If you plan to treat yourself and your loved ones to a delicious steak dinner, you might wonder what side dishes would complement the main course. It's completely understandable to feel a bit lost, but fear not! With a little guidance, you can elevate your dining experience by serving side dishes that perfectly pair with the steak because you definitely don’t want to serve something that has clashing flavors. Luckily, steak is pretty forgiving and works with all sorts of sides.
From simple Roasted Vegetables that allow the steak to shine to a fancy and flavorful Easy Cheesy Zucchini Casserole that will impress your guests, the options are endless. On the other hand, sometimes steak is so filling that you simply want a light salad to go with it. We have various salads on this list, too! The Parmesan Chopped Salad brings creamy, nutty flavors to the table, while the Classic Wedge Salad has tangy blue cheese and crispy bacon. So, go ahead and experiment with different side dishes to create a meal that is both satisfying and memorable.
There's a reason why steak and potatoes are best friends; the combination is just so delicious! Our recipe for parmesan potatoes perfectly complements a juicy steak. All you need is potatoes, olive oil, garlic cloves, oregano, and finely grated parmesan cheese. You will bake these potatoes in the oven, making them extra crispy on the outside. If you wish, squeeze fresh lemon juice atop the potatoes just before serving, bringing out the parmesan flavors!
Do you ever buy those mini peppers from the grocery store? They are so adorable, but they can be a pain to chop into small, diced pieces. Luckily, this recipe requires whole peppers, so you don't need to chop them. It has hints of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and basil. However, the most delectable part is the balsamic vinegar, which gives it some tang!
This recipe by EatingWell provides vibrant, refreshing green hues to your dinner plate! It has baby zucchini, fresh mint, lemon juice, lemon zest, and Greek yogurt. For flavor, all you need is some salt and ground pepper. By the time these are done, the mini zucchini is perfectly tender and juicy in every bite, making it the perfect accompaniment for your steak.
This side dish is low-carb and provides your body with nutrients, so why not give it a go? Rather than using frozen vegetables, this recipe utilizes fresh, steamed Brussels sprouts. But they have two rounds of cooking because after steaming, you bake them in the oven with parmesan piled atop them, which gives them a complex flavor. This recipe also requires olive oil and garlic powder! Simple, easy, and delicious, just what we love!
Take your creamed corn to new places with this incredible recipe. Round up some butter, flour, half-and-half, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper for this dish. The main component is the corn. You can use frozen corn! This side dish takes just over a half-hour to make, so it's not time-consuming. Corn on the cob is also delicious with steak, but we love how comforting this creamed corn is, which is why we recommend it.
Now, this is a side dish to use if you want a meal that looks sophisticated but is easy to make. These grilled carrots have beautiful grill marks on them, and the fresh herbs really liven them up. Use large carrots and keep them whole rather than cutting them into coins. You can stack two aside your steak for a lovely presentation. To flavor the carrots, use grated garlic, lime juice, chili flakes, and butter.
Why not have more than one type of steak on your plate? These roasted cauliflower “steaks” are super hearty, perfectly matching the main course. With sea salt, garlic, onion powder, and smoked paprika, they are anything but plain. Use a small amount of chili powder and fresh parsley to dress them up even more! Cook them until they are perfectly crisp on the edges, providing a pleasant mouthfeel that’s not too soft or hard.
Make your steak dinner the ultimate comfort meal with the addition of this silky creamed spinach. This recipe calls for shredded parmesan cheese, nutmeg, milk, shallots, and butter. It's best to use chopped frozen spinach that you prepare by thawing and pressing it. Lastly, the use of water chestnuts provides extra texture. This classic dish doesn't necessarily need a garnish. Just make sure to serve it nice and warm!
Looking for something a little more unique? We've got just the right option for you! This cabbage side dish has a charming deep purple color to it due to the red cabbage. The cabbage is then topped with crumbled goat cheese and fresh herbs such as parsley, which contrasts with dark cabbage. Flavor-wise, you will indulge in Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, honey, and garlic, bringing both sweet and savory flavors to the meal.
