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What To Serve With Sea Bass – 17 BEST Side Dishes

This article was updated on the 17th of August 2023 for clarity and freshness.

If you’re wondering what to serve with your sea bass, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 17 of the most popular side dishes for sea bass. In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes for sea bass include leek mashed potatoes, herby basmati rice, and celeriac fries. You can also try risotto with peas, summer couscous salad, or pineapple mango salsa. For healthier options, serve bok choy stir-fry, creamy spinach salad, or creamy garlic cauliflower.

For each side dish, I’ve provided alternative options to cater to various diets and lifestyles, including vegan, quick and easy, and health-conscious options.

Great Flavor Pairings for Sea Bass

Sea bass is a delicate fish with a slightly sweet flavor to it. You don’t want to pair it with anything too strong or it will overpower the fish. Go with:

  • Acidic flavors: To really highlight the mild sweetness of sea bass, pair it with bright, citrusy flavors like lemon, lime, or vinegar. Tangy, sour flavors like ginger or capers will work well too.
  • Creamy flavors: To add a touch of indulgence to your delicate sea bass, go with a lightly creamy sauce or side dish. Nothing too rich though.
  • Herby flavors: If you’re not a fan of acidic flavors, fresh, herby notes are a great way to enhance sea bass’s delicate taste. I like it with rosemary, thyme, or even tarragon.

Toppings and Sauces

A fresh topping or a creamy sauce is a great way to add something to your meal while still making sure the sea bass is the star of the show.

I’d never say no to fresh and fruity salsa, but a tangy eggplant caponata will work wonders with sea bass too.

Spicy Pineapple Mango Salsa

4.5 ⭐️ (75 ratings) | 5 mins

Spoon this mango salsa over your sea bass and be transported straight to the beach.

Fresh fish always makes me think of a tropical island, and so does fresh fruit. And luckily they taste great together! And aside from the fruity notes, the addition of a jalapeno adds a bit of heat that’ll warm up your taste buds.

Pro tip: make sure to chop all the ingredients up nice and small, so you can get a bit of everything in every bite.

What readers are saying…

“Very tasty, I added some fresh mint for extra zing.”

“I made this today and added cilantro. I will make salsa again!”

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Italian Salsa Verde

5.0 ⭐️ (2 ratings) | 15 mins

Italian salsa verde isn’t technically a side dish, but I couldn’t leave it off the list – it’s too good with sea bass. 

This vibrant green sauce is loaded with fresh herbs, garlic, capers, lemon juice, and lemon zest, giving you a bright and zippy flavor.

Got leftovers? Use it as a dressing, drizzle it over your roasted veggies… the possibilities are endless!

What the chef says…

“You can serve this immediately, but the flavor is definitely going to improve as the ingredients get cozy and their flavors meld. Make your salsa verde before preparing the other portions of your meal to get the best flavor possible.”

🇮🇹 Pesto sauce
🌶 Chimichurri
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Lemon Butter Sauce

5.0 ⭐️ (44 ratings) | 15 mins

This sauce sounds simple, but you wouldn’t believe the magic you can create with lemons, butter, and a bit of heavy cream.

Spoon it over your seared sea bass to add a bright pop of citrusy goodness and just the right amount of richness.

Pro-tip: for best results, use fresh lemon juice, not the bottled stuff. It tastes way better. I also like adding some lemon zest.

What readers are saying…

“My husband and I have found our new favorite seafood sauce! It’s delectable.”

“This sauce is so good thanks for sharing.”

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Vegetables and Salads

Keep your sea bass meal lean and healthy with a warm veggie side dish or a big bowl of salad. You can keep it simple with sauteed greens, or go more complex with a traditional ratatouille or saucy stew.

Garlic Baby Bok Choy Stir-fry

4.8 ⭐️ (16 ratings) | 25 mins

This baby bok choy dish is an excellent way to add veggie goodness to your sea bass. 

Bok choy has a mild grassy flavor that goes nicely with sea bass’ delicate flavors. And the simple addition of minced garlic brings a savory kick that ties everything together.

