24 Best Side Dishes For Salmon

Are you looking for delicious side dishes to serve with salmon?

Salmon is a great healthy meal to serve for lunch or dinner. It tastes great grilled, baked, and pan-fried. I like the fact that it is easy to prepare and it cooks fast.

My family loves salmon, so I try to cook it weekly if I can. I like to pair the salmon with a variety of different side dishes. I am going to share some of those side dish ideas with you today.

There are a variety of different recipes, so you should be able to find something that your family will like. I am sharing vegetable recipes, potato, rice, salad, and pasta recipes.

Let’s get started going through the list.

What To Serve With Salmon

Vegetable Recipes

Various delicious recipes go well with salmon as a side dish. My favorites are asparagus, green beans, broccoli, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts.

cheesy asparagus

Cheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus

This is one of my favorite side dishes to serve with salmon. It is quick and easy to make. All you need to do is season the asparagus, bake, and then top with cheese.

Ingredients Needed:

1 pound of asparagus spears(remove the ends)

3 Tablespoons of oil

2 Teaspoons of minced garlic

1/2 Teaspoon of salt

1/2 Teaspoon of black pepper

1 Tablespoon of parsley flakes

1 Tablespoon of cilantro flakes

1 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

To make these asparagus you need to first remove the ends. Then grease a baking pan and place them in the pan. Preheat your oven to 425.

In a bowl mix oil, salt, pepper, minced garlic, parsley flakes, and cilantro flakes. Pour this mixture on top of the asparagus.

Bake for 11-15 minutes or until they are tender. Take them out of the oven and top with the mozzarella cheese. Switch the oven to broil. Put the asparagus back in the oven and then broil for an additional 4 minutes to melt the cheese. Add additional seasoning and lemon if you like.

Sauteed Green Beans

Another great side dish to eat with salmon is green beans. This recipe is easy to make and requires only one pan, making cleanup easy.

Ingredients:

2 pounds of green beans

2 Teaspoons of oil

2 Tablespoons of minced garlic

1/2 Cup of vegetable broth

1/2 Teaspoon of salt

1/2 Teaspoon of black pepper

1 Tablespoon of parsley flakes

2 Tablespoons of butter

Directions:

The first thing you need to do is wash, trim the ends, and cut the beans down in length if they are too long. Heat a frying pan with oil and then add the minced garlic. Sautee for 20-40 seconds. Don’t burn the garlic.

Add the beans and broth to the pan. Stir everything together and then cover. Cook until the beans are tender. Stir occasionally when the liquid broth is gone you can add butter and seasoning. I like to season with salt, pepper, and parsley flakes.

salmon and green beans

Sauteed Broccoli

This easy sautéed broccoli recipe is a simple and healthy side dish the whole family will enjoy. All you need is broccoli and a few simple ingredients to get this dish to the table quickly.

Sautéed broccoli takes less than 15 minutes and is cooked all in one pan. This recipe is easy to make, quick to prepare, flavorful and healthy.

Get the full recipe and instructions for this sauteed broccoli here.

Garlic Mushrooms

Sauteed mushrooms are a great side dish to enjoy that goes well with salmon. This recipe is easy to make and full of flavors.

Webmd says that mushrooms are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. They contain a lot of nutrients like Vitamin D, Vitamin B, and Potassium.

Get the full recipe and instructions for this garlic mushroom recipe here.

brussels sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Around this time of year, I particularly enjoy Brussels sprouts because they’re hearty and filling. While I like them in a simple sauté with garlic, salt, and pepper, I’ve also tried them with curry, caramelized onions, bacon, mushrooms, and so on. Here is an easy Brussels sprouts recipe for you to try.

Ingredients:

1 pound of Brussels sprouts

3 teaspoons of olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1 tablespoon of parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice

Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

Wash, trim, and cut the Brussels sprouts in half. Heat a frying pan with oil. Add the Brussels sprouts to the pan. Cook for 4-7 minutes without stirring.

Next add the seasoning ( salt, pepper, and parsley flakes). Stir the sprouts around. Continue cooking until the Brussels sprouts are brown and tender.

When finished cooking remove them from the heat and drizzle with lemon and top with Parmesan cheese if you prefer. Add additional seasoning if needed.

Potato Recipes

roasted potatoes in a bowl

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Simple, crispy garlic roasted potatoes are the perfect side dish for anything. They have a great garlic flavor from roasting and your whole house will smell amazing while they’re baking. These garlicky potatoes would be great to go along with salmon, grilled chicken, or beef.

