Beef Wellington is a complex entree that offers many flavors. Beef Wellington is beef tenderloin with pate and duxelles (mushrooms, shallots, and herbs) baked inside of a puff pastry.
The dish originates from England. We typically think of it as a fancy dinner option. You will want a side dish that compliments it without overpowering it.
In this case, a simple side dish will pair best with beef Wellington. There are 17 simple side dish ideas below that will make the most of your beef Wellington dish.
17 Side Dishes to Serve With Beef Wellington
We often see beef Wellington served with a vegetable or a starch. Vegetables will keep the side dish light and will add color to the dish. Simple potato dishes are easy and a popular side dish for many meals.
1. Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts pair well with beef Wellington because of their earthy, nutty flavor. They make for an easy bite-sized side dish, and they add color and nutrition.
Simply coat them in olive oil, salt, pepper and roast them in the oven. You can use butter instead of olive oil. Sprinkle parmesan or asiago cheese on top prior to serving.
2. Roasted Baby Carrots or Carrot Puree
Carrots will add a crunch to your beef Wellington, as well as color and nutrition. You can prepare them the same way as the brussel sprouts. Mix with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast them.
You can also get creative with a carrot puree. The puree is a light and easy side dish that will complement the beef Wellington.
Another easy side dish is broccoli. Broccoli commonly accompanies beef dishes.
Prepare the broccoli to your liking by either grilling, roasting, sauteing, or steaming it. Add minced garlic and chopped herbs like parsley, thyme, or dill to give the broccoli more flavor. Top with lemon zest, parmesan, or pecorino cheese.
Asparagus is a quick side dish to compliment beef Wellington. Simply saute, steam, or grill the asparagus. Season it with salt and pepper.
You can serve it as is with the salt and pepper or you can add hollandaise sauce for some extra flavor. Hollandaise sauce takes your side dish to the next level.
5. Green Beans
Green beans are an easy, fresh side dish that will add nutrition to the meal. You can saute the green beans with garlic and white wine.
Another idea for your green beans is adding sauteed slivered almonds, lemon juice, and salt. This side dish is known as green bean almondine.
6. Roasted Beets and Parsnips
Roasted beets and parsnips are not as common as a side dish. It will serve as a pleasant surprise for those enjoying the beef Wellington.
Roasted beets and parsnips are full of color. Similar to brussel sprouts, roasted beets and parsnips offer an earthy side dish to pair with meat.
7. Fresh Salad
Beef Wellington is a heavy dish by itself. Pairing it with a fresh salad will ensure you have enough room to enjoy the main entree.
There are many options of fresh salads that will pair well with beef Wellington. Some salad ideas include a caesar salad or a frisee salad with pears and blue cheese.
8. Creamed Spinach
Creamed spinach is an easy way to mix greens into your meal even if you are not a big fan of leafy greens.
Creamed spinach only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and does not require too many ingredients. Creamy spinach will look and taste great paired with beef Wellington with little effort.
9. Wilted Greens with Bacon
Wilted greens are similar to creamed spinach as the recipe incorporates cooked spinach. Depending on the flavors you are looking to incorporate, wilted greens with bacon may be a good option.
The recipe is simple and only requires a handful of ingredients. Wilted greens also cook quickly, which make it easy to pair with beef Wellington.
10. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a crowd pleaser side dish. They are easy to dress up or keep simple.
You can mix in sauteed garlic or keep it classic with just adding milk as you are mashing the potatoes. There is also an option to make it a lighter dish. Substitute whole milk for fat free or reduced fat milk.
11. Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes
Similar to mashed potatoes, garlic and herb roasted potatoes are a simple and delicious side dish. Fingerling potatoes work best for this side dish.
Cover the potatoes in olive oil, garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper. Then, roast the potatoes. These flavors will complement the beef Wellington without overpowering it.
12. Baked Sweet Potato
If you prefer sweet potatoes, a great way to enjoy them is by baking them. This makes for an easy side dish since it only requires you to bake the potatoes.
Bake the sweet potato in the oven for about 40-50 minutes at 425 degrees. Serve with butter and enjoy!
13. Potato Dauphinoise
If you are seeking to create a little bit of a fancier side dish to pair with the beef Wellington, potato dauphinoise is a great option.
The dish involves beating the potatoes until smooth. Then, you will mix butter, cream, milk, garlic, Gruyere cheese, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Finally, bake the dish in the oven until golden brown.
14. Pommes Anna
Pommes Anna is another great potato side dish that adds a little more creativity to the meal. The dish is similar to potato dauphinoise.
The difference is that the potatoes are thinly sliced and layered in a dish. The dish is topped with butter, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and parmesan cheese.
Rice is a quick and easy side dish. Since it is a starch, it will pair well with beef Wellington but may be on the lighter side in comparison to the potato dishes.
You can use white or brown rice. There are also recipes, such as cranberry rice, that can add a pop of flavor and nutrition to the rice.
Risotto is an elegant side dish that will compliment beef Wellington. In particular, risotto with mushrooms makes for an excellent side dish.
Top the risotto with mushrooms with shaved truffle to take the side dish to the next level. If you would like to forgo the mushrooms, you can add onions, garlic, wine, and parmesan cheese to the dish.
Take your side dish to the next level with couscous. Couscous is a great alternative to rice or pasta. It is also just as simple to prepare.
Try serving couscous with fresh squeezed lemon and parmesan sprinkled on top. This will add more flavors to your beef Wellington, and will be a pleasant surprise.
Beef Wellington is an elegant, complex dish. Since you do not want to take away from the main course, a simple side dish is the best option to serve with beef Wellington.
Vegetables and starches compliment beef Wellington best. Vegetables add color and nutrition to your dish, while starches are a crowd pleaser with lots of flavor.