What to Serve with Mussels: 45+ Easy Side Dishes

Wondering what to serve with mussels for dinner? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide of delicious sides. These dishes pair with all your favorite mussel recipes.

Wondering what side dishes go with mussels?

Imagine crusty bread, a blank canvas for soaking up that irresistible broth, or fluffy angel hair pasta dancing with the mussels in a garlicky sauce.

Crave something a touch lighter? A vibrant quinoa salad is your new best friend. Want more adventure? Take your taste buds on a trip to Thailand with a fragrant green curry or add a Spanish kick with chorizo sausages.

Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering or a fancy soirée, this guide is your passport to mussel side dish nirvana. So, ditch the boring and embrace the extraordinary.

PS – Don’t forget the sauce! Here are 15+ Sensational Sauces for Mussels too!

The BEST Side Dishes for Mussels

Overhead shot of paella in pan.
This vegetable paella is colorful, aromatic, and has a savory smoky flavor that’s truly unforgettable. Flecked with artichoke hearts, piquillo peppers and green peas.
Vegetarian Paella
Cooked french fries in air fryer.
These Air Fryer Frozen Shoestring Fries come out exactly like your favorite fast food fries! They’re crispy, golden on the outside and perfectly fluffy inside. SO much better than deep frying or baking! Plus, you can cook different types of fries – waffle fries, steak fries and more!
Air Fryer Fries
Overhead shot of fideua in paella pan topped with lemon wedges and aioli with serving spoon.
This Fideuà recipe (also known as broken pasta paella) is a Catalan seafood specialty and is perfect for your next party! 
Fiedua
Baked crostini on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Crostini are easy to make at home using just 3-ingredients – bread, olive oil and salt. This simple crostini recipe is the perfect appetizer for parties. You can make them ahead of time and serve them with a variety of toppings.
Crostini
Arugula Salad ready to be served.
This Arugula Salad recipe with red wine vinaigrette is my go-to green salad. The arugula has a peppery bite to it which pairs wonderfully with the acid in the vinaigrette. It’s the perfect salad for pairing with rich dishes.
Arugula Salad
Overhead close up of quinoa salad in bowl.
Make this copycat Costco Quinoa Salad at home for a healthy, hearty, and delicious grain-based salad studded with fresh veggies and fresh lemon dressing.
Quinoa Salad
Green curry in bowl.
Deliciously rich and aromatic Thai Green Chicken Curry with homemade curry paste. Make it mild or spicy with a vibrant creamy sauce.
Recipe: Kitchen Sanctuary
Green Curry
Paella in pan topped with dollops of aioli.
This Seafood Paella Recipe is served with saffron aioli and brimming with shrimp, clams, chicken & chorizo. It’s an impressive yet low-key Spanish dish that’s perfect for parties!
Seafood Paella
Overhead shot of lemon pasta in bowl next to charred lemon halves.
This easy Lemon Pasta is deliciously tangy and creamy, plus it comes together in under 15 minutes!
Lemon Pasta
Spears of asparagus cooked sous vide topped with parmesan shavings.
How to cook perfect asparagus sous vide. Bright green, perfectly cooked spears. With three options for flavoring – garlic, parmesan or lemon.
Sous Vide Asparagus
Overhead shot of bowl of cooked tomato couscous with spoon.
Israeli couscous with tomatoes is an amazing side dish full of flavor. Toasted pearl couscous is tossed with a burst tomato sauce and finished with a squeeze of lime for a delightful tang. Yum!
Tomato Couscous
These copycat Din Tai Fung Green Beans are deliciously crispy and coated with lots of savory garlic and a spicy chili crisp. It’s the best umami-forward side dish to pair with all of your takeout-inspired favorites!
Garlic Green Beans
Fluffy and fragrant, this recipe for saffron rice is quick, easy, and comes together in less than 30 minutes, adding vibrant color and bold flavor to your weeknight dinner routine.
Recipe: The Mediterranean Dish
Saffron Rice
Serving spoon in bowl of tomato cucumber salad.
This Tomato Cucumber Salad features fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and crisp red onion. Dressed in a tangy homemade red wine vinaigrette, every bite is bursting with refreshing Mediterranean flavors!
Tomato Cucumber Salad
Bowl of rice and small bowl of soy sauce next to instant pot.
With these tips you’ll see it’s simple to learn how to cook perfect rice in the Instant Pot . The result is fluffy & flavorful rice that’s easy to prepare with minimal measuring.
Instant Pot Rice
Overhead close up of zucchini fries on platter.
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries with Lemon Tarragon Aioli are perfect for snacking. Strips of zucchini, coated in panko cook up perfectly crispy in the air fryer. Dip them in an easy-to-prepare creamy aioli flavored with tarragon and lemon. 
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
Shaved brussels sprouts salad in large bowl with serving spoon.
This Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Mustard and Parmesan is tossed in a light red wine vinaigrette and makes a delicious, crunchy side dish.
Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad
Two hands holding bowl of cooked polenta.
This Creamy Parmesan Polenta recipe makes a delicious side dish. Irresistibly delicious with parmesan cheese, but simple to make with just 5-ingredients: polenta, parmesan, milk, chicken broth and butter. Yum!
Parmesan Polenta
Here’s the BEST recipe for homemade garlic bread! It starts with softened butter, minced garlic, parsley, and a few other ingredients.
Recipe: Little Spice Jar
Garlic Bread
Overhead shot of shaved fennel salad in green serving bowl on pink table.
This Fennel Celery Salad comes together quickly and has such a delicious light lemon-parmesan vinaigrette and wonderful crunch. It's the perfect side salad for rich and hearty dishes like pasta or braised short ribs.  
Shaved Fennel Salad
Overhead shot of hand holding bowl of butternut squash risotto.
This always rich and warming Butternut Squash Risotto is the perfect meal for fall. Roasted squash, creamy and tender rice, and fresh sage come together to form dreamy and heavenly flavors in every bite.
Butternut Squash Risotto
Shrimp Fra Diavolo features sautéed shrimp tossed in a spicy tomato sauce spiked with white wine. It's a quick & easy delicious pasta recipe perfect for the weeknight dinner table. 
 
Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Overhead shot of din tai fung cucumber salad on grey plate with chopsticks.
This copycat Din Tai Fung Cucumber Salad is bursting with flavor. Beautifully marinated cucumbers drizzled in chili oil is an outstanding vegetarian appetizer you can enjoy for any special occasion!
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Risotto in large dutch oven.
Indulge in this luxurious Lemon Risotto with Mascarpone. Rich, creamy, and tangy – Its bright flavor makes a perfect vegetarian entrée or a delicious side dish.
Lemon Risotto
Pasta salad in bowl on wooden cutting board next to bowl of pepper flakes.
This Zucchini Pasta Salad recipe may be the best I've tried to date! Packed with sauteed zucchini, loads of parmesan cheese, fresh dill and crunchy walnuts.
Zucchini Pasta Salad
Hawaiian coleslaw in white serving bowl.
Hawaiian Coleslaw with pineapple, cabbage, carrots, sesame seeds and a ginger-soy lime vinaigrette brings a tropical taste to traditional slaw.
Hawaiian Coleslaw
Overhead shot of cherry tomato salad in grey bowl.
This Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons is the perfect side dish. Sweet tomatoes combine with a tangy vinaigrette and delicious roasted lemons. 
Cherry Tomato Salad
Fennel salad with chickpeas in white bowl.
This Fennel and Chickpea Salad is tossed in a light citrus vinaigrette & topped with parmesan. It’s the perfect make-ahead salad for potlucks or lunches.
Fennel and Chickpea Salad
Sauteed spinach in white bowl.
Add a healthy boost of nutrients to your dinner with this easy Sauteed Spinach. Baby spinach is added to a skillet along with garlic and olive oil, then sauteed gently to create a simple side dish that pairs with any meal!
Sauteed Spinach
Close up of green bean fries on baking sheet lined with parchment.
Crispy parmesan Green Bean Fries are baked in the oven for a healthy, delicious treat. Served up with three dipping sauces – green goddess, honey mustard & creamy sriracha. A secret ingredient makes them extra delicious! Air Fryer directions included. 
Green Bean Fries
Overhead shot of cioppino in white bowl with spoon.
This Cioppino (Italian Seafood Stew) recipe is made with freshly cooked seafood in a bright and aromatic tomato-wine base. It’s easy to prepare ahead of time and can be ready to eat in just 1 hour.
Cioppino
Bowl of Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts with chopsticks.
Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and covered in a sweet and spicy kung pao sauce. Toss with roasted peanuts and red chilis for a crazy delicious spin on a classic roasted vegetable.
Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts
Risotto in grey bowl next to shards of parmesan cheese.
Instant Pot Risotto is hands-down the best way to make risotto! It has the signature creamy, rich goodness you expect without all the stirring and fuss of making it on the stove. Plus there are 6 add-in options to make your risotto extra flavorful.
Instant Pot Risotto
Overhead close up of bowl of kale caesar salad in white bowl with serving spoon.
This Kale Caesar Salad is topped with crispy homemade croutons and parmesan cheese. Massaging the creamy garlic dressing into the kale makes it extra tender and delicious.
Kale Caesar Salad
Prepared radicchio salad in grey bowl with serving utensils.
This delicious Italian Radicchio Salad is dressed in a creamy lemon-vinaigrette and tossed with buttery calvestrano olives, tasty breadcrumbs and nutty parmesan cheese. And, a special tip ensures that your radicchio won't be bitter!
Radicchio Salad
Skillet filled with shrimp piccata on pink backdrop.