Crispy, garlicky roasted potatoes are the perfect addition to any meal. Add these garlic roasted potatoes to your next dinner.

Ingredients Needed:

3 pounds of small potatoes

4 teaspoons of olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1 tablespoon of parsley flakes

1 tablespoon of cilantro flakes

3 Teaspoons of minced garlic

Directions:

Cut potatoes in half. Then place them in a bowl and mix them with the seasoning and oil. Preheat oven to 425.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the potatoes on the baking pan. Cook for 40-60 minutes or until they are tender and browned. Flip halfway through cooking time.

When done cooking remove from the oven and you can add additional seasoning if needed.

Mashed Potatoes

Easy to make, quick to cook, and moist to eat, these creamy mashed potatoes are delicious and comforting. Our mashed potatoes are light, fluffy, and delicious. The perfect side dish. Serve them with a delicious salmon and you’re set for the perfect meal!

Ingredients:

4 pounds of potatoes

1/2 teaspoon of salt

4 tablespoons of butter

1 cup of milk

4 ounces of cream cheese

Directions:

Cut and peel the potatoes. Then boil the potatoes. After boiling reduce the heat and continue cooking until soft.

While the potatoes are cooking heat in the microwave the butter, salt, and milk until they are melted. After the potatoes are done cooking drain the water and mash the potatoes.

With the potatoes still on the burner add the mixture of butter, salt, and milk. Stir them in well and then add the cream cheese and mix everything together. Add additional salt if needed.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted sweet potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes to enjoy with salmon. The combination of flavor is just perfect, and the potato’s natural sweetness really allows you to enjoy the taste of the fish.

Ingredients:

3 sweet potatoes(cut into small pieces)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoons of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of oil

Directions:

Heat oven to 425. Cut and peel the potatoes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the potatoes to the baking sheet. Then add the salt, oil, and brown sugar on top. Cook for 25-35 minutes or until they are tender. Flip halfway through the cooking time.

salmon and sweet potato

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite and go-to side dishes when I cook salmon. Salmon and baked sweet potatoes are a classic combination – and one of the many reasons is that they are absolutely delicious together! Whether you enjoy them as a side dish, or for breakfast (seriously), baked sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins C & D, fiber, and potassium…

I’ve been making a lot of baked sweet potatoes lately! They are fast to bake, you can have them as a side dish or have them as an appetizer with some smoked salmon on top. Baked sweet potatoes are healthy and taste amazing.

Ingredients:

Sweet potatoes

Butter

Your favorite seasoning and toppings

Directions:

Heat over to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Poke the potatoes with a fork and then place them on a baking sheet. Cook for 40-45 minutes or until they are soft.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic mashed potatoes are of my favorite side dishes to enjoy with salmon. This recipe is so simple to make, plus it’s loaded with garlic flavor and creaminess that pair nicely with fish recipes or steak dinners.

Ingredients:

3 pounds of potatoes

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

4 tablespoons of butter

3/4 cup of milk

3 tablespoons of minced garlic

Directions:

Cut and peel the potatoes. Then boil the potatoes. After boiling reduce the heat and continue cooking until soft.

While the potatoes are cooking heat in the microwave the butter, salt, and milk until they are melted. After the potatoes are done cooking drain the water and mash the potatoes.

With the potatoes till on the burner add the mixture of butter, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and milk. Add additional salt if needed.

Rice Recipes

brown rice

Seasoned Rice

Making a meal that consists mainly of fish can easily become boring. Tired of serving the same salmon drizzled with olive oil and lemon? This is where seasoning plays a crucial role in making your meal seem more interesting. Seasoned rice is an easy side dish to enjoy with salmon and it makes for a great meal served together.

Ingredients:

2 cups of brown rice

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon of parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon of cilantro flakes

1/2 teaspoon of salt

4 cups of water

Directions:

In a large pot combine all the ingredients. Stir to mix everything together. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat cover and cook for 30- 40 minutes or until the water has evaporated and the rice is soft.

Garlic Butter Rice

If you’re looking for something to serve with dinner, this garlic butter rice is quick and easy. It goes well with chicken, fish, or even beef.

Get this recipe here from Spend with Pennies.

Southwest Rice

Rice is a delicious food that I eat all the time. I round out the meal by eating it with roasted salmon. The flavor of the salmon, as well as the seasoning, provide a lot of flavor to the rice, while at the same time complementing each other.

