60 Easy Side Dishes That Make Steak Dinners Extra Special

updated Jan 9, 2023
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Steak isn’t an everyday dinner, so when you take the time to cook it, it truly feels like an occasion. It’s often made to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, but it also has a way of making a random Wednesday night feel festive. It’s hard to beat a juicy steak straight from the grill when it’s warm outside. But even if we aren’t luckily enough to have a grill or it’s simply too cold for such an activity, we’re never disappointed with steak cooked in the oven.

While the beef might be the main attraction at the dinner table, you need more than just steak on your plate. With that in mind, we have plenty of ideas for delicious sides for steak. Whether it’s a simple potato side like a sheet pan full of garlic butter smashed potatoes or a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes, veggies like stovetop cheesy broccoli or deep-fried Brussels sprouts, or even just a simple arugula salad with a tangy lemon vinaigrette, these 60 recipes cover all the bases.

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Easy Potato Side Dishes for Steak

You can’t talk about steak without calling attention to potatoes — they basically go hand in hand. Whether you like yours roasted or mashed, you have lots of good options.

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes
If you're looking for a seriously impressive way to upgrade your basic mashed potatoes, take inspiration from loaded baked potatoes with all the fixings.
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Crash Hot Potatoes

This easy method for crispy smashed potatoes will be your new go-to side dish for any steak dinner.

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Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

There's more to this vegetable mash than potatoes. Sour cream provides an extra dose of velvety lusciousness.

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Cheesy Skillet Domino Potatoes

This recipe douses thin slices of potatoes in a rich cheese-bolstered cream mixture and bakes it all in a skillet until crispy and tender. It's a gratin-like side dish that pairs so well with juicy steak.

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Rainbow Potato Stacks
These cheesy stacks call for a combination of orange and purple sweet potatoes, as well as regular russet potatoes, for one colorful side dish.
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Sweet Potato Salad

Whether it's served freshly made or from the refrigerator, this heart sweet potato salad is a satisfying side dish to your favorite grilled steak recipe.

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Air Fryer Potato Wedges
Old Bay seasoning is the star of this crispy air fryer potato wedge recipe.
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Cheesy Garlic Duchess Potatoes

Duchess potatoes are a side with every quality you love about mashed potatoes, piped into picture-perfect mounds and baked until crisp. But wait there's more! Each ruffled mound gets soaked in a butter bath.

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Easy Grilled Sweet Potatoes
If you've already got the grill fired up, go ahead and take advantage for this simple side.
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Crispy Salt & Vinegar Fingerling Potatoes
We have a smart trick that packs these potatoes all the way through with salty vinegary flavor.
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3-Ingredient Roasted Dijon Potatoes
Not only do these potatoes have the ultra-crispy, crackly edges you love, but they also have a little added tang and go with everything.
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Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes
These mouthwatering smashed potatoes are tossed in a garlic butter mixture and baked until golden and crispy.
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Parmesan Potatoes
Melted Parmesan takes these roasted potatoes to a whole new level.
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Roasted Baby Potatoes
Everyone needs a simple, versatile side that’s easy to partner with whatever they're cooking for dinner.
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Crock-Pot Cheesy Potatoes
Frozen diced potatoes are the secret to ooey-gooey cheesy slow cooker potatoes. And, it only needs 10 minutes of prep.
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Cinnamon Butter Bath Sweet Potatoes
Cooking cubed sweet potatoes into a bath of milk, butter, and sweet fragrant cinnamon is a super simple way to enhance the fall veggie.
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Chantilly Potatoes
French-style Chantilly potatoes are the ultimate fast and fancy side dish. The addition of whipped cream makes them extra light and fluffy.
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Dauphinoise Potatoes
This classic French side dish is totally luxurious *and* easy to pull off.
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Au Gratin Potatoes
Au gratin potatoes are one of the greatest casseroles of all time. Tender, fluffy potatoes are bathed in a rich and creamy cheese sauce, then baked in a hot oven until bubbly and crisp.
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Vegetable Side Dishes for Steak

The beauty of a steak dinner is that almost any veggie will work to round out dinner. Mushrooms are a natural partner. And you also can’t go wrong with leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or a simple salad.

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Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted beets mixed with argula, pumpkin seeds, and crumbled feta makes for the perfect foil for well-cooked steak (whatever that means for you)!

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Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts

This vegetable side is a mash-up of cacio e pepe and perfectly crispy Brussels sprouts.

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Candied Carrots
A delicious syrupy glaze helps to enhance the natural sweetness of carrots in this stunning, glossy, bejeweled vegetable side dish.
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Grilled Eggplant Caprese

Tucking in grilled eggplant turns it into the caprese salad you will feel even more confident serving as the only side to whatever meaty main that's on the table.

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Zucchini Gratin

A creamy casserole paired with a steak may seem like a combination that feels a little too rich for dinner. But you don't feel weighed down with this bright and crisp zucchini gratin, which has a breadcrumb topping kissed with lemon zest for a bright and summery pop of flavor to contrast the creamy Gruyère sauce.

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Cauliflower au Gratin

If you have cauliflower on hand, you can bake into this gratin that is equally creamy, cheesy, and crowned with a buttery, crisp topping.

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Charred Corn and Halloumi Salad

From the sweet corn, salty halloumi cheese, and jammy pickled Peppadew peppers, this easy salad is a great side to have if you need something to temper the richness of steak.

