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23 Best Side Dishes for Baked Tilapia

Some of the best side dishes for baked tilapia are foods you may already make. But there are probably others you haven’t thought about. Or maybe even different ways you can cook your favorite foods.

baked tilapia on a plate

Healthy Meal

When you want to make something that’s good for the family, fish is always a good place to start. Now all you need is a great side dish … or two or three.

I cook tilapia a variety of different ways. One way is to pull it directly from the freezer and bake it in the air fryer. The convection cooks it quickly, so you can have a delicious, healthy meal on the table in no time.

Another delicious fish recipe is for this parmesan pesto tilapia. It has a great flavor that the family will love.

The best part of meal planning, in my opinion, is finding the best sides that complement the main dish. Of course, you need to please your taste buds. 

Remember that an easy side dish can be absolutely delicious! Even picky eaters should find something on this list that they like.

Delicious Recipes to Go with Tilapia Fillets

Most of the ingredients in all of the dishes below are available in any grocery store. Each one is a great option for any type of fish. 

So choose the ones you like, whether you’re serving tilapia or any other healthy fish. You’ll discover dishes to cook on the stovetop, in the oven, in your slow cooker, and in your air fryer.

These are some of the most popular side dishes on not only my blog but on blogs that my food friends run. You’ll find a lot of great flavor in all of these recipes.

Since I love providing appetizers, I count those as side dishes. And then there’s the dessert. Something sweet at the end of a meal makes it even more special.

small plate of bacon and cream cheese stuffed tomatoes on a bed of spinach leaves

1. Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

These cherry tomatoes are absolutely delicious. Stuffed with some of the most flavorful food on the planet, watch them disappear from the dinner table in a flash!

plate of tortilla chips
Corn Tortilla Chips

2. Tortilla Chips

If you want your tilapia dinner to be on the casual side, add this delightful finger food and crunch to your heart’s content! Make your own tortilla chips and serve them with either this delicious classic guacamole or this yummy homemade salsa

plate of zucchini parmesan chips

3. Crispy Zucchini Parmesan Chips

So easy to make with simple ingredients, the flavor of this dish is amazing. You’ll love the powerful blend of crunch and savory deliciousness of the parmesan cheese!

Make them in either your air fryer or oven. They’re good either way.

plate of cooked radishes

4. Air Fryer Radishes

You might have a difficult time imagining radishes cooked in an air fryer. But once you try them, this just might become your favorite way to enjoy them.

sautéed spinach and tomatoes on a plate

5. Sautéed Spinach and Tomatoes

Here’s a healthy side dish infused with fresh garlic or jarred minced garlic along with more delicious seasonings. It’s a good choice that only takes a couple of minutes to throw together.

scoop of loaded baked potato casserole

6. Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

Loaded with some of your favorite ingredients and baked to a golden brown, this is a good choice to serve with any mild white fish. Whenever I serve it, I’m amazed by how quickly it disappears. 

Something else I like about it is that I don’t have to put out bowls of sour cream, bacon bits, shredded cheese, and other potato toppings. That’s because those things are already mixed in.

almond flour tortilla and spatula

7. Almond Flour Tortillas

Make a platter of almond flour tortillas, provide lots of toppings, and let everyone make their own fish tacos. We love adding lots of tomatoes, lettuce shreds, and even a chopped kale salad for extra crunchy texture.

air fried sweet potato fries with yogurt dip
Sweet Potato Fries

8. Sweet Potato Fries

These are called fried, but they’re actually cooked in an air fryer. The air fryer is a small convection oven that actually bakes very quickly.

It’s so easy to make this yummy dish. I’ll admit that I’m a fan of sweet potatoes, and I absolutely love these!

tex mex salad on a bed of lettuce

9. Tex Mex Salad

Spice up your dinner with this delightful Tex Mex Salad. It adds a ton of color and flavor to your meal, and it’s very easy to make. 

scooping mac and cheese

10. Classic Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

You can’t go wrong with this delicious Mac and cheese casserole. It’s the perfect side dish when you want something that’s filling, comforting, and oh-so wonderful!

