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What To Serve With Fish Cakes – 15 Best Side Dishes

This article was updated on the 9th of September 2023 for clarity and freshness.

If you’re wondering what to serve with your fish cakes, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 15 of the most popular side dishes for fish cakes.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with fish cakes are onion rings, rocket salad, corn salsa, eggs benedict, and mango jicama slaw. For healthier options, try gazpacho, pickled veggies, and pickle salad. If you have no-filler fish cakes, try cilantro-lime rice, pan-fried noodles, and Greek potato wedges.

For each side dish, I’ve provided alternative options to cater to various diets and lifestyles, including vegan, quick and easy, and health-conscious options.

Light and Fresh Accompaniments

Fish cakes are typically fried, which can get pretty heavy at times. That’s why you can never go wrong with serving them alongside something fresh and light, like a salad or slaw.

Pear and Rocket Salad

5.0 ⭐️ (2 ratings) | 15 mins

With fish cakes already loaded with starch and protein, you might want to try a light salad on the side.

And that’s where this pear and rocket salad comes in to play. It’s tart and peppery, with a light sweetness from the pears — perfect for a savory fried dish like fish cakes.

Greedy Gourmet also finishes it off with blue cheese crumbles, which bring a funky, salty kick. But I’ve also used parmesan cheese in a pinch.

And the best part? This salad is incredibly easy to put together even at the last minute, making it ideal for hectic weeknight dinners.

What readers are saying…

“Really nice. Perfect salad for a hot day. Mouthwatering.”

“Great salad, I added a few drops of truffle oil to add a little aroma and sweetness, served with pan fried sweet potato gnocchi and finished off with grated pecorino. A real treat, it almost spoke Italian!!”

🍎 Apple Spinach Salad
Winter Salad

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

4.3 ⭐️ (110 ratings) | 10 mins

Add a splash of vibrant colors to your fish cakes with a helping of this black bean and corn salsa.

It’s a quick and flavorful addition to your fish cakes. You don’t even have to cook anything – everything is mixed in one bowl, then tossed with lime juice for a zesty kick.

Psst… leave your salsa to rest for about 30 minutes. This allows the flavors to mingle and develop.

What readers are saying…

I made this today and it’s absolutely delicious. I used a can of rotel (hot) instead of the regular diced tomatoes. Yes, I did drain it…This will definitely be a repeat recipe in my house.

“I think the fire roasted tomatoes are a great idea. I usually get them with garlic in them. I’m trying that first?

“Serving size is as much as you want at one sitting. Hoard it all and don’t share. LOL”

🌿 Chitpole Corn Salsa
🥭 Mango Habanero Salsa

Mango Jicama Slaw

4.4 ⭐️ (5 ratings) | 20 mins

Add a refreshing element to your fish cakes with this mango jicama slaw.

A fair warning – this dish is a labor of love if you don’t have fancy gadgets because there’s a ton of knife work involved, but it’s worth it.

You get a combination of crisp-tender shredded jicama and mango flavored with a zesty, sweet dressing. It’s the perfect balance of flavors to help cut through the greasiness of your fish cakes.

What readers are saying…

“Loved this recipe! I made it as the side salad for my pork roast dinner and it was a wonderful add with the crunch and tang

Amazing salad! Love the crunch from the jicama & spicy-ness from the chili. It’s an explosion of flavors! I definitely want to do it again!

🍍 Pineapple Coleslaw
🥒 Asian Cucumber and Carrot Slaw

Gazpacho

5.0 ⭐️ (7 ratings) | 30 mins

There’s no more appropriate time to serve a cool, refreshing gazpacho than during summer.

And if you haven’t tried it yet – you’re missing out. Step out of your hot soup comfort zone and taste the rich, smooth, flavorful broth of this cold soup.

But the thing I love about this Spanish classic is how effortless it is to make. Unlike traditional soup recipes, you simply have to blitz all the ingredients in blender, let it chill, and you’re done.

Serve your fish cakes beside a bowl of this Andalusian gazpacho for the ultimate summer meal. And if you need more serving ideas for gazpacho, I’ve got you covered.

What readers are saying…

“I made this last year when my garden was ripe. I am about to enjoy it again. It was so good and fresh.”

“Absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Thank you for this great recipe!”

🌿 Zucchini Basil Gazpacho
🍉 Watermelon Gazpacho

Pickled Veggies

5.0 ⭐️ (60 ratings) | 17 mins

Brighten your fish cakes with a serving of these pickled vegetables on the side.

They’re made with a medley of carrots, cucumber, radish, and onion soaked in a hot vinegar mixture. This infuses them with a sharp, tart flavor that contrasts nicely with your fried fish cakes.

