25+ Satisfying Sides to Serve with Pork Chops

updated Apr 25, 2022
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Like chicken breasts, pork chops are an easy, crowd-pleasing weeknight staple that you can really never go wrong with. My favorite pork chops are cooked up in the oven, with nothing but a quick brine and a sprinkle of salt and pepper (although there’s no shortage of ways to cook pork chops, including on the grill or in the slow cooker, Instant Pot, and air fryer). Cooking them is often the easy part, but deciding on the best sides for pork chops is the trickier part of the dinner equation.

The good news, however, is that since pork chops are a lean meat with a mild taste, they can be paired with just about any side. From roasted potatoes to a skillet of sautéed kale to fluffy mint-infused rice, here are some of our favorite sides that we turn to every time we’re making pork chops.

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Meaty pork chops feel more like a well-rounded dinner when they are paired with a cooked vegetable — whether it’s roasted Brussels sprouts or sautéed spinach. Any of these sides will balance out the plate.

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Easy Skillet Kale with Lemon & Garlic
There aren’t any big secrets to making awesome kale — you just need a large skillet, plenty of garlic, and lemon juice.
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Easy Lemon-Ginger Spinach
Not only is this easy weeknight side packed with light, refreshing flavors from lemon and ginger, but it also goes with pork chops no matter how you cook them up.
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Fennel, Carrot, and Leek Gratin
Fennel, carrots, and leek are mixed with an aromatic Parmesan cream sauce and topped with pecan breadcrumbs for the ultimate veggie gratin.
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Easy 10-Minute Garlic Broccolini
Broccolini is basically broccoli’s lazier (and arguably tastier!) cousin. And since there’s almost no prep involved, it can be on the table in next to no time.
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Lemon-Pepper Asparagus
This simple side dish is just as much about the tender roasted asparagus as it is about the burnished lemon slices that are tossed in the mix.
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Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Honey
These sprouts are roasted until they’re ridiculously crispy, then tossed in a sweet and savory honey-balsamic glaze.
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Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower
This simple sheet pan of roasted broccoli and cauliflower florets will be a go-to side dish.
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Smoky, Lemony Sautéed Shredded Brussels Sprouts
To keep this smoky side as quick as can be, I like to minimize the prep work by starting with a bag of pre-shredded sprouts.
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Blistered Green Beans with Pickled Shallots and Toasted Breadcrumbs
Fresh green beans are stir-fried until blistered, then tossed with tangy pickled shallots and topped with crunchy, salty breadcrumbs.
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Or opt for something even lighter and brighter by serving pork chops with a salad. These iterations are interesting enough that might steal some attention away from the meat.

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Arugula Beet Salad
This simple 5-ingredient recipe pairs beets and goat cheese with peppery arugula.
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Smashed Carrot Salad
In this salad, every ingredient has a purpose—lending texture, temperature, brightness and acidity to what turns out to be a symphony of flavors.
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Shaved Cucumber and Fennel Salad with Olives and Feta
A Mediterranean-style salsa is layered with lemony fennel and cucumbers for a simple salad that's bright, fresh, salty, rich, briny, and crunchy.
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Asparagus Salad
Mint and dill make this salad extra refreshing.
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Quick and Easy Roasted Vegetable Salad
This warm salad is filled with roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and shallots and tossed in a tangy balsamic mustard vinaigrette.
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Raw and Roasted Radicchio Salad with Sweet Potato, Manchego, and Crunchy Seeds
This topping-heavy salad is designed so that there's no digging around for the good parts; it's all good parts. Roasted sweet potato keeps the raddcchio's bitterness in check, and toasted sunflower seeds add crunch.
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Broiled Wedge Salad
This new and improved wedge salad gets an extra layer of flavor from broiling.
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Pork chops and potatoes are commonly served together, and it’s easy to understand why. Whether you crave white spuds or sweet potatoes, these recipes want to buddy up with your chops.

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"Restaurant" Potatoes with Frizzled Onions
This one-pan steam method leaves you with fluffy potatoes with a crisp exterior.
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Parmesan Pesto Roasted Potatoes
Smothered with pesto and Parm, these potatoes are rich in garlicky, herby flavor and packed with cheese, with all the crispy goodness of the best roasted potatoes.
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Crispy Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
The high fan speed and concentrated heat of the air fryer makes baked potatoes that are fluffy and tender on the inside and shatteringly crisp on the outside.
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Garlic Butter Potatoes
Roasted potatoes are pretty great, but these garlic butter roasted potatoes are even better.
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Crash Hot Potatoes
Crash hot potatoes are like a cross between a fluffy baked potato and a greasy, golden french fry. But better!
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Garlicky Parmesan Sweet Potatoes
Thick chunks of sweet potato are roasted, then dusted with a snowy layer of nutty Parmesan cheese that crisps up under the broiler.
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Sour Cream Balsamic Sweet Potatoes
If mashed sweet potatoes hold a special place in your heart, you've got to try this version.
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Butter-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes require just three ingredients — sweet potatoes, butter, and salt — so what makes them so much more delicious than any other sweet potatoes is time and patience.
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Rice and Pasta

Simple pasta and grain sides also pair well with pork chops. Instead of cooking up just a plain pot of rice, however, try something with a bit more spunk, like an orzo salad filled with roasted veggies, couscous infused with smoked paprika, or barley flecked with sage.

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Portuguese-Style Mint Rice
This recipe cooks in about half the time of steamed rice (just remember to maintain a full boil the whole time) and treats you to a side that just mind remind you of risotto.
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Easy Buttery Garlic Rice
This easy rice is extra flavorful, thanks to the addition of browned, garlic-infused butter and crispy garlic chips.
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Mushroom Rice Pilaf
No matter how you're cooking them, this creamy mushroom and herb-flecked skillet makes the perfect partner to pork chops.
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Creamy Spinach Parmesan Orzo
Don't be surprised in this ultra-creamy side reminds you of mac and cheese.
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One-Pot Smoked Almond and Herb Couscous
Garlic, smoked paprika, and toasted almonds are the secret to really revving up a basic pot of couscous.
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