What to serve with steak

Serve your steak centrepiece with the perfect side dish – choose your favourite from our classic steakhouse sauces, crispy onion rings, chips and vegetable sides.

Pan-fried rib-eye steak in a pan

Planning the perfect steak dinner involves devoting adequate time to your side dishes, too. Served with a simple salad, a steak can be a lean, nutritious supper, while adding puddles of sauce and mountains of fries makes the whole thing much more decadent. Get inspired by our ideas for sauces, vegetables, potatoes and beyond. 

How to cook steak

First, make your ideal steak with our guide to creating the perfect steak dinner – this will help you to choose your cut of meat, accompanying drinks and cooking methods. 

For help with techniques and timing, watch our video guide on how to cook the perfect steak:

1. Choose your sauce

Plated beef steak with hollandaise sauce
Some would say you can’t have a steak supper without a dollop of sauce. If you agree, try one of our favourites:

Bearnaise: A classic French sauce with a slight vinegar tang and peppering of fresh tarragon.

Pesto: Not the traditional basil-based green sauce as you know it, but a steak-friendly blend of watercress, chilli and hazelnuts.

Barbecue: This diner condiment may not be the most refined of sauces, but making your own is a nice touch.

Mushroom: A blend of wild ceps, white wine, soft herbs, parmesan and crème fraîche makes for an earthy accompaniment.

Flavoured butter: Try garlic & parsley, chilli, coriander & lime, or horseradish & chive.

Chimichurri: A coarse South American sauce of chopped parsley, garlic, shallots and chilli. Great served with a glass of malbec.

Hollandaise: Try adding fresh basil to this buttery French sauce.

Peppercorn: The classic steak sauce. Ditch the packet version and whip up your own in mere minutes.

Shallot & red wine reduction: Deglaze the pan using a traditional bistro sauce.

Pizzaiola sauce: A pizza-style sauce to give an Italian edge to your steak supper.

2. Choose your potatoes

Gordan Ramsay's oven chips in a pan
Sometimes, nothing other than classic steak and chips will do. Try one of our favourite recipes:

Chunky oven chips: Bypass a bubbling vat of oil and cook these thick-cut chips in the oven.

Traditional chips: If you’re feeling a bit cheffy, you could deep-fry your chips. You can use the oil for onion rings, too.

Matchstick chips: Thin and crispy chips that are great for dipping.

Shoestring fries: Burger restaurant-style thin potato fries.

Sweet potato fries: A little lighter than your average spud, sweet potatoes make delicious wedges and work well in the oven.

Dauphinoise: If you have an hour or two on your hands, create this classic layered potato bake.

Potato salad: Skip the retro mayonnaise and dress your potatoes with vinegar and olive oil.

Mashed potatoes: Try them with garlicmustard or horseradish.

Baked skinny fries: If you’re concerned with the calorific hit of a full-on steak dinner, try baking your fries.

3. Add extra sides

Grilled tomatoes in a pan
Macaroni cheese: Go US-style and serve a small portion of mac ‘n’ cheese on the side.

Tomatoes: Half a grilled tomato is a steakhouse classic. Bring out the sweet flavour with a splash of vinegar.

Cheese & chive slaw: With mature cheddar and mustard for flavour.

Asian-style slaw: This crunchy mix would be good with our teriyaki steak.

Red cabbage & fennel slaw: Aniseedy fennel works really well with meat.

Roasted vegetables: Try a combination of sweet potato, peppers, green beans and tomatoes.

Runner beans: Make the most of this often overlooked legume by adding a knob of shallot butter.

Curly kale: This fashionable green will add some guilt-easing nutrition to your plate.

Creamed spinach: Or, take the opposite approach and coat your greens in indulgent single cream.

Mushrooms: Another traditional accompaniment – try them devilledroasted or with cream.

Peas: Take it back to the old school with a serving of peas.

Side salad: Keep it minimal and go for a classic watercress or flat-leaf parsley salad.

Bruschetta: Use your seared steak to top Italian-style toast with beef’s favourite cheese – stilton.

Refried beans: Go Mexican with a portion of spiced pinto and black beans.

Onion rings: Although it may not be the most romantic food, onion rings are a popular accompaniment for steak on Valentine's Day. Follow our video guide to deep-frying onion rings, or try them baked if you prefer. 

Onion rings in a bowl
What do you like to serve alongside your steak? Share your ideas with us below, and be sure to look through our steak recipe collection to help you along... 

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vincentbkh
28th Sep, 2016
i would love to try this btw, are there more traditional sauce recipe?
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