36 Steak Sides That Go Beyond Potatoes
(But don't worry, we've got LOTS of potatoes here too!)
There are some dishes that just go together—burgers and fries, bacon and eggs, spaghetti and meatballs… When we’re looking for something hearty for dinner, one of our favorite classic combinations is steak and potatoes. Crispy, crunchy, creamy potatoes go perfectly with any well-cooked cut of steak, from rib-eye to filet mignon, and can turn any meal into a special occasion. But the hard truth is that though we’re ALL about potatoes and turning any ol' weeknight into a celebration, sometimes the combo can be a little heavy. Don’t skip the steak (unless you don’t eat meat, then more power to you)—instead try one of our 36 steak side dishes that span way beyond just potatoes (but don’t worry, we’ve got lots of recipes for those too).
In our eyes, what you serve alongside steak is mostly about what’s involved in the rest of the meal. Having steak on a Tuesday to elevate your average weeknight dinner? Keep it simple and pair your meat with simple roasted or sautéed veggies, like our garlic butter mushrooms, our honey balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts, our roasted broccolini, or our roasted red potatoes. If you’re really not a veggie fan, try combining your greens with some cheese or cream, like in our cheesy baked asparagus or our creamed spinach. Want to make it even heartier (or have a LOT of mouths to feed)? Add super comforting carbs like our creamy stovetop mac & cheese, our mashed potatoes, or our cheesy scalloped potatoes. Serving a steak for date night instead? You’re going to want dishes that impress but aren’t too difficult. Try pairing your steak with our cacio e pepe potato gnocchi (these would be SO fun to make with your date), our baked risotto with lemon, peas & Parmesan, or our Lyonnaise potatoes (with caramelized onions 😋). Taking your steak outside to make on your grill, perhaps for an al fresco dinner or an upscale BBQ? Serve fun summertime options like our cheesy tomato skillet, grilled green beans, classic French fries, or lemon garlic shrimp (surf and turf anyone?).
Want even more side dish inspiration? Steak is a great option year-round, so check out our favorite summer, fall, and winter side dishes too.
Few things are as iconic and steakhouse-y and underrated as the wedge salad. We attribute the greatness of ours to three things: 1) a homemade garlicky blue cheese dressing that will knock your socks off, 2) fresh herbs both in the dressing and as garnish, and 3) thick. cut. bacon.
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This garlic butter shrimp recipe requires almost no planning—all you need to do is pick up shrimp. Meaning, it's perfect for a surf and turf dinner TONIGHT.
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Pan-fried potatoes are truly one of life's simplest pleasures, and all you need is some potatoes, some fat, and plenty of salt to achieve their greatness. This French variety elevates them even FURTHER with the addition of caramelized onions and lots of butter. What's not to love?
Get the Potatoes Lyonnaise recipe.
Homemade potato gnocchi is surprisingly easy to make, and the dough is a dream to work with. Unlike pasta, there's no resting or labored rolling involved. It's as simple as roasting a few potatoes and mixing everything together.
Get the Cacio e Pepe Potato Gnocchi recipe.
When it comes to cooking mushrooms, there are really no rules. Take a fat of your choice, a couple of aromatics of your choice, and your mushroom of choice, season with salt and maybe pepper, and let it cook until slightly golden—that's pretty much it!
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When you're serving it alongside something as intensive as steak, you're going to want a mac & cheese that's uncomplicated. Follow our tips here for the creamiest, dreamiest, no-fuss version ever.
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Use a high temp for these broccoli hybrids, please. This is roasting, after all, not baking! We think 425° is perfect.
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The best part about smashed potatoes is that they don't require chopping or peeling first! Simply boil, then smash, then bake for extra crispy potatoes that pair perfectly with steak.
Get the Garlic Smashed Potatoes recipe.
Most scalloped potatoes don't have cheese. (Potatoes au gratin do.) But we couldn't resist adding cheddar between each potato layer. When it melts with the cream sauce while the casserole bakes, it gives off major mac & cheese vibes that pair wonderfully with a well cooked steak.
Get the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes recipe.
The hardest part of making these Brussels sprouts is leaving them alone. They're cooked until perfectly tender and golden brown, then glazed with a balsamic glaze that goes SO well with steak. If you're anything like us, you're going to be popping these in your mouth like they're popcorn.