You can enjoy these pickled veggies as soon as they cool down if you prefer a crisp, fresh bite. But I like leaving them overnight for a more promiment tart flavor.

What readers are saying…

Yum, I love anything pickled during the summer. This is a great recipe!

“I spralized my cucumber, radish, and red onion. Made it so easy to get the perfect shape/size. This was great, and I see myself making it again in the future.

Thank you so much for the awesome recipe! Anytime I can create something with this much flavor and color… I’m in.”

🌶 Quick Pickled Jalapenos
🤤 Crisp Pickled Green Beans

Chopped Creamy Dill Pickle Salad

5.0 ⭐️ (54 ratings) | 35 mins

This chopped salad is anything but boring. 

It’s loaded with four different kinds of vegetables (cauliflower, red cabbage, kale, and romaine heart) and a hefty sprinkling of bread crumbs for added crunch. But what really makes this an excellent accompaniment to your fish cakes is the creamy, tangy dressing.

As the name suggests, the dressing has added dill pickles and dried dill weed, bringing a bright, citrusy flavor that works superbly with fish cakes.

What readers are saying…

“Yummy! And my husband loved it. I substituted a yellow summer squash for the califlower and it was delicious.”

“My entire family LOVED it, and that is no easy feat when it comes to salad :D. So freaking good!!!”

🥗 Macaroni Dill Salad
🌱 Cucumber Dill Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Hearty and Filling Sides

Most fish cake recipes already include potatoes for carbs, but no one’s stopping you from pairing them with another hearty dish. After all, there’s no harm in treating yourself from time to time, right?

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

4.9 ⭐️ (14 ratings) | 25 mins

Make your meal heartier by serving your fishcakes alongside this pesto pasta. 

Looking for the broccoli? It’s blended right in with the pesto — a clever way of ensuring even the pickiest eaters don’t notice!

This pasta dish also has a bright, slightly tart flavor from the addition of lemon juice and zest. This also helps retain the pretty green hue of your pesto. Now that’s what I call a win-win!

Related: what to eat with pesto pasta

What readers are saying…

One of the most delicious pesto recipes I’ve ever had!This recipe is so delicious, feels light and healthy, and is super easy.”

I made this recipe this afternoon and followed directions to a T. Oh my goodness, so good.

“Love it!!! So fresh and light, the lemon really add an unexpected twist.

Pan-fried Noodles

5.0 ⭐️ (25 ratings) | 25 mins

These pan-fried noodles are a fun and tasty side dish you can serve along with your potato-less fish cakes.

It includes carrots and bean sprouts for crunch and nutrition, but the beauty of this dish is you can customize it to your preference. You can add other vegetables like bok choy, broccoli, snow peas, or even extra protein like chicken or tofu.

When I’m really pressed for time, I like using pre-shredded coleslaw mix when making this dish. The delicious possibilities are endless with these customizable pan-fried noodles!

What readers are saying…

These noodles are amazing! Totally restaurant quality, yum!

“I love how simple the ingredient list is for these noodles and how quickly it can be made! Just perfect!”

“These pan fried noodles look and sound so delicious! This definitely wouldn’t survive in my house!”

🇻🇳 Vietnamese Noodle Salad
🧘‍♀️ Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

Kale and Cauliflower Au Gratin

Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins

Serving fish cakes for a dinner party? Elevate your humble fish cakes with this kale and cauliflower au gratin. 

Like the famous potato version, this dish is packed with creamy, cheesy goodness that will leave you wanting more. Except, it’s a bit healthier now, with the kale and cauliflower beefing up this decadent dish.

You won’t feel too guilty lining up for seconds of this delicious veggie casserole!

What readers are saying…

“My husband loved this, he usually doesn’t comment on new dishes. This is a keeper, will make again.”

🥥 Spinach and Artichoke Au Gratin
🥦 Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Cilantro Lime Rice

5.0 ⭐️ (7 ratings) | 22 mins

If you have no-filler fish cakes, make it a substantial meal with a cup of cilantro lime rice. 

The simple addition of lime juice, cilantro, and seasonings gives your plain steamed rice a massive flavor upgrade. Each bite is packed with fresh, zesty flavors that pair superbly with fish cakes.

And what I love about this dish is it freezes well, so I always make an extra batch for meal preps.

Pro-tip: whip up a quick cocktail sauce for your fish cakes to complete the meal.

What the chef says…

“Add half of the lime juice and lemon juice first and taste as it can be easily overpowering. If you think it needs more, add the full amount recipe calls for. Remember: you can always add more but you cannot subtract!”

🥥 Coconut Ginger Rice
🍚 Lemon Basil Quinoa

Greek Potato Wedges

5.0 ⭐️ (19 ratings) | 1 hr

Add a fun twist to the classic British fish and chips by pairing your fish cakes with these Greek potato wedges.

