If you’re wondering what to serve with your miso cod, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 33 of the most popular side dishes for miso cod.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with miso cod are shiitake mushroom risotto, sesame soba noodles, spinach gomae, and rosemary cauliflower mash. You can also go for zucchini noodles, stir-fried miso eggplant, Japanese pickled ginger, spicy Korean coleslaw, or seared baby bok choy.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Shiitake mushroom risotto
This recipe puts a tasty Asian twist on the classic risotto with the help of shiitake mushrooms.
The shiitake mushrooms add a smoky, woody note to your usual creamy risotto.
It’s the perfect flavor profile to contrast a buttery, sweet-salty miso cod.
Psst… using dried shiitake? Don’t forget to rehydrate them before cooking.
Why we love this recipe: it’s like something you’d get in a fancy restaurant.
Autumn crunch butter lettuce salad
If you love a good leafy green salad, this recipe is for you.
The fresh greens and radish slices provide a delightfully crisp bite to contrast your fork-tender miso cod.
But what sets it apart from the run-of-the-mill tossed greens is its mustard champagne vinaigrette. YUM!
Why we love this recipe: it’s light and bright.
Sesame soba noodles
Soba noodles have fast become my favorite type of noodles.
They have a distinctive nutty taste to them, and the dark color means they look great on the plate.
I like serving them cold to give you a nice temperature contrast, but they’re just as tasty fresh off the stove too.
Why we love this recipe: these are WAY better than takeout noodles.
Spinach gomae is a super quick and easy Japanese side dish.
You can put it together in less than five minutes and there’s only a few ingredients.
The main flavor comes from the dashi, so this recipe recommends you make your own instead of buying the dehydrated version. You can use the leftovers to make miso soup!
Why we love this recipe: it’s simple but full of flavor.
Spicy Korean coleslaw
Try some culinary fusion and pair your miso cod with a side of this Korean slaw.
Instead of the usual mayo-based slaw, it features a dressing spiced with gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes).
These red pepper flakes give you just the right amount of heat to complement your delicate miso cod.
Why we love this recipe: it’s effortless (especially if you opt to use bagged coleslaw mix).
Black lentil salad with herbs and radishes
Instead of the usual leafy veg, this salad is packed with black lentils, crisp radishes, and fresh herbs, all tossed in a tart apple cider vinaigrette.
It’s hearty but light, and it’s packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, making it the perfect nourishing side dish for miso cod.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for meal preps (and may even taste better the next day).
Rosemary cauliflower mash
Cauliflower mash is an excellent side dish to pair with your miso cod.
It’s lighter than the usual mashed, so won’t overwhelm the cod.
And you still get that luscious, creamy texture, thanks to the addition of whipped cream cheese and butter.
Why we love this recipe: it’s low-carb and keto-friendly.
Stir-fried miso eggplant
Got some leftover miso paste from your cod?
Use it to whip up this tasty stir-fried eggplant for your side dish!
The great thing about eggplants is they’re like sponges – they’ll soak up all the goodness from the miso sauce, making each bite extra flavorful.
Why we love this recipe: it’s ready in 20 minutes, making it great for busy weeknights.
Japanese pickled ginger
Make the perfect palate cleanser by pickling your own ginger.
It’s best if you can find young ginger (check your local Asian supermarkets), but you can also use mature ginger – there’s just a few extra steps.
You’ll need to plan ahead slightly ahead of time too, because the ginger is best left overnight.
Why we love this recipe: you can get so much use out of one jar.
Seared baby bok choy with ginger garlic sauce
Looking for something simple and unique?
Try this seared baby bok choy.
Bok choy has a clean, grassy flavor and the zippy ginger sauce adds a hint of spice.
The sauce for the bok choy requires quite a few ingredients, but if you like Asian cooking, you’ll probably have them all in your cupboard already!
Why we love this recipe: it looks as good as it tastes.
Zucchini noodles are a great alternative to pasta, which I think is too heavy for cod.
You can pan-fry them, steam them, or just eat them raw – it’s up to you.
I prefer to have them al dente because the more you cook them, the more watery they can become.
Why we love this recipe: you can dress it up and flavor it however you want!
The best side dishes to serve with miso cod
- Shiitake mushroom risotto
- Autumn crunch butter lettuce salad
- Sesame soba noodles
- Spinach gomae
- Spicy Korean coleslaw
- Black lentil salad with herbs and radishes
- Rosemary cauliflower mash
- Stir-fried miso eggplant
- Japanese pickled ginger
- Seared baby bok choy with ginger garlic sauce
- Zucchini noodles
What To Serve With Miso Cod
- 1 portion miso cod
- Prepare your miso cod according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: shiitake mushroom risotto, autumn crunch butter lettuce salad, sesame soba noodles, spinach gomae, spicy Korean coleslaw, black lentil salad with herbs and radishes, rosemary cauliflower mash, stir-fried miso eggplant, Japanese pickled ginger, seared baby bok choy with ginger garlic sauce, and zucchini noodles.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!