Psst… if you want the stalks of the bok choy to still have some crunch, take everything off the heat slightly earlier than the recipe calls for.

What readers are saying…

“This recipe is simple but very delicious. It would go with any dish which makes it quite versatile.”

“Excellent! Bok Choy isn’t my favorite vegetable, but I actually enjoyed eating this!”

“Just finished eating this and what a pleasure! Really getting a bang for your buck with the amount of time and ingredients. This is a new staple.”

Tuscan Artichoke Salad

5.0 ⭐️ (21 ratings) | 10 mins

Artichokes are a unique, and in my opinion, super underutilized ingredient. They brighten up salads and instantly make the plate feel fancier. They’re exactly what you want for an upmarket piece of sea bass. 

And the flavors work well together too. The sharp, fresh taste from the marinated artichokes is balanced out by the buttery, moist sea bass.

Psst… swap the chickpeas out for other beans or lentils if you don’t have them.

What readers are saying…

“Really loved this salad! Simple to prepare all of your ingredients in advance, then quickly put them together when ready to serve. The dressing added beautifully light, Mediterranean flavor.”

“Amazingly delicious and simple. This is becoming a regular side when I host.”

“Made this salad tonight for dinner. Excellent recipe! I added a little whole grain mustard to the dressing and cucumber and olives to the salad. It was delicious”

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Tomato and Chickpea Stew

5.0 ⭐️ (94 ratings) | 20 mins

Turn your sea bass into a warm, comforting dinner with this tomato and chickpea stew (which is really budget-friendly).

The slightly acidic flavors of the stewed tomatoes will highlight the sweet notes of your sea bass beautifully. Plus, the chickpeas provide extra protein that’ll help keep you full for longer.

Serve the dish with some crusty bread so you can mop up all the sauce afterward.

What readers are saying…

“This recipe is so simple to make especially when you’ve had a long day at work and all you want is something quick but tasty…”

“This is part of my regular dinner rotation now, tried it with a bit of dill yogurt on top today and it’s an absolute game changer!”

“Made this tonight and everyone loved it very much… So tasty and wholesome 🥰 Definitely a staple”

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Summer Couscous Salad

5.0 ⭐️ (13 ratings) | 30 mins

If you’re craving something light to eat with your sea bass, this summer couscous salad will hit the spot. 

It’s satisfying without being heavy. The mint adds a refreshing bite to the dish, while the cucumber adds some crunch, and the tomatoes bring a splash of color. Everything is tied together with a simple zesty dressing.

Plus it’s easy enough to make that you can whip it up on a busy weeknight.

What the chef says…

“Unfortunately, summer couscous salad does not keep well. Since the mint really won’t keep and the veggies get slimy a few hours after tossing in the vinaigrette, this salad just won’t work for meal prep. That being said you can pre-cook the couscous and shake up the vinaigrette up to 4 days ahead.”

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Spinach Salad with Creamy Balsamic

4.9 ⭐️ (60 ratings) | 5 mins

This spinach salad is fresh, light, and easy to make. And there’s a fun twist in using dried fruit and nuts to add some crunch.

But what really makes this salad special is the creamy balsamic dressing, which adds a bright, tangy flavor and a decadent bite without making the salad heavy.

Enjoy this salad alongside your pan-seared sea bass for a nourishing and filling meal.

What readers are saying…

“This is one of my go-to salads. I get rave reviews every time I serve it, sharing the recipe.”

“This is my favorite salad ever! I don’t usually like berries in my salad but it works perfectly here. The dressing is to die for!”

Such a delicious salad! I didn’t have craisins or avocado, but it didn’t matter. Still yummy! I used less oil in the dressing and blended it in a mini food processor. Even my teenage kids (boy and girl) loved it! “

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Starches

Light proteins like sea bass are the perfect opportunity for heavier starchy sides. Especially if you’re serving a sauce with the fish because the starch can soak it all up.

Garlic Leek Mashed Potatoes

4.0 ⭐️ (12 ratings) | 30 mins

There’s nothing like a good potato leek mash to go with your sea bass. It’s a simple addition, but the leek brings a sweet oniony flavor that gives your mash an instant upgrade.