These wedges are roasted under high heat to get them crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. And they’re flavored with dill and lemon zest, making them oh-so-irresistible.

Complete the Greek spin on this classic by whipping up a tzatziki dip for these wedges. This dip works great with your fish cakes too!

What readers are saying…

These were crispy and delicious! My new go-to way for making potatoes!

These were so flavorful and delicious and easy to make. I did mine in the air fryer to speed them up!

The flavors on this were incredible! I love greek flavors, and the tzatziki was such a perfect accompaniment.

🍠 Herb Butter Baked Sweet Potato Fries
😇 Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

Unique Pairings

Who says you always have to stick with traditions? These side dishes may not be commonly paired with fish cakes, but give them a shot and you might find your new favorite combo!

Onion Rings

4.9 ⭐️ (162 ratings) | 25 mins

With most fish cakes already being served with mashed potatoes, these beer-battered onion rings are the perfect crispy alternative.

Want to know the secret to getting the lightest and crispiest onion rings? The trick is adding beer to the batter — that carbonation helps you achieve that delightful crust!

Don’t like beer? You can swap it for any carbonated beverage like club soda to achieve the same effect.

Psst… don’t forget the dipping sauce! A spicy aioli works great for these onion rings and your fish cakes.

What readers are saying…

“They were wonderful!!! Our guests ate them as fast as I could fry them. Every one of them raved about the flavor. I’ll definitely be making them again.”

“Loved these! Great flavor – salt immediately after frying really enhances the flavor, and a dash of cayenne in dry mix before adding the liquid gives a little extra pop.”

“Awesome onion rings! This is now my go to recipe!”

🍄 Beer-Battered Mushrooms
🤩 Asparagus Tempura

Eggs Benedict

5.0 ⭐️ (7 ratings) | 40 mins

Fish cakes for brunch, anyone? Swap out the muffins from your traditional eggs benedict with fish cakes for a decadent and hearty brunch meal.

You get extra protein from the fish cakes, and they’re bound to fill you up more than English muffins would. Imagine the yolk from your poached egg, along with the hollandaise, coating your fish cakes — yum!

What the chef says…

For a thicker hollandaise sauce, pour the sauce from the blender into a saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring, until thickened.

TIP: If the hollandaise sauce breaks, stir an ice cube into the sauce and it will come back together.

🥘 Shakshuka
🥬 Eggs Florentine

Burger Buns

5.0 ⭐️ (9 ratings) | 3 hours

These burger buns aren’t technically a side dish, but you have to admit that they’re a great pairing for what’s essentially a patty made out of fish.

And if you ever do feel like making a fish cake sandwich, skip the store-bought buns and make them at home instead. It’s easier than you think! This recipe from Domestic Gothess will guide you in making the fluffiest burger buns that’ll stay soft for days.

Stuff these homemade buns with your fish cakes, slather on a dollop of tartar sauce and you’ve got a winning sandwich.

What readers are saying…

“Thanks to you I had my first attempt at Tanzhong method and I love it! SO much easier than other enriched doughs…”

Thank you so much for the recipe. I tried it out and the results are marvellous.

“I just made a triple batch of these today. I did reduce the sugar to just 1/4 total…. But they turned out phenomenal. I will be making them again.”

🧘‍♀️ Keto Hamburger Buns
🌾 Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

Grilled Flank Steak

5.0 ⭐️ (4 ratings) | 32 mins

Turn your simple fish cakes into a restaurant-worthy surf and turf entree with flank steak and chimichurri sauce. 

The chimichurri sauce really seals the deal for this pairing. Not only does it elevate the flank steak, but it also goes superbly well with fish cakes too. 

This vibrant sauce’s herby, zesty notes balance the beefiness of the steak while offsetting the greasiness of the fish cakes.

What readers are saying…

“This is our go-to flank steak recipe! So easy, fresh, and delicious! All 3 of my kids get excited when this is on the menu.”

“Great taste & very tender. Will do this again.”

Another hit with my family.

🥩 Pan-seared Steak
🍄 Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

What To Serve With Fish Cakes

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your fish cakes.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: All
Keyword: fish cakes side dishes, what to serve with fish cakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 201kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 portion fish cakes

Instructions

  • Prepare your fish cakes according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: onion rings, broccoli pesto pasta, pear and rocket salad, black bean and corn salsa, eggs benedict, mango jicama slaw, pan-fried noodles, kale and cauliflower au gratin, gazpacho, pickled veggies, burger buns, flank steak, cilantro-lime rice, chopped creamy dill pickle salad, and Greek potato wedges.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 201kcal

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