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Here are all the best side dishes for salmon! These tasty sides go perfectly with the flaky fish, from sauteed veggies to fresh salads.

Sides for salmon
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What goes with salmon? Salmon is one of the easiest healthy dinner ideas out there, ideal for quick weeknight meals. But sometimes it’s hard to find a fast side dish that can compete with the speed of salmon. 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.

Need salmon recipes? Try our top 35 Easy Salmon Recipes, like pan seared, grilled, baked, poached, smoked, sockeye, salmon steak, and more.

And now, our top salmon side dishes!

Top salmon recipes

Now that you know what goes with salmon, you might need some more salmon recipes! We couldn’t leave you with just the sides! Here are our top salmon recipes:

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Sides for Salmon

30 Best Sides for Salmon

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  • 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

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Cindy Biesecker says:

    Hello! I love following your recipes and trying new ones. I hope you have some suggestions for me, please. I’m hosting a luncheon and plan to prepare salmon salad sandwiches served on croissants. I’m looking for a light soup recipe that will complement the sandwiches. Do you have any recipe suggestions? Thank you for any help you can provide.