Cod is a deliciously mild and flaky white fish that cooks up firm and flavorfully. It’s the perfect seafood meal to pair with a variety of recipes. If you’re looking for ideas, check out our list of 27 side dishes for cod!

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For more delicious sides for your favorite meals, try Sides for BBQ Pulled Pork, What to Serve With Burgers, or The Best Sides for Fried Chicken.

Vegetable Side Dishes For Cod

1. Crispy Bacon Wrapped Asparagus_
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Crispy Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Bacon and asparagus go together so perfectly! The crispy, savory bacon wrapped around the tender, salty asparagus. It’s the perfect side dish for white fish like cod.
Check out this recipe!
2. Roasted Green Beans _ Potatoes_
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Roasted Green Beans & Potatoes
Oven roast some green beans and potatoes for the easiest and most delicious side dish. They are tender, salty, and crispy! Featuring olive oil, rosemary, garlic, and just a bit of salt and pepper – yum!
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3. Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts_
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Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts
Looking for flavorful side dishes for cod? These honey sriracha Brussels sprouts are roasted and then tossed in the most delicious sauce. If you love sweet and spicy veggies, you have to try these!
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4. Easy Cabbage Dill Coleslaw_
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Easy Cabbage Dill Coleslaw
Serve up this Dill Cabbage Coleslaw for your next white fish dinner. This appetizer is fresh and bright and it’s ready in under 15 minutes!
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5. Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts_
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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
This Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts recipe will become your new favorite appetizer. The air fryer creates the most crispy yet tender recipe. Featuring a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with seasonings.
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6. Yau Garlic Soy Sauce_
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Yau Garlic Soy Sauce
Have you ever noticed that intriguing leafy lettuce in the Asian supermarket? It’s called Yau Mak (Chinese Lettuce) and is similar to Romaine lettuce. The main difference is you are supposed to cook it and not eat it raw. Try this recipe for blanched yau mak with seasoned garlic soy sauce.
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Rice & Grain Medleys

7. Brown Butter _ Sage Polenta_
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Brown Butter & Sage Polenta
Creamy polenta is a fabulous side dish for cod! This delicious starch alternative to potatoes, rice and even pasta. This Brown Butter and Sage Polenta recipe is so good it literally melts in your mouth!
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8. Egg Fried Rice_
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Egg Fried Rice
Homemade Egg Fried Rice is always a winning side or appetizer! It’s quick and easy with minimal effort and fluffy rice. You can never go wrong with pan-fried egg-fried rice with some soy sauce.
Check out this recipe!
9. Wild Grain Casserole_
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Wild Grain Casserole
Wild Grain Casserole with Caramelized Onion, Dates, and Walnuts is a lovely nutritious side dish for cod! The combination of juicy Medjool dates and crunchy toasted walnuts embedded in fluffy rice is heavenly.
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10. Egyptian Rice_
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Egyptian Rice
If you’ve never had Egyptian rice رز بالشعرية (roz bel shareya), now is your sign to try it! This Egyptian staple features rice cooked with vermicelli noodles, ghee, and a few other ingredients is next level delicious.
Check out this recipe!
11. Creamy Mushroom Risotto_
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Creamy Mushroom Risotto
Creamy Mushroom Risotto is truly a restaurant quality side dish! It’s quick and easy too with rich, earthy flavors like mushrooms. The creamy rice and herbs and white wine for a deeper flavor.
Check out this recipe!
12. Orzo Rice Pilaf_
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Orzo Rice Pilaf
Orzo translates to "barley" in Italian, but really it’s a short-cut pasta made from semolina flour that looks like a grain. It’s a mouth-watering recipe featuring toasted orzo with aromatic basmati rice in a garlic and onion-infused broth.
Check out this recipe!

Recipes For Soups

13. Chili With Quinoa _
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Chili With Quinoa
Warm up your weeknights with Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili – a quick, healthy dinner for chilly days. Packed with black beans, quinoa, and veggies, it's a protein and fiber boost. Best of all, it's a dump-and-go recipe ready in minutes!
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14. Instant Pot Lasagna Soup _
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Instant Pot Lasagna Soup
Ultimate comfort food alert: Instant Pot Lasagna Soup! Whether with beef or turkey and a trio of cheeses, it's always a crowd-pleaser when served with tender white fish.
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15. Butternut Squash _ Apple Soup _
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Butternut Squash & Apple Soup
Butternut Squash & Apple Soup is the ultimate side dish for cod! Smooth, nutty squash, sweet apple, and fragrant sage make it flavorful and healthy. Vegan and low histamine for a cozy, chilly day.
Check out this recipe!

