Wondering what side dishes are best with salmon? Look no further! Below we list all of our favorite salmon side dishes, including Japanese vegetables, simple salads, and flavorful potatoes.
We love salmon so much that we have it every week. Not only is it healthy tasty, but it also goes well with tons of sides. We've rounded up 15 dishes that pair deliciously with salmon so you know exactly what to make next time you are in the mood for salmon.
If you need a go-to salmon recipe, try our famous Furikake Salmon. Make it with the recommended sauce or use your own sauce and seasoning and follow the same cooking method in the recipe. For a different cut of salmon, you must try the most succulent Broiled Salmon Collars (Sake Kama). The meat falls off the bone and has bites of wonderfully flavor-packed salmon.
1. Furikake and Lemon Shishito Peppers
Furikake and Lemon Shishito Peppers are sweet, spicy, and add a little kick to a salmon dinner or will whet your palate as a zesty appetizer. They only take 15 minutes to make and are loaded with umami flavor!
2. Pan Fried Potatoes with Herbs
Pan Fried Potatoes with Herbs are buttery, savory, and pair seamlessly with salmon. All you need for these roasted potatoes are waxy potatoes, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper, and olive oil to make this one-pan side dish.
3. Maple Roasted Kabocha Squash (Japanese Pumpkin)
Maple Roasted Kabocha Squash is a healthy, delicious dish featuring Japanese pumpkin, warm maple syrup, and toasted pecans. This sheet pan recipe only takes 45 minutes to prepare and is a great addition to a weeknight meal or holiday dinner. Serve these baked sweet potato with a protein, on top of a salad, or in a quinoa bowl for a nutritious and flavorful boost.
4. Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan
Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan is an approachable, rich, and flavor-packed side. Not only is it bright and flavorful, it only takes a few minutes of prep, and cooks in the oven while you prepare the salmon.
5. Elotes Style Corn with Furikake
Elotes Style Corn with Furikake is a delicious umami dish inspired by Mexican street corn and flavored with Japanese ingredients. There are a few ways to enjoy this corn, including on the cob, cut into smaller servings, or cut off the cob and served as a salad.
6. Harvest Salad with Quinoa and Arugula
Harvest Salad with Quinoa and Arugula is healthy, hearty salad recipe that can be enjoyed all year long. It's adorned with fall flavors, including dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, and sharp goat cheese. It also only takes 25 minutes to prepare and cook and can be enjoyed as a salmon side or appetizer.
7. Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts
Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts are a delicious and rich side dish! The Brussel sprouts are seasoned and covered with olive oil and maple syrup, then roasted and tossed with your choice of rendered bacon or pancetta.
8. Miso Mashed Potatoes
Miso Mashed Potatoes are a rich and creamy side. They feature flavorful homemade miso butter, garlic, and sage and go perfectly with gravy or au jus. Add these crowd-pleaser potatoes to your weeknight dinner rotation and holiday menu!
9. Sautéed Green Beans with Furikake
Sautéed Green Beans with Furikake are a healthy, tasty side that can be enjoyed year round. This recipe features an especially delicious type of green bean: haricot verts. Haricot verts are thin, crisp, French green beans that have a light sweetness. The lemon juice brightens the fresh green beans, while the furikake adds umami. If you are looking for a quick, healthy side dish to impress, Sautéed Green Beans with Furikake is the perfect recipe for you.
10. Vegetable Wild Rice
Our Vegetable Wild Rice recipe is a versatile and easy weeknight dinner side. It features scrumptious vegetables, a wild rice blend, hearty broth, and herbs for seasoning. Enjoy it on its own, as a side, or as stuffing!
11. Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Carrots is a quick and delicious gluten-free sheet pan recipe featuring roasted carrots, brussel sprouts, maple syrup, olive oil, and herbs. Cook it in under 30 minutes while the salmon cooks and enjoy!
12. Sautéed Mushrooms with Garlic and White Wine
Sautéed Mushrooms with Garlic and White Wine is a healthy, gluten-free dish that is loaded with flavor and comes together quickly. These buttery mushrooms call for just a few ingredients, including mushrooms, garlic, parsley, and white wine.
13. Burrata Caprese with Balsamic Glaze
Burrata Caprese with Balsamic Glaze is a show-stopping Italian appetizer or side to share. It features creamy burrata, juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze. Serve it with a sliced toasted baguette and enjoy!
14. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
These Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are our twist on a classic holiday dish, and are whipped and rich with roasted garlic and parmesan. The parmesan and roasted garlic add the perfect touch of flavor without being overpowering. If you're lucky, you'll have enough for leftovers the next day!
15. Lemony Spring Risotto with Peas and Asparagus
Lemony Spring Risotto with Peas and Asparagus will transition your tastebuds to spring with just one bite. The farm fresh asparagus, peas, and lemon zest will brighten your palette and have you craving warmer weather & more risotto in no time at all. While risotto is often somewhat heavy and filling, this risotto is a perfect blend of cheesy, creamy, and zesty thanks to the fresh lemon juice.
All of the above sides add a delicious new dimension to your salmon dinner. If you made and enjoyed any of these sides, please rate this post and comment below.
15 Best Sides with Salmon, Including Pan Fried Potatoes with Herbs
- 1 lb potatoes
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 4 garlic cloves sliced
- 3 tbsp parsley minced
- 1 sprig thyme minced
- 1 sprig rosemary minced
- Toss potatoes - In a mixing bowl, toss the potatoes in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Cook garlic - Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the olive oil heats, add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Pan-fry potatoes - Add the potatoes to the pan and cover the skillet with a lid. Cook the potatoes for about 12-15 minutes until tender on the inside, stirring halfway through.
- Make potatoes crispy - Remove the lid and turn the heat up to medium-high. Cook the potatoes for an additional 5 minutes, or until the potatoes become golden and crispy.
- Season potatoes and serve - Remove from heat and toss with herbs. Serve warm if eating as a side or at room temperature if serving as a salad topping.