What to serve with fish – an undoubtedly crowd-favorite seafood? A quick search, and you’ll be bombarded with an overwhelmingly huge number of options. Some of them are quite simple, but some are a headache to make.
If you still haven’t decided what dish to eat alongside your fish, this is definitely a post for you. In this article, I’ll give you more than 24 yummy yet easy-to-make recipes that will pair exceptionally with your fish. So don’t miss out!
Simple And Delicious Side Dishes To Go For With Fish
Without further ado, here are 25 recipes for you to try. I’m certain that you’ll be surprised by how simple most of them are!
The soft, buttery texture of crushed new potatoes goes really well with seafood, especially if you plan to pair them with salmon fillets. You also have the option to roast them a little in the oven for crispier edges.
One more thing, kids love this recipe, so it’s a great way to add some veggies into these little picky eaters’ meals! Perfectly cooked potatoes with the ultimate method to cook fish to the right doneness are all you need for a memorable dinner that will please the most demanding palate.
Who doesn’t love Mac and Cheese, am I right? Cook them on a stovetop, throw them in the oven, add some extra cheese; there are countless ways to make this delicious dish. To make this dish a bit healthier, try adding some greens.
Trust me, creamy Mac and Cheese and smoked salmon is a match made in heaven. You can make a big batch of them and use it later, but make sure you know the correct ways to reheat your mac and cheese without overcooking them.
You can make Mac and Cheese healthier by combining it with broccoli! Watch this video:
Serving savory butter with fish is a quick and easy way to enhance its flavor by adding a little herbal taste.
Savory butter is also great at adding moisture to your dry seafood and can be used in place of a sauce.
It’s always a good choice to have some fruity sweetness in your appetizer, especially when you plan to have fish for the main course afterward.
To prepare this delicious treat, simply use a melon scooper to create some melon balls and pair them with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese. Remember to use different types of lemon for more diverse flavors!
For your more information, caprese skewers is a quick Italian-originated appetizer that you can mix with other ingredients besides melon.
A light, refreshing sweet corn and tomato salad is the perfect choice to balance out the salty taste of seafood. For some extra flavors and crunchiness, try adding cucumber and basil to the mix.
Apart from fish, this recipe also works great with grill dishes overall, so remember to try it out at your next BBQ party.
If you just bought a bag of gooey mozzarella cheese, you will love this salad since it is made with burrata – a big creamy ball of fresh mozzarella!
Mix cheese, tomatoes, lemon juices with some summer fruits of your liking, and there you have it, a refreshing salad that goes well with possibly any dish.
You need to try this delicious tomato burrata salad recipe! Watch this video to know:
Rainbow vegetable skewer is another suiting choice for a skewer treat that the whole family can enjoy. Apart from being flavorful and full of nutrition, it also adds a touch of playful colors to your meals.
As grilling time for each vegetable can differ from one another, you can choose to grill only one type of veggies on a skewer to avoid unwanted burns.
Sweet corn, pasta, and cheese, what else to ask for in a dish? Oh wait, it also takes no time at all to make and pair exceptionally with fish!
If you want a slightly stronger flavor, try simmering the corn kernels in chicken broth.
Rice goes well with pretty much anything, and fish is no exception. The combination of butter and garlic provides a great way to enhance the rice flavor by making it more aromatic and infusing some of the nutty, buttery taste into its grain.
If you’ve never cooked rice before, now it’s the perfect time to try. Additionally, knowing the appropriate rice to water ratio in a rice cooker is a must if you use this equipment.
10. Tartar Sauce
What else is there to say? It’s tartar sauce! It’s creamy, tasty, and matches really well with any meat dish!
You can easily buy a jar of this sauce in the nearby supermarket, but there’s no stopping you from making your own tartar sauce at home. It really doesn’t take much time and is not that complicated to make, so give it a try!
Gnocchi pasta with Pomodoro sauce by itself is already a delicious dish, and combining it with seafood is an excellent way to elevate the flavor.
If you want to go gluten-free, Cauliflower-based gnocchi is a great option. Otherwise, you can just use normal gnocchi.
This is the perfect recipe for every mushroom lover. By cooking with a mixture of mushrooms, your rice will turn into a mouth-watering brown color while packed full of the sweet, earthy flavor of mushrooms.
There’s no real rule as to what type of mushroom to add and not to add, so feel free to be creative and create a dish that is best suited to your taste.
Quinoa is an incredibly nutritious and versatile ingredient. Combine quinoa with herb, and you have a fresh, crunchy treat that is ideal for a quick snack or as a side dish.
To give the quinoa more flavor, you can also use chicken broth in place of water when cooking.