Be sure to make enough for everyone to have seconds.

11. Au Gratin Potatoes (from Back to My Southern Roots)

Packed with flavor, these au gratin potatoes from Back to My Southern Roots are sure to please everyone around the dinner table. It’s a great recipe to impress dinner guests and make your family very happy.

bowl and plate of potato salad

12. Mama’s Potato Salad

As the name implies, this is my mother’s potato salad recipe. She used to bring it to potlucks and family reunions because if she didn’t, everyone would wonder if something was wrong. And it was always the first salad to disappear from the table.

Plate of deviled eggs

13. Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a must-have at most southern events where food is served. And there’s a great reason. They’re delicious!

This is the classic southern recipe—another one from my mother.

Bowl of roasted Brussels sprouts

14. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Whether you cook these Brussels sprouts in your oven or air fryer, they’re wonderful little balls of flavor and nutrition.

This healthy side dish is easy to make. The only equipment you need is either an air fryer or an oven and a baking sheet.

Golden brown french fries on a plate with ketchup
Air Fryer French Fries

15. Easy Crispy French Fries

I love French fries all sorts of ways. Here is a recipe that delivers crispy fries every single time. Dip them in ketchup or eat them plain.

They are absolutely delicious, no matter how you eat them. And they are the perfect side dish to go with your favorite fish.

Green bean casserole with pimentos

16. Deluxe Green Bean Casserole

Green beans are a staple at our house. And this is my fancy way of taking the traditional green bean casserole to next-level goodness.

It also adds color to the table. And who likes a drab dinner table?

black beans and rice

17. Black Beans

These black beans are filling and absolutely delicious! I make them in my Instant Pot.

But if you have more time, you can make them on the stovetop or in the Crock Pot using the same recipe. Of course, you’ll have to adjust the time. Regardless, they go with your baked tilapia so well!

watermelon cucumber salad

18. Watermelon Cucumber Salad

This is the best salad when you want something light and refreshing. It’s perfect when watermelon is in season.

However, you can sometimes find watermelon or a mix of melon balls in the freezer section at your grocery store.

19. Pasta Salad

At our house, we’re crazy about pasta salad of any type. Sometimes we want this zesty rotini salad. While other times we prefer this creamy macaroni salad.

Bowl and plate of creamed spinach with mushrooms

20. Creamed Spinach

This delicious side dish is wonderful on the side. Or place the fish fillets on top of it for a snappy presentation.

It’s a great choice when you want to keep the meal on the nutritious side without giving up great flavor.

21. Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole (from Call Me PMc)

Corn lovers will find so much joy when they load up on this creamy cheesy corn casserole from the recipes at Call Me PMc. It’s packed with all kinds of comforting flavor that you won’t be able to resist.

bowls of onion seasoned rice

22. Onion Seasoned Rice

This flavorful rice is such a nice side dish for any kind of fish, particularly baked tilapia.

You can use jasmine rice or whatever kind of white rice you just happen to have. The recipe is flexible enough to work with what you’ve got in your pantry.

Serving of Tater Tot casserole on a plate

23. Creamy Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

When you have a lot of hungry folks to feed, make this easy and delicious creamy cheesy Tater Tot casserole.

It feeds a bunch of people without sacrificing flavor. Besides, who doesn’t like Tater Tots? No one I know.

Condiments for Baked Tilapia

When serving baked Tilapia, the side dishes are important. But then so are the condiments. 

You probably know what the people in your family like. If you’re having a dinner party, offer a variety of condiments that go with fish.

Here are some that I put on the table:

baked tilapia on a plate

Dinner Party or Family Meal

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or coming up with a menu for a family meal, baked tilapia is the perfect main dish.

One of the reasons is that there are so many different side dishes you can serve with it. Another reason is that it’s delicious!

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