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What To Serve With Trout – 15 Delicious Side Dishes

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

In this article, I list 15 of the most popular side dishes for trout.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with trout are rice pilaf, horseradish potato salad, ratatouille, and cajun fries. For a healthier option, try green papaya salad, roasted carrots and parsnips, sauteed swiss chard, or tabbouleh. You can also serve pineapple salsa or vegetable chow mein for a more tropical twist.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Rice pilaf

Whether you’re planning to grill, bake or simply pan-fry your trout, rice pilaf is a no-brainer dish to have alongside it. 

Toasting and cooking rice in a flavorful chicken broth instantly upgrades your humble steamed rice into a tasty dish. 

You can also add peas, mushrooms, tomatoes, and even almonds to this dish. 

No matter how you customize this rice pilaf, it’s guaranteed to be a massive hit.

Pineapple salsa

This vibrant pineapple salsa will add a tropical twist to your trout dish. 

The sweetness of the pineapple is balanced out by other ingredients like jalapenos and red onions.

And everything is tied together with a spritz of lemon juice.

This pineapple salsa will make you feel like you’re dining on the shores of hawaii!

Asparagus almondine

Fresh fish and asparagus are the epitome of spring.

Steamed or roasted asparagus is tasty, but this asparagus almondine is on another level. 

The asparagus is quickly steamed before being tossed in toasted almonds and butter. 

The results?

Gorgeous green spears with a rich nutty flavor. 

You’ll wish you discovered this asparagus almondine recipe earlier.

Arugula salad

Got no time to prepare lunch? 

You can throw this side dish together in less than 5 minutes.

It may look plain, but this salad packs a flavorful punch from the peppery arugula and the lemon vinaigrette, which pairs superbly with trout. 

This arugula salad is fresh and crisp, exactly what you need for a light lunch or dinner.

Horseradish potato salad

Spice up your trout dish with a heaped serving of this horseradish potato salad

It’s got everything you love about a traditional potato salad, just with an added spicy kick courtesy of the horseradish. 

And the best part?

This potato salad calls for Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise for the dressing, so it’s healthier!

This creamy horseradish potato salad is so good that it might be your new go-to recipe.

Marinated tomatoes

These marinated tomatoes are the epitome of easy side dishes. 

You just need to toss your cherry tomatoes in the herby marinade – and you’re done.

Honestly, the most challenging part of this dish is the waiting game. You need to let your tomatoes sit and soak in all the delicious flavors of your marinade. 

Scoop a handful of colorful marinated tomatoes over your grilled trout for a meal that’s too pretty to eat.

Green papaya salad

A fresh side dish is one of the best options for a delicate fish like trout. 

And this green papaya salad is bursting with refreshing flavors. It also has a satisfying crisp texture that will contrast nicely with the soft flesh of your trout. 

Give this Thai Green Papaya salad a try. And if you can’t find green papaya, you can use green apples instead.

Beer-battered cajun fries

Fish and chips are a classic food pairing, and these are the crispiest, tastiest fries you’ll ever have. 

How are they so crunchy? 

The fries have been double dipped in the Cajun-spiced beer batter. YUM!

Once you get a taste, you won’t be able to stop popping these beer-battered fries in your mouth.


Craving something comforting to go with your trout? 

This ratatouille might just be what you’re looking for.

It doesn’t have the famous show-stopping design made with intricately arranged, thinly sliced vegetables (because that’s impossible to replicate anyway!)

But it tastes every bit as good. 

This ratatouille is a tasty one-pot wonder that pairs perfectly with trout.

Lemon parmesan risotto 

Elevate your humble trout into a fancy date-night worthy meal by serving it over a bed of gorgeous risotto. 

You can go for any flavor risotto you want, but I can’t get enough of this lemon parmesan risotto.

The citrusy flavor keeps it from feeling too heavy, and the parmesan adds creaminess.

Other risottos I have in my arsenal include asparagus risotto and mushroom risotto.

Sauteed swiss chard

Sauteed swiss chard is a great side to serve with your trout – especially if you’re short on time.  

It comes together in under 10 minutes, and you only need a few ingredients.

Not tried swiss chard before? It’s a mashup of beetroot and spinach – earthy and ever so slightly bitter, but packed with nutrients!

Foxyfolksy has a great recipe you can use to make the most of your swiss chard. 

Quinoa tabbouleh

This quinoa tabbouleh is light, healthy, and filling. And I can guarantee that no one at the table will have had it before! 

It’s jam-packed with tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, and mint, all dressed in bright and zingy lemon dressing. 

All those different colors means it looks amazing on the plate. You won’t be able to resist digging into this quinoa tabbouleh

Veggie chow mein

Want to give your trout an Asian twist?

This veggie chow mein is fun and easy to make.

You can add any veggies you like to your chow mein, but I recommend peppers and bean sprouts. They’re nice and crunchy!

Serve your veggie chow mein with some seared trout on top for a nourishing meal.

Roasted carrots and parsnips

When you roast carrots and parsnips they develop crunchy, caramelized edges that are just to die for. 

And the herb-butter glaze adds an extra flavor layer that will tie the vegetables together with the trout. 

These roasted carrots and parsnips are perfect for an autumnal dinner.

Lemon broccoli pasta

Lemon broccoli pasta is a simple side that will ensure the trout is the star of the show.

It’s got carbs and vegetables, so it’s the only side you need. And it only takes 20 minutes to prepare, so it’s ideal for a busy weeknight. 

Follow the Food Charlatan’s lead and sprinkle some red pepper flakes to add subtle heat to this dish. 

Psst… I also add bacon sometimes for a bit of smokiness. 

The best side dishes to serve with trout

  • Rice pilaf
  • Pineapple salsa
  • Asparagus almondine
  • Arugula salad
  • Horseradish potato salad
  • Marinated tomatoes
  • Green papaya salad
  • Beer-battered cajun fries
  • Ratatouille
  • Lemon parmesan risotto
  • Sauteed swiss chard
  • Quinoa tabbouleh
  • Veggie chow mein
  • Roasted carrots and parsnips
  • Lemon broccoli pasta

What To Serve With Trout

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your trout.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: trout side dishes, what to serve with trout
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 141kcal


  • 1 portion trout


  • Prepare your trout according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: rice pilaf, pineapple salsa, asparagus almondine, arugula salad, horseradish potato salad, marinated tomatoes, green papaya salad, beer-battered cajun fries, ratatouille, lemon parmesan risotto, sauteed swiss chard, quinoa tabbouleh, veggie chow mein, roasted carrots and parsnips, and lemon broccoli pasta.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 141kcal

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