What to Serve with Salmon (70+ Best Sides) 

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I love cooking salmon for my family! It’s a delicious fish with plenty of vitamin d and lots of fatty acids that make it a healthy choice for any meal. In this what to serve with salmon post I’m sharing over 70 of my favorite recipes with you. I hope you try some of them and discover your new favorite side dish!

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Salmon Recipes For You To Try

This is the perfect place to start! There are many different ways of cooking salmon so, make sure you try some of these easy salmon recipes. It just might become your favorite fish to eat if you try some of these great options!

Oven Baked Salmon Steaks – Coating salmon fillets with a spice rub of garlic, brown sugar, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, and pepper creates a delicious and well-balanced flavor profile. It’s also a quick weeknight main as the salmon cooks in only 15-20 minutes.

Pesto Baked Salmon – This recipe is bursting with flavor and healthy fats. You slather the flaky, tender salmon in lemon butter before baking and then topped with an amazing and fresh homemade olive oil basil pesto.

Seafood Stuffed Salmon – This is an indulgent restaurant-style meal that is perfect for a special occasion. It is a delicious dish and you can easily make it at home for those quick weeknight meals!

Easy Baked Salmon and Potatoes –  The colors and flavors scream: light and healthy meal!  It contains all the right components to make you feel full with delicious and wholesome ingredients. This might be my favorite cooking method!

Salmon Piccata – This salmon is served in a lemon caper sauce. It’s so easy, light, and fresh, and it is a great meal to serve your family. The fresh lemon juice brings a brightness to the fish when pan-frying salmon.

Honey Orange Sesame Salmon – Scrumptious 30 minute meal! Baked salmon is one of the easiest dinner and this recipe packs the flavor with the orange, honey, soy sauce, and sesame seeds!

What to serve with salmon


Easy Crab Cakes -. Seasoned with lemon, parsley, and Old Bay Seasoning, this is the best crab cake recipe! You can make the filling up to a day in advance and bake them when ready. Serve them for a special occasion or any night of the week!

Shrimp Salad –  a delicious Shrimp Salad recipe with Old Bay seasoning, packed with flavor and ready in 15 minutes! Serve on croissant rolls, fresh lettuce, or crackers. A great addition to any meal!

Creamy Sausage Dip – Indulge in creamy perfection with our Jimmy Dean Sausage Dip recipe! Two sausage varieties, velvety cream cheese, and vibrant veggies unite for an unforgettable flavor experience. 

Baked Polenta Fries – with a crispy exterior and a creamy interior, these fries will make your heart skip a beat. They are seasoned with a blend of herbs and generously coated with Parmesan cheese. Fries are always a good idea! 

Stuffed Clams – This recipe makes perfectly cooked clams, brimming with a flavorful mixture of crispy breadcrumbs, oregano, fresh parsley, and aromatic garlic. It’s so good it could even be a main dish.

More Appetizers

Bruschetta – The garlic cloves on toasted bread topped with juicy ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil are a perfect bite of your favorite Italian flavors. Try it with a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Baked Artichoke Dip – you won’t miss the mayo in this perfect cheesy artichoke dip. Loaded with fresh spinach, chopped artichokes, and three kinds of cheese, the whole family will love this appetizer!

Italian Nachos – These sheet pan Italian style nachos are perfect for your next game day or salmon dinner. Simple to make and irresistible to eat. Wait until you dip that cheesy mozzarella chip into the easy homemade tomato dipping sauce. Yum!

Ratatouille Tartine – A beautiful and traditional way to use all your summer veggies in one dish! This is one of my favorite salmon side dishes.

Crispy polenta fries with herbs and dipping aioli sauce.

Vegetable Sides 

Stuffed Artichokes – This dish provides incredibly rich flavor! It is made with savory breadcrumbs and Pecorino Romano cheese stuffing garlic, fresh parsley, and a little olive oil all cooked inside a steamed-tender artichoke! You can also make this in the air fryer!

