The 15 Best Side Dishes for Salmon

These sides are salmon’s best friend.

Lemony Chopped Salad With Pita: best salmon side dish

It's salmon night! But what goes with it? Whether you have a standard salmon recipe on your weeknight rotation or are eager to work through that freezer full of sustainable wild salmon you stocked up on, finding the best side dishes for your salmon dinner can be intimidating. That is, in part, because so much goes well with salmon that the options can feel unlimited and overwhelming.

Salmon is mild in flavor, lending itself well to savory, sweet, smoky, and spicy preparations for all types of worldly cuisines. It's a fatty fish, but goes well with lean accoutrements, like greens and fresh produce, as well as heartier, heavier sides, such as pastas and risottos. Being stumped by salmon is only a good thing, though, because the side dish choices are (nearly) endless with a nice cut of fish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Here are a few of our favorite side dishes to eat with salmon.

The Best Salmon Side Dishes

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Garlic and Parsley Shoestring Fries

Parsley Shoestring Fries
Victor Protasio

Amp up a frozen batch of fries with this recipe that elevates them to side dish quality. They'll go perfectly with salmon, accompanied by a yogurt sauce or anything else creamy.

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Lemony Chopped Salad with Pita

Lemony Chopped Salad With Pita: best salmon side dish

Stick to a Mediterranean-style diet with this crisp and zesty salad that goes well with so many types of salmon—poached, broiled, grilled… even leftover and cold!

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Salt-and-Vinegar Roasted Potatoes

Salt-and-Vinegar Roasted Potatoes Recipe
Victor Protasio

The acidic vinegar on these crisp potatoes cuts through the fattiness of salmon so well, you'll want to add this side dish to all your salmon nights! Fingerlings are, truly, always a good idea, especially if fish is also involved.

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Wilted Sesame Spinach

Wilted Sesame Spinach
A flavorful mix of just four ingredients ( tahini, maple syrup, tamari, and sesame seeds) takes wilted spinach to another level. This melt-in-your-mouth side is saucy on the plate, adding another layer of flavor to your main dish.Get the recipe:Wilted Sesame Spinach. Greg DuPree

This spinach only takes minutes to make, so you can whip it up while your salmon cools or is nearly done cooking. Pair it with teriyaki salmon or any salmon dressed in soy sauce or mild flavors to let the sesame shine.

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Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower

Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower
Greg DuPree

A decadent but still healthy way to enjoy a salmon dinner, this cauliflower decked out with sharp cheese and pepper complements salmon's rich flavors. Try these flavors on your fish, too, for a cohesive and tasty dish.

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Barley Risotto with Asparagus and Parmesan

Barley Risotto With Asparagus and Parmesan
Use barley instead of Arborio rice for a healthier take on this elegant dish. Get the recipe. Kana Okada

Oh hey, chef! This hearty yet elevated dish looks and tastes great under a salmon filet. Better yet, it takes only one pot to make and is a complete meal with fiber, plenty of nutrients, and protein, thanks to your salmon.

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Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli
David Prince

Simple, neutral in flavor, and ready to pair up with any salmon dish, roasted broccoli always hits the spot. Throw in some caulini or even romanesco to switch up this classic preparation.

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Whole Grain Spaghetti with Garlicky Kale and Tomatoes

Whole-Grain Spaghetti With Garlicky Kale and Tomatoes
Hans Gissinger

We know you didn't forget that pasta is an excellent side to salmon, especially if it's whole grain and full of nuttiness and fiber to fill you up. This spaghetti dish is beyond tasty, packed with texture, and works well in any portion size with chunks or a full serving of fish.

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Spinach Tabbouleh

Spinach Tabbouleh
Christopher Baker

This Mediterranean salad gets an extra oomph with spinach and can easily be prepared in advance for a busy weeknight or even a dinner party.

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Smoked Paprika Fennel

Smoked Paprika Fennel
Marcus Nilsson

Fennel and salmon are a natural duo. And better yet, the raw, plucked fronds add a beautiful garnish and fresh flavor to any salmon plate. This fennel recipe is very easy to master and the paprika can also be used on salmon to give the pair a similar flavor profile.

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Savoy Cabbage Hash

Salmon and Savoy Cabbage Hash
Turn a potato hash into a full-fledged dinner with sliced cabbage and baked salmon. Make-ahead tip: Wash and slice the cabbage up to two days in advance.Get the recipe for Salmon and Savoy Cabbage Hash. Christopher Baker

Literally designed to go with salmon, this potato and cabbage-based hash cooks while you roast your salmon, and is an expensive yet delicious side to serve to a crowd.

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Broiled Asparagus

Broiled Asparagus
Christopher Baker

Prep and broil this asparagus at the same time as your salmon, and you can have dinner on the table in less time than it takes to rewatch an episode of your favorite sitcom.

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Creamed Spinach and Quinoa

Salmon with Creamed Spinach and Quinoa
Jonny Valiant

Indulgent yet packed with nutrients, this one-skillet dish takes just minutes to cook, and you can even cook the salmon in the same pan! It's a weeknight savior.

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Pumpkin With White Beans and Bacon

Pumpkin With White Beans and Bacon
Tender chunks of pumpkin mingle with crisp bacon and meaty beans in this savory side dish. Get the recipe. Con Poulos

Pumpkin may not be the first pairing that comes to mind for salmon, but its lush texture and neutral flavor are the perfect fish accompaniment. Beans and crisp bacon add even more toothsomeness to this side that can go with a wide variety of salmon dishes.

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Green Beans with Miso, Mustard, and Walnuts

Green Beans With Miso, Mustard, and Walnuts
Greg Dupree

These blanched, crisp green beans cook in minutes, and get a bath of flavor with a miso-mustard vinaigrette. Double the sauce recipe to marinate your salmon in it too.

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