If you’re wondering what to serve with your fish sticks, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for fish sticks.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with fish sticks are steamed green beans, Greek yogurt coleslaw, and homemade French fries. You can also serve a side of garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli tots, or baked beans. Or why not make a sandwich with some brioche bread?
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Say goodbye to store-bought tater tots because homemade ones are even more delicious and, crucially, easy to make.
You don’t need any special equipment – just some potatoes and a cheese grater.
And if you want to go the extra mile, you can add some cheese or bacon bits into the mixture.
Why we love this recipe: it’s freezer-friendly and stores for up to a month.
Steamed green beans
Steamed green beans are a healthy veggie side you can easily whip up on a busy weekday.
And did you know you can cook them in the microwave in just 5 minutes?!
If you think plain green beans are a bit boring, this recipe gives you 8 different ways to jazz them up. Think feta crumbles or panko breadcrumbs.
Why we love this recipe: it has plenty of variations you can try.
Garlic mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a classic creamy side that you can always count on.
Kids love them, adults love them (and my dog loves the leftovers!).
Psst… for a fun presentation try sticking the fish sticks into your mash mound.
Why we love this recipe: you can’t go wrong with the classics.
Looking for something light and refreshing? Try a classic Caesar salad.
Normally chicken is added for protein, but fish sticks work just as well with the creamy dressing.
Psst… anchovies are a key ingredient in the dressing, so don’t skip them.
Why we love this recipe: everything’s homemade, including the croutons.
Broccoli cheddar rice
Having trouble getting your kids to eat their greens?
This rice is the answer to all your problems.
The rice is mixed with loads of gooey cheese, and then small pieces of bite-sized broccoli that you can barely notice!
My kids love it.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a fun twist on plain white rice.
Tired of your usual fish and chips?
Here’s an easy solution: make a sandwich (otherwise known as a fish butty).
Brioche buns are buttery, moist, and fluffy, making them the perfect for holding your fish sticks.
Plus who can resist the delicious smell of warm fresh homemade bread?
Why we love this recipe: it takes some patience but it’s so worth it in the end.
Minted mushy peas
Stick with the classics and serve your fish sticks with these minted mushy peas.
Traditional recipes call for dried marrowfat peas which require an overnight soak, but this version takes a shortcut by using frozen peas and creme fraiche.
This swap will still give you a deliciously creamy dish, and it only takes 10 minutes.
Why we love this recipe: it’s simple, tasty, and adds a nice vibrant color to your plate.
British baked beans
Another traditional side for fish sticks is British baked beans.
The rich tomato base is incredibly warm and comforting
You could go for the canned version, but homemade is SO much better.
Pro top: or best results, use dried beans – it requires additional prep, but it’s worth it.
Why we love this recipe: it’s budget friendly.
Cajun tartar sauce
A side dish list for fish sticks wouldn’t be complete without mentioning tartar sauce! But this recipe has a Cajun twist;
This earthy, spicy seasoning mixed with the creamy tartar sauce creates an irresistible dip that’ll make your taste buds tingle.
Pro-tip: make this ahead of time for even better flavor.
Why we love this recipe: you can use it as a dip for loads of different things.
Coleslaw is my go-to side for fish sticks in the summer.
The key to making an excellent coleslaw is making it early so it can sit for at least two hours (or overnight).
This gives the mayo dressing time to soften up the shredded cabbage and lets all the flavors develop.
Why we love this recipe: it will cool down any dish.
Homemade French fries
Serve a twist on fish and chips with fish sticks and french fries.
And you can go crazy with the flavorings.
This recipe has options including garlic butter, jerk fries, or Mexican fries.
Pro tip: use russet potatoes for the best texture.
Why we love this recipe: it’s an easy favorite that’s very customizable.
Beer-battered onion rings
Go for the ultimate treat and make onions rings to pair with your fish sticks.
Using beer batter instead of panko breadcrumbs gives your rings smooth, puffy crusts with a light and crunchy bite.
All you need to finish the meal off is an ice cold glass of beer (or cola!).
Why we love this recipe: they’re guaranteed crowd pleasers.
Honey butter skillet corn
Not a fan of peas? What about sweetcorn?
This honey butter corn is reminisce of creamed corn but it’s less soupy. The buttery sauce clings to each kernel, adding a sweet creaminess to every mouthful.
(if you do like peas you could add some in for a splash of color)
Why we love this recipe: most of the ingredients are pantry staples.
They boast a mildly spicy kick and a sweet-tart flavor that will cut right through your fish sticks.
Psst… the heat will mellow out the longer the jalapenos sit in the fridge.
Why we love this recipe: you can get so much use out of a batch.
One bowl brownies
Fancy something sweet after your fish sticks?
These chocolate brownies are fudgy and oh-so-chewy.
And you only need one bowl and 25 minutes to get them on the table. The whole family can get involved with making them.
And to make your dinner extra special, top them with some vanilla ice cream.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a great impromptu dessert.
The best side dishes for fish sticks
- Tater tots
- Steamed green beans
- Garlic mashed potatoes
- Caesar salad
- Broccoli cheddar rice
- Brioche bread
- Minted mushy peas
- British baked beans
- Cajun tartar sauce
- Creamy coleslaw
- Homemade French fries
- Beer-battered onion rings
- Honey butter skillet corn
- Pickled jalapenos
- One bowl brownies
What To Serve With Fish Sticks
- 1 portion fish sticks
- Prepare your fish sticks according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: tater tots, steamed green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, caesar salad, broccoli cheddar rice, brioche bread, minted mushy peas, British baked beans, cajun tartar sauce, creamy coleslaw, homemade french fries, beer-battered onion rings, honey butter skillet corn, pickled jalapenos, and one bowl brownies.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!