Once you've mastered the art of cooking the perfect steak in the oven, you can start to think about finding your perfect seasonal side dish. There are so many options available, but only certain sides are worthy of sharing your plate with a steak.
Start with this list of 17 mouth-watering options. We guarantee you'll find something that fits your taste.
Something magical happens to broccoli when you roast it in the oven with plenty of garlic, and then sprinkle it with lemon juice. It becomes one of our favorite side dishes of all time.
When you get tired of always roasting your Brussels sprouts, this is the recipe to try. It's a completely different texture for the sprouts, and the fact that they are sautéed with pancetta doesn't hurt either.
Say goodbye to that can of condensed soup — this modern recipe replaces it with a roux flavored with sherry. And the fried onions? Sesame sticks from the bulk aisle make a fitting replacement.
While steamed carrots may be a classic, glazed carrots are how you take your culinary skills up a notch. You can use any cut of carrot you like, and mix and match flavors in the glaze to your liking.
If you've only been eating your radishes raw, you've been missing out. Cooking radishes, whether braising or roasting, mellows a bit of their bite and brings out a juicier flavor. Give it a try — you'll never look back.
Roasting your green beans, instead of sautéing or steaming them, gives them a smokier flavor and a bit of a char. Plus, the harissa dressing adds a whole new dimension to a simple side dish.
Think of this as a less guilt-inducing gratin since it is filled with kale, and it's light on the milk and cheese. Just don't skip the breadcrumb topping — it really completes the dish.
Braised vegetables have a leg up on other vegetable preparations. Cooking in a bit of liquid gives them a tender juiciness and makes sure they are fully creamy and tender.
Think mashed potatoes are the only creamy side dish that can accompany a steak? Think again. This decadent whipped cauliflower dish is only made better by adding in a tangy dollop of crème fraîche.
Thanks to the goat cheese in this gratin, you can skip the cream all together. And we say take it easy on yourself and skip the pretty layered patterns — a jumble of slices will taste just as good.
Don't discount the humble rutabaga. It has a lot going for it, and with this simple preparation, it can become a go-to side dish that stands in for roasted potatoes — no problem.
Don't serve a wimpy salad alongside your steak. Instead plate up this peppery salad filled with blue cheese crumbles and crisp pear slices. It holds its own without overpowering your fillet.
We're definitely meat-and-potatoes people when the menu includes a steak and these rosemary roasted potatoes. It's a classic meal that feels special enough for company, but can also be low-key enough for a random Wednesday.
Onions aren't normally a stand-alone side dish, but these small balsamic-glazed ones can do just that. They have the perfect, refreshing balance of sweet and tart that pairs well with steak.
Roasted asparagus is great, but if you want a different way to enjoy the spring vegetable, consider this salad made of asparagus ribbons. Simply use your peeler or mandoline to slice fine ribbons, and then toss them with your favorite dressing.
For anyone who likes the flavor of anchovies, this side dish is sure to be a winner. Bonus: You can easily pull this togetherm thanks to all the pantry-friendly ingredients.
You can go fancy with this side dish or keep it simple, but however you decide to serve it, it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and a welcomed companion to a juicy steak.
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