What to Serve with Bisque (11 Yummy Side Dishes)

Serving bisque as a main dish can be a little challenging, as it can be hard to find good sides to serve with it. This is because bisque is a creamy and luxurious dish, and not all sides pair well with it. However, I have decided to share a list of sides that you can try with your bisque.

The first side dish that I recommend is roasted vegetables. Roasted vegetables are a great option because they are healthy and easy to prepare. Additionally, the sweetness of the roasted vegetables pairs well with the creaminess of the bisque.

Another great option for a side dish is simple steamed vegetables. Steamed vegetables are another healthy and easy-to-prepare option. They also pair well with the creaminess of the bisque.

These are some great options I have mentioned above to serve with your bisque, but I suggest you read on to find out more.

Side Dish For Bisque:

  1. Strawberry salad
  2. Rib-eye steak
  3. Roasted potatoes
  4. Sourdough bread
  5. Baked cod
  6. Grilled bacon
  7. Roast beef sandwich
  8. Garlic parmesan butter breadsticks
  9. Noodles
  10. Coleslaw
  11. Quinoa

Strawberry salad

This is a great option for a side dish because it is fresh and light. The sweetness of the strawberries pairs well with the creaminess of the bisque.

To prepare, start by washing the strawberries and then slice them. Next, add the sliced strawberries to a salad bowl. Then, add your preferred dressing and mix everything.

For the dressing, I like to use a balsamic vinaigrette. However, you can use any dressing you like.

Rib-eye steak

This is a great option for a side dish because it is hearty and pairs well with the creaminess of the bisque. Additionally, the fat in the steak will help to balance out the richness of the bisque

When seasoned well and cooked properly, a rib-eye steak can be a delicious and juicy addition to any meal.

To prepare, start by seasoning the steak with salt, pepper, and any other spices like garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika. Then, heat a pan over medium-high heat and cook the steak for about three to four minutes per side.

Once the steak is cooked, let it rest for a few minutes before cutting into it. Serve with your bisque and enjoy!

Roasted potatoes


This is another hearty and filling side dish for bisque. Additionally, it helps to bulk up the meal.

Potatoes are also relatively low in calories, so they are healthier than some other alternatives. Furthermore, they also have a natural sweetness that pairs well with the creamy, savory flavors of the bisque.

Roasting them brings out their flavor and gives them a crispy crust that contrasts nicely with the soft, creamy interior.

Sourdough bread

This works because it can easily mop up any leftover bisque. It is also a great way to add some extra calories and bulk to the meal.

I particularly like sourdough bread for bisque over other types of bread because of its slightly sour taste. This pairs nicely with the creamy and savory flavors of the bisque.

Baked cod

Cod is a light, flaky white fish that’s perfect for baking. When paired with a rich and creamy bisque, it makes for a delicious and satisfying side dish.

The slightly salty flavor of the cod pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the bisque, while the crispy skin provides a nice contrast in texture.

Although I generally recommend baking cod for a healthier option, you can also fry it. If frying, use vegetable oil or olive oil.

To bake, start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, season the cod with salt, pepper, and any other desired spices. Next, place the cod in a baking dish and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

Grilled bacon


Grilled bacon pairs perfectly with bisque because the smokiness of the bacon enhances the rich and creamy flavors of the soup.

In addition, the saltiness of the bacon also balances out the sweetness of the bisque, making for a delicious and flavorful dish. You can also wrap the bacon around some of the other ingredients like the cod, grilled asparagus or roasted potatoes.

To grill bacon, start by preheating your grill to medium-high heat. Then, place the bacon on the grill and cook for about three to four minutes per side.

Roast beef bacon

A roast beef sandwich is a great side dish for bisque because the hearty meat balances out the creamy soup.

Additionally, the two dishes have complementary flavors, with the roast beef bringing savory notes to the dish and the bisque providing subtle sweetness.

The textures of the two dishes are also well-matched, as the soft bread and crispy roast beef contrast nicely against each other.

Garlic parmesan butter breadsticks


These are a delicious and easy side dish that takes bisque to the next level. The garlic and Parmesan add a nice depth of flavor to the dish, while the butter makes it richer and more decadent.

To make, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, in a small bowl, mix garlic, Parmesan cheese, and butter. Next, cut the breadsticks into desired lengths and brush with the garlic Parmesan mixture.

Finally, bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with your bisque and enjoy!


Noodles are another great option for a side dish because they are filling and satisfying. Additionally, they soak up the bisque nicely.

There are many different types of noodles you can use, but I prefer egg noodles because of their heartiness. You can also use spaghetti, fettuccine, or any other type of pasta.

To prepare, simply cook the noodles according to the package directions. Once they are cooked, add them to your bisque and enjoy!


Coleslaw is a great side dish for bisque because it is crunchy and flavorful.

The vinegar in the coleslaw dressing helps to cut through the richness of the bisque, while the cabbage adds a nice texture contrast. Additionally, coleslaw is a relatively healthy side dish, which makes it a good choice for a balanced meal.

For this dish, I like to use savoy cabbage for a boost in flavor, but you can use any type of cabbage. I also recommend using a store-bought coleslaw mix to save time on prep.

To make, simply combine the cabbage and coleslaw mix in a bowl. Then, add your desired amount of dressing and mix until coated. Serve with bisque and enjoy!


Quinoa is a great option for a side dish because it is healthy and filling. Additionally, the nutty flavor of quinoa pairs well with the creamy bisque.

I like my quinoa extra creamy and smooth (similar texture to bisque), so I use vegetable broth instead of water when cooking. You can also use chicken broth if you prefer.

To make, start by bringing the broth to a boil. Then, add the quinoa and stir to combine. Next, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until fully cooked. Once it is done, add it to your bisque, and Bon Appetit!


What does lobster bisque pair with?

There are many different options for what to serve with lobster bisque, but some of our favorites include bacon, roast beef, garlic breadsticks, coleslaw, and quinoa.

What is a good side dish for shrimp bisque?

While many different types of seafood can be used in bisque exist, shrimp is a classic and popular choice. A good side dish for shrimp bisque would be something that complements the flavors of the soup while also providing a contrast in texture. Some great options include noodles, rice, or garlic bread.

What should I serve with chicken bisque?

Chicken bisque is a creamy soup made with chicken broth, milk, and flour. It is typically garnished with shredded chicken, diced vegetables, and herbs. Some great side dishes for chicken bisque include biscuits, rice, or a green salad. Additionally, you could also add some protein to the dish by serving it with grilled chicken or shrimp.


So, there you have a few side dishes that will complement your bisque perfectly. Whether you choose noodles, garlic breadsticks, coleslaw, or quinoa, these dishes are sure to please. So bookmark this page and be sure to come back for inspiration. Thanks for reading!