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What to Serve with Yellow Rice? 10 BEST Side Dishes

So, you’re whipping up some yellow rice and thinking, “What next?” We’ve got you covered.

Yellow rice on its own is cool, but pair it with the right side dishes and you’re entering flavor town.

Whether it’s crispy fried plantains, zesty black beans, or juicy grilled chicken, the right sides can totally make the meal.

We’ve experimented, tasted, and compiled the ultimate list of sides that will elevate your yellow rice game. Let’s make this feast unforgettable.

Top 10 Side Dishes for Yellow Rice

Here are our top 10 picks for side dishes to serve with your delicious yellow rice:

Side DishMain IngredientsFlavorDifficultyTime
Grilled Chicken SkewersChicken, marinadeSavory, slightly spicyModerate30 min
Roasted AsparagusAsparagus, olive oil, garlicEarthy, nuttyEasy20 min
Sautéed Spinach with GarlicSpinach, garlic, olive oilGarlicky, freshEasy15 min
Baked Salmon FilletsSalmon, lemon, herbsCitrusy, herbalModerate25 min
Garlic Parmesan Roasted BroccoliBroccoli, garlic, ParmesanSavory, cheesyEasy25 min
Mango SalsaMango, onion, cilantro, limeSweet, tangyEasy20 min
Fried PlantainsPlantains, oilSweet, caramelizedModerate20 min
Avocado SaladAvocado, tomato, onion, limeCreamy, freshEasy15 min
Grilled Pork ChopsPork chops, marinadeSavory, slightly sweetModerate30 min
Roasted Brussels SproutsBrussels sprouts, bacon, garlicSavory, slightly sweetModerate30 min

1 – Grilled Chicken Skewers

We all love grilled chicken skewers, right? They add a smoky, juicy touch to yellow rice. The chicken is marinated in a tangy mix of lime, garlic, and herbs. Each bite bursts with flavor.

We’ve had these at every BBQ and they never disappoint. They pair perfectly with the spices in yellow rice. Simple, delicious, unbeatable.

2 – Roasted Asparagus

Roasted asparagus is our veggie go-to. The crunch on the outside with a soft bite inside. It’s all about balancing zest and crunch. Lemon juice, salt, and olive oil work wonders.

The flavor? Earthy, fresh, and slightly nutty. We grew up avoiding greens but now, we can’t get enough. It’s simple, healthy, and tasty.

3 – Sautéed Spinach with Garlic

Spinach: it’s simple, healthy, and tasty. We sauté it with garlic for a burst of flavor. The garlic adds a warm, slightly spicy edge that pairs perfectly with the mild taste of spinach.

Growing up, greens were a struggle. Now, we can’t get enough. This side dish is straightforward and brings zest to our yellow rice.

4 – Baked Salmon Fillets

Baked salmon fillets are rich, buttery, and flaky. We pop them in the oven with a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. The result? Perfection.

Each piece melts in your mouth with a delightful balance of crispy skin and tender flesh. The lemon zest and herbs uplift the salmon flavor beautifully. We always scrape the plate clean.

Growing up, salmon was a treat. Now, it’s a favorite side with yellow rice.

5 – Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Who knew broccoli could be so awesome? Roasted with garlic and parmesan, it’s crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.

The parmesan adds a salty, cheesy touch that makes the veggie irresistible. We love how the garlic gives it an extra kick. Growing up, broccoli was blah, now it’s the star on our plate.

6 – Mango Salsa

Mango salsa is our go-to for a fresh, fruity zing. It blends sweet mangoes, spicy jalapeños, and tangy lime juice.

Each bite is a burst of flavors. The sweetness cools the heat perfectly.

We started adding this to everything after a beach BBQ. Now, it’s our secret sidekick for yellow rice.

7 – Fried Plantains

Fried plantains are sweet, crispy, and slightly caramelized. We fry them to golden perfection. Every bite is a blend of sweetness and crunch. They’re our go-to for a tasty side.

We’ve loved these since childhood BBQs. The slight char adds depth. They’re simple, yet flavorful. Perfect contrast to yellow rice.

8 – Avocado Salad

Avocado salad is our fresh and creamy fix. We mix ripe avocados with cherry tomatoes and red onions.

A light dressing of olive oil, lime juice, and salt ties it all together. The result? A burst of creamy, tangy goodness.

We first tried this at a summer picnic. It’s been a fav side ever since.

9 – Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled pork chops are good. They are juicy and smoky, tender and flavorful. We marinate them in soy sauce, garlic, and honey. The sweet and salty blend adds depth. Fry them on high heat until slightly charred.

We enjoy them at family BBQs. They go perfect with yellow rice. A timeless and tasty favorite.

10 – Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Fried plantains are the deal. They’re sweet and crispy with a slight caramelized edge. We fry them until golden brown.

The result? An amazing mix of sweetness and crunch. Loved these since family BBQs. Their slight char contrasts beautifully with yellow rice. Simple yet so flavorful.