There are so many types of fish to make for dinner, quickly and easily. But what do you serve alongside this healthy protein? Read on for 23 perfect ideas about what to serve with fish.
Fish is the perfect protein to make and serve for dinner because it is easy to prepare and it provides those omega-3 fatty acids that you can’t get anywhere else. There are also many different varieties to choose from!
My husband and I prepare fish at least twice/week, sometimes more often that that. We love the many varieties, the health benefits and how easy it is to prep and cook.
FAQ About Fish
Fish and chips typically describe fish and French fries that have been deep fried, not making them the healthiest choice. Enjoy baked fish and fries for a healthier option!
Scampi is an Italian word referring to the peeled tail of most types of prawn. In the UK, “scampi” refers to the meat of the langoustine.
Salmon, whitefish, cod and and tuna are safe for dog consumption. Fish for dogs to stay away from include shark, swordfish canned albacore tuna and mackerel.
Most fish is healthy for consumption when cooked without a ton of butter or oil. Great options include Alaskan salmon, herring, perch, rainbow trout and tuna.
Tuna has one of the highest amounts of protein, compared to other varieties of fish. A serving of yellowfin or bluefin tuna contains 30g grams of protein.
Fish containing high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids include cod, trout, tuna, salmon, sardines and herring.
Most varieties of fish provide us with a healthy way to enjoy a lean protein packed with a ton of nutrients and vitamins. Fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, it is rich in calcium, iron, zinc and potassium.
Best Ways To Prepare Fish
There are so many different ways to prepare this delicious protein!
- Cook in the Instant Pot. Instant Pot fish is a no-fuss way to prepare dinner and adds a ton of that pressure-cooker-magic-flavor.
- Prepare in an air fryer. The air fryer works MAGIC on fish! Toss it in, thawed or frozen, set the timer and forget it!
- Oven baked. Place a pat of butter on top of each fillet, squirt lemon juice over the top and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
- Stovetop/pan-fried. There is nothing more delicious than a pan-fried piece of fish, with crispy bits on the outside. Heat butter or oil in a pan, add fish fillets and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until crispy and cooked through.
- Grilled. Most fish will cook great on the grill. Cook over medium heat for 3-6 minutes per side, depending on how thick the fillet is. Thicker cuts will hold together better than ones that are thinner.
- Deep fried. If you have a deep fryer, this is a delicious way to prepare more of a fish-and-chips style dinner.
- Microwave. Add thawed fillets to a microwave-safe dish and cover. Cook for 3 minutes per pound, until fully cooked through.
Best Types of Fish to Eat
One of my favorite things about fish is that there are so many delicious options to choose from! See the below list, including a few of my favorites!
- Salmon. Salmon is deep orange in color, low in saturated fat and it is an excellent source of protein. It contains a variety of other vitamins and nutrients, as well. Salmon is a sturdy, firm fish, making any of the cooking methods listed above appropriate for preparation.
- Cod. Cod contains omega-3 fatty acids, which is an essential fat that the human body does not create on its own. It is a white, flaky fish, which is firmer than a lot of other white fish. Most common cooking methods: baked, pan-fried or grilled.
- Halibut. Halibut is a firm white fish with a mild flavor. It contains a good deal of protein and provides other vitamins and nutrients good for the body. Due to its firmness, most cooking methods are appropriate for preparing halibut.
- Mahi-mahi. Mahi-Mahi is another firm white fish with a mild flavor. It contains large flakes and because of its firmness, it can be prepared by any cooking method.
- Herring. Herring provides a flaky texture with mild flavor. A delicious oil emerges from the skin, especially when grilled. Herring is often pickled and smoked and also tastes delicious when pan-fried or deep-fried.
- Mackerel. Mackerel is an affordable and super flavorful, buttery fish with a rich flavor. It tastes the best when eaten as fresh as possible. Mackerel is a firm fish and is often cooked, then flaked over salad.
- Perch. Perch is white and flaky and mild in flavor with a slightly sweet taste. Most cooking methods work well when preparing it.
What To Serve With Fish
Fish pairs well with so many other types of food, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. Here are a few ideas about what to serve with fish!
- Rice – Rice is a perfect side dish to go alongside any type of fish. White, brown and wild are all perfect options.
- Potatoes – Potatoes are extremely versatile, making them a delicious side dish option, as well. French fries, hashbrown casserole, mashed potatoes, potato chips and roasted potatoes would all pair perfectly!
- Coleslaw – A heaping spoonful of fresh coleslaw alongside your next fish dinner will taste great!
- Pasta salad – Add a spoonful of pasta salad to your dinner plate. This is a great side dish option!
- Vegetables – Just about any veggie on the planet accompanies fish perfectly. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans, mushrooms, carrots, and cauliflower are delicious choices.
- Salad – A fresh, leafy green salad tastes great after a bite of salmon or cod. Or think outside the salad box and make an edamame corn salad instead!
- Tartar Sauce – Don’t forget sauces! Especially deep fried fish absolutely must have a small bowl of tartar sauce sitting next to it.
- Dill – A lot of white fish has a mild flavor, making the strong-flavored dill the perfect herb match for it!
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Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice
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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
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Kale Pesto Pasta
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Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts
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Coleslaw with Apple Cider Vinegar
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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
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Instant Pot Steamed Green Beans
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Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Topping
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Baked Potato Chips
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Rice and Carrots
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Ranch Potato Salad
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French Onion Soup
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Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower
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Baked Beans In Instant Pot
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