This easy recipe for Shrimp Piccata is delicious. Shrimp tossed in a lemon-garlic, butter sauce flecked with capers. Made in just 30-minutes!
Shrimp Piccata
Overhead close up of combined vinegar slaw in large white mixing bowl.
Red Cabbage Slaw is a super simple side dish recipe made without mayo. It’s tangy, delicious and crunchy. 
Red Cabbage Slaw
Overhead shot of prepared shrimp risotto in grey bowl with spoon.
This Shrimp Risotto has a rich seafood flavor and is deliciously creamy. It’s easy to make at home and perfect for an elegant dinner.
Shrimp Risotto
Ears of corn on the cob in a grey serving dish with a pat of butter and sprinkling of parsley.
Learn how to make the BEST Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. This pressure cooker corn on the cob recipe uses a simple, secret ingredient to guarantee that your corn is sweet, tender and delicious! 
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
Blistered shishito peppers served on a black plate with lemon wedges.
These Blistered Shishito Peppers are the perfect finger food. They’re so easy to make too. Lightly seasoned and slightly smoky, you’ll find that most are mild… one out of every ten might surprise you. 
Blistered Shishito Peppers
Close up of apple slaw in serving bowl.
Apple Celery Root Slaw is an exciting twist on your basic coleslaw. Crisp apples and celery root combine with jalapeno, cilantro & pickled onions. It's sure to be a stand out side dish!
Apple Celery Root Slaw
Platter of grilled broccolini
This grilled broccolini is topped with a tangy apple cider vinaigrette and marcona almonds for a delicious crunch. It’s a perfect side dish for autumnal menus or Thanksgiving. 
Grilled Broccolini
Artichokes in instant pot liner.
Instant Pot Artichokes are quick and easy to make with the help of your electric pressure cooker. Plus, this recipe gives them SO much flavor!
Instant Pot Artichokes
Cooked bacon wrapped dates in white serving bowl next to small bowl of almonds.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds make a quick and easy appetizer that's a definite crowd pleaser.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Rosemary focaccia recipe with almond flour, a delicious gluten free and low carb bread that doesn’t use yeast, it’s a delicious no grain bread.
Recipe: Butter & Baggage
Rosemary Focaccia

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these mussel side dish recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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What to Serve with Mussels: 45+ Side Dishes

Wondering what to serve with mussels for dinner? I've got you covered with this handy guide of 45+ delicious side dishes! For one of the easiest sides, try these Air Fryer Frozen Shoestring Fries. They’re crispy, golden on the outside and perfectly fluffy inside.
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Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 bag frozen french fries
  • Salt (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400-degrees.
  • Arrange frozen fries in the air fryer basket in a single layer (work in batches if needed).
  • Air fry at 400-degrees for 10-minutes (or according to the chart below). Toss halfway through.
  • Season with salt while the fries are still warm and enjoy!

Notes

Shoestring Fries: 8-10 minutes
Curly Fries: 10-12 minutes
Steak Fries: 10-12 minutes
Crinkle Cut Fries: 12-14 minutes
Waffle Fries: 12-14 minutes
Sweet Potato Fries: 12-14 minutes
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Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 613mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 6g | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 2mg

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