Good Grains: 6 Sides to Try With Fish

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There’s a reason more and more people in the world are turning to fish rather than beef: it’s healthy, versatile and can be enjoyed with seemingly endless meal options. Considering this, it would be a shame to not expand your culinary repertoire beyond simple salads and potato side dishes. Next time you’re feeling like mixing things up in the kitchen, consider serving any of these six grains alongside your favorite fish entree.


A type of grain that serves as a flavorful replacement for pasta, faro is best served as a side to something prepared with strong spices and aromas. In a dish like Regal Springs’ Grilled Tilapia Over Chanterelle Faro, the faro picks up on the flavors of the garlic and tomato, providing you with a rich and delicious meal. If faro isn’t your thing, try preparing the toppings with brown rice instead.


Quinoa exploded in popularity in recent years, largely due to its versatility and the ease with which you can add it to many meals. A common favorite is to chop up some vegetables and toss them together with some cooked, cooled quinoa. Try it as a side for Regal Springs’ Toasted Coconut Tilapia With Pomegranate Salsa to make it a complete, family-friendly meal.


Millet is often referred to as a cereal grain, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from enjoying this sweet, nutty, gluten-free option at all times of the day. Millet is best served with dishes that have many spices, like Regal Springs’ Spicy Tilapia Ceviche. It offers a little bit of balance to those who enjoy spicy food, but aren’t accustomed to major amounts of heat.


Adding couscous to the side of your dish not only makes it more filling, but far more flavourful. Rejuvenate your tried and tested spinach salad side by mixing it with couscous, tomatoes and garlic. Or, use couscous on its own to accompany Regal Springs’ Tilapia With Chimichurri Sauce.


When harvested dry, field corn can be considered a grain. The sweetness of corn on the cob goes well with hearty, oven-roasted meals. It’s light and fun to eat, too, making it a great option for children and picky eaters. Give it a try alongside Regal Springs’ Oven Roasted Tilapia And Vegetables With Citrus Vinaigrette.

Next time you’re looking to add a little something extra to your fish entrees, trying going against the grain with any of these six delicious side dish options.

Photo Credits: Regal Springs