What to Serve With Fish Cakes

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Fish cakes are an age-old delicacy that is still enjoyed to this day. If fish cakes are on your menu, you might be wondering, what to serve as a side dish.

Fish cakes are a good go-to when you want something yummy to eat, but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Paired with the right side, your fish cake dinner is not only appetizing, but it is also nutritious, and easy to make.


17 Side Dishes to Serve With Fish Cakes

1. Macaroni and Cheese

A mouthwatering spoonful of macaroni and cheese is the perfect match for a fresh batch of steaming fish cakes.

The melted cheese, and the crispy coating of the fish cakes, pairs well and are a great combination of soft and crunchy.

2. French Fries

A crispy combination, French fries, and fish cakes make the perfect pair.  The best thing about this meal is that it can be eaten without a fork.

French fries are a tasty way to fill up quickly. To really jazz up your fries, top them with cheese and perhaps a little sour cream.

3. Broccoli

Serving up a tasty helping of broccoli is always a good idea.  Packed with vitamins and minerals, broccoli is a health-conscious way to get your vegetables.

Spice up your broccoli by cooking it in an herb, butter, and garlic sauce. Not only is it fragrant, but the robust flavor is also out of this world.

4. Spaghetti

Rich, creamy, and full of meat, spaghetti, and fish cakes make a nice meal. The spaghetti sauce offsets the crunchiness of the fish cakes.

The best thing about spaghetti is that you can change it up by adding in your favorite ingredients. I like to toss in some sausage and mushrooms.

5. Corn

Semi-sweet and crisp, corn is a super tasty side to go along with your fish cakes. Frozen, canned, or fresh, corn is always the right choice.

There are many ways to prepare corn. I like to eat my fish cakes with corn on the cob. The secret to corn on the cob is to boil it in a half stick of butter.

6. Tartar Sauce

This match is a no-brainer. Fish cakes would not be that same without tartar sauce. Creamy and zesty, this sauce adds a punch to your fish.

Tartar sauce can be purchased in a store, but I prefer to make it from scratch. Making it myself gives me the chance to customize the taste.

7. Baked Beans

The sweet, savory, baked beans make the perfect partner for the fish cakes. The rich texture of the baked beans softens the crisp cakes.

Baked beans can be made using an assortment of beans. I like to use kidney beans because they are bigger and denser.

8. Side Salad

A fresh side salad is a healthy go-to for fish cakes because it is loaded with vegetables and the semi-sweet lettuce adds a little more crunch.

Top your side salad with some dressing to add some tang and flavor. Ranch dressing is so diverse it can also be used as a dipping sauce for fish cakes.

9. Sweet Potato

Want a naturally sweet way to add some sugar to your meal, then try some sweet potatoes. The thick texture teams well with the crispy cakes.

To heighten the sweet effect of your sweet potatoes, sprinkle them with a little brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter and bake until done.

10. Rice

Grainy and mild in taste, rice and fish cakes are a delightful combination. The strong flavor of the fish cakes stands out against the subtle flavor of the rice.

To jazz up my rice I like to whip up a batch of Spanish rice. I like to add in a can of tomato sauce for extra cream.

11. Peas

Rich and earthy, peas mesh well with the fishy flavor of the fish cakes. This meal is a balance of flavor and texture.

Peas do not have to be boring.  I like to cook my peas in a little milk instead of water. This softens them up and gives them flavor.

12. Cauliflower

Light and crispy, cauliflower adds just the right amount of flavor and is healthy for you. Be careful not to overcook your cauliflower or it can taste bitter.

I like to cook my cauliflower until it is soft. I prefer to use chicken stock when cooking cauliflower because it intensifies the flavor of the vegetable.

13. Baked Potato

Hearty and filling, a baked potato is a great source of potassium and a tasty way to get your carbs. The potato packs a pleasant flavor that compliments the fish cakes.

For a loaded baked potato pack it with butter, sour cream, chives, salt, pepper, and cheese. I like to use cheddar cheese because it is thick.

14. Carrots

A crisp naturally sweetened side dish, carrots are loaded with vitamins and flavor.  Their bold taste stands out against the fish cakes.

To bring out the sweet flavor of carrots simmer or bake your carrots in a little honey and lemon juice. Sprinkle with brown sugar and enjoy.

15. Coleslaw

Coleslaw makes the right choice for a side dish if you are craving something cold, crunchy, and tangy. This cold dish is a delicious contrast to hot fish cakes.

You can make your coleslaw from either vinaigrette or mayonnaise-based dressing; remember the vinaigrette dressing will last longer.

16. Pasta Salad

Zesty and loaded with veggies, pasta salad is a great go-to if you are looking to add a lot of flavor to your meal.

To add some meat to your pasta salad toss in a little ham or bacon. To make your salad less fattening, go with turkey ham or bacon instead.

17. Potato Salad with Bacon

Potato salad with bacon will take your fish cakes to another level. The salty flavor of the bacon enhances the flavor of the fish.

I like my potato salad American style with hard-boiled eggs on top. For extra flavor, I season my potato salad with seasoning salt.

Wrap Up

Affordable to make and delicious, fish cakes are the premium choice for a quick meal. Paired with these 17 unforgettable side dishes, your fish cakes are a five-star hit.

If you enjoy fish cakes and would like to add a tip or a suggestion about this deep-fried delight, leave a comment below.

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