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What to Serve with Poached Salmon? 10 BEST Side Dishes

Poached salmon is our go-to for a tasty, healthy meal. It’s light, delicious, and pairs well with so many sides. We’ve all been there, staring at a beautiful piece of poached salmon, wondering what makes the perfect companion on the plate.

Let’s dig into ten awesome side dishes that can take your poached salmon from good to wow. From veggies to grains, we’ve got something for everyone’s taste. Ready to discover some fresh ideas?

Top 10 Side Dishes for Poached Salmon

Here are our top 10 picks for side dishes to serve with poached salmon:

Side DishIngredientsFlavorDifficultyCost
Roasted AsparagusAsparagus, olive oil, salt, pepperSavory, slightly nuttyEasyLow
Lemon Dill QuinoaQuinoa, lemon juice, dill, olive oilBright, herbalEasyModerate
Garlic Mashed PotatoesPotatoes, garlic, butter, milk, salt, pepperRich, creamy, garlickyModerateModerate
Cucumber Salad with DillCucumbers, sour cream, dill, vinegar, salt, pepperCool, refreshing, herbalEasyLow
Buttered Parsley PotatoesPotatoes, butter, parsley, salt, pepperButtery, herbalEasyModerate
Baked Sweet Potato FriesSweet potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepperSweet, savoryModerateModerate
Herbed CouscousCouscous, herbs, olive oil, lemon juiceFluffy, herbalEasyModerate
Sautéed Spinach with GarlicSpinach, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepperGarlicky, earthyEasyLow
Lemon Rice PilafRice, lemon, butter, herbsBright, lemonyModerateModerate
Roasted Brussels SproutsBrussels sprouts, olive oil, salt, pepperNutty, slightly sweetEasyModerate

1 – Roasted Asparagus

Roasted asparagus is a crispy delight. We love its slightly nutty flavor.

Perfectly charred tips and tender stalks. They add a crunch that pairs well with poached salmon.

We usually sprinkle some lemon zest and Parmesan. It’s a simple twist that transforms it.

This combo is light, fresh, and satisfying. Don’t sleep on roasted asparagus.

2 – Lemon Dill Quinoa

Lemon dill quinoa is zesty and herby. We mix fluffy quinoa with fresh lemon juice and fragrant dill. It’s light, refreshing, and perfect with poached salmon.

The citrus tang balances the fish’s richness. Dill adds that fresh, aromatic pop. Our tip? Extra lemon zest for a sharper punch of flavor. It’s easy, flavorful, and nutritious.

3 – Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Our garlic mashed potatoes are creamy and rich. They have a smooth texture with a robust garlicky flavor.

We add roasted garlic for a sweet, mellow taste. Butter and cream make it decadent.

It pairs well with poached salmon, cutting through the richness of the fish. Pure comfort and elegance in every bite.

4 – Cucumber Salad with Dill

Next, let’s talk cucumber salad with dill.

It’s crisp and refreshing. Fresh cucumber slices are mixed with dill and tangy dressing. The flavors are light and cool. Dill adds a nice, herbaceous note. Perfect for hot days and poached salmon.

Quick tip: add a pinch of salt. We do. It boosts the flavors nicely.

Worth trying? Absolutely.

5 – Buttered Parsley Potatoes

The perfect sidekick for poached salmon. Buttered parsley potatoes bring creamy and buttery goodness. They’re tender inside, golden outside.

Bursting with flavor, these potatoes have that fresh parsley zing. The richness of butter balances with poached salmon effortlessly.

Our tip: Use fresh parsley. It makes a huge difference. Buttered parsley potatoes? Simply essential.

6 – Baked Sweet Potato Fries

One of our favorite sides is baked sweet potato fries. These are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Sweet, slightly caramelized flavor makes them a stand-out.

We love how they contrast with the delicate poached salmon. Sprinkle with sea salt and dip in aioli. Yum, you’ll crave these for days.

7 – Herbed Couscous

Herbed couscous is fluffy and aromatic. Infused with fresh herbs, it delivers a light, delicate flavor.

We love using mint and parsley. They add a refreshing, green touch.

What’s great is its subtle blend with poached salmon. The couscous doesn’t overpower the fish.

It’s quick and easy to make. A reliable side for any meal.

8 – Sautéed Spinach with Garlic

Sautéed spinach with garlic is a side with punchy flavor. Fresh spinach, cooked just right with garlic. We get a bright, slightly sweet taste.

The garlic adds a deliciously bold twist. It’s light, healthy, and complements poached salmon perfectly. We often add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a tad of heat. Simple and effective!

9 – Lemon Rice Pilaf

Lemon rice pilaf is fluffy and zesty. The fresh lemon juice adds a bright, tangy flavor, while the fluffy rice provides a delicate base. We love how the citrus balances the salmon’s richness.

A sprinkle of parsley brings freshness. We add some lemon zest for an extra punch. This combination is light and refreshing.

10 – Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts are a must-try side. They are crispy, caramelized, and slightly sweet. We love how they get golden and crunchy.

The bitterness balances the poached salmon perfectly. Personal tip: add a drizzle of balsamic glaze. It’s a game-changer. We can’t get enough of this combo. Roasted Brussels sprouts will elevate your meal significantly.