15 Best Side Dishes for Fried Fish
When it comes to frying fish, people tend to belong to one of two camps. The first has a knack for flipping battered fillets over the skillet reeeal quick for a no-fuss (but often fantastic) meal. That's that. The second draws a clear line between fried fish and fish fries. This camp considers frying fish an event, ordained to gather people together. Cold drinks and warm conversation are a must. But whether you're feeding one person or the multitudes, the sides still matter. Read on for some of the best.
Chef John's French Fries
Glazed Peas and Potatoes with Mint
Dad's Creamy Cucumber Salad
All the creaminess and tang of traditional coleslaw but cooler thanks to the cucumber's water content.
Cheese and Bacon Potato Rounds
Chef John's Succotash
Fresh jalapeno kicks this succotash up a notch, while corn, tomatoes, red peppers, and yellow onions lend a subtle sweetness.
Homemade Salt and Vinegar Chips
Kickin' Collard Greens
Another Southern side for fried fish, collard greens simmer with bacon, garlic, onion, and chicken broth until they're perfectly savory.
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
Crispy bits of Parmesan and garlic give this simple roasted cauliflower its five-star rating. This dish takes barely any effort to prepare, so you can focus on frying.
Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Lemon
Lemony green beans brighten up any meal you serve them with, but this side would pair especially well with fried fish.
Melody's Corn Maque Choux
Serve Cajun-style fried fish with maque choux, a traditional Louisiana succotash. With crumbled bacon, bacon drippings, and butter, this side has enough flavor to stand up to spicy batter.
Suzy's Mashed Red Potatoes
You don't need gravy to give these mashed potatoes oomph. Red potato skins add flavor — as do generous amounts of butter, milk, and sour cream.