What To Serve With Cod Fish – 22 Gobsmacking Sides


Quick Answer: What are the best side dishes for Cod Fish?

The best side dishes to serve with Cod Fish are- Coleslaw, Mac and Cheese, French Fries, Hush Puppies, Asparagus, Steamed Broccoli, Peas with Mint, Cornbread, Fried Okra, Lemon Rice, Zucchini Fritters, Cheese Grits, Baked Beans, Tartar Sauce, Lemony Mashed Potatoes, Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips, Fruit Salsa, Ratatouille, Bacon, Whole Roasted Carrots, Bread Buns and Onion Rings.

Are you on a lookout for some classic pairings with your light and delish white fish? You are in the right place.

In this post, we are going to talk about hands down the best side dishes that you can pair with this all-time favourite family meal, Cod Fish.

I have personally tried my hand at these recipes and together with their harmony of complementing flavors and interesting textures; they are guaranteed to fill your hearts to the brim with deliciousness.

Let’s dive right in.

1. Coleslaw

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 152
Total preparation time– 15 min

You are most likely to forget the store-bought versions once you try your hand at this homemade slaw.

This absolutely creamy and refreshing coleslaw put together using a crunchy mix of cabbage, carrots, onions, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, dill, chives, parsley, coriander, soured cream and paprika is a classic pairing to your tender Cod.

They key is in slicing the cabbage as fine as possible. You can also do so in a Mandoline or in a food processor.

Check out this easy-breezy recipe:

2. Mac and Cheese

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 164
Total preparation time– 35 min

Baked to sheer perfection, the recipe uses a variety of rich and creamy cheeses and is fancied by children and adults alike.

Plus, pairing your fried Cod fish with creamy Mac and Cheese will taste so delightful that it will have your guests coming back for more.

If you like bacon, feel free to add some crisp and crumbled bacon bits on the top for a crunchy texture.

Check how to bake your Mac and Cheese to perfection:

3. French Fries

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 312
Total preparation time– 30 min

These classic salted French Fries are crispy on the outside and super creamy on the inside.

They are the perfect finger food that will pair beautifully with Cod cooked in any form.

You can either deep-fry, air-fry or bake your frozen fries.

Serve them with your choice of herbs and spices. We would highly recommend spicing things a bit by using Paprika or Red chili flakes!

Here’s a quick recipe by Rajshri Food:

4. Hush Puppies

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 337
Total preparation time– 25 min

Hush puppies are the ultimate comfort side when it comes to fish.

Insanely easy to throw together, this Southern delight is made with yellow cornmeal, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, onion, milk and vegetable oil.

Fry these beauties until golden brown and serve warm.

Check out this amazing recipe:

5. Asparagus

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 35
Total preparation time– 15 min

Asparagus is a healthy, refreshing and light vegetable that pairs incredibly well with rich fried Cod fish.

Crispy and flavorful, the recipe is simple to throw together and is extremely versatile.

You can either keep the stalks simple or coat them with some lemon, mint, chili flakes or Parmesan for an extra notch.

Check out this simple recipe by The Stay At Home Chef:

6. Baked Broccoli

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 35
Total preparation time– 25 min

Crispy golden brown Broccoli florets sprinkled with salt and pepper and tossed with parsley are delicious as a side dish.

They are filling, full of flavor and nutritious at the same time.

Ensure that the florets are cut uniformly as same sized pieces cook at a similar rate.

If you love cheese, try sprinkling the florets with grated parmesan and minced garlic. Happy Roasting!

7. Peas with Mint

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 81
Total preparation time- 20 min

This beyond easy Green peas with Mint recipe is perfect for serving alongside your Cod dinner.

Not only does it add a pop of color to your white fish dinner but also steps up the texture game.

Onions, Green Peas, Mint leaves and vegetable oil is all you need to throw this recipe together.

You can also drizzle some lemon juice for a zesty flavor.

Here’s an easy recipe for you:

8. Cornbread

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 330
Total preparation time– 30 min

Could there by anything better than a sweet side of moist, fluffy and buttery homemade cornbread with crisp golden edges? Probably not.

It optimally cuts through the richness of fried Cod and their tenderness and crumbliness is like a match made in heaven.

Cornbread gets its crumbliness when the batter is poured into a hot skillet.

Don’t have a cast iron skillet? Try a Baking dish or a Pie dish instead!

Check out this simple recipe by Preppy Kitchen:

9. Fried Okra

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 188
Total preparation time– 20 min

Yet another Southern staple, Fried Okra is classic treat that will make up for an awesome accompaniment to your Cod dinner.

It is so fuss-free to prepare that you will get it together under a few minutes.

The pieces are dipped in egg, and then tossed in a zip-top bag containing breading mixture prepared by a mix of flour, cornmeal, and cayenne pepper.

The okra is fried in hot oil to achieve a crispy coating.

It is best served warm with a dollop of salt.

Do check out this awesome recipe:

10. Lemon Rice

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 175
Total preparation time– 30 min

Transform that plain rice into an exotic dish bursting with lemon flavor!

Heart and healthy, Lemon Rice is just the side that your fried Cod needs.

The secret ingredient here is Turmeric Powder!

It will give your recipe the perfect amount of sunshine and flavor.

