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What To Serve With Jerk Fish – 13 Delicious Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your jerk fish, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for jerk fish.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with jerk fish are cilantro lime rice, mango avocado salsa, cilantro coleslaw, and Jamaican callaloo. Try vegetable stir fry, pineapple coconut quinoa, and garden salad for healthier options. You can also serve plantain chips, Jamaican festival, and mashed sweet potatoes.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Cilantro lime rice

It’s a no-brainer to serve your jerk fish over a bed of cilantro lime rice. 

This rice dish’s light and zesty flavors perfectly contrast the jerk fish’s rich and spicy flavors. 

This recipe takes this classic rice dish up a notch with an added step that makes it extra flavorful.

Want to know the secret?

Visit this cilantro lime rice recipe to know more. 

Mango avocado salsa

Make your jerk fish a more exciting meal with a serving of this mango avocado salsa on the side. 

This salsa provides a combination of sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors that cut through the heat of the jerk.  

It’s a quick and easy no-cook dish you can whip up at the last minute.

Plus, this dish adds a refreshing splash of colors to your plate.

Brighten any dish with this mango avocado salsa.

Vegetable stir fry 

Pair your jerk fish with a vegetable stir fry for a fun and tasty Caribbean-Asian fusion. 

The great thing about this vegetable stir fry is how adaptable it is. 

You can use any vegetables you like – I like adding bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, and baby corn.

But the finger-licking good stir fry sauce is what really elevates this dish.

Make this vegetable stir fry when you need a quick and healthy side.

Pineapple coconut quinoa

Want to have your jerk fish with rice, but trying to be healthy?

Swap your rice with this fantastic pineapple coconut quinoa.

Quinoa is an excellent substitute for rice because it has tons more nutrients and protein, and fewer calories to boot. 

Plus, this dish features a combination of fresh tropical flavors that work superbly with the jerk fish.

This pineapple coconut quinoa will be your new summer staple.

Cilantro coleslaw

Spicy jerk fish over a bed of refreshing coleslaw? Sign me up. 

The crisp vegetables and tart vinaigrette make for an irresistible combination that pairs so well with a topping of flaky fresh fish.

If you want to make this coleslaw extra creamy, add a tablespoon or two of mayo to the vinaigrette. 

Here’s the full easy cilantro coleslaw recipe.

Garden salad with ranch

Serve your jerk fish with this garden salad for a quick and light lunch. 

This garden salad is loaded with fresh and colorful vegetables – and everything is tied together with a homemade creamy ranch dressing. 

You’ll want second helpings of this effortless garden ranch salad

Pro Tip: homemade ranch lasts for a week, so you can easily make it in advance. 

Air fryer plantain chips

Looking for a crunchy accompaniment to your jerk fish?

These plantain chips have a crispy texture that provides a pleasant contrast to your tender and flaky jerk fish. 

Making them at home is easy – especially if you have an air fryer.

You’ll only need four ingredients and 15 minutes of cooking time to get these done.

You won’t be able to stop munching on these air fryer plantain chips.  

Jamaican callaloo

Jamaican callaloo features the green leafy vegetable callaloo, which is pretty similar to spinach.

It’s chock-full of all the vitamins and nutrients you need for a complete and healthy meal.

Another essential ingredient is scotch bonnet peppers, although you have to be careful with them – they’re incredibly spicy!

Check out Healthier Steps’ recipe for this healthy Jamaican callaloo.

Brown butter mashed sweet potatoes

Your basic sweet potato mash gets a massive flavor boost with the addition of brown butter.

Brown butter has a nutty taste that pairs well with the starchy-sweet flavors of the sweet potatoes. 

Prop your jerk fish over a helping of brown butter mashed sweet potatoes for the ultimate comfort meal.

Jamaican festival

This Jamaican classic is a sweet dumpling made with flour and cornmeal. 

You’d think this dish is served as a dessert, but it’s often served with savory dishes like jerk fish.

Their dense texture contrasts well with the light, flaky fish.

Want to give these a try?

Try it out with this Jamaican festival recipe from My Forking Life. 

Soba noodle salad

The soba noodles are a simple but flavor-packed dish you can put together in 25 minutes. 

The crisp vegetables and the cold soba noodles tossed in a flavorful vinaigrette make this side dish delicious and refreshing.

Give this soba noodle salad a try for lunch today!

Jerk grilled corn on the cob

Planning to grill your jerk fish?

Take advantage of the extra grill space and throw on a couple of corn on the cobs for an easy side dish.

Of course, you can use any seasoning you like, but I like to go all out and have a double-jerk meal.

This jerk-rubbed corn on the cob is the perfect dish for summer and barbecue parties. 

Flour tortillas

Flour tortillas aren’t technically a side dish, but they make a good base for jerk fish, especially if you want to make DIY fish tacos. 

These are readily available at your grocery store, but nothing beats making them fresh.

Making these from scratch is easier than you think – you don’t even need a mixer! 

Head on over to Cafe Sucrine’s recipe for the best homemade flour tortillas you’ll ever have.

The best side dishes for jerk fish

  • Cilantro lime rice
  • Mango avocado salsa
  • Vegetable stir fry
  • Pineapple coconut quinoa
  • Cilantro coleslaw
  • Garden salad with ranch
  • Air fryer plantain chips
  • Jamaican callaloo
  • Brown butter mashed sweet potatoes
  • Jamaican festival
  • Soba noodle salad
  • Jerk grilled corn on the cob
  • Flour tortillas

What To Serve With Jerk Fish

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your jerk fish.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: jerk fish side dishes, what to serve with jerk fish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 188kcal


  • 1 portion jerk fish


  • Prepare your jerk fish according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: cilantro lime rice, mango avocado salsa, vegetable stir fry, pineapple coconut quinoa, cilantro coleslaw, garden salad with ranch, air fryer plantain chips, Jamaican callaloo, brown butter mashed sweet potatoes, Jamaican festival, soba noodle salad, jerk grilled corn on the cob, and flour tortillas.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 188kcal

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