Love a steak dinner but never know what to serve with that perfectly cooked Top Sirloin? We’ve got you! We love a steak dinner too and the sides are an important component. But also one we know you don’t want to spend too much time on. Here are our favorite side dishes for steak that enhance and lift up the steak without stealing the show OR requiring a ton of time.

Cook the Perfect Steak

If you’re looking for a new way to cook the perfect steak or just need a quick refresher on how to achieve that golden crust without overcooking the interior, we’ve got you covered!

Want to start with the type of cut you’re using? Check out these cut-specific articles that dive into how to cook specific cuts of steak.

Once you understand the different types of cuts of steak, get a handle on what the grades of beef mean.

Choose Your Cooking Method

There are so many ways to cook the perfect steak. One of our favorite ways to cook steak is to reverse sear it. It’s a foolproof way to cook steak! We also love to sous vide (similar thought process to reverse searing but a bit more exact). Sous Vide Filet Mignon is an absolute dream.

Looking for something to top the steak with? Try a homemade truffle butter!

The Importance of Cooking by Temp

One of the most important aspects of cooking the perfect steak is to know what temperature you’re aiming for. Our Temperature Cooking Guide is a great resource. Or check out the table below which lays out what temperature to shoot for and what it should reach after resting (resting or “carry-over cooking” does not apply to sous vide or reverse searing).

DonenessCook toAfter resting
Rare115–120ºF (46–49ºC)120–125ºF (49–52ºC)
Medium-Rare120–125ºF (49–52ºC)125–130ºF (52–54ºC)
Medium130–135ºF (54–57ºC)130–135ºF (54–57ºC)
Medium-Well140–145ºF (60–63ºC) USDA recommended145–150ºF (63–65ºC)
Well-Done150–155ºF (65–68ºC)155–160ºF (68–71ºC)

Sides for Steak

Let’s get into what you came for—delicious sides for steak! This variety of side dish recipes span the seasons with everything from dinner rolls to cheesy vegetable dishes, salads, and everything in between. Sides for steak can be so much more than just garlic green beans!

steak frites on a plate with a creamy mushroom sauce.


