Salmon is easily one of my favorite fish. I also love trying different salmon recipes, from sushi rolls to fish tacos! Full of nutritious protein and omega 3’s, it’s a worldwide favorite for lunch and dinner any day of the week. While making salmon is one thing, another thing to consider is what goes good with salmon? Many times, the simplest ways to serve it (grilled salmon, pan-fried, baked) are the best, and the same goes with the sides!
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While salmon is super healthy for you, it’s also one of the most well-known and delicious fish you can eat. When it comes to the best side dishes for salmon, it’s hard to go wrong with classic side dishes. Nearly anything goes with salmon, from potatoes to veggies and rice.
Salmon is one of those ingredients that is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But what should you eat with it? This list of 24 sides for salmon are all so good that I would eat them on their own, to be honest.
1. Roasted Potatoes
A sheet pan, olive oil, potatoes and seasonings is one of those simple side dishes for salmon that will definitely have everyone asking for seconds. What goes with salmon? Potatoes, first of all. The meat-and-potatoes combination is unbeatable, and these are sprinkled with enough flavorful herbs that any roasted roots are good sides for salmon.
Russet red potatoes are choice for this recipe, with their thin skins and smaller size. Any small potatoes are ideal, while you can make any other white (or sweet!) potato work.
2. Lemon Pasta
Lemon pasta is the perfect fresh and filling side dish to salmon. The noodles pick up the fish flakes. This is a great meal after a really busy day as it is packed with nutrients and can really satisfy even the hungriest stomachs. Top with capers or freshly ground pepper.
Broccolini is a broccoli crossbreed with long delicate stalks. If you can find it in the store, be sure to pick it up and prepare it to eat with salmon! This recipe uses only a few ingredients for a light and healthy side dish. Olive oil, lemon juice and other pantry staples create a great addition.
This recipe works just as well with other cruciferous vegetables like kale or broccoli. Steaming it with olive oil and lemon juice softens it and helps to make the fish flavor less intense.
4. Garlic Butter Green Beans
Green beans come in such abundance during harvest season and are made to eat with baked salmon. Delicious and affordable, adding a great green bean side dish when making salmon side dishes is a smart move.
Fresh green beans are the best for this recipe. Trim them and they are ready to mix in. Frozen and canned would work in a pinch! Warm buttery green beans, what’s not to love?
5. Cilantro Lime Rice
When deciding what to serve with salmon, filling options like rice work the best, especially if you’re making some of these other side dishes for salmon. Cilantro Lime rice is a great recipe to make ahead and mix in with food.
While this recipe is made for white rice, it’s not just any white rice. Long grain jasmine and basmati rice just plain tastes better, but of course, you can use any rice you want!
6. Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Once you learn how to roast vegetables, you will find yourself pulling out that sheet pan an astonishing number of times a month. Roasted Brussel sprouts are, in my expert opinion, a foolproof way to bring out the wonderful flavors that Brussel sprouts have
Balsamic roasted Brussel sprouts emphasize the sweet nuttiness that Brussel sprouts have. Roasting them helps to change the flavor enough that it’s the best of both worlds: you’re getting your greens and you love eating them.
7. Baby Bok Choy
Bok Choy is a Chinese type of green that tastes like a succulent cross between spinach and cabbage. This recipe uses all of the bright flavors from ginger, soy sauce, and garlic that makes Asian food so delicious. Use olive oil, sesame oil, or chili oil.
If you have extra, be sure to eat it raw in salads! It is a simple recipe that really pulls together fast.
8. Thai Peanut Pasta Salad
This 5 star Thai Peanut Noodle Salad recipe will make you feel healthier and more energetic. Serve the salmon on top or on the side. For some of the ingredients, like edamame, you can make your own or visit your local Asian mart.
The recipe is vegan, leaving out the sometimes hard-to-find fish or oyster sauce that Thai food has in almost all of its recipes. Serve with the salmon filet on top.
9. Stovetop Asparagus with Hollandaise
This steamed asparagus with hollandaise sauce uses an easy sauce recipe and cooking method for fast prep and clean-up. Use the blender instead of a whisk to make a fast creamy sauce for the asparagus spears.
Fresh asparagus is a must for this recipe, or go for frozen if you can find it.
While it seems like a sophisticated side dish, it only takes six ingredients (counting salt and pepper!). The sauce is so good you might have to stop yourself from licking the plate.
10. Asian Coleslaw
Full of bright colors and crispy cabbage, add the Asian coleslaw for an extra special side dish. This would make a great addition to any outdoor picnic!
The key ingredient here is the sesame dressing full of healthy fats instead of mayonnaise. Sprinkles of sesame seeds and even dried wakame (seaweed) if you have it make the Asian coleslaw sweet, salty and crunchy.
With all the fresh ingredients, make it ahead and it might even taste better the next day!
