Baked fish is a healthy and protein-rich staple. It's got you covered as a main dish, but have you ever wondered what you can serve with baked fish to get a complete meal? There are so many options, but we'll go over 29 of our favorites!
Baked fish, where do I begin? Every time I catch a whiff of that perfectly seasoned, tender fish coming out of the oven, I just can't wait to dive in. Whether it's flaky salmon, succulent cod, or a zesty tilapia, I'm hooked!
So, if you're like me and love baked fish, then this is the post for you! Not only do we have a delicious parmesan-crusted baked walleye recipe here at Joy to the Food you can make but we also have compiled all our favorite side dishes for it. So let's get going!
- What Goes With Baked Fish?
- What vegetables do you eat with baked fish?
- 1. Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts
- 2. Roasted Broccoli
- 3. Green Beans with Bacon
- 4. Candied Carrots
- 5. Garlic Kale Chips
- 6. Leafy Greens Salad
- 7. Mexican Street Corn
- What starches do you eat with baked fish?
- 8. Roasted Potatoes
- 9. Mashed Potatoes and Squash
- 10. Garlic French Fries
- 11. Scalloped Potatoes
- 12. French-Style Potato Salad
- 13. Chili Smashed Potatoes
- 14. Instant Potato Pancakes
- 15. Sweet potato fries
- 16. Onion Rings
- 17. Cheese Curds
- What sauces go on baked fish?
- 18. Chipotle Hollandaise Sauce
- 19. Easy Guacamole
- 20. Chunky Salsa
- 21. Mango Sauce
- 22. Teriyaki Sauce
- 23. Homemade Dill Pickle Sauce
- 24. Tartar Sauce
- 25. Lemon Herb Tahini Sauce
- What are other ways to use baked fish?
- 26. Ensenada Fish Tacos
- 27. Crispy Baked Fish Sandwich
- 28. Salmon Buddah Bowl
- 29. Fish Patties
What Goes With Baked Fish?
If you're looking for a quick answer then let me get right to it. Vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, green beans, carrots, and salad are all great pairings for baked fish. Starches and sides such as roasted potatoes, french fries, mashed potatoes, onion rings, and cheese curds are also delicious. If you're looking for a sauce to put on your fish then try tartar sauce, teriyaki sauce, mango salsa, hollandaise sauce, dill pickle sauce, or guacamole.
What vegetables do you eat with baked fish?
I'm so glad you asked! There are so many vegetables that make perfect complements to baked fish. However, there are a handful that stand out above the rest. Let's check them out!
These Brussels sprouts are one of the best side dishes for baked fish. They're super easy to make, super delicious, and best of all they're super healthy!
Now this is an easy side dish for fish. All you have to do is throw it in the oven and bake it! You should even be able to bake it with your fish at the same time to make it extra simple. Plus, this delicious roasted broccoli pairs with pretty much any type of fish.
Green beans with bacon is a great side dish for crispy baked fish. This easy recipe is made with fresh green beans and honey. Yum!
Serving this is one of the best ways to get your kids to eat their vegetables. I mean, who can resist bacon and honey?
So carrots are one of my favorite vegetables. And making them candied is almost too good to be true!
Brown sugar and butter are what take this delicious side dish to the promised land. Plus, they're soft and easy to eat so kids are sure to love them!
If you want to go mega healthy with your meal then give these Garlic Kale Chips a try. They're coated in olive oil and seasoning and baked into a crispy and flavorful chip. You can even dip them in a fresh herb dressing that also goes well on baked fish!
You can't go wrong with pairing a delicious salad with your fish! This is the perfect side dish for a light and healthy meal.
It'll leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed! Not to mention, it's a tasty way to pack in vitamins and nutrients.
This Mexican Corn recipe is a great way to amp up your fresh corn! This delicious recipe is great when paired with fish. It uses simple ingredients and comes together easily in a skillet!
What starches do you eat with baked fish?
Everyone knows that fish and chips go great together (or fish and French fries for you Americans). But, did you know there are so many other classic sides of the starchy variety that also work great? If not, keep reading to find out!
These roasted potatoes can't get any more crispy and delicious! The secret is that they're parboiled so they have a crunchy outside and soft inside.
We love these roasted potatoes dipped in a creamy sauce, and they'd be a great side dish for any baked fish! Specifically, our creamy salmon recipe, because you can use the sauce on both the fish and the potatoes!
If you're eating fish in the fall then you NEED to pair them with mashed potatoes and squash. This recipe uses butternut squash and russet potatoes, but you can also use sweet potatoes! It is filled with all the cozy flavors of fall that make you feel warm inside.
You can go with the classic fish and chips.. Or you can elevate your "chips" with these garlic french fries! Toss in a little parmesan cheese on top and you'll be addicted.
Scalloped potatoes are by far my favorite classic dish served during the holiday season. The creaminess is what gets me - I'm just a sucker for it!
