Whether you’ve planned a special summer dinner, or just a random mid-week treat, there’s nothing better than a couple of steaks on the grill. While it’s unquestionable that your beef might is the star of the dish, having some good side dishes to accompany this juicy bite, is never a bad thing! With that in mind, we have plenty of ideas for delicious summer sides that will complement your perfectly charred T-bone or rib-eye steak.
From the classic potato side with a salt-and-vinegar update, or a cool, crunchy slaw to keep things light and fresh – there’s a smorgasbord of choice when it comes to worthy side dishes. With so many ideas up our sleeve, we’re sure you’ll find a perfect seasonal side dish to suit your tastes and preferences..
Keeping it very versatile with vegetables…
Go for a minimalist mix, with a classic lettuce and watercress or flat-leaf parsley salad with some scattered tomatoes, marinated veg and a hint of olive oil and seasoning. And if you like that peppery taste, why not add some ruccola?
While fresh tomatoes are delicious, semi-grilled tomatoes are a steakhouse classic. Bring out the sweet flavour with a splash of vinegar.
Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Dill, and Feta
This cool and colourful combination of summery tomatoes, onions, and feta goes perfectly with a big juicy steak..
Try a combination of sweet potato, tomatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms, aubergines… as you can see, the list can be endless!
Another traditional accompaniment. Apart from being roasted, they can also be devilled or with cream, and if you’re feeling fancy, try them with toast! No matter if you go for an elaborate simplistic variation, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and a welcomed companion to any juicy steak.
Garlicky Roasted Broccoli
Something magical happens to broccoli when you roast it in the oven with plenty of garlic and a sprinkle of lemon juice. Even if broccoli isn’t your favourite vegetable, it’s difficult not to like this sort of side dish, because it adds the perfect light crunch and tanginess to your steak.
While steamed carrots may be an all-time classic, you can easily up your culinary game with glazed carrots. You can use any cut of carrot you like, and mix and match flavours in the glaze to your liking. Alternatively, you can opt for grilled carrots with lemon and dill. Be sure to save a corner of your grill for this mouth-watering side dish. Carrots and dill are a match made in heaven, and that caramelized flavour is quite literally to die for!
Balsamic-Glazed Pearl Onions
While onions aren’t generally a stand-alone side dish, small balsamic-glazed ones can be that aspiring star. They’ve make for the perfect, refreshing balance of sweet and tart that pairs wonderfully with steak.
If you want a different way to enjoy this spring vegetable, consider a salad made of asparagus ribbons. Simply use your peeler to slice fine ribbons, and then toss them with your favourite dressing – or better yet, create your own home-made dressing.
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Crispy Salt & Vinegar Potatoes
For a slightly more traditional, yet still original version of steak and potatoes, try this using fingerling potatoes with such seasoning. They’re simply irresistible.
Or, if you’re feeling a bit cheffy, you could deep-fry your chips. You can use the oil for onion rings, too.
Matchstick or Shoestring Fries
Thin and crispy chip-sticks that are great for dipping. These types of fries are certainly a burger restaurant or steakhouse-style thin potato fries.
Baked Skinny Fries
If you’re concerned with the calorific hit of a full-on steak dinner, try baking your fries.
Sweet Potato Fries
A little lighter than your average spud, sweet potatoes make delicious wedges and work well in the oven.
Potato Salad with yogurt, ruccola, and dill
If you’re craving a creamy potato salad but want to skip the mayo, use yogurt instead. You can even try adding salad greens to the mix to lighten things up.
With garlic, mustard or horseradish.
Hasselback Roast Potatoes
These slashed potatoes have a crispy finish.
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
A classic side that feels special enough for company, but can also be low-key enough for a random Wednesday.
With a culinary masterpiece that is the Steak, one must ensure the right accompaniments are added to the star of the dish. How you decide to take your culinary skills up a notch is entirely up to you of course. After all, here at Sciacca Grill we appreciate the versatility of food, which is why we don’t believe in having a fixed menu. With our wide variety of fresh best cuts of meat on display daily, together with several specials of the day available. All mains are served with side dishes of your choice.
So next time you’re not sure where to head to for your next celebratory dinner, or simply want to have a relaxing lunch or dinner with friends and family, be sure to book your table.