11 Best Sides for Steak

Delicious side dish recipes ideas for your grilled steak. From sweet potatoes to smoked mac and cheese, these sides will take your BBQ dinner to the next level.

steak medium rare with eggs sunny side up potato hash side dish

Steak is the perfect meal for celebrating something special or when you want to feel indulgent for dinner. The meat you serve will focus on your meal, but the right side dish can balance out the steak and enhance its flavor.

Here are the best ideas for serving along with steak, from traditional sides to modern vegetable dishes. Any of these pairings could make your steak dinner a very special occasion.

Scalloped Potatoes

scalloped potatoes in a rustic iron skillet

Potatoes are one of the most common side dishes served with steak for a reason. Meat and potatoes are a filling meal and there is evidence that the pairing can also be good for your gut health. Mashed potatoes might be a classic, but scalloped potatoes elevate barbecue beef to a whole new level.

To make scalloped potatoes, parboil your spuds before slicing them into thin half-moon slices. Then, put them in a baking tray, cover them with a creamy sauce and cheese, and bake.

Grilled Asparagus

charred barbecue grilled asparagus

Vegetables help cut through the indulgent fattiness of a good cut of steak and balance the umami flavors. With its hint of bitterness, asparagus is one of the best pairings for steak in season. Its early spring freshness brightens up what would be a heavy meal.

You can prepare asparagus in a variety of ways, but grilling it is one of the easiest. Grilled asparagus also adds a hint of char to the dish for more complexity.

Sweet Potato Fries

sweet potato fries with sea salt in a metal bucket

Sweet potatoes pair well with steak for similar reasons that regular potatoes do. However, sweet potatoes add a bit more flavor and sweetness. For a variation on traditional steak fries, which you can find in most steakhouses, make sweet potato fries.

You can bake sweet potato fries in the oven for a healthier alternative or deep fry them as you would regular fries. Sprinkle the fries with salt and pepper, or add a pinch of cumin or chili for an extra punch. Sweet potato fries are an excellent base for any extra flavors you want to add to your meal.

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

grilled cauliflower steaks recipe

A popular vegetarian alternative to steak as a main dish, grilled cauliflower steaks make an excellent side dish for a traditional cut of steak.

Cauliflower steak is a slice of cauliflower roasted or grilled just like a steak. It’s called a steak because the piece of cauliflower resembles a cut of steak with a central bone and because most of the seasonings used are very similar.

Cauliflower steak pairs well with meat because it uses similar seasonings but does not overpower the main act, the cut of steak. It also provides a filling alternative for any vegetarians joining your meal.

Green Beans & Potatoes

Green Beans and Potatoes

Green beans and potatoes are an excellent steak side dish that presents traditional sides (green vegetables and potatoes) in a new way. To make this dish, cube potatoes, season them and the green beans, then bake them.

Serving green beans & potatoes as one dish is a unique combination that also saves you time. It also gives you the benefit of a filling starch and healthy vegetable to serve alongside steak.

Roasted Potatoes

roasted potatoes

Sometimes, traditional side dishes are the best choice. You can’t go wrong with roasted potatoes, a staple at many steakhouses and popular restaurants.

To roast potatoes, cut them into small pieces, parboil them, and then roast them in an oven with fat and your choice of seasoning. Roasted potatoes can be as plain or as flavorful as you want, making this an excellent side dish for expressing your creativity. Top them with cheese, or stick to more traditional herbs.

Roasted Carrots

Roasted caramelized carrots

Roasted carrots are the perfect complement to steak, thanks to their sweet and smoky flavor. Roasted carrots are also the perfect vegetable to serve if you have people at your table who don’t like vegetables because they have none of the bitterness of other veggies.

To make roasted carrots, toss carrots in olive oil and seasoning, then put them on a baking sheet. Roast them for a little over half an hour. Like roasted potatoes, roasted carrots can be a vehicle for any seasoning that you would like to highlight.

Smoked Mac & Cheese

smoked mac and cheese recipe

Mac & cheese is another steakhouse favorite that you can serve at home. It pairs well with steak because the contrast of the rich sauce and sharp cheese flavor balances out the savory cut of meat.

For additional complexity of flavor, make smoked mac and cheese. Add a smoked cheese such as gouda and bacon bits. The charred undertones make this mac & cheese far from the boxed versions that were a staple of your childhood.

Garlic Butter Tuscan Mushrooms

homemade creamy tuscan mushrooms and chicken in a cast-iron pan

Garlic butter Tuscan mushrooms make up a creamy side dish that serves as a rich complement to steak. The dish combines garlic and butter, two common toppings for steak, with savory mushrooms that serve as a vehicle for the sauce without overpowering the steak.

To make garlic butter Tuscan mushrooms, sauté Italian mushrooms such as cremini or portobello in butter and garlic, then finish the dish off with seasonings and herbs of your choice.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

grilled corn on the cob without husks recipe

Together, steak and grilled corn on the cob make up the perfect summer barbecue, no matter what time of year you are preparing them.

Put the cobs on the grill and finish with butter. For an extra twist, you can add sour cream, mayonnaise, seasonings, and a squeeze of lime juice to make Mexican street corn.

Cauliflower Gratin

cauliflower au gratin with cheese

Replace your favorite potato side dish with cauliflower gratin for a cheesy, comforting dish that still keeps the carb content low. Cauliflower gratin is just as comforting as your favorite potato dish but healthier.

To make cauliflower gratin, cut up boiled cauliflower and put it in a baking dish with cheesy bechamel sauce.

Whether you plan a celebration or want to make any meal special, these side dishes will take your steak to the next level.


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