Butternut Squash Casserole – a symphony of flavors and textures, with roasted sweet butternut squash and chewy wild rice, aromatic leeks, and a medley of savory herbs. Topped with a layer of melted Gruyere cheese, this vegetarian delight promises a plateful of warmth and elegance in every forkful!

Grilled Eggplant – Each tender slice of grilled eggplant is infused with garlic, parsley, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil. This healthy side dish makes a great partner to any salmon dish! 

Steamed Asparagus – bright green, tender, juicy, and full of fresh flavors. These steamed asparagus are a tasty and healthy side dish ready in less than 10 minutes with a few basic ingredients.

Honey Glazed Carrots Oven Roasted)! These honey-glazed carrots transform simple carrots into a show-stopping side dish to remember. One sheet pan and 30 minutes to make. This is a quick side dish recipe that everyone will enjoy.

Flat Green Beans and Tomatoes – your next easy and flavorful side dish that comes together in 20 minutes! This Italian green beans with tomatoes and garlic are one of the healthiest, tastiest and easiest side dishes.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts – These Brussels sprouts remain tender with the perfect crispy edges. You will be shocked at the sweet and spicy flavors that come from such an easy side dish!

Sauteed Zucchini and Onion – A truly delectable medley of zucchini, onion, and herbs. A light and satisfying dish to serve with any meal. A little sprinkle of basil and parsley a drizzle of olive oil and this dish is gold.

Finished steamed asparagus in a serving dish.

Salads to Serve with Salmon

Fregola Salad with Roasted Cauliflower – a Mediterranean-inspired dish featuring toasted pasta pearls, perfectly roasted cauliflower, and a zesty citrus basil vinaigrette. This is a healthy and comforting pasta because you make it with fresh ingredients.

Mexican Fruit Salad – This dish combines various fresh and flavorful fruits with a sweet and tangy dressing. Fruit can be a really great tropical inspired side for any fish dinner because the flavors pair so well together.

Harvest Salad with Apple and Butternut Squash – This dish combines the best seasonal fall flavors! Mixed greens, Honeycrisp apples, roasted butternut squash, goat cheese, candied nuts, and a pop of pomegranate seeds drizzled with a sweet and tangy apple cider vinaigrette. A beautiful recipe for your holiday table!

Warm White Bean Salad – This recipe is easy, healthy, and filling. This warm white bean salad made with sweet tomatoes, arugula, and baby mozzarella makes a perfect side dish to any meal. Ready in 15 minutes!

Orange and Fennel Salad  This Italian fennel, orange, and pomegranate salad with hazelnuts will brighten your table this winter season! These bright flavors will absolutely surprise you!

Prosciutto Salad with Melon and Arugula – Classic Italian flavors in this delicious summer salad with salty, sweet, and tangy flavors. This prosciutto (Italian cured ham), melon, and arugula salad is a match made in Italian flavor heaven. Perfect for summer al fresco dining.

Italian Rice Salad –  a refreshing and colorful dish made with tender short-grain rice mixed with various fresh vegetables, herbs, a light dressing, and optional meat or meat seafood. It’s delightful!

Summer Panzanella Salad – Italian Panzanella salad is a traditional Tuscan dish that combines stale or toasted bread, fresh ripe, juicy tomatoes, good quality olive oil, a splash of vinegar, and fresh basil. It’s a refreshing and hearty salad that is perfect for summertime!

Potato Sides

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions – These are the creamiest mashed potatoes you will ever make! They are topped with deliciously decadent caramelized onions for an extra kick of flavor. This is definitely one of my favorite side dishes!

Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes – These oven-roasted potatoes are such a simple side dish that is very tasty! They are easy to make, and the whole family loves them. You could even try using baby potatoes or red potatoes.

