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What to Serve with Salmon – Side Dishes, Drinks, and Dessert

Salmon is a versatile and delicious fish that can be the star of any meal. Whether you’re planning a fancy dinner or a casual family meal, pairing your salmon with the right sides, drinks, and desserts can elevate the dining experience. Here’s a guide on what to serve with salmon to help you create a well-rounded and delightful meal.

When I have ordered salmon at restaurants, it is almost always served with vegetable side dishes like broccolini, zucchini, or carrots, It also usually comes with a starchy side of rice or roasted potatoes. While these are always good choices, you are not limited to that. 

A nutritious meal at home can be made with a vegetable or side salad, an easy side dish like rice or pasta, a drink, and a dessert or fruit salad. 

what to serve with salmon


What are the best side dishes to serve with salmon fillets?

​Any of your favorite side dishes will probably pair well with your cooked salmon. If serving a meal to kids or picky adults, you likely want to choose a few different sides to appeal to the whole family. It is all about balance. If a side of macaroni and cheese will help your child try salmon, then that is what is important. If someone in your party has specific dietary needs or food allergies, you should keep that in mind, as well.

Some popular side dishes include sweet potatoes, fingerling potatoes, brussels sprouts, green beans almnondine, or a salad with fresh cucumber slices. All of these are pretty basic ideas, however, so that is why I have collected a few recipe ideas that you can click and read.

What are some delicious ways to cook salmon at home?

Making salmon at home is pretty easy. You can make an impressive dish with air fryer salmon bites, pan-seared salmon, or grilled salmon. There are many delicious salmon recipes that are quick and easy.

What kind of salmon is best to cook at home?

When preparing salmon at home, the type of salmon you choose can greatly impact the flavor, texture, and overall quality of your dish. Here are some of the best types of salmon for home cooking and a few different ways to cook them.

Types of Salmon:

  1. King (Chinook) Salmon is the one that tends to be more expensive. It has a rich and buttery flavor and high fat content. It is best for grilling, baking, and broiling.
  2. Sockeye Salmon is strong and flavorful. It is firm with a deep red flesh and best for grilling, smoking, and roasting.
  3. Coho (Silver) Salmon is mild, but still rich. It is firm and delicate and best for grilling, baking, or pan-searing.
  4. Atlantic Salmon is mild and slightly sweet with a medium-fat content. It is very versatile, and suitable for grilling, baking, broiling, and poaching.
  5. Pink Salmon is mild and delicate with a low-fat content. It is used in canned salmon, and baking things like salmon patties.
  6. Chum (Keta) Salmon is mild and somewhat bland compared to other types of salmon. It is firm with a lower fat content, and best for smoking, canning, and used in dishes like salmon burgers.

Tips for Choosing Salmon:

  1. Freshness: Look for bright, moist, and firm flesh with no strong fishy odor. Fresh salmon should have a mild sea smell.
  2. Sustainability: Opt for wild-caught salmon when possible, as it is generally considered more sustainable and has a richer flavor.
  3. Fillets vs. Steaks: Fillets are more versatile and easier to cook evenly, while steaks are thicker and can be more substantial for grilling.
  4. Skin-On vs. Skinless: Cooking with the skin on helps retain moisture and adds flavor. The skin can be easily removed after cooking if desired.

Popular Cooking Methods:

  • Grilling: Best for King, Sockeye, and Coho. Brush with oil and season before grilling.
  • Baking: Suitable for all types. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 12-15 minutes, depending on thickness.
  • Pan-Searing: Ideal for Atlantic and Coho. Cook skin-side down for crispy skin.
  • Poaching: Best for Atlantic and Pink. Simmer in a flavorful broth until just cooked through.
  • Smoking: Great for Sockeye, Coho, and Chum. Use a smoker or grill with indirect heat.

By selecting the right type of salmon and using appropriate cooking methods, you can enjoy delicious and nutritious meals at home. Add a few of these side dishes, a great drink and dessert, and you have a great meal !

What to Serve with Salmon

Sides, breads, drinks, and desserts to serve with salmon

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