These are basically a way to eat mashed potatoes in a cute little potato boat. The first bake is roasting the potatoes so the outside gets crispy while the inside gets creamy. The second bake involves mashing all of your cooked potatoes with whatever mix-ins your heart desires, so get creative!
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The strong flavor of broccoli rabe is a perfect complement to the sweet, tenderness of steak and the richness of potatoes (which are also a must).
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You could simply fry your snow peas with a bit of garlic and oil, but adding more veg like mushrooms and a simple sauce elevate it into a proper side worthy of any steak.
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Recipes that require frying are often super specific—the temperature of the oil must be just so. Not with this method! Turns out you can put *unsoaked* potatoes in a big deep skillet (or Dutch oven), pour cold oil on top until they’re just covered, then bring the whole thing to a boil. 😍
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These are INSANELY easy and addictive—all you need is butter, garlic, thyme, and a touch of balsamic vinegar to turn humble mushrooms into a delicious side dish that goes with everything, including steak.
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Quick: Name one thing better than creamy, buttery, steamy, perfect mashed potatoes! See? You can't! So, put down the instant potatoes, grab your favorite spuds, a large pot, and a masher, and let's get this potato party started.
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Au gratin potatoes can be traced back all the way to late 18th century France, but don't be intimidated: They're actually really easy to master. Follow our top tips, and you'll be on your way to a creamy, rich side dish perfect for steak.
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The dried cranberries and balsamic vinegar add some sweetness and tartness while the pecans add an extra crunch to these holiday-worthy vegetables. We use Brussels sprouts and carrots, but feel free to add extra vegetables or swap in some of your favorites.
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The trick to perfectly golden and crisp red potatoes is to roast them at a high temp and making sure your potatoes are cut side down. The direct contact to the sheet pan will help to sear the potatoes giving some nice browning without burning them. It does take an extra minute to arrange all of them, but the results are SO worth it.
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Top it with garlic, a little cream, Parmesan, and mozzarella and bake it until the cheese is bubbly and golden and the asparagus is tender—this side dish might just be gone before your steak.
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Creamed spinach is a classic steakhouse side dish that is also the perfect way to use up an abundance of dying spinach at home. The creaminess will make you forget you're eating greens!
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We're kind of obsessed with this skillet of cheesy goodness. Is it a summer side dish? A summer dip? To be honest, we're not completely sure, but we do know it pairs wonderfully with a medium-rare steak, so just make it, okay? 😂
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This simple recipe is the most versatile side dish, and it's impossible to mess up. Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and spread in an even layer on a large sheet tray. (Feel free to throw in any of your favorite herbs or spices as well!)
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Cornstarch and seltzer combine with buttermilk to keep the batter light, while the fine cornmeal and paprika give each bite a little more crunch and flavor that go nicely with red meat. Dip them in some mayo (Kewpie is highly recommended) and ketchup, and get ready for the freshest onion rings you've ever tasted.
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If you're cooking one of our many grilled steak recipes, pop some foil on your grates and add some green beans too. It'll prevent all the veg from falling through the cracks and still give your veg gorgeous char marks. Not a fan of peanuts? Use any crushed nuts or seeds here for crunch!
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One of the best ways to prepare Brussels sprouts is to roast them. It’s super easy: Toss the sprouts in a little olive oil, spread them on a baking sheet, and throw them in the oven to hang out for 30 minutes. The oven’s high dry heat will bring out all those delicious nutty flavors, rendering the sprouts soft and tender in the middle and leaving the outer leaves super crispy and delicious.
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Parsnips are sweet like carrots and creamy like potatoes. Instead of mashed potatoes, give mashed parsnips a try. They're just as easy to make, and with some roasted garlic, they're even more delicious!
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Arugula is a great addition to lots of more elaborate dishes, from steak sandwiches to farro salads, but here we’re honoring it by featuring it all by itself in a super simple salad. Pair it with a similarly simple cut of steak for the perfect, classic meal.
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What sets these potatoes apart is we take the time to hasselback the potatoes by making slices through the potato to create ridges. These not only help make the potatoes even crispier, but also allow the garlic butter, cheese, and herbs to coat every inch of them.
Get the Garlic Butter Potatoes recipe.
Sweet baby carrots are the perfect match for this tangy balsamic glaze. Fancy enough for a holiday meal, but easy enough for a weeknight steak dinner, this recipe is endlessly riffable and guaranteed to deliver crisp-tender carrots every time.
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