Salt-baked fish is a simple, easy-to-prepare, and delicious meal.
But what should you serve to go with it?
All too often, people get stuck in a rut of serving the same side dishes all the time—whether that’s rice or potatoes, salad or bread.
But your main course doesn’t have to be the only thing that’s impressive!
What to Serve with Salt-Baked Fish
A good side dish for salt-baked fish is a green salad, which can be dressed up with lemon juice and olive oil. You can also serve a warm vegetable dish like roasted asparagus. This way, you’re not only adding more flavor to your fish dish, but also more vitamins and nutrients.
Still looking for options?
Here are eight great choices for side dishes that will complement salt-baked fish perfectly:
This light and crisp dish goes well with dishes of all kinds, but especially salt-baked fish.
It relies on asparagus and cucumber for crunch, and the light dressing is a nice contrast to the richness of the fish.
This classic side dish is so simple, yet so satisfying.
The herb butter adds a beautiful flavor and makes the potatoes extra crispy on the outside.
You’ll never go back to plain roasted potatoes again!
Roasted green beans (See Also: Easy Canned Green Beans Recipes) are a great option to go with your salt-baked fish.
- First, you’ll want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Next, toss the green beans in olive oil and salt and pepper, and spread them out in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Now it’s time for the oven! Roast for about 15 minutes, or until the green beans are tender.
This is our favorite way to make cauliflower—a cruciferous veggie that’s super good for you!
This recipe only takes 10 minutes and is a great option if you’re looking to avoid gluten or carbs in general.
Just toss some fresh cauliflower florets in olive oil and roast them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, then squeeze some fresh lemon juice on top before serving and enjoy!
5. Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Then onto the potatoes!
- Peel about three pounds of russet potatoes, then cut them into a couple of inch cubes.
- Throw those suckers in boiling water so they can cook for about 15 minutes or until they’re soft enough to pierce with a fork.
- Then drain out all the water, add butter and milk and garlic salt, and mash ’em up!
Potato salad is one of those dishes that’s pretty simple to make and has a lot of freshness and flavor.
It’s also super versatile—you can swap out the veggies used to make it, or add a protein like hard-boiled eggs or tuna.
A classic roasted vegetables side dish is always a great choice for salt-baked fish.
The sweetness of the vegetables will contrast nicely with the saltiness of the fish, and the textures of the two dishes even add an interesting element to your meal.
Whether you use spaghetti or fettucine, pairing your fish with pasta is always a good idea.
It’s also another place where you can use contrasting texture and flavor to really create an exciting meal.
Arugula is considered a superfood, and it’s a great way to balance the flavor of a salty fish.
Pick arugula that’s dark green and crisp, and serve it with balsamic vinegar or lemon wedges for an added tangy flavor.
10. Garlic Bread
Garlic bread is another tasty option.
You can make your own by cutting a loaf of French bread in half lengthwise, spreading both slices with butter flavored with garlic powder, and broiling for 2-3 minutes until the bread is crispy on top.
11. Kale Chips
Kale chips are a great alternative to traditional potato chips because they’re just as crispy and crunchy, but have way more nutritional value for you.
You can make them in a variety of flavors, too—we suggest skipping the ranch and trying something spicy or tangy instead!
12. Sautéed spinach
If you’re looking to add some color, texture, and a bit of sharpness to your plate, look no further than sautéed spinach.
This nutritious side dish is packed full of vitamins and minerals.
It’s also one of the easiest sides you can make yourself at home:
- Simply heat up a little olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat, then throw in your washed spinach leaves and toss them around until they start to soften—about 2–3 minutes.
- Add salt to taste and serve alongside your delicious fish!
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as dietary fiber.
They’re not just good for you—they make a solid pair with salty dishes because they can balance out the overall flavor profile of the meal.
It’s easy to throw together a baked sweet potato at home:
- Simply poke some holes into a washed sweet potato, wrap it in foil, then place it on a baking sheet in an oven preheated to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or so (depending on how big your potatoes are).
- Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving with your main dish.
14. Roasted Carrots
While there are a number of vegetables that pair well with fish, one of my favorites is roasted carrots.
Roasted carrots are easy to prepare and have a simple, sweet flavor that complements the savory taste of fish.
They also add color and texture to the plate.
- To roast carrots, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash four medium sized carrots and peel them.
- Cut them into 1/4 inch rounds, or in half lengthwise if you’re using larger carrots.
- Place them on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with two tablespoons of olive oil.
- Sprinkle with salt and any seasonings you’d like (I like to use herbes de provence).
- Toss until the carrots are evenly coated, then spread out in an even layer on the baking sheet.
- Roast for about 15 minutes until tender and slightly browned, flipping halfway through.
- Serve immediately!
15. Farro salad
Do you want to impress your friends with a fancy-sounding grain that’s actually easy to make?
Try this farro salad, which can be thrown together in just twenty minutes.
The ingredients are simple and the flavor is light enough to pair perfectly with a salt-baked fish.
To make this dish, you’ll need:
- 4 ounces farro
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Bring water and farro to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the farro is plump and tender.
- Drain the farro and set it aside.
- Meanwhile, stir together the cucumber, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, garlic clove, and olive oil in a large bowl.
- Add the cooked farro to the bowl and toss to combine.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until chilled.
15 Easy Sides to Serve with Salt-Baked Fish
- Asparagus Salad
- Herb-Roasted Potatoes
- Roasted green beans
- Roasted Cauliflower
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Classic Potato Salad
- Roasted Vegetables
- Arugula salad
- Garlic Bread
- Kale Chips
- Sautéed spinach
- Baked sweet potato
- Roasted Carrots
- Farro salad
- Pick any of the sides from this list to serve with your salty dinner.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Be ready to munch in no time!