Honestly, not all of us have time to create a time-consuming side dish, and that's totally fine! There are still simple sides that taste wonderful with steak, such as this easy side salad. It has romaine lettuce, which is heartier than iceberg lettuce. Additionally, it has shallots, lemon zest, olive oil, crushed chili pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper to enhance the flavors of the lemon and shallots!
Our Roasted Vegetables recipe comes to the rescue when you can't decide which type of vegetable to pair with your steak. It has a lovely combination of red potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, red onions, and red peppers. These veggies are bursting with herbal and savory flavors. It has basil, thyme, Italian seasoning, and garlic. It's super simple, too, since all you need to do is coat the veggies in oil and seasonings before baking them.
This recipe by South Your Mouth utilizes French onion soup mix to flavor the dish, which is quite genius. It also has butter, russet potatoes, and gruyere cheese. Make this casserole to serve with your steak, and then, if you have leftovers, you can use it as a side dish for another main course later in the week! It's extremely versatile. You will appreciate the tender and savory potatoes with gooey melted cheese.
The naturally sweet essence of caramelized onions is enough to grab our attention! However, this dish has so much more to offer, too. It has fresh green beans and salt and pepper. It's unique because you bake the green beans while cooking the onions on the stovetop and then combine both of them to create a tender, flavorful side dish that will bring out the best qualities in your steak.
Skip the canned artichokes and buy fresh globe artichokes so you can make this fabulous side dish for your main course! The earthy flavors of the artichoke are enhanced with fresh lemon juice, salt, black pepper, garlic, and Dijon mustard. To top it off, sprinkle fresh chopped parsley atop them just before serving. These artichokes will also benefit from a homemade balsamic glaze if you want to take it up a notch!
If you want your steak supper to be on the more casual side of things, make a simple side of fries! No, we are not talking about heating up some premade frozen French fries. You can make your own with the use of an air fryer. You only need russet potatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. These fries cook quickly in the air fryer; they might even be done in less than 10 minutes!
Creamy, cheesy macaroni is the ultimate side dish for a perfectly juicy steak. This recipe is healthy, too, which is a bonus! It uses almond milk, 2% plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, butter, and chickpea elbow macaroni. Naturally, you can use other pasta types if you wish, such as whole wheat. Although the recipe doesn't include a breadcrumb topping, you can always add your own if that's how you prefer it.
17. Garlic Mushrooms
Café Delites posted this unique mushroom recipe that we believe tastes phenomenal alongside a serving of steak! It has rich umami notes in it due to the button mushrooms, cooking wine, thyme, onion, and garlic. It also has some unsalted butter, which gives the mushrooms a rich flavor. We recommend topping this with fresh herbs to add a refreshing garnish that also makes it look more appetizing!
You can never go wrong with a traditional wedge salad, whether serving it with a panini, soup, or, in this case, steak. This recipe uses iceberg lettuce, which you chop into thick wedges. For flavor, it has fresh chives, blue cheese, thick-cut bacon, sea salt, and shallots. Additionally, you can top it with blue cheese dressing, which is creamy and tangy. This is one way to add more color and nutrition to your meal.
Maybe you already chose your veggie to go with your steak, and you are looking for some type of dinner bread. This garlic, buttery pull-apart bread will win your heart over. It has a unique look because of how you cut slits into the loaf to create a design. The combination of dried Rosemary, Italian seasoning, garlic, and mozzarella cheese will blow you away!
We can always rely on Southern recipes for delicious, comforting foods. The specific dish is by Yellow Bliss Road, and it's super easy to throw together! You can make it earlier in the day so that at dinner time, you only need to focus on the steak. It has eggs, relish, mayo, mustard, potatoes, and more. Throw in green onions and celery to give it a textural contrast. To make it lighter, we suggest using light mayo!