Pairing scalloped potatoes with baked fish will give you a flavorful meal the whole family will enjoy. Maybe even switch out your Thanksgiving turkey for fish if you're feeling bold!
A refreshing potato salad makes for a great side dish to fish. It's seasoned with a blend of super tasty flavors including mustard and fresh dill. It also saved great so you can meal prep this with your fish to eat throughout the week!
If you want a little kick to your fish meal then these chili-smashed potatoes are for you! They have a super crunchy texture and are so spicy and good. Dip them in seasoned sour cream if you need to cool off the chili flavor!
Yumm. Okay, these are a little out there but trust me, they're super tasty! Filled with cheese and easy to make - these instant potato pancakes are savory pancakes that are great topped with sour cream!
We don't have recipes for these items because you can find them in your local grocery store. We decided we needed to include them because our list wouldn't be complete without them!
15. Sweet potato fries
Waffle sweet potato fries to be exact. Waffle fries are the best fry shape and there's no debate about it. Sorry! So load up on some of these to eat alongside your fish.
16. Onion Rings
If you're into fried food then onion rings are a must. Maybe you have some baked fish that isn't breaded and you're craving something with a crunchy exterior? If so, then onion rings are you best bet!
17. Cheese Curds
Living in Wisconsin you can find cheese curds on everything. My favorite restaurant down the street has a great cheese curd burger. Not only do they make a great burger topping - they make a great side dish for fish!
What sauces go on baked fish?
A good baked fish recipe can be just fine without any sauce. However, you may want to spice things up and drown your fish in your favorite sauce. And that's alright! We'll go over our top sauces and dips to enjoy with all sorts of fish.
Is there anything better than Hollandaise sauce to smother your fish with? Nope! But how about hollandaise sauce with a kick of chipotle peppers? Yes!
We love this chipotle hollandaise sauce on everything, including baked fish! The best thing about it is how easy it is to make because it's made in a blender!
19. Easy Guacamole
Avocados are truly a magical fruit. And guacamole can be a fantastic topping for baked fish!
It's basically a thick creamy sauce that has healthy fat and tasty flavors. Toss a big scoop of guacamole on your fish and enjoy!
20. Chunky Salsa
Another great sauce to go with baked fish is chunky salsa. This recipe is filled with fresh veggies and spices that give it a nice kick!
Fish is often topped with lemon or lime juice. This salsa is full of lime juice, which makes it a great topping for fish!
21. Mango Sauce
Salmon and mango are a match made in heaven. That's why we made this mango sauce specifically for baked salmon.
It's a tangy and sweet sauce that's easy to make!
22. Teriyaki Sauce
Ah yes, of course we need to mention teriyaki sauce! We think this sauce is best with salmon and wouldn't recommend it with white fish.
This easy sauce recipe only uses 7 ingredients and takes 5 minutes. You're going to love smothering your fish in this tasty sauce!
This sauce is basically a healthier homemade ranch dressing with extra dill. Need I say more? No, but I will!
Pour this sauce on your baked white fish and you won't be disappointed. It'll provide that extra flavor and creaminess that takes your flaky fish to the next level!
24. Tartar Sauce
There's nothing like this classic dipping sauce for baked and fried fish. I mean, fish and tartar sauce were just meant to be together!
This thick sauce is mayo based and filled with dill and lemon juice. So grab your fish fillets and dive in!
This sauce is a great option for fish because the lemon juice and fresh herbs perfectly complement the fish flavor! The best part is that it's so easy to make. Just throw the ingredients in a blender, blend, and boom - you have a tasty sauce to drizzle on your fish!
What are other ways to use baked fish?
As you've read, there are so many delicious and healthy side dishes to serve with baked fish. But, you might be wondering how to turn baked fish into something else. Let's go over some ideas to do just that!
This is quite possibly our favorite fish recipe on Joy to the Food. These tacos have all the fresh flavors from cilantro, onion, and purple cabbage!
Plus, for all you air fryer fans out there - it's baked in an air fryer so it baked quickly and comes out crispy!
It's so much easier when you can eat fish with your hands between two buns. That's why a sandwich is a fun way to eat up your baked fish!
If you're an avocado lover we can guarantee you'll fall in love with this sandwich. That's because it's topped with an avocado mayo that's next level!
A Buddah bowl is filled with healthy fruits, vegetables, and of course fish! It's a healthy and tasty fish dinner that's sure to fill you up.
29. Fish Patties
Our last way to use baked fish is to make them into patties! This recipe uses cornmeal and mustard to create perfectly shaped salmon patties.
Once in patty form, this fish can be eaten in a number of ways, including as a sandwich, cut up and put on a salad, or even a part of a breakfast eggs benedict!
That's a wrap! Now you know exactly what to serve with baked fish and how to eat it. We hope you're able to find the perfect baked fish meal!