Truth be told, there are very few side dishes that don’t go well with steak. Whatever you’re cooking, from filet mignon to rib eyes, New York strips to flank or skirt, it’s hard to go wrong when it comes to accompaniments. That’s because although the steak itself may have incredible richness and depth, it’s not such a polarizing flavor that it will truly clash with others.
With all that being said, there are some tried and true classic steak sides with an undeniable nostalgia factor. Think: a Wedge Salad, like the one pictured here, or Creamed Spinach (or Swiss Chard, as the case may be), Parker House Rolls, or Beefsteak Tomato Salad. These steakhouse sides are familiar and comforting, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t include them in this gallery. But there’s a whole world of other side dishes out there that do a fantastic job standing up to a meaty main. Want to serve a cool, crisp salad? We’ve got a Corn-and-Avocado one that incorporates a Goddess Dressing made creamy with avocado. There’s also a Radicchio Salad with Chopped-Lemon Dressing, where grainy mustard and mint offer a nice interplay of spice and freshness.
We didn’t forget the cooked vegetables. Ahead, you’ll find recipes for everything from asparagus and Brussels sprouts to broccolini and zucchini. And we’ve also featured some delicious carbs, too, including White-Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes and a Pull-Apart Garlic Bread that just might threaten to upstage that gorgeous grilled steak, especially if you serve it hot, just out of the oven.