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What To Serve With Swordfish – 45 Delicious Side Dishes

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

In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for swordfish.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with swordfish are jambalaya, quinoa, tomato and olive salad, mango salsa, roasted potatoes, and jicama slaw. Try pesto zoodles, mushrooms and bok choy, and a Shirazi salad for healthier options. You can also serve steak kabobs, eggplant parmesan, and stir-fried noodles.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Great flavor pairings for swordfish 

Swordfish is a type of white fish with a meaty texture and a mild, sweet flavor. 

It pairs well with: 

  • Citrusy flavors – bright, tangy flavors are an excellent complement to swordfish’s mild sweetness. Consider soaking the swordfish in a citrusy marinade or whipping up a citrus-flavored sauce to create a well-balanced dish. 
  • Spicy flavors – spices like paprika, cayenne, and chili powder can be added to swordfish to bring a pleasant heat that’ll jazz up your swordfish. You do have to balance them with other flavors (like citrusy notes) to prevent them from being overpowering. 
  • Sweet flavors – it may seem odd, but sweet ingredients like honey, brown sugar, and even tropical fruits enhance swordfish’s natural sweetness. Try incorporating them in marinades, glazes, and salsas.


Starchy sides are an excellent accompaniment for lean proteins like swordfish. 

I especially love it with zesty cilantro lime rice, but you can also go with a light pasta dish for a more elegant meal. 

Or go with sesame noodles for a tasty Asian twist. 


Planning to serve swordfish for dinner? 

This flavorful jambalaya is a great dish to serve alongside it. 

This rice dish, being jam-packed with spices and mix-ins, bursts with spicy and savory flavors that will leave your tastebuds buzzing. 

Pro Tip: Want your jambalaya extra hot? Shake a dash (or more) of your favorite hot sauce in and a few extra pinches of cajun seasoning. 

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Roasted fingerling potatoes

Potatoes are not only good with meat entrees, but they’re also excellent with slightly rich and fatty fish like swordfish. 

These roasted fingerling potatoes are a step above the typical roasted potatoes. 

The fingerling potatoes roast faster. Their thin skin and low starch content also always ensure you get perfectly crispy potatoes every time. 

Once you taste these roasted fingerling potatoes, you’ll keep coming back for more. 

Pro Tip: Whip up a quick garlic and caper aioli to go with your potatoes and swordfish. 

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Baked feta pasta

If you haven’t had the chance to give this trendy pasta dish a taste, you’re missing out. 

The tanginess from the baked feta and roasted tomatoes combine to make this pasta a delicious tray of fresh and cheesy goodness. 

It’s the ideal hearty accompaniment to your swordfish. 

And the best part? 

It’s ridiculously easy to prepare. 

This baked feta pasta comes together with a small handful of ingredients in just one pan. 

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Stir-fried ginger sesame noodles

Add a fun and tasty Asian flair to your swordfish entree with these stir-fried noodles. 

These saucy noodles are ridiculously good. 

Featuring flavors of ginger, honey, garlic, mixed vegetables, and peanuts – what’s not to love?

These stir-fried ginger honey sesame noodles are ridiculously easy to whip up at a moment’s notice – perfect for hectic weeknight dinners.

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Vegetables and salads

Veggie sides are the way to go if you want to keep your swordfish meal light and low-carb. 

I love simple sauteed greens, but you can also go with steamed veggies tossed in butter if you want a healthier side. 

Missing pasta? Swap it for zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash! 

Corn succotash

If you’re serving grilled swordfish steaks at your barbecue party, this corn succotash is an ideal side dish to go with them. 

It’s a medley of naturally bright and sweet veggies that go superbly with swordfish (and virtually any fish for that matter). 

Serve it alongside your swordfish or as a garnish on top to make a plate worthy of an Instagram photo. 

This corn succotash is an ideal side dish for your next cookout.

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Mushrooms and bok choy 

You can’t get a meal simpler than swordfish, bok choy, and mushrooms. 

Still, don’t let its simplicity fool you – this dish is loaded to the brim with rich umami flavors.

The miso dressing brings the mushrooms and bok choy into one cohesive and balanced dish. 

Take Drizzle and Dip’s advice and flash cook your bok choy and mushrooms to ensure they stay crisp-tender.

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Marinated tomato olive salad

You can’t go wrong with serving this tomato and olive salad with your swordfish entree. 

It’s an easy, no-cook salad full of fresh flavors that will take you to the Mediterranean. 

This salad is a great make-ahead dish since you have to let your veggies sit in the vinaigrette for at least an hour before serving. 

This marinated tomato olive salad is one of the easiest and tastiest salads you’ll ever prepare. 