The trick to good mash is not to overcook or over-stir the mixture; otherwise, it’ll become gummy and tasteless.

And while you’re at it, make sure you’ve got plenty of butter – butter makes everything better!

What readers are saying…

“This is just like my mamma used to make. She didn’t use the leeks but she did use plenty of garlic and onion. These potatoes don’t need gravy to make them palatable. They are super tasty on their own.”

“OMG! This was soooo good. I try not to eat mashed potatoes because of the carbs but my oh my, after having a mouthful, I just couldn’t stop. And we only used the sour cream, so I can only imagine if we had also used the heavy cream.

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Instant Pot Risotto with Peas

4.7 ⭐️ (14 ratings) | 25 mins

The traditional risotto recipe requires constant stirring of the rice to get that ideal creamy consistency, but you won’t have to do this anymore if you have an Instant Pot.

Just pop the ingredients in and the Instant Pot will do the cooking for you. This means you can fully concentrate on cooking the sea bass. 

And the best part? You can get this summery pea risotto to the table in less than 30 minutes.

What readers are saying…

“I just made this risotto and it was delicious. I also doubled the recipe for my 6 qt and it came out very well. Added mushrooms with the onions.”

“The dish was quick enough, and tasty enough, that I will make it again.”

😇 Dairy-free Risotto
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Baked pumpkin risotto

Crab Fried Rice

4.9 ⭐️ (28 ratings) | 25 mins

Want a restaurant-worthy dish to impress your date? Whip up this show-stopping crab fried rice to go with your seared sea bass.

It’s not typical date night food, but the flavors will blow you away. The sweet crab meat and the umami flavors of soy sauce marry with the delicate sea bass perfectly.

I remember feeling disappointed when I realized I’d taken my last bite. And guess what? You only need 20 minutes to make this delicious dish.

What readers are saying…

“OMG! I just made this for myself and it is the BEST fried rice EVER!”

“I made it but without Shaoxing wine and loved it! It was so different and delicious.

“Best fried rice I’ve ever made. didn’t have enough crab so added lap Cheung – awesome addition..”

😇 Quinoa Fried Rice
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Garlic Butter Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

4.9 ⭐️ (32 ratings) | 1 hr

There are so many different ways to make potatoes – but I bet you haven’t tried smashed potatoes yet (although they’re getting more popular).

They’re fun to make, look great on the plate, and taste amazing. And they have plenty of nooks and crannies for the seasoning to get into, ensuring the potatoes are bursting with flavor. 

Most importantly, they’re delightfully crispy, making them an excellent contrast to your tender sea bass.

What readers are saying…

“Made this tonight for dinner, I used a whole stick of butter with Italian seasoning, chives, added some bacon, and shredded parmesan cheese. It was soo good.”

“Delicious! I made these for a family get-together and they were a hit. Easy side dish!”

“These are amazing. I loved them! I used this recipe with red potatoes and rosemary. The pictures don’t disappoint; it is as delicious as you think it will be, and also really fun, and easy to make. Will do this again, soon.”

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Herby Basmati Rice

4.4 ⭐️ (71 ratings) | 30 mins

An easy rice side is my go-to if I was already serving my sea bass with a tangy sauce or salsa. 

The rice grains will soak up the juices from your sauce, making sure nothing gets left behind on the plate. 

And my favorite rice is this basmati rice recipe from Jamie of Family Savvy. It’s filling, but the herbs and the lemon juice keep it light and refreshing.

What readers are saying…

“This tastes exactly like the rice at Tzazikis!! Thank you so much for sharing! It’s a family favorite!”

“Jamie, I’ve never had the original version, but yours is divine.”

Instant Pot Rice Pilaf
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🧘‍♀️ Lemon Garlic Cauliflower Rice

Low-Carb Alternatives

Keep your sea bass meal light and healthy with these low-carb side dishes. You’ll get that indulgent feeling, minus the extra calories and guilt. And with these recipes, you don’t need to compromise on flavor.

