What to Serve With Flank Steak: The Ultimate Guide to Mouthwatering Side Dishes

There’s something truly magical about a perfectly cooked and thinly sliced flank steak. It’s tender, juicy, and incredibly flavorful. But you know what takes a steak dinner from good to absolutely amazing? The perfect side dishes. From refreshing salads to grilled veggies, delightful sauces to hearty potatoes, we’ve got you covered with the top 50 mouthwatering recipes and photos. So, if you’re wondering what to serve with flank steak, get ready to be inspired!

Side Salads

A good side salad can elevate a steak dinner to new heights. With their vibrant flavors and fresh ingredients, these salads are the perfect complement to your lean and flavorful cut of beef. Whether you prefer a Thai dressing, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, blue cheese, or citrus juice, these salads bring a burst of deliciousness to your menu. Plus, any leftover dressing can double as an excellent marinade for your steaks. And let’s not forget the classic Caesar salad with Parmesan cheese or the timeless wedge salad with blue cheese. They pair exceptionally well with any steak dinner.

Steak sliced into Thai herb salad in a white bowl


Vegetables are not only a healthy choice but also a fantastic way to enhance your steak dinner. When deciding what to serve with flank steak, veggies should always be at the top of your list. You have endless options to choose from, such as Mediterranean or smoky flavors, veggie-potato or cheesy casseroles, elegant rapini, or Southern-style collard greens. These delectable side dishes are quick, easy, and will make you feel great. Don’t forget the convenience of cooking frozen onion rings or green peas for a hassle-free addition.

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White oval serving dish of colorful roasted vegetables with a small dish of green herb sauce on the side


When it comes to classic pairings, steak and mushrooms are a match made in culinary heaven. Mushrooms add a delightful earthy flavor and a pleasant texture to your juicy flank steak, London broil, or New York strip steak. Whether you want to stuff them or simply sauté them in garlic butter, mushrooms are quick and easy to prepare. If you’re a mushroom lover, you absolutely have to try the fabulous mushroom soup and the comforting mushroom lentil stew.

Overhead shot of fried oyster mushrooms on a piece of toast cut into three pieces. It is on a wooden cutting board with bits of parsley around it.

Potatoes + Fries

Creamy mashed potatoes are a classic steak side dish that never fails to impress. But why stop there? There are plenty of fantastic potato recipes that pair beautifully with your juicy grilled steak. From classic French fries (steak frites) to home fries, twice-baked potatoes to au gratin potatoes, or even a classic American potato salad, the options are endless. And if you’re looking for a sweet and salty starch side, consider whole baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries. Remember to boil and reduce any leftover marinade to create a delicious sauce to drizzle over your steak and potatoes.

Crispy browned French fries on a parchment-covered baking sheet with a small dish of red ketchup.

Rice + Risotto

Rice is a versatile side dish that can adapt to various cultural flavors. Whether you’re craving Spanish, Italian, Caribbean, or Asian-inspired dishes, rice pilaf or risotto can easily be infused with these delightful tastes. And if you happen to have a Spanish-flavored steak marinade, consider making a mouthwatering paella. The combination of savory rice and perfectly cooked steak is a winning combination.

Overhead shot of chanterelle mushroom risotto in a wide-rimmed white bowl on a rustic wooden table.

Gnocchi + Pasta

For an elegant twist, why not swap potatoes for pasta and gnocchi? Thinly sliced flank steak, a cut of beef that becomes tender and juicy when cooked, pairs perfectly with fluffy gnocchi or tender noodles. The flavors meld together beautifully, creating a mouthwatering combination that will delight your taste buds.

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White bowl of fluffy, cream-colored gnocchi with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Seafood Sides for Surf ‘n Turf

If you want to take your flank steak dinner to the next level, seafood is the way to go. Grilled prawns, fried crab cakes, or miso-baked oysters can elevate your steak dinner to a Friday night feast. Steamed seafood with garlic butter is also a mouthwatering option. The combination of juicy seafood and flavorful steak is a match made in heaven, whether you prepare them on the grill or under the broiler.

Chargrilled prawns with bits of parsley and garlic on a white plate in front of a Weber grill.

Tacos + Beans + Salsa

Looking for some creative ways to enjoy flank steak? Look no further than tacos, beans, and salsa. Whether you go for an Italian or Southwest theme, these dishes will take your beef flank steak to new heights. Fresh tortillas can transform a good flank or skirt steak into mouthwatering steak fajitas or tacos, bursting with flavors like chili powder and garlic. And if you opt for Italian beans, don’t forget to pair them with a green salad drizzled with Italian dressing for a simple yet perfect dinner.

Simple Traditional Italian Beans With Fresh Herb Gremolata - A Vegan Recipe

Sauces + Marinades

Sauces are the perfect accompaniment to flank steak. Serve them on the side for dipping or let them melt over a hot steak, infusing it with incredible flavors. From sweet and sticky blackberry barbecue sauce to vibrant herbal chimichurri, creamy melted compound butter, or luxurious bacon aioli, these sauces are flavor bombs that will elevate your flank steak game.

Thinly sliced flank steak surrounded by marinade ingredients of orange, parsley, lime, and tortillas.

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