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Baked eggplant parmesan

Hankering for an Italian dish to go with your swordfish?

Skip the obvious pasta route and make this eggplant parmesan instead. 

It’s less calorific than your typical pasta dish but still flavorful and decadent. 

Plus, eggplant has a mild flavor, so you don’t risk overpowering your swordfish’s mild flavor.

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Pesto zoodles

Want pasta but you’re watching your calories?

These pesto zoodles are the key to curbing your cravings. 

It’s not an exact substitute – these zoodles won’t really taste like our beloved, carb-filled pasta. 

But the herby and flavorful pesto does wonders in making you forget about it.

Enjoy these light pesto zoodles alongside your swordfish for a surprisingly satisfying dinner.  

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Greek yogurt creamed spinach

Elevate your humble swordfish by serving it together with this creamed spinach dish. 

Not only is it flavorsome, but it’s also filled with the vitamins and minerals you need for a complete and healthy meal.

Plus, this dish calls for Greek yogurt instead of your traditional cream, which makes it less calorific without sacrificing the taste. 

Even your pickiest eaters won’t be able to resist this Greek yogurt creamed spinach. 

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Summer-inspired dishes

Swordfish is an excellent protein to grill for your summer cookouts.

Pair it with a fresh salsa for a delicious meal or go with coleslaw if you want a summer classic. 

Feeling adventurous? Toss some steak skewers on the grill for a tasty twist on the classic surf and turf.

Mexican street corn quinoa

Rice is a great side dish to swordfish, but quinoa is the way to go if you still want something light yet filling.

This quinoa dish is flavored with bold flavors and vegetables reminiscent of the classic Mexican street corn. 

The cilantro sour cream dressing and the crumbles of cojita cheese provide the final touches to this delicious dish.

This Mexican street corn quinoa is perfect for summer parties and al fresco lunches. 

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Mango salsa

You can’t have swordfish tacos without preparing a refreshing mango salsa to go alongside them. 

This salsa features simple, fresh ingredients that combine to make a sweet and slightly spicy accompaniment. 

Aside from the flavors, you also get a vibrant, colorful side dish that instantly brightens up any plate.

Even if you aren’t making fish tacos, this fresh mango salsa will go superbly with any grilled fish entree.

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Jicama slaw

Craving for something fresh and crisp to go with your swordfish?

Look no further than this gorgeous jicama slaw. 

The crunchy jicama slices and red cabbage are flavored with a spicy and tangy cilantro-jalapeño dressing that will knock your socks off. 

The crisp texture of the veggies is a great complement to the tender swordfish meat. 

Prepare for a satisfying and unforgettable meal with this cilantro-jalapeño jicama slaw. 

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Shirazi salad

Keep your swordfish entree low-carb and healthy with a generous serving of this Shirazi salad. 

The main difference between this salad and your classic Greek salad is this is an all-veggie dish – no additions of cheese or yogurt. 

Despite this, you can still expect a burst of refreshing flavors in every bite of this salad. 

Serve this simple Shirazi salad alongside your swordfish or on top for a beautiful and nourishing plate. 

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Steak kabobs

Grilling your swordfish?

Make some room in your grill and throw in a couple of steak kabobs to transform it into a surf and turf meal. 

The steak cubes in these kabobs are flavored with a special marinade – so definitely don’t skip it! 

You’ll want to have these steak kabobs for the rest of the grilling season – that’s how moreish they are. 

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The best side dishes for swordfish

  • Jambalaya
  • Roasted fingerling potatoes
  • Baked feta pasta
  • Stir-fried ginger sesame noodles
  • Corn succotash
  • Mushrooms and bok choy
  • Marinated tomato olive salad
  • Baked eggplant parmesan
  • Pesto zoodles
  • Greek yogurt creamed spinach
  • Mexican street corn quinoa
  • Mango salsa
  • Jicama slaw
  • Shirazi salad
  • Steak kabobs

What To Serve With Swordfish (45 Ideas)

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your swordfish.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: All
Keyword: swordfish side dishes, what to serve with swordfish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 172kcal


  • 1 portion jambalaya
  • 1 portion baked eggplant parmesan
  • 1 portion mango salsa
  • 1 portion pesto zoodles
  • 1 portion baked feta pasta
  • 1 portion steak kabobs


  • Prepare your swordfish according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: jambalaya, roasted fingerling potatoes, baked feta pasta, stir-fried ginger sesame noodles, corn succotash, mushrooms and bok choy, marinated tomato olive salad, baked eggplant parmesan, pesto zoodles, greek yogurt creamed spinach, mexican street corn quinoa, mango salsa, jicama slaw, shirazi salad, and steak kabobs.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 172kcal

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