What to Serve with Fish: 23 Side Dishes and Desserts for a Fish Dinner
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When you cook fish, it’s important to serve side dishes that are complementary. However, you don’t have to cook anything elaborate. Below are simply suggestions of what to cook with fish.
Fish is extremely good for you, and there are so many different ways to cook it. Whether you have broiled fish fillets, fried fish, or baked fish, it’s a great main dish with a variety of great foods that can accompany it.
Many types of fish are included in the Mediterranean diet that promotes a healthy heart and overall good nutrition. For an easy recipe, season it with olive oil and your favorite herbs and spices. It will quickly become one of your go-to healthy fish meals.
Types of Fish
Before you choose the side dishes, determine what type of fish dish you’re cooking. Then, find something that provides balance in flavor and texture.
For example, the flavor of a mild white fish can be enhanced with a creamy tartar sauce and some colorful, flavorful side dishes. You can also add a squeeze of lemon juice to bring out the flavor in the most delightful way.
If you’re having a fish fry, it takes very little extra effort to make French fries and hushpuppies. Add some homemade creamy coleslaw, and you have a delicious meal.
Salmon cakes or crab cakes are also delicious with tartar sauce. However, for those who want a different flavor sensation offer some of this homemade cocktail sauce. Serve any type of fish cakes with potatoes or rice.
Fish Side Dish Recipes
Fresh green beans, steamed or sautéed, provide flavor, color, and nutrition to your fish dinner. Or add any vegetable that’s in season. Fish pretty much goes with any vegetable, so choose the ones you know your family will like.
Baked new potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkled with fresh basil will send your taste buds into orbit. Or you can serve basmati rice cooked in chicken broth and seasoned with garlic and onion.
Most of these are delicious sides for fried or baked fish. Many of the dishes are also delicious sides with grilled fish. When you come up with fish and sides for any meal, try different combinations to see what you like.
Here are some more simple recipe ideas for sides and desserts that go with a fish dinner:
Any baked or broiled fish and this twice baked potato make the perfect pairing for your next fish dinner. If your fish has a mild flavor, add extra seasoning to the potato. For salmon fillets, stick to the recipe with this delicious side dish.
This creamy macaroni salad is definitely a favorite pasta salad in the South. It's one of the most flavorful sides that will go with any main course. One of the best things about it is that you can make it in a couple of minutes and have a delicious dish everyone will love.
This is an easy recipe with a cheese sauce that you make right in the pot with the green beans. Also try it with broccoli or cauliflower. You can even alter this dish and season the vegetables to suit your personal taste.
Go to your grocery store and head straight for either the produce section or frozen vegetable aisle. Get these Brussels sprouts home and make them next time you have fish. This is a good way to get a low carb vegetable, and it's honestly one of the best side dishes you can make.
This delicious copycat Taco Bell Baja sauce is delicious on fish tacos, fried catfish, and broiled fish. The spicy seasonings take the flavors of your meal to a whole new level. You can drizzle it over the fish or give each person a small bowl so they can add their own.