If you’re looking for a quick and easy freezer meal for the busy weeknights when you need to get a nutritious meal on the table without too much fuss, you might be looking for ideas for what to serve with breaded fish.
It’s a healthy choice that’s packed with essential vitamins and minerals, as well as protein and omega-3 fatty acids. To turn a simple piece of breaded fish into a proper dinner though, you’ll need one or two side dishes to add to your plate.
Let’s take a look at the 14 best options for you to consider…
1. Homemade chips
You can’t go wrong with fish and chips!
By serving up breaded fish that you’ve baked in the oven, alongside homemade chips that are either baked or air fried, you have a healthy spin on everyone’s favourite takeaway.
All you’ll need to add is a generous dash of salt and vinegar, and you’re ready to go.
For more inspiration for recreating that local chippy experience at home, check out what to serve with fish and chips. From pickled onions to a pineapple fritter, you’ll find all the best accompaniments that just can’t be beaten for authenticity and satisfaction.
2. Couscous salad
Couscous is such a versatile and ingredient, and it can be used as the base for a huge variety of different salads that you can eat with breaded fish.
Here’s a handful of my favourites that I highly recommend:
- Couscous salad with sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese
- Greek couscous salad
- Lemony cucumber couscous salad
Alternatively, invent your own using up any chopped salad veggies from your fridge! Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime, and you’re good to go.
Interesting fact to share at the dinner table – couscous may look like a grain, but it’s technically a pasta!
3. Corn on the cob
A corn on the cob is rich in vitamin C, as well as being a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are known to be good for eye health. They’re also really fun to eat!
They’re fantastic when grilled on a hot barbecue, though they’re just as tasty done under an indoor grill and smothered in salted butter.
Garnish with chilli flakes and a squeeze of lime, or some freshly chopped coriander.
4. Salad stuffed blackened peppers
These salad stuffed blackened peppers have a beautifully smokey flavour, and when served with a piece of breaded fish, they can really take your meal to the next level and remind your family of similar creations they might have enjoyed whilst on a Mediterranean holiday!
The buckwheat ensures they’re filling. The hazelnuts and pistachios add a delightful crunch. The dates give an undertone of sweetness.
This recipe also works really well as a starter, so you might find that it becomes a regular in your culinary repertoire.
5. Minted new potatoes
For an easy supper that’s on the table in a flash, minted new potatoes are a fantastic option for what to serve with breaded fish.
Jersey Royals are one of the very best varieties here. Gently scrub, rinse, and cook whole for around 10 minutes or until tender. Add some butter or a little oil whilst still hot, and stir through some chopped mint leaves before seasoning with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
6. Mushy peas
Mushy peas are a lovely side dish for breaded fish.
Pick up a tin at the supermarket, or make your own by simply boiling frozen peas and gently mashing with some butter and seasoning. Add some mint or chilli flakes if you like, for extra flavour and punch.
I like mine with plenty of vinegar!
7. Loaded jacket potatoes
The beauty of a loaded jacket potato is that you can add all your favourite toppings!
Here are some options that might spark some inspiration:
- Crispy bacon, sour cream, cheese, and chopped spring onions
- Feta, olives, and sun dried tomatoes
- Onions, peppers, and avocados
- Kale, quinoa, and tahini sauce
- Mushrooms, squash, and peppers
Or if you prefer to keep things simple, serve a jacket potato piping hot from the oven with a knob of butter.
For more ideas, visit my guide to jacket potato filling ideas.
8. Tinned tomatoes
I always like to think that tinned tomatoes are a more sophisticated version of baked beans when served as a side dish for breaded fish!
It’s just a case of heating them up in the microwave or on the hob, and you’re ready to go.
Dipping the morsels of crispy white fish into the flavoursome tomato sauce is oh so good, and a great reminder that you don’t need a load of fancy ingredients to make a wonderful meal.
9. California quinoa and avocado salad
If you’ve got some avocados that need using up, this California quinoa and avocado salad is a great way to do it!
Thanks to the quinoa base and the addition of a variety of veggies – including totally delicious pomegranate, broccoli, and squash – it makes for a wonderfully rounded side dish that turns a piece of breaded fish into a complete meal.
10. A bread bun and tartare sauce
This one is a sophisticated twist on the ever popular fish finger sandwich!
Put a piece of breaded fish in a bun with some tartar sauce, and you’ve got a quick and delicious meal that you can tuck into at any time of the day.
It’s easier than you might think to make your own tartar sauce. Just add chopped gherkins, capers, dill, and lemon juice to some mayonnaise. Some recipes also suggest that you add Worcester sauce and mustard, though it’s largely down to personal preference, and the ingredients you have available.
If you like, you can add some lettuce and sliced tomato to your sandwich.
11. Colourful veggie noodles
Making your own veggie noodles is something that the whole family can get involved with!
Just use a peeler attachment to carefully shred courgettes, carrots, and peppers. This is a side dish for breaded fish that can be served raw as a salad, or you can quickly stir fry with some garlic and chilli if you’d prefer to have it warm.
If you struggle to get your kids to eat plenty of vegetables, this could be a good way to approach it and get them involved in the process.
12. Sweet potato wedges
Sweet potato wedges are a nutritious, delicious choice for what to serve with breaded fish.
Bake your own by cutting a sweet potato into thin wedges, leaving the skin on for extra fibre and goodness. Toss with oil, season, and bake in the oven for around half an hour or until crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
13. Spicy rice
Spicy rice is a go-to side for what to serve with breaded fish when you want to keep things light and healthy, but you don’t want to compromise on taste.
Cook chopped onions, carrots, and peppers until tender and set to one side. Meanwhile, cook rice according to packet instructions. Stir through turmeric, paprika, and chilli flakes. Finally, mix your veggies into the cooked rice and season to taste.
14. Mashed potatoes
On a cold, miserable day, you can’t beat mashed potatoes when you’re not sure what to serve with breaded fish. It’s just what the doctor ordered when you need a little comfort!
For extra indulgence, stir in some fresh cream or some salted butter, and garnish with chopped chives.
Add some green vegetables to your plate, and you’ve got a well balanced meal that ticks all the boxes.
If you try out these suggestions, do leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. It’s always such a joy to hear from readers who’ve put my recipes or ideas into action!
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