14 Best Side Dishes for Pork Chops

Pork chops are easy to prepare as well as super tasty, no wonder they’re a staple in many kitchens! However, pork chops are a bit on the mild side. But this only gives us an excuse to pair them with delicious side dishes that make the humble pork chop shine. 

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What goes good with pork chops? Whether you have baked pork chop, boneless pork chop, or grilled pork chops, we've got the answer below.

Below, you’ll find 14 great side dishes for pork chops, from sweet potato fries to bok choy. They’re ideal for a midweek dinner with family! So read on for some side dish inspiration next time you decide to whip up some pork chops. 

Mom’s Fried Apples from Taste of Home

We’re sure you’ve enjoyed pork with applesauce plenty of times. Pork and apple is an excellent combination, but why not change it up with a crunchy alternative?

This super sweet dish gives the mild pork chop the burst of flavor it deserves, and what’s more, fried apples are incredibly easy to prepare too!

As this recipe states, just melt the butter in a large cast-iron skillet, or any other ovenproof skillet. Then add apples and half a cup of sugar, mixing well. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until the apples become tender. Just remember to stir frequently! Then add cinnamon and the remaining sugar and cook and stir over medium-high heat for another 5-10 minutes. 

Glazed Carrots from All Recipes

This is another dish that combines the savory flavor of pork chops with something sweet. If you’re a fan of sweet-savory combinations then this is the side dish for you! 

Not only do the flavors complement each other, but the crunchy carrots contrast beautifully with the soft, tender pork. 

For this recipe, carrots are cooked with brown sugar sauce for a sweet, sticky glaze. 

Cornbread from Cafe Delites

This traditional Southern recipe is soft, delicious, and makes a fantastic side dish to pork chops. A sweet take on the bread will provide that sweet-savory flavor combination we love, but a savory texture will be just as tasty. Ultimately, both will have that crumbly texture that will elevate your pork chops. 

Plus, your kitchen will be filled with that delightful cornbread smell!

This recipe from Cafe Delites gives you moist, buttery cornbread in half an hour. With a fluffy centre, crispy golden edges, and the perfect crumb, it’s a mouth-watering sight to behold. 

You achieve a crunchy, buttery crust from cornbread when the batter is poured into a sizzling, hot skillet. The cast iron keeps heat in while baking, giving you that indulgent, dark golden crust and crispy edges. 

Heat your cast iron skillet on the stove to melt your butter. Your skillet will become warm enough to add the batter, and cooking with a cast iron skillet is quicker than using your oven.

An ovenproof skillet, baking dish, or a pie dish will also work if you don’t have a cast iron skillet though. Just be sure you heat it up in a hot oven before pouring the batter in. 

The Best Sweet Potato Fries Recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Sweet, crispy sweet potato fries are the perfect accompaniment to savory, tender pork chops. 

Besides the amazing contrast in flavors and textures, sweet potato fries are also a healthy alternative to regular fries, so there is no need to worry about excess calories. You also don’t need to deep-fry sweet potatoes to make delicious fries. Just drizzle some slices of sweet potato with oil, garnish with salt and pepper, and bake. 

This recipe from Gimme Some Oven is super crispy, despite being baked instead of fried. They also have a light, garlicky seasoning that gives it that irresistible balance of salty and sweet that keeps you coming back for more. They’re also not just naturally gluten-free, but vegetarian and vegan too. 

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese from The Chunky Chef

Mac and cheese adds a rich and creamy element to your pork chop dish, creating a harmonious blend of flavors and texture. Plus, mac and cheese is incredibly filling, so it is a great way to round out your dinner.

This recipe from The Chunky Chef uses a combination of cheeses that are layered into the dish as well as melted into a rich and creamy cheese sauce, for as much cheesy deliciousness as possible. There’s a reason why mac and cheese is such a beloved comfort dish!

If you’ve never made homemade mac and cheese before, this recipe gives you a few tips on the basics.

Firstly, boil and drain the pasta. Then, make a cheese sauce combining butter and flour, and then whisk into the milk products.

Cook the sauce until it’s nice and thick, and add in shredded cheeses. Make sure this is stirred well too!

Combine cheese sauce with cooked pasta and then transfer half of the mac and cheese to a baking dish. Sprinkle with more shredded cheese, top with the rest of the mac and cheese, and then add more shredded cheese to that.

Now, comes the hard part. Bake it in the oven and wait!

Dreamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup from Inspired Taste

Pork chops are not exactly rich, creamy, and hearty, and that’s where a butternut squash soup comes in. It’s all the things a pork chop is not!

This recipe from Inspired Taste is easy to make, as well as creamy, satisfying, and tasty. Plus, it’s simple to make and naturally vegan, with no cream or butter required.

The recipe calls for butternut squash, leeks (which can also be swapped for onions for a lighter, sweet flavor), garlic, carrot, fresh herbs, and a rich vegetable stock. 

While this soup is delicious enough as it is, you can also add a few changes to make it your own. You can even make it non-vegan friendly if you want!

For a more indulgent soup, you can add a splash of cream. But to keep the soup vegan-friendly and still creamy, you can add a splash of unsweetened coconut milk instead. 

This soup also calls for cumin and smoked paprika, but you can also add a ½ to 1 teaspoon of curry powder, or a teaspoon of Thai red curry powder mix.

You can also add white or lightly colored vegetables to the soup like cauliflower, potatoes, turnips or parsnips. 

You can add a little more spice to this soup by adding a pinch or two of red pepper flakes. A ¼ teaspoon or so of cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the soup will take the heat level up a couple of notches. 

You can make the soup slightly meatier too, by adding cooked sausage or bacon instead of chickpeas. Just crumble some bacon or sausage over the top!

Or, you can put a baked potato soup twist on this recipe by serving it with a dollop of sour cream, some shredded cheese, chives or spring onion, and a little bacon.

French Onion Soup from Simply Recipes

You can’t go wrong with pork and onions, and that’s why French onion soup is such a great pairing with pork chops. The sharp flavor of the onion compliments the mild pork flavor. It’s a match made in heaven!

This French onion soup recipe from Simply Recipes is made with a beef stock base, slow-cooked caramelized onions, French bread, gruyere and Parmesan cheese. 

There are two crucial components to a good French onion soup. 

The first is the stock. Your soup is only as good as your stock. While French onion soup is traditionally made with beef stock, good beef stock can be difficult to get your hands on and make.

When using boxed stock, make sure to taste it first. If you don’t like how it tastes then don’t use it. However,  if you often cook with beef, save the scraps and freeze them so you can make a stock later. 

The second crucial component is properly caramelizing the onions. In this recipe, you will need to caramelize the onions for at least 40 minutes. Caramelizing is a chemical process that happens when the sugars in the onions reach a certain temperature. This only happens when the onions have been cooking for a long time (and with a little extra sugar). The more caramelized, the deeper the color of the onions and the more flavorsome they will be.

Cranberry Pecan Salad from All Recipes

Serving a light and refreshing salad with your pork chops makes for a perfectly balanced meal, and when that salad has a sweet kick to it, all the better! A tangy dressing like the raspberry dressing found in this salad recipe will perfectly complement the flavor of the pork chops. 

The raspberry Dijon vinaigrette featured in this recipe features cranberries, toasted pecans, red onions, and feta cheese that can be swapped out for brie if you wish.

Dinner Rolls from Mom on Time Out

Pork chops are a meal rich in protein, so why not balance it out with some carbs? Dinner rolls are a great carb alternative if you’re not fond of rice.

These buttery rolls are incredibly rich, enhancing the mild pork chop flavor.

Corn Pudding from Taste of Home

For a Southern twist on pork chops, corn pudding is the perfect side dish. The sweet, creamy pudding contrasts the savory pork chop well, making for a well-balanced meal.

Never-Fail Scalloped Potatoes from Taste of Home

Potatoes are a much-loved side dish for a reason, and there’s nothing like scalloped potatoes with pork chops.

They’re rich, creamy, and filling, everything a pork chop needs to make it a truly substantial meal. Besides being totally delicious and irresistible, they are also so simple to make.

Vegetable Fried Rice from Gimme Some Oven

Any fan of Asian cuisine will tell you how great of a combination rice and pork is, and rice and pork chops is no exception. But instead of just serving your pork chops with steamed white rice, why not fry some rice in a wok and add your favorite vegetables to it?

Deviled Eggs Recipe from Downshiftology

Pork chops can be a rather dry dish, so adding something rich and creamy like deviled eggs on the side can redress the balance. 

This recipe from Downshiftology is fairly simple with hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, vinegar, and salt and pepper, but also has a little sprinkle of paprika for an extra pop of flavor.

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