What to Serve with Steak: 15 Easy Side Dishes

What should you offer with steak that will make you and your guest feel like you are seated in a fabulous steak restaurant? We’ve compiled a list of the finest steak dinner sides to make your supper feel special.

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When cooking your own steak, you might serve it with a green salad to let the meat take center stage of the meal. Or you can go all out with grilled vegetables and indulgent carbohydrates.

You’ll want your food to look and taste amazing, whether you’re throwing a dinner party or staying at home for a romantic night in.

These 15 delicious side dishes for steak are the ideal complement and include something for everyone. Great steak sides are so much more than just mashed potatoes. From a simple salad to corn on the cob and even creamy pasta.

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1. Green Beans

There’s much you can do with the humble green bean. Combine them with beautiful shallot butter to add some color to your dinner.

In a pan, combine the butter, shallots, sugar, and vinegar; cook the shallots, then throw in the beans.

You could also add some sautéed mushrooms for an altogether different dish.

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2. Wedge Salad

Crisp iceberg lettuce, crispy bacon pieces, juicy tomatoes, and a delicious bleu cheese dressing? There’s no better way to start a steak dinner than with a classic wedge salad.

Toppings may be mixed and matched to your liking. For additional protein, I like to add hard-boiled eggs and chickpeas.

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3. Corn on the Cob

Nobody can resist the smell of freshly roasted corn on the cob! If you’re already heating up the grill for your steak, throw some corn cobs on the side.

Don’t forget to smear them with butter! My mouth is watering just thinking about this delectable summer staple.

To make refreshing, delicious corn, combine chili powder, cotija cheese, lime juice, and mayonnaise.

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4. Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Potatoes are the classic accompaniment to a delicious grilled steak. Scalloped potatoes are my particular favorite. I like these thinly sliced, cheesy potatoes.

They’re such a traditional comfort food. And a good tip is to use a slow cooker or an instant pot so you can concentrate on the main attraction – the beef!

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5. Red Cabbage & Fennel Coleslaw

Another fresh, acidic, and refreshing side dish is red cabbage and fennel slaw, a somewhat gourmet twist on classic slaw.

Combine carrots, cabbage, fennel, shallots, and mayonnaise for a meal that will brighten up any plate.

This slaw is simple to prepare and pairs well with any grilled red meat.

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6. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels sprouts aren’t everyone’s favorite vegetable, but this meal has the potential to convert even the most averse eaters.

Roasting Brussels sprouts until caramelized imparts a delicious nutty taste.

Combine with garlic, smokey bacon, and a pinch of salt for a delicious and appealing side dish.

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7. Oven-Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables are a wonderful way to add taste and nutrients to your diet, and they’re very simple to prepare. Simply bake them while your steak cooks!

Carrots, beets, and potatoes sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil are my favorite vegetables.

The vinegar adds a tart blast of flavor to your dinner that will stand up to the powerful tastes in your juicy steak.

Fresh or dried herbs, such as sage or rosemary, are also delicious.

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8. Onion Rings

Onion rings are a classic steakhouse side, are a lovely alternative to french fries.

The best onion rings come from the Vidalia onion that is soaked in buttermilk. For extra crispiness, dip the onion in cornmeal before frying.

Don’t forget to bring over lots of lovely sauces to dip the onion rings into.

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9. Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries baked in the oven are a healthier alternative to conventional french fries. They’re low in fat, high in vitamins, and tasty!

Sweet potato fries offer a lot of flavor to your meal with only a pinch of salt and pepper. To give them a real flavor kick, add smoked paprika and ground cumin.

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10. Mac and Cheese

Every excellent steakhouse serves macaroni and cheese! The creamy sauce, silky noodles, and strong cheese taste complement your chewy, meaty entrée well.

To add additional textures and tastes to your mac and cheese, sprinkle it with crunchy breadcrumbs or smokey bacon pieces.

To enhance the cheesy taste, choose either a sharp cheddar or parmesan cheese (or both!).

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11. Bread

How can you eat a steak if there isn’t any delectable bread on the table? You can’t go wrong with soft dinner rolls drenched in butter or toasted-to-perfection garlic bread.

You may also offer a crisp French baguette or make a beautiful loaf of Italian bread. Put some aromatic garlic butter on the table, and you’re ready to go!

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12. Sauce

Finally, there are so many delicious sauces that go well with grilled meat. A traditional one is Béarnaise sauce. It’s an old French sauce with hints of tarragon and vinegar.

You could also make a traditional Chimichurri. It is from South American and contains garlic, shallots, and plenty of parsley. It adds a bright splash of color and a depth of flavor to your dish.

There are three other options for toppings: Earthy mushrooms, red wine sauce with shallots, or the classic peppercorn.

The possibilities are limitless, but any one of them will elevate your dinner to a new level of stunning taste and flavor.

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13. Baked French Fries

Regular potato fries can also be baked. Slice them thickly for a traditional restaurant feel, season with salt and pepper, then bake. For extra crispness, keep the skins on.

Enjoy your crispy fries guilt-free, devoid of the oil and calories that come with frying them.

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14. Tomato Couscous Salad

If you’re grilling steaks on a hot summer day, this cold salad will come in handy.

A beautiful, Mediterranean-inspired salad recipe is created with bright cherry tomatoes, savory vegetables, and gorgeous pearled couscous.

It will give a sense of refinement to your dinner while providing a cold alternative in between a mouthful of hot meat.

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15. Fondant Potatoes

Another potato recipe but this one is really special.

You start by browning the potatoes before spooning over a mixture of chicken stock, butter, garlic, rosemary, and thyme.

The potatoes then go into the oven to roast so you can get on with the job of cooking the steak.

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