Steak is often the star of the show when it comes to dinner. But a great steak is nothing without the perfect sides! Whether you’re grilling up a ribeye, sizzling a sirloin, or pan-frying a filet mignon, there is a side dish to make it even more delicious.
Once you’ve chosen the right cut of steak, picked your seasonings, and decided how you’ll cook it – it’s time to choose what you’ll serve it with.
From the classic salad to something a little more creative, there are many easy side dishes to choose from.
But before we get into the best steak side dish recipes, here are a few things to consider when picking your sides:
- Consider the texture: If you’re cooking a tender cut of steak, opt for crunchy side dishes like oven-roasted vegetables or a green salad. If you’re cooking something with more chew, like a ribeye, pick creamier sides like mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese!
- Mix up flavors: Complimenting your steak with fresh herbs and spices can add dimension to your dish. You can also mix it up and add extra flavors by incorporating different vegetables and sauces.
- Think outside the box: Although traditional sides like potatoes, salad, and bread are always delicious, don’t be afraid to try something new! Sometimes the most unexpected combinations make for the tastiest dishes.
The Best Side Dishes for Steak
Now that you know how to choose the perfect side, let’s take a look at some of the best sides for steak.
Green beans will always be a great side for meat, including steak. But what makes this green bean recipe even better is the addition of bacon and onion!
The smoky, salty bacon and sweet caramelized onions go so well with steak cooked on a grill, such as grilled T-bone. This delicious steak side is easily prepared in just 15 minutes with kitchen staple ingredients.
If you’d prefer to cut out the bacon and onions, Instant Pot green beans are another great option!
Steak has that delicious, meaty flavor that pairs perfectly with sweet potatoes. But did you know sweet potatoes develop an even richer flavor and texture when cooked in a Dutch oven? Simply cut the sweet potatoes into slices and cook them in butter, parmesan cheese, and garlic using your crock pot.
I love a hands-off approach to dinner, and this easy steak side is perfect for busy weeknights.
- Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Vinaigrette
If you’re looking for a healthier side dish to accompany your steak, grilled asparagus is it. It’s packed with nutrients and has a light, slightly sweet flavor that goes great with steak.
Grilled asparagus is also incredibly easy to make. Simply coat the asparagus spears with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and grill until tender. Then drizzle with a homemade balsamic vinegar vinaigrette for a light but flavorful finish.
Some veggies have distinctive flavors that match brilliantly with steak, and Brussels sprouts have to be one of them! They’re sweet and nutty and add an amazing texture to your dish.
My Instant Pot Brussel sprouts are soft, caramelized, and tossed with sweet dried cranberries and pecans. And while they may sound a little fancier than usual, you can enjoy them in just 4 minutes when using your Instant Pot – it doesn’t get any easier than that!
After trying these steak sides, game night food will never be the same again! This simple yet delicious combo comprises soft pretzels and warm beer cheese sauce served alongside steak slices. The creamy cheese sauce coats the salty pretzel chunks perfectly and adds incredible flavor to your usual steak dinner.
Beer cheese sauce is also a great side to make for large groups, as everyone will love it!
Yes, french fries or even sweet potato fries are often the go-to side dish for steak. But why not take it up a notch with something a little more special? Twice-baked loaded potatoes are the ultimate comfort food and are always a good idea. They are creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-delicious – the perfect accompaniment to a juicy steak.
With the sour cream, bacon bits, and cheese, steak with twice-baked loaded potato is like having two meals in one!
Ditch your usual simple salad and try something a little more special – an avocado corn salad! This steak side dish is flavorful, fresh, and light.
Avocado corn salad pairs perfectly with meals like sheet pan steak fajitas, adding some creamy, slightly sweet flavors to the mix. Not to mention, it’s so easy to throw together! You only need a few ingredients and about 10 minutes of your time to make this mouthwatering side.
Complete your steak dinner with a hearty cabbage side dish. Crockpot cabbage and sausage is an easy yet delicious way to add a dose of comfort food to any meal. This slow-cooked side is full of flavor from the kielbasa, cabbage, and simple ingredients found in your pantry.
Crockpot cabbage is just the perfect balance of savory flavors that’ll effortlessly complement your steak. Honestly, anything that can be cooked in the crockpot is a winner in my book!
Full of fresh herbs, lemon zest, and aromatic garlic, this herb rice will always be a great side dish choice! Rice is known for soaking up flavors and makes the perfect side dish for your juicy steak.
Garlic and herb rice is incredibly simple to throw together, and you can get creative with your herbs and spices. It’s a great side for those who don’t want potatoes or pasta and adds a bit of color to the plate.
- Oven Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Herb Aioli
Crisp potatoes seasoned with salt, pepper, and paprika served with a creamy lemon herb aioli – could there be anything better than this side dish? This classic steak side is perfect for those who are looking for something a little special but still simple and flavorful. The lemon herb aioli adds a unique flavor to the potatoes, thanks to the fresh lemon juice and fragrant herbs.
Serve up your lemon herb aioli in a small bowl beside your steak and potatoes, and dip away! It’s the best combination for any steak dinner.
If you want to switch up your usual side dish, try roasted brown sugar carrots. Not only are they full of flavor, but they are also so easy to make! Toss your fresh carrots in a mix of brown sugar, olive oil, and spices for an incredible sweet and savory dish.
The brown sugar caramelizes the carrots and brings out their natural sweetness. This creates a taste sensation when paired with meaty steak!
If your steak is the star of the show, corn on the cob is the perfect sidekick. It’s sweet, juicy, and full of flavor – ideal for pairing with a reverse-seared steak. What’s good about corn on the cob is that you can season it however you like. Butter and salt are always a classic, but you can add chili powder for a bit of spice.
Smothering your corn with steak herb butter is also a great way to add more flavor! For something a little different, try coating your corn on the cob with maple syrup and balsamic glaze before grilling. The result is a delicious sweet, and savory side dish that takes your steak dinner to the next level.
It’s always good to pair your steak with a completely different texture. It helps to break up the richness of the meat and adds interest to your plate. Kale apple salad is crunchy and sweet, with a hint of tang from the orange vinaigrette. Try this side next time you make grilled flank steak for a match made in heaven!
There’s no way I could make a list of steak side dishes without mentioning mashed potatoes. This classic steakhouse favorite is a must-have for any steak dinner table. Packed full of cream cheese and fresh herbs, my steakhouse mashed potatoes are creamy, delicious, and always a hit!
Try pouring some homemade beef gravy over your mash to make your steak dinner even more yummy.
Try butterbeans with herbs for a side that’s both light and full of flavor. This simple dish bursts with bright flavors from the fresh herbs and lemon zest. Simply boil your butterbeans in the liquid from the can and mix your favorite herbs!
Butterbeans with herbs may be a simple side dish to prepare, but it’s sure to bring flavor and freshness to your steak plate.
Pastina is a small Italian pasta made from semolina flour, known as acini de pepe. It’s a great side dish for steak because it’s so light and quick to make. The tiny pasta pearls can be cooked in just minutes. This means you’ll have a delicious side dish in no time!
Try tossing your cooked pasta with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and top it off with chopped herbs. All the flavors combined make pastina the perfect accompaniment to your steak.
Steak dinners are a classic and delicious meal, but the side dishes can make all the difference. From lemon herb aioli to butterbeans with herbs – there’s something for everyone. And with these amazing recipes in your arsenal, you can always create an unforgettable steak main dish that’ll please every palate!