Side Dishes

What To Serve with Fish Cakes: 13 Incredible Side Dishes

Fresh and filling sides to serve with this flaky entree!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated December 21, 2022

Figuring out what to serve with fish cakes can be tricky. But you can’t go wrong serving these flaky fried delights with any of these tasty sides!

what to serve with fish cakes

Fish cakes are a delicacy made from shredded fish, seasonings, and breadcrumbs. The breading helps give these patties a perfectly crispy outside when fried, while the fish inside stays nice and tender.

The dish began as a way for families to use up leftover potatoes and fish. Fish cakes have become elevated in status, and are now often served at restaurants as an appetizer!

Fish cakes tend to pair well with classic seafood sides like fresh coleslaw and tartar sauce. But I wanted to find new and inspiring combinations to take this dish to the next level.

This list includes fresh takes on classic dips like remoulade and cocktail sauce. There are also new side dish ideas like baked beans and salads that will make your meal unique.

From hearty and filling to light and healthy, this list is full of side dishes fish cakes will taste amazing with.

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01. Salad

Crisp and light, this iceberg salad is a delicious side dish for any seafood.

Salads don’t have to be complicated, and this recipe keeps it simple with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. Bits of ham and olive provide a hint of salt in every bite.

But the real star of this fresh salad is the garlic vinaigrette dressing. Made with lemon juice, vinegar, and garlic, it has the perfect tanginess to elevate fish cakes.

02. Tartar Sauce

It only takes five minutes to make this creamy homemade tartar dressing.

Jarred tartar sauce often contains fillers and preservatives, but this recipe has none of that. Quality ingredients like mayonnaise, champagne, capers, and grainy mustard take this sauce to the next level.

This creamy condiment helps mellow out the strong seafood flavor of fish cakes. You can even use tartar sauce as a spread for a delicious fish cake sandwich!

03. Poached Eggs

Although they can be tricky to make, poached eggs add elegance to any breakfast.

Poached eggs and fish cakes are a great brunch duo for special occasions and holidays. There’s nothing better than a perfectly cooked runny yolk for dipping!

Use a pot with at least four inches of water so the poached egg doesn’t stick to the bottom. And never crack the egg into the water—use a ramekin so the egg whites stay intact.

04. Roasted Vegetables

These perfectly crispy roasted vegetables will help make your meal more nutritious.

Vegetables with higher amounts of sugar are better for roasting because the sugars will caramelize. Some of my favorite vegetables to use are peppers, corn, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

A simple sprinkle of salt and olive oil is all you need for seasoning. You can add Italian herbs and garlic salt for even more flavor.

05. Baked Beans

Classic baked beans add a great smoky flavor that perfectly complements fish.

These mouthwatering sweet and smoky beans are made with molasses, thick bacon, and onion in tomato sauce. When simmered for hours on end, those rich flavors develop and bake right into the beans.

Serving fish cakes alongside beans is a perfect high-protein meal for brunch or dinner.

06. Baked Potato

Crispier than your typical baked potato, but just as easy to make!

This recipe is a crossover between stuffed potato skins and a classic baked potato. You still get all that fluffy potato filling, but the skins are baked twice so they’re nice and crispy!

Melted cheddar cheese is a must for these baked potatoes. Add sour cream for freshness and bacon for a pop of salt and you have the perfect comforting side dish.

07. Parsley Sauce

A fresh creamy sauce to smother on a piping hot batch of fish cakes.

This parsley sauce is thinner than tartar sauce and more similar to bechamel. It’s irresistibly creamy, silky smooth, and filled with fresh herb flavor.

This sauce makes a delicious white gravy for fish cakes and mashed potatoes. And surprisingly, this decadent parsley garlic sauce only takes five minutes to cook on the stove.

08. Sweet Potato Fries

These crispy garlic seasoned fries are a great way to start any meal.

Whether you serve them as an appetizer or a midnight snack, these fries are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. The trick is to cut them thin so they crisp up in the oven.

Toss hot fries in a medley of butter and parmesan and let the flavors soak in. This side dish is best served with a fresh aioli dipping sauce.

09. Mashed Potatoes

If there’s one dish that goes with anything, it’s mashed potatoes!

Mashed potatoes are so simple but so filling and complementary to many dishes. Mashed potatoes with cream and butter have a great texture in contrast to crispy fish cakes.

Yellow fleshed potatoes like Yukon Gold will give you the creamiest and fluffiest results. I like to add finely grated parmesan for a hint of umami!

10. Crusty Bread

Nothing beats the smell of baking bread!

With just a few pantry staples, you can have fresh Italian-style bread at home. The airy, chewy inside is the perfect vehicle for your favorite dips and spreads!

Make a big batch of this bread and keep some loaves in the freezer for when you have guests. You can reheat frozen bread in the oven and it will taste just like the day it was made.

11. Rice

Perk up your tastebuds with this punchy paella rice salad.

Chicken stock and curry spice help infuse the paella rice with a strong savory flavor. To keep the dish from being one note in texture, add some celery for crunch.

Typically paella is made with shrimp and mussels, so it’s perfect to serve alongside fish cakes. If you find the flavors too overpowering, try adding fewer pepper flakes and fennel seeds.

12. Corn Pudding

This casserole can be served in place of dinner rolls to give your meal southern flair!

This moist, bread-like casserole is made with simple corn muffin mix and canned cream corn. The result is similar to cornbread but more crumbly and sweet!

A casserole dish is the best way to bake this pudding, so you get those irresistibly crispy edges. Try adding chopped jalapeños to your batter if you want a hint of spice.

13. Roasted Brussel Sprouts

This side dish is filled with a rich smoky flavor!

Salt, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar transform these brussel sprouts into a delicacy. Roasting causes the sugars in the balsamic vinegar to caramelize, which makes the edges nice and crispy.
Make sure you pick a quality balsamic vinegar that has been aged for at least 12 years. This is a favorite recipe of mine because it’s quick and easy to make, but it tastes expensive.

What To Serve with Fish Cakes: 13 Incredible Side Dishes


  1. Choose one of these delicious side dishes.

  2. Shop for all your ingredients.

  3. Fry up some hot fish cakes and prepare your sides.

  4. Serve up a luxurious brunch or a light dinner!

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