Salad Mixes

16. Pear _ Arugula Salad With Goat Cheese _
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Pear & Arugula Salad With Goat Cheese
Enjoy the simplicity of Pear and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Apricot Vinaigrette! It is a delightful mix of mild and sweet flavors. Pure magic in a salad!
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17. Black Eyed Pea Salad _
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Black Eyed Pea Salad
Enjoy a simple vegan side: Black Eyed Pea Salad with Collard Greens. It's a mix of black-eyed peas, garlic-ginger vinaigrette, and fresh veggies. Prep time covers soaking and simmering dried peas, but feel free to use frozen or canned peas for a quicker option.
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18. Mango Salsa _
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Mango Salsa
Colorful and flavorful mango salsa – the ideal pairing for dishes like cod fish tacos and crab cakes. Whip it up in just 20 minutes with a handful of simple ingredients!
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19. Creamy Cucumber Salad _
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Creamy Cucumber Salad
Experience a tangy, herby flavor paired with a cool, crunchy, and refreshing texture. This recipe is a breeze with its super simple ingredients, taking just 10 minutes from start to finish. Enjoy a healthy dose of vegetables in your side dish!
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20. Wine _ Thyme Mac N Cheese_
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Wine & Thyme Mac N Cheese
If you want to serve a pasta dish with your cod try this White Wine Mac and Cheese. It’s super flavorful with the crisp and earthy flavors of white wine and thyme that perfectly contrast the sharp white cheddar cheese.
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21. Fettuccine Alfredo With Mushrooms_
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Fettuccine Alfredo With Mushrooms
Fettuccine Alfredo with mushrooms is a classic Italian side dish or main course. It’s ready in less than 30 minutes, and no cream is needed.
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22. Boursin Cheese Sundried Tomato Orzo_
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Boursin Cheese Sundried Tomato Orzo
You will instantly become obsessed with this quick and easy one-pot side dish made with orzo pasta in a creamy Boursin cheese! It also features parmesan sundried tomato sauce that’s, absolutely amazing.
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23. Pasta E Piselli _
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Pasta E Piselli
Try this simple and tasty Italian classic – Pasta e Piselli, or "pasta and peas." It's a one-pot dish with pasta, peas, and a creamy cheesy sauce. Top it with basil and cracked pepper for a delicious dinner!
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Our Favorite Recipes

24. Air Fryer Okra _
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Air Fryer Okra
Create crispy Air Fryer Okra – all the crunch and flavor, minus the excess grease and calories. Sliced okra coated in a seasoned Parmesan-breadcrumb mix, air-fried to perfection. Enjoy this easy Southern snack with homemade ranch for a healthy treat.
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25. Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes _
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Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes
Looking for the best side dishes for cod? Irresistibly buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes—smooth, creamy, and loaded with flavor.
Check out this recipe!
26. Red Cabbage Coleslaw With Tangy Apple _
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Red Cabbage Coleslaw With Tangy Apple
Refreshing Red Cabbage Coleslaw with Apple & Carrot – no mayo! Crunchy mix of cabbage, carrot, apple, jalapeno, cilantro & green onion, tossed in tangy apple cider vinegar dressing. Perfect as a topping for tacos or sandwiches or as a simple, healthy side dish.
Check out this recipe!
27. Healthy Mushroom Soup _
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Healthy Mushroom Soup
Searching for a tasty and healthy mushroom soup? Try this easy, creamy recipe with a mix of herbs and spices – the ideal cozy Fall soup! It’s perfect next to a tender slice of white fish like cod.
Check out this recipe!

Cooking Cod Fish

Due to its firm texture and low-fat content, it’s best to cook cod by frying, grilling, steaming, baking, or broiling!

Cod usually comes in filets, so you likely have little prep time associated with cooking this flaky fish. Leave the whole filet intact if you’re grilling, baking, or broiling it. However, if you’re cooking cod in a soup or stew, try slicing it up into smaller pieces.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Cooked cod can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. And for longer storage, it can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Yes, cod can be substituted with other white fish, such as haddock or halibut, in most recipes. However, keep in mind that each type of fish may have a slightly different flavor and texture when cooked.

Yes, frozen cod can be used in most recipes as long as it is thawed properly before cooking. The best way to thaw frozen cod overnight is to place it in the refrigerator.

Elevate your cod game with these 27 mouthwatering side dishes! From fresh salads to flavorful veggies, the perfect companions for your delicious cod feast. Which one will you try first?

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