Get this recipe on Taste of Home.

salmon and fried rice

Plain White Rice

White rice goes great with salmon. It’s light and fluffy, perfect for soaking up any sauce so it doesn’t get wasted. It goes perfectly with salmon and other rich meats.

Here is an article that shows you how to make white rice.

Brown Rice

Brown rice can be a healthy addition to your salmon dinner. It goes well with the fish without detracting from the flavor. A simple side dish of brown rice can make your salmon meals much more enjoyable.

This article shows you how to make brown rice.

Fried Rice

This super-easy fried rice recipe is a great way to use up your leftover cooked rice. It’s fast, easy, and delicious. And it’s a perfect dish for using up leftovers! This recipe I am sharing was made on the Blackstone griddle but you can use this recipe to make it on the stovetop.

Get this recipe here for fried rice.

Salad Recipes

Caesar salad

Caesar Salad

Crisp romaine lettuce topped with croutons, Parmesan, and creamy Caesar dressing comes together to make this incredibly tasty Caesar salad.

Ingredients:

Romaine lettuce

Croutons

Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together and then top with your favorite Caesar dressing.

Broccoli Salad

This is a super easy and tasty broccoli salad. This broccoli salad is something that you can make in less than fifteen minutes and it works as a side dish.

Ingredients:

Broccoli crowns

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of mayo

1 1/2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon of honey

2 teaspoons of minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 small onion

1/3 cup of raisins

Directions:

In a bowl mix all the ingredients minus the broccoli. Mix well. add the mixture to the broccoli and mix everything together well.

Avocado Salad

This quick and easy salad recipe is delicious served as a meal or as a healthy side dish.

Ingredients:

1 cucumber

1 small red onion

2 avocados

1/3 cup of chopped parsley

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon of honey

2 teaspoons of minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper

Directions:

Cut onions, cucumber, and avocados into small pieces. Place them in a bowl. In another bowl mix parsley, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix them with the onion, cucumbers, and avocados.

salmon and salad

Caprese Salad

The easiest Caprese salad recipe that is simple to make and absolutely delicious. It’s perfect for all occasions or whenever you want to treat yourself.

Get this recipe from Food Network.

Spinach Salad

This easy spinach salad is colorful, versatile, and delicious. It can be used as an appetizer, a side dish, or eaten on its own for lunch. It’s perfect for potlucks and picnics or to take to work.

Get this recipe from The Kitchn.

Pasta Recipes

lemon pasta

Lemon Pasta

Ingredients:

Pasta Noodles- I prefer to use spaghetti noodles

1 can of coconut milk

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

1 tablespoon of parsley flakes

2 teaspoons of lemon juice

Parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a large pot cook the spaghetti and then drain the water. In a second pot heat olive oil, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, and coconut milk. Remove from the heat and pour on top of spaghetti. Top with parmesan cheese.

Garlic Butter Pasta

Ingredients:

Pasta noodles

3 tablespoons of butter

1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper

1 tablespoon of parsley flakes

Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook the pasta noodles. After the pasta is finished cooking drain the water but leave 1/2 cup of the pasta water to use later.

In another frying pan add the garlic and butter and then saute for a few seconds. Add the pasta, salt, pepper to the pan along with the water you set aside. Stir around and heat for a couple of minutes.

When done cooking remove it from the heat and then add parmesan cheese and parsley flakes.

salmon and pasta

Spinach Pasta

The last recipe on the list shows you how to make a tasty pasta dish with spinach.

Get this recipe here.

Questions

What should I season salmon with?

Season salmon with garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley. Brush the salmon with oil or butter and then season. Bake, grill, or pan-fry to the required temperature.

Do you bake salmon covered or uncovered?

It is better to cover the salmon during the cooking process. Cooking the salmon covered helps it retain the moisture and will make the cooking time faster.

What temperature should salmon be cooked at?

The FDA recommends that salmon should be cooked to a temperature of 145.

What veggies go best with salmon?

Asparagus, green beans, broccoli, mushrooms, and brussels sprouts go well as a side dish for salmon.

How do you know when salmon is done?

To check to see if salmon is done you need to poke it with a fork to see if it flakes. If it separates easily it is done cooking. The salmon should not look raw.

There are a variety of delicious side dishes that you can enjoy with salmon. Enjoy these tasty recipes with your family.

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