens make an excellent side dish for any fish.
This comforting Southern-style treat is packed with flavor, thanks to its creamy vegetable base and savory seasonings.
The tender collard greens are cooked until they’re incredibly soft and then topped with a rich cream sauce full of the flavors of garlic, onion, and a hint of nutmeg.
This dish is ideal for bringing a flavorful twist to your fish dinner.
The rich, creamy texture pairs wonderfully with delicate white-fleshed fish and heartier types like salmon and trout.
Not only are radishes delicious, but they also make an excellent companion to fish due to their subtle sweetness that complements the salty taste of many fish dishes.
This simple dish consists of just two ingredients: fresh radishes and plenty of chopped garlic cooked in olive oil until the radishes become tender.
The result is a savory and succulent delicacy with a distinct nutty flavor that pairs wonderfully with lighter fish such as whitefish or trout.
This light salad is loaded with taste and texture–the nutty edamame provides crunch and a slightly sweet flavor, while shredded cabbage adds delightful crispness.
Plus, a zesty vinaigrette dressing ties the whole salad together.
I love serving this easy-to-make side alongside fish dishes like salmon or tilapia since it contrasts the texture with the flaky meat.
The mix of greens also brings out the natural umami, or savory essence, of fish.
This dish is effortless and filled with various flavors that bring out the best in any fish meal.
Cut some carrots, parsnips, turnips, and potatoes into cubes and then roast them in a preheated oven until the vegetables are tender.
The result is a side dish that is full of flavor and pairs with white-fleshed fish and heartier types like salmon or tuna.
Greek Orzo Stuffed Sweet Peppers are a great accompaniment to any fish dish–they provide lots of flavors and add variety and texture!
Traditionally, it is cooked with onion, garlic, tomatoes, and herbs such as oregano or thyme.
Combined with sweet peppers, it gives the dish an irresistible sweetness that complements fish.
Ratatouille is a French dish that consists of stewed vegetables in a tomato-based sauce.
It’s an excellent side for fish as it provides an assortment of flavors and textures that pair well with delicate white-fleshed fish, salmon, and other popular types of seafood.
The vegetables are usually simmered until they’re incredibly tender, with specific flavors and aromas resulting from the cooking process.
54. Cauliflower Rice
If you’re trying to devise creative ways to serve fish, why not pair it with Cauliflower Rice?
This low-carb alternative to traditional rice is a great choice for those following a ketogenic diet, but even if you’re not counting carbs, there are several benefits to this clever side dish.
The mild flavor of cauliflower helps balance the bold taste of many fish dishes.
Avocado Lime Rice is a delightful side dish that pairs with any fish entrée.
Its unique combination of flavors makes it a great accompaniment to seafood or poultry.
The main ingredients–avocado and lime–give the dish an unmistakably fresh taste that complements the lightness of fish dishes nicely.
Avocado provides a creaminess that adds richness and depth to the flavor profile, while the lime brings out a zesty brightness that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds.
The bottom line
What kind of fish are you having for dinner?
We keep a lot of salmon in the freezer, so we always look for a quick and easy side to whip up at the last minute.
Take a look at these 21 Mango Recipes—there’s so much good stuff, and some of these will go great with a delicious side dish of mild white fish or other seafood pasta dishes.
We put together this Lemon & Dill Salmon with Herbed Salad, and it’s a nice main course that you can substitute other types of fish if you’re not a fan of salmon.
Let us know if you have any of these dishes for your fish a try and if you made any adjustments.
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55 Best Sides For Fish
Wondering what to serve with fish? You've come to the right place! We've gathered 55 best side dishes for fish, including salads, sautéed veggies, and more.
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Garlic & Rosemary Baby Hassleback Potatoes
- Farro Salad With Air Fryer Vegetables
- Roasted Zucchini With Tomatoes
- Sautéed Green Beans
- Sauteed Bok Choy
- Cheesy Creamed Spinach
- 5-Ingredient Lemon Rice
- Roasted Cauliflower With Garlic, Lemon & Parsley
- Buttered Noodles
- Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Green Salad
- Brussels Sprouts: Smashed & Roasted
- Shaved Carrot Salad
- Corn On The Cob: Three Ways
- Garlic Butter Spaghetti
- Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
- Creamy Parmesan Risotto
- Cauliflower “Steaks”
- Charred Broccolini
- Cranberry Compote
- Apple Carrot Slaw
- Air Fryer Baked Potato
- No-Mayo Carolina Coleslaw
- Tartar Sauce
- Greek Potato Salad With Garlic, Lemon & Fresh Herbs
- Mediterranean Tuna Salad
- Potato & Green Bean Salad
- Broccoli Salad
- Moroccan Beet Salad
- Hush Puppies
- Mango Salsa
- Sweet Potato Grits
- Fried Corn With Bacon
- Crispy Salt & Vinegar Potatoes
- Caprese Pasta Salad
- Corn & Tomato Salad With Feta & Lime
- Burrata Salad
- Vegetable Skewers
- Baked Potato Wedges
- Cacio E Pepe With Brussels Sprouts
- Charred Cauliflower With Garlic Tahini
- Portobello Mushrooms
- Pesto Pasta
- Lemon Ricotta Pasta
- Roasted Asparagus With Balsamic Glaze
- Creamed Collared Greens
- Garlic Roasted Radishes
- Crunchy Edamame Salad
- Oven Roasted Root Vegetables
- Greek Orzo Stuffed Sweet Peppers
- Cauliflower Rice
- Avocado Lime Rice
- Find your favorite recipe from our What To Serve With Fish list.
- Gather all the ingredients needed.
- Start cooking and make us proud!