Steaks – plump, juicy, beefy, fatty, and delicious. Whether they’re grilled, broiled, smoked, or reverse-seared, they’re so good. The only question is, what to serve with your steak dinner? You’ve got the steak, now round out your meal with something fabulous! Here are 50+ side dishes to pair with your steak.
There’s a bit of an art to pairing sides with entrees – you don’t want flavors that are going to compete with each other, and you want to make sure that the textures and colors are also complementary. For example, you don’t want to serve a saucy side dish with a saucy entree.
But with steak, you’ve got much more freedom. Steaks are generally grilled, broiled, pan-seared, and sometimes even smoked or cooked in a sous vide, and most of the time, the steak is fairly simply presented with out too much fuss.
This means that you can choose the kinds of sides that you like best, and there are sooo many to pick from!
How To Pick Sides for Steak
I said you’ve got more freedom when it comes to pairing side dishes with your steak entree, but there are still some things you should consider.
Is your meal fancy or casual? A fancy meal of expensive filet mignon will pair better with delicate sides like asparagus or beans. Casual steak meals can be as delish with mac and cheese as a fully-loaded baked potato.
How much work do you want to do? Making steak can be tricky enough, so consider how much work you want to do in the kitchen. Simple sides for steaks, or those which can be prepared in advance may be easier than a la minute (last minute) side dishes or complicated ones.
Do you want leftovers? Most sides will reheat fairly well, but you’re far more likely to have leftovers if your sides are more casserole-like.
What kind of sides? Fancy steakhouses often serve just the steak with the sides an optional (and extra) expense. But traditional steak dinners are typically accompanied by a starch (like potatoes) and a vegetable. Do you want 2 vegetables? 1 starch and 1 veg? Or just the starchy side?
Starchy Steak Side Dish Options
Potatoes, corn, and pasta are all considered starch side dishes. And there are so many to choose from! Think about how hearty you want your meal to be, because the starch side dishes are where most of your meal filler is going to come from.
Vegetable Side Dishes for Steaks
From salads to sautes, there are so many different vegetable side dish choices. Go with what’s seasonal or splurge a little on exotic veggies to make a show-stopping side dish.
How to Choose the Best Side Dish for Steak?
There are a LOT of recipes below, in fact, there are more than 50 easy side dishes for your steak dinner, and you’ve got to pick what a) looks good to you and b) what you can handle. If you’re a novice cook, don’t go for the most complicated sides, and if you won’t have much time, stick to something simpler.
Happy eating, and pass the steak sauce, please! (Check out the Bourbon BBQ Sauce recipe at the end of the list for an amazing sauce that goes great with grilled steaks!)
Grilled broccoli is one of those simple side dishes we love to throw on the grill and serve up with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a generous shower of grated parmesan. Four ingredients, 10 minutes, and a hot grill is all you need!
Made of spinach seasoned with garlic, spring onion, and soy sauce, this stir fry spinach is a tasty addition to any meal. It only takes 10 minutes, making it a great option for your holiday menu or as a side for any weeknight dinner.
Lemon Butter Rice is bursting with tangy lemon and salty soy sauce flavor. This lemon rice recipe makes the best side dish and it’s only made with 4 easy ingredients. If you love sour lemons then you will love this rice.
Creamy orzo with spinach and parmesan is the perfect accompaniment to steak and is also a perfect little bowl of creamy comfort food all by itself or with lots of added veggies. Easily made ahead of time, and always a hit with the whole family.
Pan Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with bacon, pecans, garlic and maple syrup for the best fall side dish. Easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes, these crispy, caramelized sprouts are perfect for Thanksgiving or a busy weeknight.
This Oven Roasted Broccoli recipe is a simple side dish that is tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper then roasted in the oven. It is then finished with the juice and zest of a lemon and a sprinkling of grated Parmesan.
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