If you’re wondering what to serve with your rainbow trout, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 15 of the most popular side dishes for rainbow trout.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with rainbow trout are roasted asparagus, coconut rice, watercress salad, and roasted potatoes. Try vegetable medley, zucchini noodles, bulgur salad, and fennel slaw for healthier options. For fun side dishes, try corn chowder, kale gratin, steak skewers, and steak fries.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Pressed for time?
You can roast your asparagus alongside your rainbow trout for a quick, one-sheet pan dinner.
A spritz of fresh lemon, butter, salt, and pepper on your asparagus is an easy but delicious way to jazz them up.
You can also add minced fresh garlic on top for added flavor.
These roasted asparagus are the perfect side dish for busy weeknight dinners.
Coconut lime rice
If you’re looking for something simple to go with your rainbow trout, this coconut lime rice might be it.
The coconut milk adds a subtle sweetness to your rice, balanced by tangy zest and lime juice.
Each bite of this rice dish is bursting with fresh and bright flavors that go superbly with your rainbow trout.
This coconut lime rice is guaranteed to be a mainstay on your weekly menu.
Lemon-herbed roasted potatoes
Do you find your regular potato side dishes too plain?
This dish features potatoes sliced horizontally, just like Hasselback potatoes.
This allows the herbs and seasoning to seep into the potatoes and impart maximum flavor.
The bottoms of your potatoes also get caramelized, courtesy of the dash of honey added to the herbed oil mixture.
Serve these lemon-herb roasted potatoes alongside your baked rainbow trout for an elegant, restaurant-worthy dish.
Serve your rainbow trout with a side of this watercress salad for a light, refreshing lunch.
The peppery flavor of the watercress is balanced by the vinaigrette and the crisp, tart apple slices.
The sprinkling of toasted almonds adds a different crunch factor to this bright salad.
This watercress salad is bound to be your new go-to salad for a quick but nourishing lunch.
Herbed vegetable medley
If you have more time to spare, you can whip up this vegetable medley to go with your rainbow trout.
This dish takes more work than your usual roasted vegetables, but the effort is worth it.
The vegetables are flavorful, with a hint of smokiness.
This herbed vegetable medley is a healthy and tasty dish that adds much-needed nutrition to any meal.
Tomato, zucchini, and bulgur salad
Do you want a filling side dish with fewer calories to go with your rainbow trout?
Give this bulgur salad a try.
Bulgur is a whole grain derived from crack wheat.
It’s one of the healthier alternatives to rice.
This tomato, zucchini, and bulgur salad is a light and nourishing side dish for any occasion.
Herb buttered green beans and corn
Add vibrant green and yellow splashes to your rainbow trout with this dish.
It’s an easy side dish you can whip up at a moment’s notice.
The green beans and corn get so much flavor from the butter and fresh herbs.
And the best part?
Everything comes together in just 15 minutes of active cooking time.
This herb buttered corn and green beans work great for no-fuss weeknight dinners.
A piping hot bowl of rich corn cheddar and perfectly cooked rainbow trout might help lift your spirits.
This corn chowder is loaded with sweet corn, potatoes, carrots, and bacon – it’s a thick and velvety soup that will make you feel warm and cozy.
The combination of sweet and smoky savory flavors makes this chowder highly irresistible.
This creamy corn chowder is so good that you’ll want to make it every week.
Serving rainbow trout for Thanksgiving?
This kale gratin goes superbly with baked rainbow trout.
It’s a healthier version of the famous potato au gratin. This is a great option if you’re trying to not over indulge during the holidays.
The bottom of this dish gets soft and creamy, but the top gets crispy with the kale edges and cheese.
You won’t have any leftovers from this kale gratin.
Mango avocado salsa
This mango avocado salsa adds a tropical twist to your rainbow trout.
The sweet flavors from the mango are offset by the addition of jalapeno, tomatoes, and fresh lime juice.
You also get a hit of creaminess courtesy of the avocado chunks.
This quick and easy mango avocado salsa will brighten up any seafood dish.
Grilled chimichurri steak skewers
Are you grilling your rainbow trout fillets?
Take advantage of your fired-up grill and make these steak skewers for a fun, surf-and-turf-esque meal.
You don’t need a marinade for these skewers – the chimichurri sauce alone takes the flavor to another level.
Get the full chimichurri steak skewers recipe here.
Pro Tip: you can brush your grilled rainbow trout with the same chimichurri sauce.
Elevate your baked rainbow trout with a serving of this fennel slaw on the side.
Not a fan of fennel?
Don’t worry – the licorice taste is mostly mellowed out by the vinaigrette.
You’ll only get a light licorice flavor, which works well with mint, shallots, and mustard.
This fennel slaw is a superb partner to seafood dishes – especially trout.
Zucchini noodles with pesto
Craving pasta, but watching your calories?
Curb your cravings with these pesto zucchini noodles – AKA zoodles.
These “noodles” won’t taste the same way as pasta.
But once they’re drenched in this delicious walnut-pesto sauce, you’ll forget all about it.
These zucchini noodles with walnut-parsley pesto have a gorgeous green hue that will make your rainbow trout look even more delicious.
Beer battered fries
If you’re planning to fry up your rainbow trout, beer-battered fries are a no-brainer.
You get more potato goodness with these fries.
Coating them in beer batter ensures lightly crisp fries, and the Old Bay seasoning gives them layers of complex flavors and hints of warmth.
There’s no going back once you taste these beer-battered steak fries.
Caprese pasta salad
If you think Caprese salad is boring – try it in pasta salad form instead!
It’s a more fulfilling way to enjoy the classic flavors of Caprese salad.
Each bite is loaded with fresh cherry tomatoes and cheesy mozzarella balls that make it so tasty.
And don’t forget the freshness from the slivered basil.
Serve your rainbow trout alongside this Caprese pasta salad for a satisfying meal.
The best side dishes for rainbow trout
- Roasted asparagus
- Coconut lime rice
- Lemon-herbed roasted potatoes
- Watercress salad
- Herbed vegetable medley
- Tomato, zucchini, and bulgur salad
- Herb buttered green beans and corn
- Corn chowder
- Kale gratin
- Mango avocado salsa
- Grilled chimichurri steak skewers
- Fennel slaw
- Zucchini noodles with pesto
- Steak fries
- Caprese pasta salad
What To Serve With Rainbow Trout
- 1 portion rainbow trout
- Prepare your rainbow trout according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: roasted asparagus, coconut lime rice, lemon-herbed roasted potatoes, watercress salad, herbed vegetable medley, tomato, zucchini, and bulgur salad, herb buttered green beans and corn, corn chowder, kale gratin, mango avocado salsa, grilled chimichurri steak skewers, fennel slaw, zucchini noodles with pesto, steak fries, and caprese pasta salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!