11. Sundried Tomato Couscous
A piece of salmon with lemon herb couscous is a Mediterranean-style feast. The small balls of semolina flour are a great alternative to pasta or rice dishes, with a less heavy texture, and are fast-cooking (done in 5 minutes).
Adding chopped-up parsley can make the dish more like tabouli. Sundried tomatoes, olives, cucumber, and feta mixed in are also complementary flavors.
12. Fast Mushroom Risotto
Risotto is a meal that is consistently delicious, but the cooking process in normally super precise. This fast version of a risotto cuts down on stirring time so you can dig in sooner.
Mushrooms add earthiness that is a great choice for side dishes for salmon. It’s something that is familiar yet still out of the norm.
13. Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob
Grilled or roasted corn on the cob will be a delicious side to serve with salmon. There are so many ways to make an ear of corn, and this version with an herby, buttery topping is so good. Seriously, you will want to have seconds. During summer, corn is in season, and you can find affordable prices (on fresh or frozen).
14. 10 Minute Sugar Snap Peas with Lemon
Sugar snap peas in their pod are always a treat. While they are delicious raw or in a salad, cooking them will make the pods easier to chew.
This recipe is so simple and comes together for a healthy and easy side dish. Sprinkle them with freshly grated parmesan cheese and you will be so surprised how quickly they go down. Sliced almonds are also a topping to use.
15. Honey Glazed Carrots
Honey glazed carrots is a side dish to serve with salmon that will have everyone saying “more, please!” Shredded carrots in particular pick up the sweetness, and goes perfectly with a side salad. This recipe can easily be used with frozen carrots to cut down on prep time. It’s ready in three steps: make the sauce, cook the carrots, drizzle, and serve!
16. Stovetop Garlic and Parmesan Broccoli
Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables, plus they look like little trees! What’s not to like? Try something new by cooking it in this simple, savory garlic and parmesan sauce. Even the pickiest eaters will eat this until there’s nothing left. Devour this broccoli and make enough for seconds!
17. Marinated Beet and Red Onion Salad
This make-ahead chilled beet salad is unbeatable (get it?) when served with salmon. Let the basic mixture sit for at least four hours and create a delicious, fast pickle. It will also last for weeks, with heart-healthy beets and great flavor. Spoon on top of a fresh greens mixture or on top of the salmon.
18. Roasted Carrots
Roasted carrots are very versatile. They are also super easy and can use as little as two or three ingredients for super flavorful root goodness. Sweet, spicy, or savory, make these however way your family enjoys them. Throw some other veggies on the pan for a medley, or make them on their own.
19. Sweet Potato Medallions
If you bake the fish or broil it, serving it with a side of Sweet Potato Medallions will be a hit with the kids or kids-at-heart. Irresistible coin-shaped sweet potato slices are seasoned and then roasted until crispy golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside.
These are great on their own. You can also dip them in ketchup, mayo or sour cream.
20. Pesto Zoodles
If you have the right tools, like a spiralizer, these pesto zoodles are a snap! You might be able to find precut zoodles or simply slice them into long and thin pieces.
While pesto is easy to make, jarred pesto will also be handy when you’re busy making dinner and cleaning up.
Zoodles are a low-carb and low-calorie side dish that is just as fun with pasta but with more nutrition per bite than some other salmon side dishes.
21. Sesame Rice
The mild and nutty flavors of sesame rice makes this rice recipe one of the perfect sides for salmon. You can create a Japanese-themed salmon night with this recipe, salmon, and a bowl of miso soup. Adding sesame seeds gives important trace minerals like zinc, copper and manganese.
Serve with or without chopsticks! Top with dried seaweed or sliced green onions.
22. Baked Lemon Asparagus with Parmesan
The presentation of this dish is beautiful, with lemon slices on top of bright green spears baked to perfection. Roasting asparagus is the secret to having them be crispy and also soft, with baked-in lemon and cheesy flavor.
It is also low-calorie and very easy to put together.
23. Rice Pilaf with Raisins
Rice pilaf and fish is a popular dish in European countries. Also: fruit? For dinner? Who thought! The apples and raisins give a unique sweet flavor.
This particular version is holiday-friendly, with flavors like cinnamon and allspice. Replace with italian or Mediterranean seasoning for a savory yet still sweet version.
24. Cucumber and Dill Salad (Gerkensalat)
This traditional German side dish is a unique but still familiar enough salad that will have you and your family eating more healthy greens.
The flavor combinations can be mixed and matched: fennel instead of dill, rice vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar. It’s all so good!
Our BEST 25+ Tasty Salmon Side Dishes (+Brocollini)
- 1 bunch broccolini
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Zest and lemon juice from half a lemon
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- Cook the veggie in boiling water for two minutes.
- Drain and add to ice water in a bowl.
- Heat the oil with the lemon zest and garlic.
- Add the broccolini and toss.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.
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