Which Side Dishes Typically Go with Steak?

There’s nothing like a great steak, but unfortunately, one cannot live on steak alone. When you’re looking forward to a delicious steak dinner, choosing the ideal side dishes will not only add a little variety to your meal, but can complement the flavors of red meat. Wondering what sides go with steak? Here are our best suggestions for steak sides in Seymour, WI.

Since red meat has rich, earthy flavors, choosing side dishes with acidic flavors can help cut through the fatty richness. Alternatively, try something that ramps up the umami flavors (the “fifth” taste, which is savory)—or make several side dishes.


If you’ve ever been to a classic steakhouse, you know that they can be one of the best places to get a great salad. That’s because salads are the perfect way to provide tart, crisp, fresh flavors to play off the savory steak. You can also pick a bitter or sharp green, like kale or arugula, to complement the earthy flavor.

In summertime, try a minty snap pea salad or a tangy apple and cabbage slaw. For fall and winter, Swiss chard, kale, shredded Brussels sprouts and spinach are classic flavors. Add seasonal fruits or vegetables for even more delicious combinations.

Pasta and grains

Quinoa, couscous, orzo and rice are all great pasta and grains to serve alongside your steak. If you’re only making one side dish, make sure to toss some vegetables in with the pasta, like broccoli, spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes—these will again help cut the richness and offer a balanced dietary solution. On the other hand, if you’re also serving vegetables, go all out with a creamy lemon-parmesan sauce, butter and garlic or even salty olives.

One great way to make sure your pasta and grain dishes explode with flavor is to add plenty of fresh herbs. Flat-leaf parsley is a classic. Sage and thyme are delicious with fall and winter dishes, while dill and chives work well in the spring and summer.


Pick vegetables that won’t compete with your stovetop space for best results. Oven roasting or grilling vegetables is a great way to bring out their inherent sweetness and depth of flavor. Try roasting carrots, Brussels sprouts or broccoli with olive oil and spices for an easy side. Asparagus is one of springtime’s greatest treats, while grilled mushrooms make for a visually impressive dish any time of year. Pair them with fresh herbs or inventive dressings to make them a star in their own right.


Last but not least, don’t forget the potatoes—meat and potatoes are a classic pairing for a reason. Hearty, creamy, garlicky mashed potatoes are always a smart choice, but roasting them or frying them (steak frites) are great side options, too. You can even mix them with roasted vegetables.

Feeling hungry, but not in the mood to cook dinner tonight? Hotel Seymour Supperclub offers plenty of great steak side dishes in Seymour, WI, along with our famous entrées—call us to place your order.

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