Looking for the best side dish to serve with steak? Whether it’s tri tip or filet mignon you’re cooking, here’s a list of the best (and worst!) side dish recipes to serve with steak. There are several things to consider when thinking about sides for steak, including which cut of steak you’re using. For instance, is it fatty or is it lean? The goal is to pair flavors that complement each other!

That’s why in this post I’ve rounded up 22 good steak side recipes, some from my website and others from some trusted food blogs. There are a variety of dishes that pack a TON of flavor, from classic potato side dishes, to inventive side salads, and some sides that put your air fryer to use, too.

As a sous vide fanatic, I know the focus is usually on the center of the plate and it can be hard to drum up inspiration side dishes. I’ve got your back! If you need more recipes, make sure to check out my cookbook, Sous Vide Meal Prep.

Still looking for a steak recipe? This is the best way to cook a tri-tip steak and I’ve also got orange marinated strip steak sous vide filet mignon recipes for you.

There’s something for everyone, even the pickiest eaters. Don’t forget to let me know which one you tried and how you liked it in the comments!

Warm Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

First, What NOT to Pair with Steak

There are several things to consider when thinking about sides for your steak.

First up, it’s important to consider which cut of steak you’re using; namely: is it fatty or is it lean?

If you’re cooking a fattier cut like ribeye, opt for sides that aren’t super rich. Skip the cheesy potatoes and veggies in cream sauce, and opt for roasted potatoes, salads, and grilled veggies instead.

If you’re cooking a leaner cut like flank steak, go for richer sides like scalloped potatoes and creamer veggies! We’re looking for balance on the plate.

Examples of bad combinations based on cuts of steak:

  • Ribeye steak and cheesy scalloped potatoes (rich + rich – swap or add a light side!)
  • Wagyu strip and brussels sprouts in red wine cream sauce (rich + rich – swap or add a light side!)
  • Marinated flank steak and steamed broccoli (lean + lean – swap or add a rich side!)
  • Sirloin steak and grilled asparagus (lean + lean – swap or add a rich side!)

The next thing to consider is the flavor you’re using for your steak.

Using a classic blue cheese butter? This has BIG flavor, so opt for sides like simple roasted potatoes and corn on the cob. Doing a teriyaki marinade? Think about what else goes well with teriyaki and opt for rice or simple grilled or steamed veggies like broccoli and bok choy.

The goal is to pair flavors that complement each other.

Each element of the meal should make sense together on your plate instead of being a random hodgepodge (even if each piece is totally delicious). Think about what you’d typically find at a restaurant!

Examples of bad combinations based on flavors:

  • Teriyaki marinated flank steak and Caesar salad (swap Caesar salad for rice and a steamed veg)
  • Ribeye with blue cheese butter and a veggie gratin (so much cheese and competing cheeses, opt for a simpler side like roasted potatoes)
  • Rosemary marinated strip steak and limey coconut rice (rosemary and lime are not flavors that go well together, opt for herby mashed potatoes instead)

Great Side Dishes for Steak

Potato Side Dishes

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The Crispiest Oven Roasted Potatoes

5 from 5 reviews
These oven baked potatoes are a regular side dish for us. They’re simple, incredibly tasty, and make great leftovers (especially for breakfast potatoes!). Use Yukon gold, fingerling, or red potatoes: it’s up to you!
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Warm potato salad in white bowl on yellow surface.

Warm Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Bacon

5 from 1 review
This potato salad can be served warm or at room temperature. Plenty of bacon, dill, and sour cream make this an easy crowd pleaser and delicious side dish.
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Scalloped (Sliced) Potatoes with Gruyere and Thyme

5 from 8 reviews
Cheesy, thinly sliced scalloped potatoes, also called potatoes au gratin, made from scratch are one of the most delicious potato side dishes around. This recipe uses Yukon gold potatoes, grated gruyere and parmesan cheese, thyme, and a bit of rosemary too for rich, herby flavor.
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

This is a great recipe for sweet potato fries made in the air fryer with almost no oil, just a little olive oil! They come out crisp on the outside, tender on the inside. These air fryer sweet potato fries make a great side dish, or even just a snack. If you try this air fryer sweet potato fries recipe, please rate and review!
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The Creamiest Sous Vide Mashed Potatoes

5 from 4 reviews
These mashed potatoes are extra creamy and delicious because they cook in butter and cream instead of water! This side dish is hands off with almost no dishes to clean.
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Cacio e Pepe Mashed Potatoes

The flavors of your favorite pasta work so well with buttery mashed potatoes! Serve Cacio e Pepe Mashed Potatoes with any of your favorite dishes. They’re an especially great side dish to steak and other beef dishes thanks to plenty of black pepper.
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Crispy Sous Vide Potatoes

5 from 2 reviews
Pre-cooking potatoes with sous vide is a great way to meal prep for the week. Finish them in the oven, air fryer, or stove top for creamy, crispy, delicious potatoes. You can even keep them in the freezer ready to cook later!
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Veggie Side Dishes

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12 Minute Sous Vide Asparagus

4.86 from 7 reviews
Did you know you can cook asparagus perfectly with sous vide? There’s nothing soggy about these bright green, just crisp spears. With a little lemon and butter, this sous vide asparagus makes a delicious side dish!
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Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms in Rosemary Red Wine Cream Sauce

