So, you have a tasty tilapia recipe, but can't think of what to serve with tilapia? We have you covered with a collection of the best side dishes for tilapia. From crave-worthy vegetables to unique salads, and all the carbs your heart desires.
Tilapia is a white, mild fish that tastes slightly sweet and has a firm but flakey texture. It's one of our favorite seafood to cook because it's high in protein, versatile, and an easy option for busy weeknights.
With so many different methods to cook this healthy fish, we always keep a bag of frozen tilapia fillets in our freezer. Keep it simple or elevate this fish with our sherry cream sauce paired with one of our favorite tilapia sides.
Sides for Tilapia
1. Fried Hush Puppies
Hush puppies are a popular Southern dish that's sure to excite your taste buds! Fried to golden-brown perfection, hush puppies have a crunchy exterior that gives way to a pillowy soft interior. Known as one of the classic sides for fried fish.
2. Potato Wedges
The side of all sides! Potato wedges are a popular alternative to traditional French fries, and are a satisfying blend of textures and flavor. For kids and adults alike, these might be one of the most popular side dishes.
3. Coconut Lime Rice
Spruce up plain rice by cooking jasmine rice with coconut cream and lime juice to brighten up any tilapia dish. Add a side of vegetables to make a well-balanced and healthy meal.
4. Mac and Cheese
Typically, cheese and fish shouldn't be paired together, but we make an exception for this creamy, kid-friendly side for tilapia.
5. Pesto Rice
Rice is one of the most popular side dishes for tilapia. This bold flavored rice with pesto pairs perfectly with mild flavored tilapia.
6. Fingerling Potatoes
Fingerling potatoes are small, narrow, and elongated potatoes with a naturally buttery and nutty flavor. They are a "fancy" alternative to French fries.
7. Mashed Potatoes
These crock pot mashed potatoes are the easiest side dish. Just toss the ingredients in your slow cooker and forget it!
8. Sweet Potato Cubes
The sweet, earthy flavor of sweet potatoes make for a tasty tilapia pairing. A pad of butter will enhance the flavor of fish and potatoes.
Side Dishes for Tilapia with Vegetables
9. Air Fryer Green Beans
We love an easy side dish and this recipe is always a great choice when were in a pinch. The air fryer cooks green beans to perfection in less than 10 minutes using a few of simple ingredients to make one of our favorite sides for tilapia.
10. Roasted Carrots
Be the star of your kitchen and make your tilapia dinner stand out with this mouthwatering side dish. A great side for any main dish.
11. Air Fryer Zucchini
The interior of the zucchini is cooked to a soft consistency, while the skin is golden brown. This recipe is a great option for a low-carb, healthy side dish.
12. Garlic Parmesan Asparagus
Turn fresh asparagus spears sprinkled with parmesan cheese into a delicious side for any tilapia recipe. Have this on your dinner table in 15 minutes.
13. Cauliflower Rice
This is the perfect side dish when you want a low carb side. This Mexican flavors in this Spanish-inspired cauliflower rice would be a great side for tilapia fish tacos.
Salad & Slaw to Serve with Tilapia
14. Corn Avocado Salad
This vibrant salad features crisp, fresh vegetables and is a light side dish to pair with any fish.
15. Cilantro Lime Slaw
Coleslaw is one of the most popular side dishes for tilapia, and this slaw is a unique twist on the classic. Enjoy this crisp slaw as a side dish or add it to the top of tilapia tacos.
16. Orange and Fennel Salad
Impress your guests with this combination of unique and crave-worthy flavors. This bright salad is a flavorful side dish for fish.
17. Mediterranean Couscous Salad
Prepare tilapia with Greek seasoning and pair with this Mediterranean salad for a healthy meal. This delightful dish combines veggies, fresh herbs, a zesty dressing made with olive oil and lemon juice.
18. Cowboy Caviar
Texas caviar is the perfect side dish for fish because of all the fresh ingredients and zesty citrus dressing. This recipe has it all: bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and black beans.