If you’re wondering what to serve with your flounder, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for flounder.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with flounder are roasted lemon potatoes, easy rice pilaf, ratatouille, and garlic aioli. Try classic caesar salad, steamed vegetable medley, sauteed spinach, or pineapple coleslaw for healthier options. Add some crunch with deep-fried hush puppies.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Roasted lemon potatoes
Roasted lemon potatoes are an excellent side dish for fish – they’re like gourmet fries.
Their citrusy taste complements the mild-tasting, sweet undertones of flounder. And the crispy skins adds some much-needed texture.
It may not be the easiest or quickest side to prepare, but it’s worth the trouble.
These crispy greek roasted potatoes have super fluffy insides and taste amazing.
Anyone who’s seen Disney’s ratatouille is familiar with this classic French dish.
Paring stewed vegetables with flounder gives the whole dish a Mediterranean vibe that is perfect for a late summer evening.
You can serve ratatouille in two ways.
The messy way – by tossing everything in a pan. Or the fancy way – by arranging thinly sliced vegetables in an oven-proof skillet.
Whichever way you choose, you’ll have a tasty-looking plate of food! Check the recipe here.
No meal is complete without some sauce.
Serve a generous blob of garlic aioli with your flounder to add a pop of flavor. It goes great with fries or hush puppies too!
Garlic not your thing? Don’t fret.
Harissa aioli, pesto, and tartar sauce are all equally delicious.
This garlic aioli only takes a few minutes to put together.
Sauteed spinach and onions
Have you got some greens in your fridge that are about to go bad?
Don’t let them go to waste – make a side dish out of them!
Sauteed spinach is a healthy, light side and the onions add a deeper flavor. This side would be great with some freshly baked flounder.
And you don’t just have to stick to spinach and onions. You can add any veggies you want.
Cranberry quinoa salad
Flounder is a mild fish, so you don’t want to overpower it with a too-strongly flavored side.
This quinoa salad with cranberries has a sour tang to it, but it’s not so strong that it’s the only thing you can taste.
The quinoa has a nice nutty aroma too. And it’s got some apples in it for freshness.
So if you’re looking for a unique salad, this cranberry apple quinoa salad fits the bill.
Coleslaw and pan-fried flounder is a winning combination.
It’s crunchy, refreshing, and colorful.
But coleslaw can be so much more than just cabbage slathered in mayo.
There are plenty of fruits and vegetables you can add to your coleslaw like apples, broccoli, fennel, or corn.
For flounder, I think a pineapple coleslaw would work really well.
What goes well with everything?
Steamed broccoli is a common side and would pair well with flounder, but to take it to the next level try adding some cheese.
You can add a cheese sauce like in this fool-proof cheesy broccoli, or if you want something a bit more grown-up, try parmesan roasted broccoli.
Classic caesar salad
For fresh fish, I’d almost always opt for an equally fresh side.
And what’s fresher than salad? Caesar salad is one of my go-to side dishes because it’s a real crowd-pleaser.
It has a bit of everything – some crisp from the lettuce, some tang from the dressing, and some crunch from the croutons.
Let Natasha’s kitchen guide you through making your classic caesar salad the talk of the neighborhood.
Easy rice pilaf
Are you feeling a bit extra?
Why not elevate your plain white rice into a pilaf.
Instead of using ordinary water, toast the rice in butter, simmer it in broth, and infuse it with aromatics.
Once it’s done, you’ll have a fancy-feeling side that was super easy to prepare.
You can make this rice pilaf for a quick weeknight dinner, or for your Friday night dinner date.
Steamed vegetable medley
If you’ve left everything to the last minute – this is the side for you.
Nothing is as easy as steaming a few vegetables.
But you still don’t want them to be bland, so don’t forget the seasoning.
Salt and pepper are a must, but I also like to drizzle the vegetables with a garlic butter sauce (I got the idea from this recipe).
You can drizzle the sauce over the flounder too!
Deep-fried hush puppies
Deep-fried hush puppies are often served next to fried fish and it’s easy to see why.
The savory, yet slightly sweet crispy balls go great with the soft, flaky flesh of fried flounder.
And these hushpuppies from the recipe critic have a southern-fried flavored coating on the outside for extra yumminess.
Tip: serve these with the garlic aioli I mentioned earlier.
The best side dishes for flounder
- Roasted lemon potatoes
- Garlic aioli
- Sauteed spinach and onions
- Cranberry quinoa salad
- Pineapple coleslaw
- Cheesy broccoli
- Classic caesar salad
- Easy rice pilaf
- Steamed vegetable medley
- Deep-fried hush puppies
What To Serve With Flounder
- 1 portion flounder
- Prepare your flounder according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: roasted lemon potatoes, ratatouille, garlic aioli, sauteed spinach and onions, cranberry quinoa salad, pineapple coleslaw, cheesy broccoli, classic caesar salad, easy rice pilaf, steamed vegetable medley, and deep-fried hush puppies.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!