Sprinkle with dill once through.

Check out this super quick recipe:

11. Zucchini Fritters

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 196
Total preparation time– 25 min

Looking for something healthy and downright delicious to pair with Cod?

Zucchini Fritters is the answer!

Ready in under 30 minutes, this recipe is an effective way to put that Zucchini surplus to use.

Moreover, you only need 5 ingredients to get your hands on these ultimate crispy fritters. Impressive, isn’t it?

Go check out this super quick recipe:

12. Cheese Grits

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 120
Total preparation time– 25 min

A cozy comfort dish, these Cheese Grits can round out your Cod meal to absolute perfection.

Their creamy and buttery flavor goes along seamlessly with fried and flaky Cod fish.

Boil broth and water in a saucepan and season generously with salt.

Simmer and then whisk in corn grits stirring occasionally.

Then stir in butter and end by seasoning with salt and pepper.

Here’s how you can make the perfect Cheese grits:

13. Baked Beans

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 155
Total preparation time– 40 min

A comforting side meal, these Baked beans abound with a subtle and smokey flavor which provides a great contrast to your tender Cod fish.

It is super easy to prepare and does not take much of your time.

Just sauté garlic and throw in smoked paprika and stir.

Then add tomato puree and passata and simmer the sauce until thickened.

Add the beans and simmer for 10 minutes and you are done!

Here’s an easy Baked beans recipe:

14. Tartar Sauce

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 211
Total preparation time- 15 min

Tartar sauce makes for a classic accompaniment with fish and we must say that the homemade version tastes way better than store-bought ones.

With just the right taste and texture, it gives an instant creamy boost to your Cod meal.
Plus, picture dipping the flaky fish into this rich sauce infused with goodness of fresh herbs. Tantalizing, right?

Check out this super quick recipe:

15. Lemony Mashed Potatoes

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 88
Total preparation time– 40 min

Who will forget Potatoes when Cod is to be served for dinner?

The ultimate comfort food, creamy mashed potatoes with a hint of lemon are sure to steal the show.

Mash the potatoes to desired consistency and add two tablespoons of olive oil, butter, salt and pepper.

Stir everything together and top with parsley. Finish with a drizzle of lemon juice.

Check out this scrumptious recipe:

16. Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 536
Total preparation time– 60 min

Fish and chips are an unbeatable combination, isn’t it?

Thanks to vinegar powder, these crispy homemade Potato Chips taste just like store-bought ones, or even better!

The key to achieve crispy chips is cutting thin enough slices.

Use a mandoline to slice the potatoes finely.

Check out this delish recipe:

17. Fruit Salsa

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 50
Total preparation time– 10 min

Refreshing and packed with flavor, Fruit salsa is the perfect summer condiment.

Pick your favourite fruits (Mango, pineapple, strawberries etc) and then just chop, mix, toss, and dip! Simple and absolutely scrumptious.

Check out this recipe by Allrecipes:

18. Ratatouille

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 72
Total preparation time– 60 min

Classic French stew, Ratatouille is packed with fresh tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, squash and bell pepper.

Plus, it tastes delightful with Cod fish.

It gives these basic veggies a notch and is incredibly light and absolutely nutritious.

It is great on its own but if you want, you can top it with some parmesan.

Here’s how you can make the best ever Ratstouille:

19. Bacon

Total calories (per 100 gm)-541
Total preparation time– 20 mins

Crispy slices of bacon make everything taste better.

In order to keep your Cod from drying out and ensure that it stays all nice and moist, wrap it in bacon and roast for about 20 minutes until the bacon is golden brown and crispy.

We bet you will love the crispy bacon wrapped on the outside and soft and tender Cod on the inside.

Check out this amazing recipe by
Rockin Robin Cooks:

20. Whole Roasted Carrots

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 54
Total preparation time– 45 min

A side of whole roasted Carrots is smoky, luscious and brimming with so many flavors!

Toss the carrots and onions in a baking dish, whisk together some olive oil, red-wine vinegar, salt, cumin and pepper.

Pour the mix over onions and carrots and toss to coat.

Roast until the carrots get tender and brown and garnish with lemon zest once done.

Check out a simple recipe here:

21. Bread Buns

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 300

Want to enjoy a restaurant-style meal at home?

Pick up some bread buns and coat them generously with butter and a dollop of mayonnaise.

Tuck in your fried fish fillet and enjoy your classy fast food meal!

22. Onion Rings

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 332
Total preparation time– 25 min

Yet another perfect finger-food, Onion rings and fish make an excellent pair as both of them are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Baked or fried, these rings taste delicious either way.

Although easy to make, it might cost you a little to get them the right crispy at home. Don’t fret, check this quick and easy recipe:

Bottom Line

We hope this wholesome guide on what to serve with Cod Fish has been helpful for you.

These incredibly luscious delights will flank your main dish beautifully with their harmony of complementing flavors and interesting textures.

Do try them out and let us know which one worked the best for you in the comments below.

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About Karen Wilson

Karen is a foodie to the core. She loves any variety of food - spicy or junk! Her slender body and height are deceiving, as she enjoys eating hearty meals that would leave most people gasping for air. She has an appetite for life, and wants everyone around her to share in it too.