21. Caesar Salad
This Caesar salad tops other recipes because it uses a homemade dressing, which is much healthier than store-bought versions that have preservatives. The base of the salad has romaine lettuce, croutons, and parmesan cheese. Meanwhile, the dressing has olive oil, parmesan, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and capers. Of course, it wouldn't have the classic Caesar dressing taste without some anchovy paste! Toss the salad in the dressing, or simply drizzle the dressing on top.
Get ready to dig into this scrumptious casserole that has a gorgeous crispy layer on top with a saucy filling. Inside, cubed zucchini, mayo, cheddar cheese, eggs, and garlic powder come together to create a glorious mouthfeel and flavor. The panko topping has buttery undertones, which complement all of the other components. This side dish might even outshine the steak because of how delicious it is!
You definitely need to start incorporating more pearl onions into your diet. They are so tasty and easy to cook. This recipe combines fresh Brussels sprouts with pearl onions, butter, garlic, and lemon juice. The citrus accentuates the vegetables’ flavors and adds a nice refreshing touch. This stovetop recipe only takes 20 minutes total, so there's no excuse not to make it!
Did you really think we would have a roundup for steak sides without including some creamy mashed potatoes? Our version is special because it isn't just plain mashed potatoes. They are filled with herbs and garlic! In addition, we use grated parmesan cheese and reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese for a heavenly dining experience. Your mashed potatoes will turn out perfectly fluffy and flavorful when you follow along with this recipe.
Since cauliflower has a rather neutral flavor, to begin with, it can be hard to decide how to season it. Luckily, this recipe makes it easy for you. Combine garlic and onion powder, chili powder, and cumin to provide savory notes with spicy undertones. The use of olive oil helps all of the seasonings to stick to the cauliflower while it bakes and turns nice and crunchy on the edges.
Rather than regular potatoes au gratin, this dish takes it a step further by adding spinach. We love this idea since spinach is so healthy for you! This side dish has cheese, garlic, potatoes, onions, cream, and spinach. There are also seasonings such as oregano, rosemary, parsley, and sea salt, which provide impressive levels of flavor. Serve a hefty scoop of this alongside your steak for a well-balanced dinner!
27. Tennessee Onions
Have you ever had Tennessee onions? If not, now is the time to make it. This dish has herbs, cheese, butter, and onions as the primary ingredient. It turns out cheesy and saucy, with the onions being nice and soft. It has gouda cheese, cheddar cheese, cayenne pepper, dried mustard, oregano, and more. For best results, use sweet onions and slice them into rings!
What To Serve With Steak (27 Simple Sides)
- 8 medium potatoes *I used white
- ½ cup fat free sour cream
- ½ cup milk *I used 1%
- 2 tablespoon light butter
- 4 oz herb & garlic cream cheese *room temp
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Peel and cut the potatoes, place in a large pot filled with water and a dash of salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a med-high, let cook for at least 20 minutes or until you can easily pierce the potatoes with a fork.
- Preheat oven to 350F, spray a casserole dish with some non stick spray *I used a 9x9 dish
- Drain the potatoes, add the milk and butter then using either an electric or hand masher mash them til they are nice and creamy.
- In a bowl beat together the cream cheese, sour cream, seasonings, garlic, ⅔ cup cheddar cheese and ¼ cup of parmesan cheese (the remaining cheddar and parm will be sprinkled on top) stir this mixture into the mashed potatoes, don't over mix it though, just gently fold it in. If you can add the dairy ingredients at room temp it will give you a creamier potato.
- Scoop the potato mixture into the casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top (⅓ cheddar and 2 tablespoon parm) cover with foil, best to spray the foil to prevent potatoes from sticking.
- Bake in the oven at 350F for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake another 5 minutes, feel free to top with some fresh green onion.
- Note* the 8 medium potatoes worked out to be about 6 cups of cooked potatoes, according to the WW app this is 24SP