Best Sides for Steak | 3 Totally Versatile Side Dishes

What are the best sides for steak? A pretty bland question but a question that is asked all the time.

Many of us have the bad habit of trying to over-complicate things and go all out. It’s easy to get carried away when you are tired of the same old basic tastes. But honestly how many actual options are there?

Whether you’ve had time to plan, you’re out of time and have kids to feed, or you’ve got a super-hot date you’re cooking for, I got you. These tips are hassle-free and designed with you in mind.

This post is all about the best sides for steak.

1. Fried Potatoes

Best Sides For Steak

French fries, frites, chips, papa frita, whatever you call em’, are of course a cult classic! No doubt, there are recipes out the yin-yang to make.

Something along the lines of cut this, soak this, peel that —> blah blah blah

Don’t get me wrong, I love a “slow-cooked” potato, by all means, if you desire, take the time and make some freshies or…

We could get real and tear it up in the air fryer with some good old frozen fries

You can try my family’s favorite:

  • Squeeze of Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Your favorite crumbly white cheese (we use queso fresco)

You could also grab the classic Lawry’s

If you don’t know what this is, FIND OUT

Here are a few things to keep on hand to take your fried potatoes from basic to bussin’ real quick:

Best sides for steak sandwiches

Dean Jacobs French Fry Seasoning,

This is a super cute shaker with 4 flavors:

  • Italian herbs
  • BBQ
  • Salt and malt vinegar,
  • Steakhouse

McCormick has these fantastic ready-to-use flavors too that come in super clutch:

Best sides for steak sandwiches

Best sides for steak sandwiches

Can’t decide? Here’s the 3-pack edition addition.

Best sides for steak sandwiches

They have a long shelf life and are the bomb to keep on hand. You can use them on all of your fresh or frozen potatoes!

2.  Sautéed Vegetables

Best Sides For Steak

If it comes out the dirt, then make it work! Instead of a cauli-mash or steamed broccoli,

Throw it all in a pan.

Wash. Rough Chop. Done.

Rule of thumb: you don’t want mushy veggies; if you cook them too long, then all the taste is gone

Layer the perfect skillets by giving your crunchy dense vegetables a little extra time to cook before you add your watery vegetables to the mix.

Here are some sprinkles to throw on any vegetable side dish and even your pickiest eaters will dig in

Best sides for steak


Previously my family and I had only used The Badia Lemon Pepper. We put it on everything, I mean EVERYTHING. But we just found these and our lives have changed forever.

Best sides for steak

best sides for steak

3. Warm Salad

Best sides for steak

I know what you’re  thinking

Eww. Warm salad? Gross, why?

And fruit was definitely unheard of, don’t come anywhere near my lettuce with a strawberry.

I know, I was once a nonbeliever too but now I’m a changed woman and this is the way to go.

Because a warm salad can stand up so well to the fat in your cut, I feel it is the best side salad for steak.

Now a warm salad isn’t necessarily all warm. It’s mostly fresh with some warm ingredients.

Pictured here, simple and quick:

  • Baby spinach
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Sliced radish
  • Cashews
  • Warm or cold quinoa
  • Any kind of flavored olive oil (or your fave dressing)

I know that having fresh ingredients is hard for a lot of us, or even just all the time, but here are some alternatives you can get delivered to your door so you don’t have to worry

Any of the Salad Pizzaz products are so delicious and literally go with every salad. They perfect for any meal at any time of day

This one is pomegranate-flavored cranberries with walnuts. It was the closest I could find to our rendition, however, there are a few others you should definitely try

Like the one with blueberries and pecans:

or the one with cranberries and almonds:

These are a couple of other things that you could use as alternatives that will help you recreate this salad:

Mantova Grand’Aroma Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oils

BetterBody Foods Organic Quinoa

This is also quinoa, but the instant version:


These are just a few of the most straightforward steak dinner menu ideas that I regularly use for us and our family dinners. No matter which side you choose it will cater to any steak, whether you have a tender filet or big grilled fatty ribeye. You can customize the flavors to your liking and perhaps discover a new flavor to fall in love with.

This post was all about the best sides for steak.