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25 of Our Favorite Beef Brisket Side Dishes

updated Feb 28, 2023
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Beef brisket is one of those rare dishes that sits squarely between homey comfort food and sophisticated classic. It’s comfortable on a weeknight dinner table and as the centerpiece of a holiday feast. Beef brisket can be roasted in the oven, set in the slow cooker, or braised in an Instant Pot, where it quickly becomes fall-apart tender.

Sure, there are a few mistakes to avoid when cooking brisket, but one of the trickiest parts can be deciding what to serve with brisket. It’s almost always cooked with onions, potatoes, and carrots, but are those enough? Do you need something green? Do you want to have bread or rolls to sop up those wonderful juices?

The answer, obviously, is “yes” to all sides. We think choosing two to three sides from this list below can help you set the ideal table for a beef brisket dinner whether it falls on a Wednesday night or it happens a special occasion.

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Smashed Garlicky Potatoes
Potatoes are boiled then roasted to get a mixture of browned, super-crunchy bits and creamy spuds in every bite. They're a great side to serve as part of a holiday dinner or in the middle of the week.
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Noodle Kugel

A rich, creamy sweet kugel made with browned butter and egg noodles.

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Tzimmes
This Ashkenazi Jewish side dish is a celebration of stewed root vegetables.
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Classic Latkes

Admittedly, latkes are an extra-special side to make alongside brisket, given how labor-intensive they can be. We recommend putting your brisket in the slow cooker and picking easy vegetables. That will free you up to focus on making the most perfect, crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside latkes.

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Air Fryer Green Beans

Air fryers are great for cooking green beans (fresh or frozen).

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Farfel Pilaf

Farfel, a nubbly dried egg pasta, is the base for this comforting, hearty pilaf with mushrooms, onions, and a big handful of fresh herbs.

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Pull-Apart Challah Rolls

Make homemade challah easier on yourself with this share and tear method of baking. This quicker version of the classic enriched dough doesn’t require kneading and does the very best job of soaking up juicy brisket drippings.

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Minty Snap Pea Salad
Cool, crunchy, and a little bit spicy, this no-cook side dish of radishes and snap peas is the best contrast to warm, tangy brisket. While we love this most when serving brisket in the spring, you can riff on this salad any season by using the dressing for any raw crunchy veggies.
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Fluffy Potato Kugel
Think of potato kugel as a little like a latke casserole. Grated potatoes and onions are folded with eggs and then baked until golden-brown. The top is crisp and the interior is tender and moist. It makes a generous dish, ideal for serving a crowd.
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Steamed Asparagus (in the Microwave)
Simply cooked asparagus is the perfect counterpoint to a rich brisket. This microwave hack is ingenious for a quick steam of fresh asparagus. You can serve them plain, with a drizzle of browned butter, or tossed with lemon and black pepper.
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Matzo Sandwiches with Chopped Liver, Onions and Egg
Chopped liver has a uniquely earthy umami flavor that knows no equal.
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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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Ginger Cabbage Slaw

Whip up this quick and simple slaw as a bright side to your brisket.

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Diane Morgan's Baby Carrots with Dill
We don’t often take the opportunity to serve carrots whole, but tender spring carrots braised in broth, a little vinegar, and brown sugar are a revelation. They look stunning on a serving platter, but they are fork-tender and oh-so-delicious!
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Beet-Pickled Deviled Eggs
Let’s start a trend: Add deviled eggs to every holiday table. They can be served as an appetizer but they also make a welcome but unexpected side dish. These beet-colored beauties will also give you pickled beets to serve with the brisket.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan

Caramelized, roasted Brussels sprouts showered with a whole cup of Parmesan cheese.

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Simple Green Beans

Consider this side dish recommendation your hail Mary recipe! In a pinch you can use frozen green beans, a helpful thing to know when you’re scrambling to make extra because, say, your niece decides to bring her roommate and her new boyfriend to the holiday dinner.

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Brown Butter Radishes

Brown butter radishes are easy to make and novel enough to surprise your guests. And all you need to do is cook the halved radishes in brown butter.

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Carrot Soufflé
We love to pair this carrot soufflé with brisket because it looks and tastes so complicated while secretly being pretty easy to make. And they taste great together: Scoop some of the creamy carrot onto your fork along with a piece of tender brisket and it’s the perfect bite.
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Crispy Cheesy Latkes

Everything you love about nachos and latkes combined into one, perfect, three-bite side dish or appetizer.

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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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Roasted Carrots with Orange
Orange juice and a dash of chili powder is the secret to giving basic roasted carrots serious star power.
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Roasted Potatoes, Fennel, and Radishes With Lemon Brown Butter Sauce
If you're looking for a side that's as easy as it is impressive, this is the one for you.
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3-Ingredient Garlicky Red Potatoes
Thick chunks of red potatoes are tossed with a generous dusting of garlic powder, then finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon before they hit the table.
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Ginger-Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes

These roasted squash and sweet potatoes are gingery gems on a plate.

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