If you can’t live without burgers and seafood, then you’re probably a huge fan of salmon patties. They combine the classic burger pattie with the rich flavors of salmon – a true match made in heaven.
These pink, crisp on the outside, tender on the inside fishcakes are to die for!
Once you’ve decided to make these heavenly patties for dinner, the next step is to figure out what to serve with them.
The key to picking a great side dish is to choose flavor, texture, and color combinations that complement one another. But you know what, we’ll make things easier for you.
No need to wrack your brain thinking of what to make, because we’ve got you covered!
Transform your salmon patties into an unforgettable meal with these 10 tasty sides.
1. Fresh Salad
Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, so you already know it’s good for your body. If you want to continue this healthy streak, you can serve it with a simple fresh salad.
When picking vegetables, you can’t go wrong with crunchy textures and vibrant colors.
We suggest broccoli, tomatoes, asparagus, squash, or bell peppers. These will be a delicious contrast to the tenderness and savory flavor of the patties.
Alternatively, you could opt for string beans or spinach – their vibrant green hues add a beautiful contrast to the pink salmon, with the added bonus of extra nutrients.
Another healthy (ish) side dish is the classic coleslaw. Because it’s so refreshing and colorful, it makes the perfect side to various fish dishes.
Coleslaw is tasty and rich, and yet subtle enough not to overpower the real star of the meal. Plus it’s super easy to make!
Combine chopped carrots and cabbage with mayo, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, and it’s ready to go.
Want to give it a nice tropical flair? Add some pineapple chunks for a sweet and tangy surprise.
They may not be the most popular, but please give roasted brussels sprouts a chance. Because you know what? When cooked the right way, they taste amazing! If cooked just right, brussel sprouts are savory, nutty, crisp and tender – all great qualities in a salmon pattie side.
Gone are the days where you have to endure that bitter, sulfuric taste just to get the nutritional benefits of this veggie. To get the best flavor and texture, coat them in plenty of olive oil (because it’s what helps caramelize them). Also be sure not to overcook.
All you need is olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast those bad boys in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and you’ll have bite-sized piece of heaven. Seriously, they taste like candy when cooked properly.
When making a relatively mild-flavored dish like salmon patties, you’ll want to pair it with bright flavors, and sweet potato fries are sure to fit the bill perfectly.
Just imagine a mouthwatering salmon burger with a side of crisp and tender sweet potato fries? They’re sweet, salty, and oh so delicious.
Dip them in mayo, maple mustard, garlic aiolio, or a sriracha dipping sauce for a truly irresistible treat.
What I love about sweet potato fries is that you don’t have to fry them to get phenomenal taste. You can bake them to make a healthier side! I recommend flavoring them with salt and pepper, and even some rosemary and garlic powder. Crunchy, tasty goodness.
Because what are salmon patties without the perfect soft and tender bread to encase them? While it’s more common to use the traditional burger bun, why not go for some dinner rolls instead?
Pillowy, buttery buns are so delicious and are actually not too hard to make. So instead of getting them from the bakery, go ahead and bake them yourself!
A great alternative to a fresh salad is a simple asparagus and tomato dish. Narrow stalks of crispy asparagus combined with tender and juicy tomatoes? It’s absolutely picture perfect!
Not only do these two elements have beautiful contrasting colors, but they also taste great together. The more brittle asparagus offers a delightful contrast to the softness of the salmon patty.
Bonus feature – they both have a myriad of health benefits, making them not just tasty – but healthy too.
7. Fried Okra
You might be surprised that this Southern classic goes so well with salmon patties, but try it for yourself. You’ll thank me later!
The crispy, fried edges make a great contrast to the softness of the fishcakes. It’s also very easy to prepare and cook fried okra, just dunk it in batter and fry until golden brown. Simple yet effective!
Here’s another salad that’s both delicious and easy to make. You only need two main ingredients, and they’re both very accessible all year round.
Tomatoes and cucumbers both have the perfect fresh juiciness that goes so nicely with salmon patties. And of course, the color combination of green and red is just stunning! Add to that the pink hue of the salmon patties and you’ve got yourself an exceptional meal.
9. Green Beans
Again, crunchy and vibrant sides are perfect for salmon patties, and green beans are no exception. These guys are good on their own, but flavor them with fresh Parmesan cheese for a nice nutty and savory taste.
10. Roasted Carrots
When it comes to side dishes, you can always go with roasted vegetables. There are tons of great options when roasting vegetables – you’ve got potatoes, bell peppers, and asparagus, but our favorite for salmon patties are carrots.
These sweet and perfectly caramelized veggies may seem modest, but they’re bursting with wonderful flavors, especially when roasted.
They have the perfect snap that balances out the tenderness of the patties. Plus, the sweet and smoky flavor pairs perfectly with salmon.
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