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The 27 Best Side Dishes to Pair with Your Entree

Find the perfect side dish recipe for each meal on the menu!

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor,
The 27 Best Side Dishes to Pair with Your Entree

So you've found the perfect entree now what? It's time to find your perfect side dish pairing. With this tasty collection, including 27 side dish options for chicken, steak, and seafood, you are sure to find several recipes everyone will like. These are the kind of classic and simple side dishes you can make over and over again, no matter the time of year.

Spoiler: If you're a fan of potatoes, you're going to love this collection.
Simple side dishes can take your meal to that next level of deliciousness. When it comes to sides, we think it's important to have options no matter what you're serving, which is why we've included sides that pair especially well with specific proteins. We've also included a section of easy sides dishes for parties, so whether you're hosting or attending one, you'll have the perfect thing to offer.

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Best Side Dishes for Chicken

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic, Lemon and Parmesan Cheese

Potatoes, along with so many other delicious veggies make us up this list of the best side dishes you can pair with chicken. From Baked Lemon Potato Wedges to Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Baked Potatoes, you're gonna want to check these side dish recipes out immediately.

Easy Side Dishes for Steak

Mashed Potatoes with Bacon

If you've ever been to a steakhouse you know about all the tasty a la carte side dish options available to you. Below, we've tried to bring the best of the steakhouse to your home. From potatoes in all varieties to green beans and salad, these side dish recipes are here to take your entree to the next level.

Tasty Side Dishes for Seafood

Grilled Mango and Pineapple Salad

What should you serve with your seafood? Fresh and light flavors are the best pairing, which is why you'll find a variety of fruit and veggies listed below. Rice side dishes and green salads are the perfect accompaniment to all your fish, shrimp and scallop recipes. 

Easy Side Dishes for Parties

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

If you're going to a party, you never want to come empty handed. Lucky for you, we've gathered these easy side dishes for parties because food is the one gift that keeps on giving and never goes out of style. This list includes plenty of casseroles -- the original shareable dish -- along with a few other side dishes you and your fellow party-goers are sure to inhale.

Addie Gundry’s Best Side Dishes

Addie Gundry, Food Network Star & Cookbook Author

Food Network Star, Cookbook Author, and our resident recipe mastermind Addie Gundry sat down with us to share some of her best side dishes that you can easily recreate. All of these recipes are easy, delicious, and will be the prefect compliment to any meal.  Addie Gundry believes that sometimes it is best to keep the side dishes simple and elegant so they don’t distract from the main dish. With that being said, a good side dish should be developed and tasty enough to also stand on it's own. Whether you’re looking for simple barbeque side dishes, cold side dishes, or side salad recipes Addie Gundry has handpicked an easy side dish recipe for you to use in any occasion. These recipes are proof that you don’t have to be a Food Network Star to cook like one!

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My favorite pairing of side dishes has to pinto beans and cornbread. I'm from the south!

I love chicken and rice together, whether it's in the same dish or as an entree and side.

Pork chops apple sauce has to be my all time favorite pairing. I used to think it was weird, but its actually delicious. Now I can't eat pork chops without a side of apple sauce!

" Spoiler If you're a fan of potatoes, you're going to love this collection." Literally the best thing I could have ever seen. My all-time fave side dish is anything that includes potatoes french fries, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, etc. etc. I just can't get enough. The roasted asparagus from this list, however, does look delightful. I might have to switch up my potato tune just a bit )

I love eating salmon with a side of sweet potatoes! I'll eat green beans with pretty much everything, too.

I love serving brussels sprouts with just about every entree! I find they taste wonderful with chicken, steak, pasta, and just about anything!

Side dishes are always my favorite part of the meal! Anything with cheese and potatoes is always a winner.

I'm obsessed with asparagus, and I really love that have that with any meat dish. Yummm!

Ice cream and sprinkles! Not exactly a traditional side/entree pairing, but delicious nonetheless! Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

I used to think I was too cool or young for Brussels sprouts, but then I actually tried them, and I regret ever thinking that. Throw a little olive oil and salt on them and roast them in the oven, and it's almost magical what comes out. I especially love pairing them with pork chops.

I LOVE a good cucumber dill salad, it seems to go with everything and my grandmother has the best recipe. We'll have it for summer gatherings, Easter and Thanksgiving. It's light and complements a lot of dishes well.

Fries go with anything and everything. But I love soup or pasta with a side or garlic bread to dunk in the sauce!

Potatoes are my go-to side, but I also love asparagus or green beans. Just steam them lightly and serve with a little bit of butter, salt, and pepper!

Sweet potatoes and grilled steak! Perfect in any season )

Hmm that's a tough one. Toasty Italian bread is my favorite side, and grilled shrimp is my favorite main dish. Unfortunately those two don't really go together. So, my favorite pairing would have to be mashed potatoes and steak.

Honestly though, how can you go wrong with a burger and fries lol. Actually, any side with potatoes is a win with me! After all, is there anything potatoes DON'T go with (except pasta haha)??

Honestly? A nice grilled steak with grilled Parmesan zucchini slices

I love pairing mashed potatoes with chicken. Just feels right and kind of southern.

So excited to find this site. Grew up in small farming community, relocated to the south, and never expected to find the flavors of "home".


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