Lemon Asparagus Potato Salad – This recipe is a healthy twist on a classic potato salad. If you need more convincing – it’s a one pot dish that comes together in about 25 minutes. (You can substitute the yogurt for sour cream!) 

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Aioli – The cracks in these potatoes help form the crispy edges! If you are feeling extra special make the homemade garlic sauce to dip! This is definitely one of my favorite sides.

Au Gratin Potatoes – The creamy sauce infuses the tender potatoes with a rich, savory flavor perfectly complemented by the melted cheese. The creamy potatoes remain tender and soft, with slightly crispy edges.

Duchess Potatoes – transform ordinary mashed potatoes into extraordinary Duchess potatoes. A delightful twist on a classic, these cheesy potatoes with crispy edges are a perfect combination with any pan-seared salmon!

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes –  The combination of savory herbs, garlic, butter, and maple syrup complements the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes perfectly, making them a crowd-pleasing side dish. Enjoy!

What to serve with salmon

Pasta Sides to Serve with Salmon

Tortellini Alla Panna – This recipe with is made with three main ingredients and is an easy way to sneak in some veggies into your diet. 

Lemon Butter Pasta – a silky lemon cream sauce bursting with fresh flavors and rich parmigiano cheese to coat the pasta perfectly. This lemon pasta is indulgent and made without cream! 

Creamy Salmon Pasta and Peas – A great recipe to come back to if you have left over salmon. an easy meal you will make often! This dish may sound fancy until you see it takes about 30 minutes to prepare! 

Cheesy Baked Rotini – a cheesy pasta bake packed with delicious vegetables in a homemade tomato sauce. This easy recipe might just be one of the best side dishes!

Creamy Fregola Sarda with Zucchini –  harmonious blend of tender zucchini, perfectly cooked Fregola Sarda pearls, and a medley of melted cheeses. You will love this vibrant, creamy, and cheesy flavor leave you craving more.

Gemelli with Tomatoes and Mascarpone – a quick 30-minute meal the whole family will love. This creamy mascarpone and blistered pan-roasted cherry tomato sauce recipe pairs perfectly with Gemelli pasta!

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio – This classic spaghetti Aglio e Olio is easy to make with 4 basic ingredients (spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, and chili flakes). This is the most authentic and simple Italian recipe. Make it all in 20 minutes!

More Pasta Recipes

Antipasto Pasta Salad – A perfect summer side dish, this antipasto salad is loaded with fresh vegetables, homemade Italian dressing, and perfectly cooked pasta. This is one of the best healthy sides out there!

Spinach Lemon Orzo – 20 minute, Creamy Spinach and Lemon Orzo recipe with butter and parmesan cheese sauce (no cream). It makes a delicious vegetarian dinner and a simple side dish to accompany any meal.

Brown Butter Basil Pasta – 15 minutes! The smell of the nutty brown butter and sweet basil leaves is reason enough to try this simple and delicious pasta recipe.

Roasted Pepper and Garlic Pasta – These perfectly roasted bell peppers and garlic marinated in olive oil make the tastiest pasta sauce. With only three simple ingredients it doesn’t get much easier.

Cacio e Pepe – The easiest pasta of all time with only 4 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes! You will make this every week after learning the easy tricks to make it the real Italian way.

Shredded Zucchini and Cheese Pasta – This is a quick, light, and tasty shredded zucchini and cheese pasta packed with fresh herbs. This simple pasta is such a delicious side dish!

Creamy Mushroom and Mascarpone Sauce – Creamy mushroom sauce with pasta is a classic Italian pasta dish with hearty mushrooms and a velvety creamy sauce. The mascarpone, heavy cream, and reserved pasta water thicken the sauce without having to use the flour that often makes a dish too heavy.

Shredded Zucchini and Cheese Pasta - This is a quick, light, and tasty shredded zucchini and cheese pasta packed with fresh herbs. This simple pasta is such a delicious side dish!

