Here are all the best salmon side dishes! From fresh salads to crispy potatoes, there’s not much that doesn’t go with salmon.
What goes with salmon? Salmon is one of the easiest healthy dinner ideas out there, ideal for quick weeknight dinners. But sometimes it’s hard to find a fast side dish that can compete with the speed of salmon. Of course if you’re serving salmon for a dinner party, you might have some extra time to spare. Here are our top salmon side dishes, listed in order of total cook time! Stick to the top of the list if you need something fast, and keep scrolling down if you have a little more time.
Guess what? Frozen peas can taste amazing in 5 minutes. Yep, you can transform a bag of these frozen green spheres into an easy side dish that everyone around the table will love. The secret? A little olive oil, butter, garlic and lemon.
Here's our top side to go with salmon: lemon green beans! These beans are so easy to make and come together in 10 minutes, making them perfect for a quick weeknight meal. They come out crisp tender and flavored with zesty lemon. Even though they're quick, they look beautiful and dress up any meal. If you've got an Instant Pot, try Instant Pot Green Beans with Lemon.
These truly are the best sauteed mushrooms, and the meaty flavor is perfect with salmon! They're tender and juicy, with a brightness at the finish. Fresh thyme and oregano give an herby punch. Take one bite and you'll exclaim "Wow!"
Here's a quick side dish for salmon that is elegant and delicious: Sauteed Chard! We highly recommend serving it with toasted pine nuts, which add a nutty essence, and Parmesan cheese, which adds a savory pop.
Here's a fantastic side to go with salmon, or really any meal! Our Italian-style chopped salad is everyone's favorite. It features crunchy romaine, colorful veggies, Parmesan cheese, and our zesty Homemade Italian Dressing. The kicker? Jarred pepperoncini, which bring a tang and crunch. Another option? Radish Chopped Salad Recipe with blue cheese dressing.
This Mediterranean-style cauliflower goes perfectly with salmon! This lemon herb steamed cauliflower cooks in minutes and is so good, you won’t want to stop eating it! The lemon zest makes it bright, and using Italian seasoning and olive oil gives a savory flair. Even better: it takes only 10 minutes to cook. (Got a pressure cooker? Try our Instant Pot Cauliflower.)
Here’s a delicious salad that pairs perfectly with salmon: Goat Cheese Salad with Arugula and Apples! It’s simple and comes together quickly, but my does it deliver on flavor! The crunch of the apples, creamy goat cheese, and fluffy arugula are the ideal pair for the tangy sweet dressing.
Craving sprouts? There’s nothing better than a crispy Brussels sprouts, or tender shaved into a Brussels sprout salad. But sometimes on weeknights, we need something fast: that doesn’t require preheating an oven or thin shaving with a knife. Introducing: these quick Sauteed Brussels Sprouts! They’re so quick to make, and the flavor comes out beautifully: caramelized on the outside and crisp tender on the inside.
Here’s the fastest way to get colorful veggies to jump onto your plate: the Ultimate Sautéed Vegetables recipe. These sauteed vegetables are beautifully colored, bursting with flavor and crisp tender in texture. They’re the perfect side dish for salmon!
Farro is a chewy, tender whole grains that's a unique variation to rice. It's quick to cook and tastes so good mixed with garlic and fresh herbs! Here it's mixed with sage, thyme and oregano. If you want to dress it up for entertaining, try Farro with Mushrooms & Parmesan. Or try our Perfect Wild Rice!
Here’s a way to cook everyone’s favorite root vegetable that might surprise you: Steamed Sweet Potatoes! This easy method is fast and easy, and it results in the most deliciously moist and tender flesh. Don’t get us wrong: we love the oven for vegetables, like these Baked Sweet Potatoes. But steaming this orange vegetable makes it so moist, it might become your new best method.
Want to dress up broccoli to take it to irresistible status? Try this Parmesan broccoli! It’s crispy, crunchy, and impossible not to take another bite. Roasting broccoli brings a sweetness and lightly charred edges to this healthy green vegetable. Combine that with savory Parmesan cheese, and it’s got rock star status.
Lentils are a perfect protein-packed side to go with salmon! This Mediterranean-style lentil salad is full of flavor. It's fresh and healthy, mixed with crunchy veggies, feta cheese and pistachios. It’s a tasty way to add plant based protein alongside fish.
What's better with salmon than crispy Brussels sprouts? This is the best classic Brussels sprouts recipe: they're roasted at very high heat until perfectly salted and crispy. If you have an Instant Pot, you can shortcut the time with Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan.
Total time: 30 minutes (15 minutes in Instant Pot)
Cornbread is easy, is a great side dish for salmon and it always, always satisfies. Try this Skillet Cornbread recipe! It’s great in a cast iron skillet, though you can use any type of oven-safe skillet that’s on hand. Bake it up and it has just the right thickness, moist crumb, and savory sweetness you want in a great cornbread.
These roasted sweet potatoes are a great side to with salmon: the subtle sweetness of the potatoes pairs perfectly with the savory salmon. These sweet potatoes are so tasty, lightly seasoned with garlic powder and roasted until caramelized in a hot oven. Don't want to dice? Try our Quick Baked Sweet Potato.
Other options: try Mashed Red Potatoes, Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes or Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.
Why mash potatoes when you can roast them to a golden crisp? We’ve always been partial to a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside potato. To us, the mushy stuff just doesn’t compare. (Though these Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are close!) These oven roasted red potatoes are baked until crispy with garlic powder, then showered with fresh herbs.
Try these classic Steak Fries: perfect thick wedges that come out crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside! The traditional steak fry you’ll find in a restaurant is deep fried, but they’re easy to make at home baked in an oven. They’re even more delicious, in our opinion! Enjoy them as an easy side dish to go with salmon.