Have you run out of ideas of ways to complement your grilled fish? Exotic side dishes can be an interesting choice to surprise your guests with new flavours!

There are so many of them, vegetable-based but also fruit-based, inspired by Asian, South American or other culinary traditions. Mango, avocado, pineapple and papaya frequently appear among the options, but also vegetables that are easy to come across in Italy, such as red peppers.

These dishes are often characterised by intense, spicy flavours or cool, fresh herbs that go well with many varieties of fish.

Here are some tasty and easy-to-prepare ideas to make your next barbecue even more special!

5 ideas for side dishes to accompany your grilled fish

  1. Grilled mango with ginger salsa: peel the mango and cut into fairly large cubes, then grill for a few minutes on both sides. Prepare the salsa using fresh ingredients: mix grated ginger with lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. This salsa goes very well with delicate meaty fish such as sea bass, sole and dentex, but also with desserts at the end of a meal: try it with vanilla ice cream!
  2. Grilled pineapple with coconut dip: cut the fruit into thick slices, brush with olive oil and grill for a few minutes on both sides, according to your taste. To prepare the coconut sauce, mix coconut milk with brown sugar, a pinch of salt, lime juice and a grinding of black pepper. This recipe goes well with prawns, salmon, tuna and swordfish. Be careful, however: the flavour is very sweet and may not appeal to those who like stronger and more savoury flavours.
  3. Grilled tomatoes stuffed with basmati rice and dried fruit: cut the tops off the tomatoes and empty them of their flesh, then fill them with the previously cooked basmati rice and dried fruit as desired. Bake the stuffed tomatoes for 10-15 minutes at 180°C. With a Palazzetti outdoor kitchen you can do all this in the open air: among the available units you will find a grill, oven and even a hob!
  4. Chinese green beans with soy sauce and almonds: boil the Chinese green beans (or alternatively, classic French beans) and season with a mix of soy sauce, almond flakes and chilli as desired. This side dish goes well with tuna and salmon, either cooked on the grill or seared on the teppanyaki hotplate.
  5. Vegetable tempura: it’s certainly not the lightest of dishes, but a Japanese stir-fry cannot be left off this list of exotic side dishes for grilled fish. Carrot, courgette and aubergine tempura goes perfectly with prawns, squid and shrimps.

Before choosing which side dish to prepare, think about the type of fish you intend to grill. More delicate fish (such as sea bass or sea bream) require light accompaniments that do not overpower their taste. Fatty fish such as salmon or shellfish, on the other hand, go well with side dishes that balance their richness, such as fresh vegetables, citrusy dips or cereal mixes.

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