If you’re wondering what to serve with your bouillabaisse, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for bouillabaisse.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with bouillabaisse are French bread, endive salad, roasted baby potatoes, and leeks vinaigrette. Try French green beans with herbs, wrapped asparagus, and garden salad for healthier options. Give hushpuppies, quiche, and twisted bacon a try for unusual but tasty options.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
French bread with rouille
A toasted slice of bread is the perfect vehicle to mop up the seafood and broth of your bouillabaisse.
You can readily buy French bread at your nearest grocery store or bakery, but if you have the time, why not try and make it yourself?
Let Simply Scratch’s detailed recipe make you feel like a master baker with this simple, no-knead French bread.
Pro Tip: for best results, use artisan bread flour.
Provencal endive salad
Bouillabaisse originates from Provence, so it’s only fitting to serve it with a Provencal-inspired salad.
What makes this simple salad Provencal?
The addition of anchovies to the vinaigrette.
They’re a popular condiment in Provence, plus they add a delectable umami flavor that helps offset the bitterness of your endive.
Add a refreshing bite to your meal with this Provencal endive salad.
Caramelized onion and mushroom quiche
Looking for a savory, decadent dish to serve with your bouillabaisse?
With its buttery crust, and silky, savory filling, it’ll be hard to find anyone who can resist this treat.
Well, except for anyone watching their butter intake!
It’ll take all your willpower to let this caramelized onion and mushroom quiche cool down before you start digging in.
Roasted baby potatoes
Bouillabaisse is loaded enough to be a complete meal on its own, except it sorely lacks a starchy element.
So it’s a no-brainer to have it with a side of these roasted baby potatoes.
This is one of the easiest potato dishes you’ll ever make.
Just wash your potatoes and leave the skins – they add a lightly crisp texture to your spuds.
Scoop a heaping serving of your bouillabaisse over these roasted baby potatoes for a hearty meal.
Want to serve another classic French dish?
Try leeks vinaigrette.
Marinating your plain leeks in the vinaigrette for at least two hours is what gives them their tangy, sweet oniony flavor.
The longer these leeks vinaigrette marinate, the more flavorful and tender they will become – so it’s best to make them in advance.
French green beans with herbs
Add a refreshing pop of green to your bouillabaisse with these French green beans.
You won’t need to do much either. Simply blanching and then cooking the green beans with butter and herbs is enough to make them shine.
You’ll get crisp-tender, buttery green beans that are simply delightful.
This French green beans with butter and herbs recipe is the perfect side dish for busy weeknights.
Hushpuppies go superbly with seafood dishes, so it makes sense to pair them with bouillabaisse.
Admittedly it’s not traditional, but it won’t matter once you try this pairing.
Picture dunking your crispy and fluffy fried dough balls in your soup’s broth – absolutely delicious.
These hushpuppies are so good that they won’t last long – better make a second batch!
Do you love adding cheese to your soup?
Instead of grating cheese, go the extra mile and turn them into crispy crackers.
I like using gruyere because it’s a cheese that pairs nicely with seafood.
Plus, their crunchy texture contrasts with the tender seafood in the bouillabaisse.
If you have about an hour to spare, try making these highly addictive gruyere cheese crackers.
Asparagus is a great vegetable to serve with your bouillabaisse.
But if you find them too predictable, jazz them up by wrapping them individually in bacon.
This dish features single asparagus stalks wrapped with a thin piece of bacon. This way, you’re sure to get deliciously crisp asparagus and bacon.
Check out the full recipe from Eazy Peazy Mealz.
Serving bouillabaisse at a dinner party?
These marinated olives are the ideal appetizer to serve before your luxurious entree.
Adding lemon and thyme offsets the saltiness of the olives, giving you a combination of well-balanced flavors.
Plus, they’re nice and light, so your guests won’t feel too full when the main dish is ready to be served.
Enjoy these marinated olives and your bouillabaisse with a glass of your favorite white wine.
Boiled corn on the cob
Instead of going outside and firing up your grill, just boil your corn in a milky butter bath.
This makes your corn super buttery, so you won’t need to slather them with butter afterward.
Just prop a piece or two of boiled corn on the cob over your bouillabaisse – and you’ve got a complete meal.
Sweet and spicy twisted bacon
Breadsticks are the quintessential accompaniment to soups.
But if you want something new, ditch the carb-loaded breadsticks and make twisted bacon instead.
These crunchy treats have that mouthwatering sweet and savory flavor combination, courtesy of a sprinkling of brown sugar and cayenne pepper.
Want a taste?
Try it for yourself with Sugar and Soul’s easy-to-follow recipe.
Looking to make your bouillabaisse healthier?
A simple garden side salad on the side should do the trick.
The usual vegetables in this salad include lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. But you can use any vegetable you want.
Everything is tied together with a classic homemade salad dressing. No fancy ingredients needed here.
This easy garden salad is a great way to use up any leftover vegetables.
The best side dishes for bouillabaisse
- French bread with rouille
- Provencal endive salad
- Caramelized onion and mushroom quiche
- Roasted baby potatoes
- Leeks vinaigrette
- French green beans with herbs
- Gruyere crackers
- Bacon-wrapped asparagus
- Marinated olives
- Boiled corn on the cob
- Sweet and spicy twisted bacon
- Garden salad
What To Serve With Bouillabaisse
- 1 portion bouillabaisse
- Prepare your bouillabaisse according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: french bread with rouille, provencal endive salad, caramelized onion and mushroom quiche, roasted baby potatoes, leeks vinaigrette, french green beans with herbs, hushpuppies, gruyere crackers, bacon-wrapped asparagus, marinated olives, boiled corn on the cob, sweet and spicy twisted bacon, and a garden salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!