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Broiled Wedge Salad
A new and improved wedge salad that gets an extra layer of flavor from broiling.
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Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Take the beloved roasted veggie side dish to a whole new level with smoky bacon and a glaze of maple syrup.

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Garlic Butter Mushrooms
Mushrooms have a tendency to soak up whatever sauce they're in, so drenching them in garlic butter is obviously a great decision.
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Caesar Roasted Broccoli
Toss roasted broccoli with Caesar dressing, then shower it with toasted breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese for the ultimate side dish.
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Roasted Parmesan Asparagus
Roasted asparagus is a quick and easy side dish for any night of the week. Add a little Parmesan and garlic to the mix and you have some crave-worthy veggies that take practically no time to whip up.
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Easy Broccoli Rabe
We have an easy trick for tempering this brassica's bitterness.
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Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes
It only takes a handful of ingredients to turn this funky-looking root vegetable into a bursting-with-flavor side veggie.
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Blistered Green Beans with Pickled Shallots and Toasted Breadcrumbs
If you think a side of green beans is boring, you haven't met this blistered version. Charring the beans and tossing them with pickled shallots adds tons of intrigue.
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Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad
Nothing against classic Caesar salad, but we think this version with crisp and crunchy shaved Brussels sprouts is even better — especially since you can buy them pre-shredded to save time.
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Garlicky Roasted Broccoli
This basic recipe for roasted broccoli is one you'll make again and again. If you like things spicy, try adding a pinch of red pepper flakes to the florets before roasting.
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Simple Arugula Salad
Peppery arugula has so much natural flavor that it doesn't really need anything else besides lemon juice and olive oil to make it a great side.
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Easy Skillet Kale with Lemon & Garlic
No, kale isn't a trend — it's definitely a vegetable that's here to stay. So learn how to make it as delicious as possible with this no-fuss approach.
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Quick Sesame Snow Peas
These sesame snow peas recipe is the kind of quick side dish everyone needs to keep in their back pocket. It’s so simple, and versatile enough to pair with just about any type of main dish.
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Corn on the Cob
During the summer months, you can never ever go wrong with buttery corn on the cob.
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15-Minute Buttered Balsamic Mushrooms
When steak is on the menu, you can take the least expensive, most everyday mushrooms and transform them into a vegetable side that feels decidedly elegant.
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Smoky Creamed Kale
You know what’s even better than creamed spinach? Creamed kale!
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Grains and Pasta Side Dishes for Steak

There’s so much goodness packed inside grain and pasta sides, we’d be remiss to exclude them. Your steak will be very happy next to creamy Parmesan orzo or a colorful farro salad.

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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

If there's one thing a steak needs, it's a cool and creamy balm like this mayo and sour cream-based pasta salad with dill pickles, onions, and fresh dill.

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Grain Salad with Use-It-All-Up Pesto

This clean-out-the-fridge salad can be made with rice or whatever grain you have in the pantry: farro, millet, quinoa, etc. Orzo or couscous are also great options.

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Caesar Pasta Salad

If you're thinking making any type of steak for dinner, you'll want to have this caesar pasta salad on stand-by. It's crisp, juicy, creamy, and really delightful to eat as a side or main. Could you reserve some to toss with leftover steak for lunch the next day? Absolutely!

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Lobster Risotto

Filling and decadent, grilled steak with a side of this stovetop lobster risotto would be a gorgeous riff on the classic surf-and-turf dinner.

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Tropical Quinoa Salad with Creamy Mango Dressing

Here's a fun summer accessory for steak: a light, refreshing salad packed with avocado, mango, and quinoa, then tossed in a creamy mango dressing.

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French Onion Stuffed Shells

Steak and pasta is a fail-proof combination that you can always count on for a delectable dinner. Any pasta bake works great but we love to pair meat with these beautifull stuffed shells that are filled with caramelized onion and ricotta .

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Vegan Risotto

A simple and flavorful risotto without if you want a grain-based side dish minus the dairy.

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Fall Panzanella with Crispy Leeks
This hearty, crisp-weather riff on traditional panzanella leans into the very best of fall produce.
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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
This creamy mushroom and herb-flecked skillet makes the perfect side to whatever kind of steak you're cooking up.
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Portuguese-Style Mint Rice
Have an abundance of mint on your hands? Make this summery mint rice.
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One-Pot Smoked Almond and Herb Couscous
This side dish is so smoky and fragrant, you may find yourself pushing aside the steak.
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Creamy Spinach Parmesan Orzo
If you're looking for a side that's totally cozy and comforting, look no further.
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One-Pot Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Orzo
This is the creamiest, cheesiest orzo you can imagine, filled with tender mushrooms and baby spinach, that cooks up in a single pot in under 30 minutes.
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Orzo Salad
Quick to assemble and full of bright, fresh ingredients, this is a side you're likely to keep on repeat.
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Pasta Salad (Without Mayo)
This easy-to-make pasta salad has a creamy flavor, but ditches the mayo in favor of a rich vinaigrette and soft cheese.
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Pesto Pasta Salad
Nothing says summer like tendrils of pasta, fresh mozzarella pearls, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy cucumber dressed in a basil pesto sauce.
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Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad
This is a simple pasta salad that’s incredibly easy to love.
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