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.
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).
140–145ºF (60–63ºC) USDA recommended
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.