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
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.
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
Chunky oven chips: Bypass a bubbling vat of oil and cook these thick-cut chips in the oven.
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.
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
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.
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.
Peas: Take it back to the old school with a serving of peas.
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.
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…