Steak Frites (Steak and Fries)
Fies are a classic side dish for steak. Make it a meal with this recipe featuring ribeye steaks, a creamy mushroom sauce and Salt & Vinegar fries.
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Healthy Skillet Cornbread
This skillet cornbread is loaded with flavor thanks to the whole grains, olive oil and honey used to make it. A must for any grilled steak!
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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Ultra-savory hasselback sweet potatoes are an absolute dream! The bottoms get browned and caramelized while the tops get finished with a buttery fried sage mixture. These roasted sweet potatoes are dream worthy.
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Maque Choux
A confetti of vegetables topped with sliced steak is one of the best meals you can make for summer. Play around with the veggies you've got on hand, just don't skip the chorizo!
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Caesar Salad
It's a classic for a reason! Paired with perfectly cooked steak and you have a steakhouse menu on your hands.
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Garden Salad
Everything in the garden gets tossed with a mustard vinaigrette and finished with dried cranberries and Parm. What's not to love?
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Cauliflower Gratin
The ultimate comfort food meal is a few scoops of this creamy, cheesy cauliflower gratin alongside a sous vide filet mignon.
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Apple Walnut Salad
The crisp green apples and tangy vinaigrette cut through the savory decadence of a good steak.
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Sweet Potato Rolls
Our favorite steak dinners consists of a good steak, simple side salad or veg, and a good roll. These sweet potato rolls are a must try!
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Orzo Salad
This bright and herby orzo salad is a perfect pairing for a grilled steak dinner served al fresco.
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Fattoush Salad
A combination of textures and flavors come together in this Lebanese vegetable Salad. Tossed with a lemony vinaigrette and enhanced with loads of tart sumac—the brightness of this salad is a natural pairing for a savory steak.
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Kaiser Rolls
Fresh-baked kaiser rolls with some salted butter are a dreamy side dish for steak. Even better, if you've got leftover steak you can make a steak sandwich with these fluffy yet sturdy rolls.
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Watermelon Tomato Orzo Salad
A fresh yet satisfying salad for any summer meal. Tomato and watermelon are an unlikely combo that jive in the best possible way. If you need this to be gluten-free or simply want to make it lighter, skip the orzo and make this Tomato and Watermelon Salad.
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Stove Top Mac and Cheese
If we're talking about steak side dishes, we've got to have at least one mac and cheese recipe on the list. This mac and cheese recipe is easy to make and healthy-ish.
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Delicata Squash with Maple Browned Butter Sauce
The flavors of fall really shine in this delicata squash dish! Enjoy a sweet and salty vegetable side with your savory steak.
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Caesar Cauliflower Potato Salad
It's a meat and potatoes kind of dinner! Pair your steaks with a lightened-up potato salad dressed with the best dressing—Caesar.
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Herby Sour Cream Potato Salad
Looking for another potato salad option? This sour cream potato salad is so bright, tangy and comforting. A new take on a classic that just might replace your go-to recipe.
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Turkish Salad
A chunky vegetable salad with bold flavors like shallot, feta and dill can easily hold it's own next to a savory steak.
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Korean Cucumber Salad
Pair Korean Skirt Steak (minus the eggs) with this deliciously spicy Korean Cucumber Salad.
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Pan-Fried King Oyster Mushrooms
Steak and mushrooms are a traditional pairing and these king oyster mushrooms are ultra-meaty and savory. Don't skip the fresh parsley—it kinda fries in the hot butter/oil and is so good.
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Radish Salad with Herbs
The simplicity of this salad is what makes it a winner, in addition to the cool, creamy dressing loaded with whatever fresh herbs you have on hand.
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Celery Salad
The refreshing crunch of celery counter balances the juicy, savoriness of a steak. Play around with the type of cheese, nuts and herbs you use to match the flavor profile of the ingredients you use for the steak.
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Savory Citrus Salad
When citrus season is in full swing, cook up a cast-iron steak and serve it with this vibrant citrus salad.
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Warm Brussels Sprouts Caesar
We've already determined that a Caesar salad is so very "steakhouse." So why not take it one step further with this roasted Brussels sprouts Caesar with craggy croutons that soak up that luscious dressing.
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Fennel Salad
If simplicity is the name of the game, this salad takes the crown. Just 3 simple ingredients are all you need to transform a fennel bulb into a vibrant and delicious side salad.
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Butter Lettuce Salad
A soft and tender green salad is a lovely pairing for a steak!
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Peach, Corn and Cucumber Salad
A vibrant and richly-textured salad! Pair with your favorite steak and a quintessential summer dinner is served.
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Greek Orzo Pasta Salad
Briny olives, crunchy cukes, salty feta and loads of parsley come together to create a very satisfying pasta salad.
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Roasted Carrots and Beets with Cumin Vinaigrette
Roast two earthy root vegetables then dress them up with a delicious toasted cumin vinaigrette. When we say you'll want this vinaigrette on everything we aren't exaggerating!
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Modern Carrot Salad
Give the traditional carrot salad a long overdo upgrade. Toss shredded carrots with a toasty, infused vinaigrette then top it off with a toasted nut and frizzle lemon crisp.
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Triple Pea Salad with Whipped Goat Cheese
Looking for a spring pairing for steak? Cook up a filet mignon and serve it up alongside this triple pea salad. From crisp snap peas to sweet peas and a savory goat cheese spread, this salad truly covers all the bases.
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Green Goddess Salad
This is one of our all-time favorite salads. This monochromatic side dish is just the POP of color a good steak needs.
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Celery Root and Parsnip Mash
If you're a lover of all things fall and root vegetables, we urge you to try this recipe. It's a delicious—and arguably more interesting—substitute for mashed potatoes.
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Garlicky Broccoli
If you're looking for something quick and easy—try our sautéed broccoli. It's always a great pairing with steak.
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Polenta Fries
Crispy baked polenta fries are a fun option for homemade steak frites. Take them to the next level with the Parmesan Aioli (aka garlic parmesan dipping sauce) included in the recipe as well.
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Garlic Naan
Soft, chewy naan is a great side dish for just about anything! Pair this with a steak and you'll never look back!
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Baked Sweet Potato Casserole
This sweet potato casserole will have you weak at the knees! It's so dang savory and loaded with flavor.
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arugula, pears and crumbled blue cheese in a large white bowl with two serving spoons set in it


Arugula Salad with Toasted Lemon Vinaigrette
Steak and arugula is a natural pairing. The mild spiciness to arugula really cuts through the decadence of steak. Not to mention the lemon vinaigrette. Delicious together!
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Spinach and Artichoke Mac ‘n Cheese Cups
Individual spinach and artichoke mac and cheeses for each person! Not only is this recipe a great make ahead for quick lunches and dinners, but it makes a fabulous side dish for steak.
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Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
A wedge salad is a classic side dish for steak! Pair it with out lightened-up blue cheese dressing for the ultimate crisp and refreshing side dish!
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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
If you love fresh dill and dill pickles then you've gotta try this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad with your next steak dinner. Creamy, bright and so tasty.
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