Some meals call for fancy sides topped with garnish and unpronounceable names. If you’re grilling up steak in the backyard, a classic side dish is all you need.
Steak is a savory dinner classic and comes in a number of different cuts. For the most part, steak goes well with potatoes and green veggies.
The good news is, that you can make potatoes in a variety of different ways, and your choice of green vegetables is plentiful. Try one of these recipes today!
17 Side Dishes to Serve with Steak
Here are 17 of the most classic side dishes to serve with your favorite cut of steak.
1. Roasted Potatoes (halved)
Roasted potatoes are simple enough to make, and go great with any cut of steak. They’re halved, which makes them easier to eat than baked potatoes.
Try coating the potato halves in olive oil and garlic to pair with your steak. Alternatively, add bacon and cheese to make them ultimate potatoes.
2. Baked Asparagus
If you are wanting a side dish that’s lighter than potatoes, try baked asparagus. It’s easy to make, taking only about 15 minutes to prepare.
Coat your asparagus in olive oil and shake it up in a bag with parmesan cheese. About halfway through baking, add more cheese to the top.
3. Corn on The Cob
Nothing says summer picnic quite like corn on the cob. This delicious vegetable pairs great with steak and is a lighter choice than potatoes or bread.
The buttery and salty flavor of the corn pairs great with the meaty, full flavor of a steak. If you pepper your steak before cooking, all the better.
4. Baked Potato
Possibly the most classic of all side dishes. Baked potatoes can be made in the oven, which takes about an hour, or in the microwave, which takes only 10 minutes.
You can serve your baked potato with regular butter, salt, and pepper. Alternatively, try loading it with cheese, bacon, and scallions for the ultimate side dish.
5. Cole Slaw
Coleslaw can be made in a number of different ways. You can buy packages of coleslaw mix and add just a few ingredients to make this side dish.
This is the perfect small side dish that can be prepared with biscuits or bread as well. Instead of one big side, try two smaller ones.
6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Looking for a healthier side to pair with your steak? Try roasted brussels sprouts. These vegetables are packed with nutrition as well as delicious flavor.
You can half the brussels sprouts and coat them in olive oil. Add whatever seasonings you like such as garlic, salt, pepper, and even cayenne.
7. Cheesy biscuits
Buttery, cheesy biscuits are a classic side dish with steak. Once the steak is gone there will always be delicious juices to mop up with bread.
Cheesy biscuits in particular pair well with steak because of the cheese. Steak doesn’t tend to have cheese on it, so this side dish adds more flavor to the meal.
8. Scalloped Potatoes
This cheesy potato dish makes for a heavier side dish, but it’s so delicious! It takes a little while to prepare, so give yourself enough time.
Scalloped potatoes usually take at least an hour in the oven to cook. You can buy pre-made potatoes at the store, or make homemade scalloped potatoes.
There are tons of different ways to make a salad. Spinach salad paired with a blue cheese dressing will pair best with your steak dinner.
You can also make a root vegetable salad or a Caesar salad with creamy Caesar dressing. Croutons are a nice addition, adding a little bread to the meal.
10. Roasted Vegetables
Vegetables can be cooked and roasted with the perfect sauce to match your steak. Veggies such as carrots and brussels sprouts are a good choice.
Make sure to add a few herbs and spices to your roasted vegetables to really give them flavor. Try thyme and rosemary leaves with salt and pepper.
11. Mashed Potatoes
Almost as classic as the baked potato. Mashed potatoes make for an excellent side dish to steak. You can add cheese and bacon to give them more flavor.
Mashed potatoes have a texture that contrasts well with steak. Juicy and tender steak paired with creamy and fluffy mashed potatoes makes for a wholesome meal.
Bread is always a good choice for a side dish when your main course is juicy like a steak. You can use bread to mop up the juices.
Rolls can be bought pre-made in the store, or you can test out your own recipe. Store-bought rolls typically take only 12-15 minutes to bake.
Broccoli is a side dish that can be made simply by roasting or steaming or can be made with lots of herbs and spices for a more flavorful side.
To pair with steak, the best spice to use will be garlic powder or chopped garlic. You can roast them in the oven or steam them on the stovetop.
14. Lemon Couscous
Couscous is a nice change from the heavier side dishes normally paired with steak. It is made with onions, vegetable broth, olive oil, and fresh herbs.
The texture of couscous is similar to rice, and so makes a good contrast to the juicy and tender texture of steak. Add lemon to your couscous to give it a citrusy flavor.
15. Garlic Mushrooms
Cooked mushrooms with steak are usually cremini or button mushrooms. They pair great with steak and can be cooked in several different ways, depending on your tastes.
Try cooking button mushrooms with olive oil, onion, thyme, and parsley for a flavor-packed side dish that will soon become your favorite with any meal.
16. Sweet Potato Fries
If you’re tired of the russet potato side dishes, try sweet potatoes. Although there isn’t a huge difference in nutrition, there is a difference in flavor.
You can make your own sweet potato fries by cutting a sweet potato into fry slices. Alternatively, you can buy pre-made frozen potato fries for a quick and easy side dish.
17. Smashed potatoes
Not quite mashed potatoes, and not quite a French fry, mashed potatoes are a delectable middle ground that’s sure to be your new favorite side dish.
There are a few different recipes out there, but with steak, your best bet is a recipe that gives the outside of the potato a crispy cover while keeping the inside fluffy and light.
Steak dinner can be as fancy or casual as you want. Whether you’re cooking a valentines day meal or a simple backyard picnic. The same can be said for the side dishes.
Be sure to pair your steak with a side that will round out the meal, such as bread, garlic-seasoned vegetables, or buttery and cheesy potatoes.