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What to Serve with Fish: 23 Side Dishes and Desserts for a Fish Dinner

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.

fried fish and fries with a variety of other side dishes

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 dinner with a variety of side dishes

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:

What to Serve with Fish: 23 Side Dishes and Dessert Ideas for a Fish Dinner

Whether you're hosting a dinner party or cooking a meal for the family, these side dishes and desserts are delicious with fish.

More Seafood Dishes

You might also enjoy seafood pasta dishes or seafood soup. Experiment a little by adding fresh or canned salmon to your favorite pasta salad.

Add fish or shrimp to this homemade cream of tomato soup. Serve with a side of crackers, and you have a delicious meal.

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