Salmon recipes are fast and delicious, but what do you serve WITH it? That's the fun part! Picking a delicious side dish, that's an easy recipe, makes a perfect salmon dinner.
You know you want to bake salmon for dinner but aren't what side dishes to serve. Sound familiar? We've got a collection of best side dishes that will take the thinking out of it for you.
Almost everyone loves salmon for the rich flavor that's not fishy tasting. There are many different ways to make salmon, with baked salmon being very popular. It's very easy and the salmon cooks in less than 15 minutes.
Salmon dishes are easily paired with a simple side dish or two and it makes a satisfying meal. It's also do do this and keep the calories lower too. Try our Baked Salmon with Orange-Chili glaze or Miso Air Fryer Salmon.
Salmon is always a favorite fish. It's a rich-tasting fish that's nutrient dense. It is a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals as well as Omega-3 fatty acids (healthy fats).
The meatier texture and pleasing flavor make it
Salmon is very nutrient dense. It is a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals as well as Omega-3 fatty acids.
Salmon is a more desirable fish due to its meatier texture and pleasing flavor which is not ‘fishy’ in the same way stronger flavored fish can be.
Whether you use wild caught salmon or farm raised salmon it's a great choice for a healthy meal.
Baked Salmon Sides
You won’t go wrong with any of these easy side dishes! Pick one or a few for a perfect meal. You may find some new favorite side dishes too!
Rice, potatoes or pasta. Adding a starch makes a meal more filling but can also add a lot of calories. For a healthy side dish pick dishes without heavy sauces or flavors that will overwhelm the salmon. Consider vegetable noodles instead of traditional pasta!
For an effortless option microwave a packet of rice. They are done in 90 seconds and available in several flavor combinations. We have some tasty options below too. To keep it even lighter add a cauliflower rice dish.
Vegetables. Adding in vegetables is always a great choice whether it be simple green beans, or a combination of roasted vegetables with fresh herbs. Steaming or air frying fresh vegetables is a favorite way to keep them lean. Almost any vegetables dish is a good choice with easy recipes to choose from.
Salads. A simple salad is great but that's just the starting point. We've got some tasty side dish salads that are favorite salmon sides!
How to pick Perfect Side Dishes for Baked Salmon
Salmon is a light main dish both in flavor and texture. Picking what sides go with baked salmon requires consideration of two things:
Lighter side dishes. Because baked salmon is a lighter dish picking an assortment of side dishes that don't weigh down and overtake the salmon is key is key. Rice dishes, vegetables or lighter salads are great choices.
To keep it quick and easy Air Fryer recipes are another great choice. The vegetables tend to be lighter and you can adjust the seasonings to complement the salmon.
Flavor. The other consideration is flavor. Most baked salmon recipes is not cooked with strong flavors. But it can be depending on whether it's marinated first or has a strong flavor glaze added. Consider any flavors added to the salmon when picking the best side dished. Don't be afraid of adding exciting flavors in the side dishes but be careful not to make them so bold that they drown out the delicate salmon flavor either.
These recipes not only add flavor but make a meal more filling. They are a great way to add complementary flavors to the salmon.
Fresh vegetables are always a great choice. Fast, easy and chock full of great nutrition. They are a great way to bulk up a meal without adding loads of calories too.
A fresh green salad is easy and delicious (especially with homemade dressing) but there are other salad recipes perfect for salmon too! We including a cooling skinny Tzatziki Sauce that's great to put on the salmon too especially in the summer months.