If you’re wondering what to serve with your cod, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for cod.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with cod are cilantro lime cauliflower rice, grilled pineapple salsa, pad thai zoodles, and spring pea risotto. You can also try cheesy grits, mushy peas, potato wedges, or Greek-stuffed tomatoes. For salad options, try edamame mango salad or a sweet potato and kale salad.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Teriyaki grilled pineapple salsa
Cod has a relatively mild flavor, so it makes a great base for boldly flavored salsas.
This grilled pineapple salsa is brimming with a delectable combination of sweet-savory flavors. And the candied jalapenos add a smoky heat to every bite.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a flavor party for your taste buds.
Cilantro lime cauliflower rice
Pre-made cauliflower rice is readily available in grocery stores, but why spend the extra bucks when you can make it from scratch?
All you need is a box grater (and some elbow grease) to get it done… or a food processor!
The faux rice has a mild, nutty flavor that pairs really nicely with the cilantro and lime’s zesty flavors.
Why we love this recipe: it’s an excellent low-carb side.
Oven-roasted asparagus and tomatoes
Looking for something simple to serve with your baked cod? These roasted asparagus spears and tomatoes have your back.
As the veggies roast, the asparagus spears become deliciously crisp-tender, while the tomatoes become tender and oh-so-juicy.
A squeeze of lemon and garlic is all you need to finish the dish off.
Why we love this recipe: you can roast your cod and veggies together for a quick and easy sheet pan dinner.
Pad thai zoodles
Pad thai is a heavy dish that would normally overwhelm cod, but if you remove the noodles and use zucchini instead it’s much lighter.
You get all the delicious flavors of Thailand, without all the richness.
Prop a freshly seared cod filet on a bed of these zoodles for a fun fusion-style dinner.
Why we love this recipe: it’s super nourishing.
Hasselback potatoes with lemon sauce
These bright, lemony potatoes are the perfect starchy accompaniment for a light fish like cod.
The Hasselback cut allows the seasoning to seep all the way through the potato, infusing the whole thing with a fresh acidity that will balance out the seafood flavor.
Why we love this recipe: it looks as good as it tastes.
Minted mushy peas
Take some inspiration from British cuisine and serve your seared cod with mushy peas.
This version has creme fraiche, which gives a slight tangy note to this veggie side.
But if you can’t find creme fraiche, sour cream and Greek yogurt are excellent substitutes.
Why we love this recipe: it only has 89 calories per serving.
Edamame mango salad
If you don’t like leafy salads, this dish will be right up your alley.
Instead of leafy greens, it’s loaded with buttery edamame, creamy black beans, sweet corn, sharp onions, and fruity mango chunks.
Then everything is tossed with a zesty and tart vinaigrette to bring all the flavors together.
Why we love this recipe: it doesn’t get soggy, making it ideal for potlucks.
Spring pea risotto
Risotto is my go-to meal when I want something fancy (i.e date night worthy).
It’s guaranteed to impress your guests, and it’s not really very hard to make.
You only need four main ingredients and half an hour.
Why we love this recipe: it’s restaurant-quality.
Cheesy Southern grits
If you’re planning to season your cod with Cajun flavors, pairing it with cheesy grits is a no-brainer.
And if this wasn’t your plan, maybe it can be now!
This thick, porridge-like dish is made with cornmeal, cream broth, and two kinds of cheese.
The creamy flavors will mellow out any spice from the Cajun seasoning.
Why we love this recipe: it’s comfort in a bowl.
Smoky sweet potato and kale salad
This sweet potato and kale combo is a great salad for winter.
The sweet, nutty flavors of the roasted sweet potatoes work well with the slightly bitter and earthy kale.
But what really makes this salad stand out is this hot ginger vinaigrette – it’s loaded with addictive umami goodness.
Why we love this recipe: it’s filled with nutritious goodness.
Creamy parmesan garlic brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts usually get a bad rep, but this recipe will hopefully change your mind.
The brussels sprouts are smothered with a creamy, garlicky sauce.
It’s the perfect dish to add a touch of decadence to your simple seared cod.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a budget friendly dish.
Greek stuffed tomatoes
Also known as yemista, this dish involves stuffing tomatoes with rice, fresh herbs, olives, and vegetables.
They’re then baked in a tomato sauce, resulting in a healthy, satisfying side.
All you need is some protein to complete the meal… and that’s where your cod comes in!
Why we love this recipe: it’ll transport you straight to a Greek island.
Crunchy beet and carrot slaw
Raw beets are naturally earthy and slightly bitter, so this recipe pairs them with sweet carrots, golden raisins, and a honey-based dressing.
There’s also some cumin, ginger, and mint involved which gives the dish an exotic feel.
And it will bring a nice pop of color toy our plate.
Why we love this recipe: it’s simple but packs a flavorful punch.
Got plans to fry your cod? Serve it with some potato wedges for a healthy twist on the iconic fish and chips.
The wedges have a nice crispy outside, with a soft and pillowy inside.
And you can flavor them however you want. This recipe keeps things simple with garlic and herbs.
Why we love this recipe: there’s no pre-soaking or parboiling involved.
This popular Mediterranean dish is a melting pot of different flavors.
One of the main herbs is parsley, which is a classic herb to pair with cod.
There’s also mint, sweet tomatoes, tangy onions, and a sharp lime juice dressing.
Psst… I always add in a handful of crushed walnuts for added crunch.
Why we love this recipe: it’s super fresh.
What herbs go with cod?
Traditional herbs to pair with cod include dill, sage, parsley, and chives. Rosemary, thyme, and mint are great options too.
What sauce goes with cod?
Creamy parsley sauce is a classic sauce to serve with cod. But if you want something lighter, try lemon butter sauce. For a boldly-flavored option, go for classic Romesco or a zesty chimichurri sauce.
The best sauces to serve with cod:
What To Serve With Cod
- 1 portion cod
- Prepare your cod according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: teriyaki grilled pineapple salsa, cilantro lime cauliflower rice, oven-roasted asparagus and tomatoes, pad Thai zoodles, hasselback potatoes with lemon sauce, minted mushy peas, edamame mango salad, spring pea risotto, cheesy southern grits, smoky sweet potato and kale salad, creamy parmesan garlic brussels sprouts, greek stuffed tomatoes, crunchy beet and carrot slaw, potato wedges, and classic tabbouleh.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!