Desserts to Serve with Salmon

Authentic Cannolis –  The crunchy fried pastry shell is filled with creamy sweet ricotta filling dipped in various fun toppings to decorate the ends. You will be surprised by how easily this popular Italian dessert comes together! 

Crosata (Jam Filled Tart) – a classic dessert made with a shortbread cookie-like pastry crust (pasta frolla) and filled with any fruit jam or preserve of your preference.

Carrot Cake – This is hands down the best carrot cake with fluffy cream cheese frosting! It is a super moist cake that delivers the best results every time. Over the years, countless people have said this is the BEST carrot cake they’ve ever had! I agree, it’s that good.

Italian Cream Crumb Cake – Two layers of buttery cake crumble with a velvety pastry cream filling! Try this cake with the cream fillings listed below!

Italian Chocolate Pastry Cream (Crema Pasticcera) – Chocolaty, creamy, smooth, and rich this Chocolate Italian Pastry Cream is the best filling for crostata, pastries, cakes, and more! Easy 15 minute recipe and 100% delicious.

Best Italian Pistachio Cream – This BEST Italian Pistachio Pastry Cream is smooth, decadent, and rich. You can enjoy it with a few simple ingredients and 30 minutes!

a tray of square slices of carrot cake with daisy flowers in the background.

Cookies to Serve with Salmon

Lemon Biscotti – authentic cookies with a crisp texture and vibrant lemon flavor- you can’t stop with one! Delightful cookies to enjoy any time of the year. Follow this easy recipe to make delicious, gorgeous biscotti. 

Italian Rainbow Cookies – an Italian-American treat made of three almond-infused cake layers sandwiched with sweet jam and a beautiful chocolate coating. The sheet cake is cut into squares, and the colors resemble the Italian flag.

Pizzelle Cookies – Traditional Italian waffle cookies are a family favorite! They are most often flavored with anise vanilla, almond, or lemon zest. They are typical Italian Christmas cookies 

Heart Cookies with Jam –  are super soft buttery cookies flavored with vanilla and almond. The cute heart centers are filled with your favorite jam and they make the perfect sweet bite.

Peanut Butter Bars – just like you remember them from elementary school – only better! These peanut butter bars recipe have a soft, chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookie base, chocolate layer, topped with a super creamy peanut butter buttercream on top.

Chewy Cinnamon Raisin Cookies – Crispy edges, chewy center, cinnamon tasty, and delicious brown sugar sweetness! 

basket of biscotti cookies with lemon drizzle.

No-Bake Dessert Recipes

Classic Panna Cotta – a classic Italian dessert that is creamy, silky, and luxurious. This classic Italian recipe is a fantastic make-ahead dessert for dinner parties or an afternoon treat.

Danish Rice Pudding – a wonderfully creamy rice pudding served with a heaping topping of warm cherry sauce. The sweet rice is stewed in milk to create a creamy texture that is flavored with real vanilla beans. You fold in finely chopped almonds and mounds of whipped cream. It is light, not overly sweet, and delicious!

Pistachio Gelato –  an authentic step by step recipe for you! Learn how to make homemade Italian pistachio gelato and transport yourself to the streets of Italy!

Fresh Peach Pie – (graham cracker crust) made with juicy fresh peaches and a creamy custard filling. The best part? It’s a no bake pie. Enjoy the taste of summer with this sweet as a peach dessert.

Mousse Au Chocolat – This is a super smooth richly irresistible chocolate mousse that is the perfect answer to the question “what to serve with salmon?”

Classic Tiramisu – Creamy, light, and decadent this desserts takes only 20 minutes to prepare with only 6 ingredients! This authentic Italian tiramisu recipe is one you will find in homes and restaurants served in Italy.

Strawberry Tiramisu – a light, beautiful, and refreshing dessert made with fresh strawberries, whipped cream, mascarpone, a hint of orange, and ladyfingers. It is perfect for spring/summer and is super easy to make.

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