4.50 from 2 reviews
Brussels sprouts, bacon, and mushrooms are cooked in a garlicky red wine cream sauce. The ultimate steak side dish!
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Grilled Corn Salad

5 from 1 review
This grilled corn salad makes great use of all of your summer veggies. With corn as a base, use whatever veggies you have on hand to supplement! I like to use sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes. Toss with a bright garlicky, lemony sauce and plenty of fresh herbs.
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Warm Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

5 from 6 reviews
Brussels sprouts are sautéed until soft but maintain a good, crunchy texture, tossed with bacon, a lemony caesar dressing, and huge, buttery croutons. Everything a steak eater could want.
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Sous Vide Beets (& Limey Beet Salad)

5 from 3 reviews
Sous vide beets are great to have on hand for a quick side dish or addition to salads. This recipe works great with either red or golden beets. No oil is needed to prepare this recipe making it a lighter preparation alternative. With a little cayenne and lime juice, these beets are tender and delicious.
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No Carb Spinach, Bacon, and Cauliflower Gratin

5 from 4 reviews
This Spinach, Bacon, and Cauliflower Gratin has no flour in the roux, making it perfect for gluten free and low carb folks. You're practically eating mac and cheese.
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5 Ingredient Mashed Cauliflower

This easy mashed cauliflower only requires 5 ingredients! Cauliflower mash is a simple, nutritious side dish to prepare, and it’s kid-approved. This recipe is keto and can be made Whole30 friendly.
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Crispy Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters

5 from 3 reviews
Making zucchini fritters in the air fryer couldn’t be easier! Crispy crunch on the outside, and fluffy and tender on the inside, they’re the perfect vegetable appetizer or vegetable side dish. Delicious with a dipping sauce like chipotle lime mayo. Ready in less than 30 minutes!
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Zucchini Chips with Zesty Coconut Cream

These crispy, salty zucchini chips are perfect paired with the zesty, creamy lime coconut sauce, especially in late summer.
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Corn on the cob on white platter on yellow surface.

Buttery Sous Vide Corn on the Cob

5 from 2 reviews
There are few things better than buttery corn on the cob. With this recipe, you can even cook the ears from frozen! Using sous vide, your sweet corn will have just the right balance of crunch and tenderness. Simply vacuum seal with butter, salt, and garlic powder, add to the water bath, cook, and serve!
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Sous vide broccoli in white bowl on yellow background with parmesan and lemon.

Better than Steamed Sous Vide Broccoli

5 from 4 reviews
You can enjoy broccoli in its most nutritious (and delicious!) form with fewer dishes and no risk of overcooking it thanks to sous vide. With plenty of garlic and butter, this is the most delicious broccoli you've ever had.
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Sous Vide Spicy Lime Glazed Carrots

5 from 2 reviews
These sous vide carrots are perfectly tender thanks to sous vide. Lime juice, jalapenos, and honey are the perfect flavor combination!
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Bread

Perfect Dinner Rolls

5 from 2 reviews
These dinner rolls really are perfect: light and doughy on the inside with golden brown tops. Perfect for the holidays or just any night!
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Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread made from scratch in a cast iron skillet with plenty of butter. Perfect along side spicy chili con carne!
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Pepper Jack Cheese Bread

5 from 6 reviews
Pepper Jack Cheese Bread from A Duck's Oven. Pepper jack cheese gets folded into the dough before baking to make an incredibly flavorful bread!
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I hope you enjoy these 22 steak sides recipes and have yourself a wonderful steak dinner.

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20+ Good Side Dishes for Steak: Grilled Corn Salad

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 14 mins
Yield: 4 servings
This grilled corn salad makes great use of all of your summer veggies. With corn as a base, use whatever veggies you have on hand to supplement! I like to use sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes. Or try the other tasty steak side recipe ideas shared!

Ingredients
 

  • 4 ears of corn
  • Cooking spray
  • Roughly 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp sliced basil strips
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp flaked sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your grill to medium high heat.
  • Remove the husks and threads from the corn and rinse. Spray each ear of corn with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Wrap them each in foil.
  • In a grill basket, toss sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes with olive oil and kosher salt.
  • Reduce grill heat to medium. Place corn cobs in the center of the grill. Grill for 7 minutes.
  • Add grill basket to the grill. Flip corn. Grill veggies and corn for an additional 7 minutes, tossing veggies once. If you want char marks on your corn, remove foil and return to grill for last few minutes of cooking, turning occasionally.
  • While the veggies are grilling, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Add garlic and cook until garlic is just starting to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, half the basil, and half the parsley.
  • Once veggies are done, let cool for 3-5 minutes. Using a sharp knife, slice kernels off the cob.
  • Add veggies and corn kernels to a salad bowl. Pour over the butter lemon mixture and toss to coat.
  • Garnish with remaining basil, parsley, and flaked sea salt. Serve warm.

Notes

I recommend keeping the corn, but feel free to sub the tomatoes and snap peas for whatever veggies you have on hand, or add additional veggies! Zucchini would be great.
Calories are an estimate.
Cuisine: American
Course: Sides
Author: Chelsea Cole
Calories: 232kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 1645mg, Potassium: 632mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 1567IU, Vitamin C: 83mg, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 3mg
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