Here are all the best sides to with salmon! From fresh salads to crispy potatoes, there’s not much that doesn’t pair with this healthy fish.

Best sides to go with salmon

Salmon is one of the easiest healthy dinner ideas out there. If you’re a seafood lover, you already know: salmon is where it’s AT for quick weeknight dinners. But have you ever been stumped on what to serve it with? If you’re trying to keep things quick, sometimes it’s hard to find a fast side dish that can compete with the speed of salmon.

At the same time, if you’re serving salmon for a dinner party, there’s some room for making a showy side. Here are our best sides to serve with salmon, ordered in terms of speed! So if you’re making a quick weeknight dinner keep to sides at the top of the list. If you’re entertaining, head lower down the list.

And now, our best sides to serve with salmon (in order of cook time)!

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Steamed Green Beans

Best Sides for Salmon (Lemon Green Beans & More!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These zesty steamed green beans are the epitome of an easy side dish! This healthy recipe is the perfect side to go with salmon.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus zest from 1 lemon (1 tablespoon)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Trim the green beans.
  2. Place 1 ½ cups water into a saucepan or pot and bring it to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, add the green beans in the steamer basket. Steam with the lid on 4 to 5 minutes until just tender (test with a fork).
  4. Carefully remove the beans to a bowl. Toss with the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, kosher salt, and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.


*This recipe is easily doubled to feed a crowd.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Sides to Go with Salmon, Green Beans Recipe, Easy Green Beans,

Some favorite salmon recipes

Of course, we couldn’t leave you with just the sides! Here are our top favorite salmon recipes:

  • Salmon with Capers: The fish is oven baked in foil until it’s perfectly tender, then topped with a delicious garlic butter sauce.
  • Seared Salmon, Cajun Salmon or Blackened Salmon It’s a favorite easy way to cook fish in a flash, and the flavor is unbeatable.
  • Oven Baked Salmon: This easy oven baked salmon comes out perfectly tender and flaky! Cooking salmon in foil makes a moist piece of fish every time.
  • Teriyaki Salmon: A weeknight go-to, this easy healthy dinner recipe features a quick homemade sauce.
  • Lemon Dill Salmon This fast lemon dill salmon takes just 10 minutes to bake! Mix up the zesty dill sauce while the salmon cooks.
  • Broiled Salmon with Bourbon Glaze: Another super quick way to make salmon is in the broiler! This one is painted with a savory sweet bourbon glaze.
  • Easy Cedar Plank Salmon: You haven’t lived until you’ve tried cedar plank salmon! This easy method of grilling on a wooden plank infuses a smoky flavor that’s irresistible.

Another fun side for salmon? Try Creamy Parmesan Orzo.

Wondering the best salmon to buy? Got to How to Buy Sustainable Fish & Seafood.

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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