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    The 30 BEST Sides for Fried Fish

    If you’re wondering what to serve with fried fish, you’ve come to the right place!

    Whether you’re going with beer battered or southern cornmeal fried, there are plenty of different Sides for Fried Fish to be found here.

    From classics like fries and slaw, to salads, veggies, casseroles and more, there are a huge variety of options for you.

    Go through all of these great sides for fried fish, and be sure to let us know your favorites!

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    What to Serve with Fried Fish:

    1. Cheese Grits

    Cheese Grits… the ultimate Southern side dish! This creamy and comforting corn-based delight is a staple in the south.

    This one deserves a spot in every cook’s repertoire. It’s one of our favorite sides for fried fish, especially catfish!

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    2. Coleslaw

    There are a lot of Coleslaw recipes out there, but this is the best hands down! Just a quick chop and mix is all it takes to make this iconic side dish.

    This Classic Coleslaw is essential for all your upcoming cookouts and potlucks. It’s creamy and crunchy, and goes with all of your summertime favorites.

    Bring this to your next get together and guests will be asking for the secret to your slaw!

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    3. Macaroni Salad

    Macaroni Salad is another one of the staple sides for fried fish.

    This version is extra creamy and extra tangy. Make a big batch, and enjoy the leftovers for days!

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    4. Steak Fries

    These easy baked Steak Fries are a breeze to make, and go with just about anything. They may be the perfect side dish for fried fish.

    You’ll love these tasty potato wedges, which are perfectly seasoned, then baked to crispy perfection.

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    5. Squash Casserole

    Mildly flavored sweet squash folded into a creamy, cheesy sauce and topped with buttery cracker topping (and yes, Ritz is the best).

    People will be going for seconds and thirds!

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    6. Sweet Potato Fries

    These tasty alternatives to your basic French fries are sweeping restaurants across the country.

    The sweetness of these fries make a great pairing with you crunch, savory fish.

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    7. Fried Green Tomatoes

    If you’re from the South, these Fried Green Tomatoes are a must in the summertime side for fried fish! 

    Well seasoned and super crispy on the outside, with a tender and succulent inside, they’re perfect as an appetizer or side dish.

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    8. Wedge Salad

    How about this classic wedge salad. Fresh, crispy and delicious. This goes great with your favorite steak, pork, chicken and fish.

    It’s one of the most classic salad recipes for good reason!

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    9. Dirty Rice

    Dirty Rice is a famous dish in Creole and Cajun cuisines. White rice gets a “dirty” color from bits of meat and a generous dose of seasonings.

    It’s a super delicious recipe that’s packed with flavor. Try it and see!

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    10. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto

    Get some veggies power going with this Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad. It’s enhanced with a flavorful pesto dressing and fresh mozzarella pearls. So good!

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    11. Rainbow Pasta Salad

    Make this colorful pasta for your next fish fry. You can’t get easier than this Rainbow Pasta Salad. We love the final touch of feta in there…

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    12. Green Bean Almondine

    This dish not only makes your humble green beans fancy, but it’s absolutely delicious and elegant in its simplicity.

    Vibrant French style green beans tossed with brown butter, toasty almonds (that’s where almondine comes from), shallots, garlic and a squeeze of lemon to brighten it in the end.

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    13. Louisiana Style Remoulade

    Louisiana style remoulade… If you need a new condiment, here it is!

    Go beyond your basic tartar sauce, this Cajun classic is the BEST sauce for dipping your fried fish.

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    14. Creamed Corn

    Skip the canned stuffed, and make your own homemade creamed corn. Made with fresh corn, it’s so creamy and full of flavor.

    This side dish is addictively good.

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    15. New England Clam Chowder

    This New England Clam Chowder is the cozy bowl of seafood goodness you need in your life. The creamy, perfectly seasoned broth is loaded with clams and potatoes.

    It’s a classic seafood restaurant side dish.

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    16. Arroz con Gandules

    This Arroz con Gandules recipe may be my new favorite rice dish!

    Tender rice with pigeon peas, generously flavored with salted pork, sofrito, olives, tomato sauce and some great Latin seasonings. It’s a flavor bomb!

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    17. Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread

    Cornbread is one of our all around favorite side dishes, and it goes great with fried fish.

    This is cornbread taken to the next level, and then some. Bacon, cheddar and jalapenõs… best cornbread recipe ever!

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    18. Sriracha Mayo

    Another great dipping sauce is this easy Sriracha Mayo recipe! Once you try it, you’re going to be using it on everything.

    Just four simple ingredients is all you need to make this tasty sauce, which is great as a spread for sandwiches and burgers, as a dip, or for drizzling.

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    19. Balela Salad

    Let us present you Balela deliciousness!! So colorful, so easy, so refreshing… This hearty, colorful salad is bursting with flavors and textures.

    It’s a versatile salad you’ll make again and again.

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    20. Sheet Pan Roasted Broccoli

    Make this incredibly easy and addicting Sheet Pan Roasted Broccoli recipe for your loved ones. The healthy, crispy and amazingly flavored broccoli will taste just delicious.

    This is a perfect veggie side dish for fried fish.

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    21. Mac and Cheese

    This mac and cheese is super rich and cheesy. Everyone needs a great mac and cheese recipe in their repertoire, and this is it!

    You’re going to love this creamy cheesiness.

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    22. Mushy Peas

    Have you ever had mushy peas alongside a nice slab of batter fried cod? Then you’ve never been to Great Britain!

    Mushy Peas are a popular British side. Peas are simply cooked, then mashed and seasoned. You can’t get much simpler than that.

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    23. Southern Fried Okra

    Fried okra is a classic summer side dish. This recipe shows you how to fry them up golden and crispy every time!

    Get the Recipe @ spicysouthernkitchen

    24. Biscuits

    These buttermilk biscuits are fluffy and tender. They only take four ingredients, you’ll love how easy they are!

    They go great with fried fish, and so many other dishes.

    Get the Recipe @ thegunnysack

    25. Southern Collard Greens

    Nothing says Southern like beans, greens and cornbread. Well, these collard greens are one third of the combo. Trust us, you’ll keep coming back to this vegetable recipe!

    Get the Recipe @ theseasonedmom

    26. Hush Puppies

    These deep fried hush puppies are so good! They’re great for snacking, make tasty sides for a variety of dishes and are a MUST alongside fried catfish!

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    27. Lemonade

    When you want a cool refreshing drink with your meal, nothing beats good old fashioned lemonade!

    This simple, 3 ingredient recipe, is the original. This is what kids have been selling at lemonade stands for generations.

    Get the Recipe @ natashaskitchen

    28. Onion Rings

    These onion rings are easy and only take a few ingredients. They make a great fried fish side dish for people who eat onions.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    29. Potato Salad

    The star of every potluck and BBQ party. You’ve got to have some Potato salad. Not just any potato salad, but something super creamy, crunchy and finger licking delicious.

    This one is loaded with pickles and celery along with the usual potato salad musts. Super easy and simple.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    30. Homemade French Fries

    Last, but certainly not least, we have homemade French Fries. You can’t have fish and chips without them!

    These homemade fries are potatoes that are cut into sticks and deep fried until golden brown, then sprinkled with seasoning.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    So many perfect sides for fried fish. It’s hard to pick just one!

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    30 BEST Sides for Fried Fish

    If you're wondering what to serve with fried fish, here are 30 great sides from classic fries and slaw, to some new unique ideas. For a great dipping sauce, try this sriracha mayo:


    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 4-5 Tbsp sriracha
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 Tbsp honey


    1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Taste and adjust.
    3. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

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