Fish and chips (or French fries) is a classic British combination. To fully enjoy this dish, I suggest sticking to the traditional British way of pairing “chips” with some thick, fried filet cuts from a white fish.
Combine this combo with your favorite dipping sauce and take a bite while they’re still hot; you’ll know why the Brits love this dish so much!
Learn how to make this dish with British chef Gordon Ramsay. Watch this video:
Apart from quinoa, farro is another kind of whole grain that’s both delicious and nutrition-packed. Although you can enjoy farro on its own, adding roasted carrots and chickpeas will take this recipe to a whole new level.
The sweet, earthy flavor of roasted carrot and chickpeas will blend perfectly with the farro’s tender yet chewy texture. Top it all up with any kind of meat that you like, and you’re in for a treat.
If you’re craving a spicy kick in your meal, then definitely give this Mexican green rice recipe a try. The green chile puree used in the cooking process is what gives this dish its unique green color and hot, spicy taste.
And green rice is one of the best Mexican sides to serve with other dishes, so whenever you throw a Mexican-theme dinner, you should put this dish in your menu.
Some people love kale; some can’t stand its bitterness. But whether you like it or not, you should try this recipe. With the help of the creamy, gooey sauce, you will soon forget how bitter the kale is, especially when you eat it with some tasty fish.
Now, if you really can’t see yourself eating kale no matter what, you can just swap the kale for spinach which is a more familiar option.
18. Roasted Broccoli
If you have an oven and want to make a quick, simple, yet still irresistibly delicious side dish, roasted broccoli is the way to go. When roasted, broccoli will be crispy at the edge but still retain its tenderness in the middle.
Add a touch of lemon along with some light seasoning, and voila, a vegetable perfection right on your table.
Coming from France is ratatouille – a fresh vegetable stew that is often eaten in summer. So what is the classic ratatouille recipe? The main ingredients of the traditional ratatouille are eggplants, tomatoes, bell pepper, yellow squash, and zucchini.
The only downside of ratatouille is that it might take a little while to make, but the upside is that it can last for up to a week if stored properly. For that reason, the weekend is a perfect time to make a huge batch of ratatouille.
Go fine-dining style with this Pixar-inspired ratatouille recipe. Watch this video:
20. Hush Puppies
Hush puppies are classic staples when it comes to side dishes that go well with fried meats. Though the outer layer is quite crunchy, you’ll be surprised by the tenderness of the inside when you take a bite of these golden, deep-fried “golf balls”.
They also don’t require much effort to prepare and take no time at all to cook, so one more plus point for these crispy bad boys!
Light, refreshing, and crunchy cucumbers mixed with a creamy, tangy sauce, that’s my definition of a perfect, summery side dish. And because cucumber salad is known for being a crowd favorite, you can pretty much pair it with any main dish.
In addition, it’s also good for storing as it can last for about a week if properly stored in the refrigerator.
What can you make in 15 minutes that is both delicious and healthy? The answer is clearly roasted asparagus. These earthy, juicy veggies will make for a perfect side dish for any meal of the day.
To add a savory flare to the dish, you can sprinkle your asparagus with some Parmesan cheese before putting them in the oven.
Zucchini fritter is the definition of a crowd-pleasing dish. Everyone in the family (yes, even the kids) loves these “green pancakes”. As they are simple to make, you can have them for lunch, dinner, or as a snack.
These green goodies will also go well with pretty much anything you throw at them, so don’t limit yourself to just fish dishes.
Coleslaw is a crunchy, light salad dish made mainly of cabbage. You can use only one type of cabbage or mix its multiple varieties together to create a more colorful, eye-catching salad bowl. This salad is also widely served as a great idea to pair with sandwiches as side dishes or with other main meals.
Because you’re only dealing with only one kind of vegetable, this salad dish is very simple to make. It also tastes delicious out of the fridge, so you can easily make a huge batch of coleslaw and store it in a refrigerator for a few days.
Cacio E Pepe is a dish that you can’t mess up. After all, the name Cacio E Pepe literally translates to “cheese and pepper”, which is precisely the only 2 ingredients you have to deal with in this recipe (if you don’t count the pasta).
In addition, since it’s quite simple to make, this dish is also great when you’re craving a quick but still stomach-filling snack.
Ready To Take Your Fish Game To A New Level?
After reading 25 of these yummy recipes, I’m sure that you’ve picked out some of your favorites. Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to try them out!
Let me know in the comments below how your dishes turn out. If you’ve found this article useful, don’t forget to like it and share it with your friends!
5 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories224
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0.7g 4%
- Sodium 427mg 18%
- Potassium 104mg 3%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
- Sugars 0.9g
- Protein 3.3g 7%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.