Garlic Herb Mashed Cauliflower

5.0 ⭐️ (5 ratings) | 25 mins

Creamy garlic cauliflower mash is a fabulous side dish for your sea bass.

It’s ideal if you’re trying to cut back on carbs but still want to indulge in some comfort food. The nutty flavor from the cauliflower complements your sea bass and works any time of year. And you’ll still get that creamy bite sans the extra calories.

You might want to add a few tomatoes or green veggies to the plate for some color though!

What readers are saying…

“This took all of ten minutes to make, I’m definitely using this recipe for the next holiday!”

Delicious! Cauliflower is not our favorite vegetable, but my family enjoyed this side dish…”

Wonderful! My toddler even ate it. I used my hand blender instead of a food processor. It was honestly easier than mashed potatoes.”

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Celeriac Fries

5.0 ⭐️ (14 ratings) | 35 mins

Take inspiration from the British classic fish and chips and serve your sea bass with a side of fries!

Not potato fries, though – I think they’re a tad too heavy for sea bass. Make celeriac fries instead. They have a fresher flavor, and they’re keto and paleo-friendly.

And just like regular fries, you can season them with whatever you want. This recipe goes with a dusting of paprika, but I highly suggest trying a traditional garlic and parmesan combo. Yum!

What readers are saying…

“These baked celeriac chips came out great! They had such a nice crisp texture, and I just love that herbal flavor of the celeriac. Super easy too!”

“I have come to love celeriac and yes, baked celeriac taste so good. It’s a really healthy alternative to french fries. I love them.”

“This is the best idea I have seen for fries! I have never thought of use celery root to make fries. I know kids who will flip for these fries.”

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Peppercorn Romano Zoodles

5.0 ⭐️ (5 ratings) | 8 mins

Missing pasta but trying to cut down on your carb intake? Pair your seared sea bass with these zoodles instead.

They’re flavored with lots of black pepper and Pecorino Romano cheese like the Italian classic cacio e pepe. These infuse the zoodles with a rich, creamy bite offset by a peppery kick.

Not only are these zoodles hearty, but they’re super healthy too. Sometimes I also add carrots to the mix.

What readers are saying…

“…what a beautiful dish – I could eat the whole thing myself!”

“I may not have a spiralizer, but the ribbons I usually make would carry these flavors just as easily. So fresh and pretty!”

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Broccoli Cheese Casserole

4.9 ⭐️ (38 ratings) | 35 mins

Got fussy eaters in the house? This casserole is a great way to get vegetables into people who don’t normally like broccoli.

It’s chock-full of creamy, cheesy goodness, and who can say no to that? To make it a bit more fancy, try sprinkling chili flakes on top to add spice or mixing in different cheeses to add more depth.

Psst… got leftovers? No worries, you can keep this casserole for up to four days! It reheats really well in the oven.

What readers are saying…

“Delish! Super easy, accidentally added way more garlic (the wrong end of the spout was open) BUT- delicious with that much garlic!”

Had this for dinner tonight. The full recipe seemed a bit much so I halved it. I shouldn’t have, lol This was very very good.” 

“LOVE this broccoli casserole! Such a delicious side dish my daughter loves and doesn’t realize she’s eating vegetables. THANK YOU!”

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What To Serve With Sea Bass – 17 Best Side Dishes

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with sea bass.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: what to serve with sea bass
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 124kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 portion celeriac fries
  • 1 portion cauliflower mash
  • 1 portion artichoke salad
  • 1 portion herby basmati rice
  • 1 portion leek mashed potatoees
  • 1 portion sauteed bok choy … and more

Instructions

  • Prepare your sea bass according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: potato leek puree, mango salsa, sauteed bok choy, creamy garlic cauliflower mash, artichoke salad, summer couscous salad, instant pot risotto with peas, stewed tomatoes, crab fried rice, garlic butter parmesan smashed potatoes, harissa aioli, spinach salad with creamy balsamic, celeriac fries, and herby basmati rice.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 124kcal

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