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What To Serve With Fish Cakes – 15 Delicious Sides

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.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Onion rings

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

Want to know the secret to getting the lightest and crispiest onion rings?

The trick is adding beer to the batter.

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

I won’t blame you if you devour an entire plate of these ultra-crispy beer-battered onion rings in one sitting.

Broccoli pesto pasta 

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. 

And the lemons help retain the pretty green hue of your pesto.

This lemon broccoli pesto pasta is guaranteed to be part of your weekly meal rotation.

Related: what to eat with pesto pasta

Pear and rocket salad

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

This is a peppery, tart, and slightly salty salad, perfect for a savory dish like fish cakes.

This pear and rocket salad is incredibly easy to put together even at the last minute, making it ideal for hectic weeknight dinners.

Black bean and corn salsa

Add a splash of vibrant hues to your fish cakes with a helping of this black bean and corn salsa on the side.

This dish is a quick, easy, and flavorful addition to your fish cakes.

You don’t have to cook anything – everything comes together in a bowl and is tossed with lime juice for a zesty kick. 

Remember: leave your salsa to sit for about 30 minutes. This allows the flavors to mingle and develop.

This black bean and corn salsa may be simple, but it instantly elevates any dish you serve it with.

Eggs benedict

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, and they’re bound to fill you up more than English muffins would.

Plus, just imagine the yolk from your poached egg and the hollandaise coating your fish cakes – yum!

Foodie Crush’s recipe will walk you through making the best traditional eggs benedict you’ll ever have.

Mango jicama slaw

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, but it’s worth it.

You get a combination of crisp-tender shredded jicama and mango flavored with a zesty and sweet dressing.

This mango jicama slaw has the perfect balance of flavors to undercut the richness of your fish cakes.

Pan-fried noodles

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

These noodles usually feature carrots and bean sprouts – 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 more protein such as chicken or tofu.

The delicious possibilities are endless with these customizable pan-fried noodles.

Fish cake fried noodles, anyone?!

Kale and cauliflower au gratin 

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 getting seconds of this kale and cauliflower au gratin.


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

If you haven’t tried gazpacho yet – you’re missing out.

Step out of your hot soup comfort zone and taste the rich, smooth, flavorful broth of this cold soup.

Want to know the best part about this delicious soup?

You just blend everything together and then let it chill. 

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.

Pickled veggies 

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

This dish features carrots, cucumber, radish, and onion soaked in a hot vinegar mixture. 

You can enjoy these pickled veggies as soon as they cool down.

These quick fridge pickled veggies have a sharp, tart flavor that contrasts nicely with your fried fish cakes. 

Burger buns

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! 

Let Domestic Gothess guide you through the fluffiest burger buns you’ll ever make. 

PsstTartar sauce goes great in a fish cake sandwich. 

Flank steak

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. 

Serve your fish cakes alongside this chimichurri flank steak recipe for dinner tonight.

Cilantro lime rice 

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.

This cilantro lime rice has fresh, zesty flavors that pair so well with fish cakes.

Pro Tip: whip up a quick cocktail sauce to complete the meal.

Chopped Creamy Dill Pickle Salad

This chopped salad is anything but boring. 

It’s loaded with four different kinds of vegetables and a hefty sprinkling of bread crumbs for added crunch.

But what really makes this dish an excellent accompaniment to your fish cakes is the creamy, tangy dressing.

It features dill pickles and dried dill weed, flavors that work superbly with fish.

You can’t go wrong serving this tasty chopped creamy dill pickle salad alongside your fish cakes.

Greek potato wedges

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. 

They’re flavored with dill and lemon zest, making them oh-so-irresistible.

Complete the Greek spin on this classic by whipping up a zingy yogurt dip for these Greek potato wedges.

The best side dishes for fish cakes

  • 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
  • Greek potato wedges

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


  • 1 portion fish cakes


  • 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!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 201kcal

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