What To Serve With Flank Steak: A Guide to the Best Side Dishes

There’s something truly special about a perfectly cooked and thinly sliced flank steak. But what truly takes a steak dinner from good to amazing are the incredible side dishes that accompany it. From classic salads to grilled veggies, delicious sauces to baked potatoes, there are so many mouthwatering options to consider. If you’re wondering what to serve with flank steak, look no further! Here are the top 50 side dishes that will elevate your steak dinner to new heights.

Side Salads

A well-crafted side salad can truly complete a steak dinner. These vibrant salad recipes feature bold and enticing flavors like Thai dressing, olive oil with balsamic vinegar, blue cheese, and citrus juice that perfectly complement the lean and flavorful cut of flank steak. Moreover, leftover salad dressings can also make excellent marinades for your favorite steaks, as the acidity helps tenderize the meat. If you prefer a more familiar side dish, a classic Caesar salad with Parmesan cheese or a wedge salad with blue cheese will always pair well with any steak dinner.

Steak sliced into Thai herb salad in a white bowl


Vegetables not only add a healthy touch to your plate but also enhance the overall presentation of your steak dinner. When you’re contemplating what to serve with flank steak, vegetables should always be at the top of your list. Opt for Mediterranean or smoky flavors, a mouthwatering veggie and potato casserole, elegant rapini, or hearty Southern collard greens to create the perfect pairing for your favorite steak recipe. Quick and easy options like onion rings or green peas cooked from frozen are also excellent choices.

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


It’s hard to beat the classic combination of steak and mushrooms! These versatile fungi are quick to cook and add a delightful texture and earthy flavor to a juicy flank steak or other cuts like London broil or New York strip steak. Get creative by stuffing them or simply sauté them in garlic butter for an easy yet flavorful addition to your meal. If you’re a mushroom lover, you won’t want to miss out on trying the amazing mushroom soup or the comforting mushroom lentil stew.

Overhead shot of fried oyster mushrooms on a piece of toast cut into three pieces

Potatoes + Fries

Creamy mashed potatoes are a classic steak side dish, but there are countless other tasty potato recipes to explore as well. Beyond a plain baked potato, you can try classic French fries (also known as steak frites), home fries, twice-baked potatoes, au gratin potatoes, or classic American potato salad. These options guarantee a perfect accompaniment to your juicy grilled steak. Additionally, sweet potatoes make a fantastic alternative with their sweet and salty flavor profile. Whether you choose whole baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries, they will undoubtedly elevate your steak dinner.

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

Rice + Risotto

Rice is an incredibly versatile grain that complements flavors from around the world. Spanish, Italian, Caribbean, and Asian cuisines are easy to recreate using rice pilaf or risotto. If you’re feeling adventurous and have a Spanish-flavored steak marinade, even paella can be a delightful pairing. Experiment with different flavors and let your taste buds guide you.

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

Gnocchi + Pasta

Incorporating pasta and gnocchi into your steak dinner can add a touch of elegance to your meal. Flank steak, a tough cut of meat, becomes tender and juicy when thinly sliced, making it the perfect accompaniment to fluffy gnocchi or delicate noodles. Explore various recipes and discover your favorite combination.

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

Seafood Sides For Surf ‘n Turf

If you’re looking to take your flank steak dinner to the next level, consider pairing it with seafood. Grilled prawns, fried crab cakes, miso-baked oysters, or steamed seafood with garlic butter will add a touch of indulgence to your meal. The flavors of juicy seafood complement the beef wonderfully, whether you cook 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

If you want to explore beyond the traditional steak dinner, consider incorporating flavors from Italian or Southwest cuisine. A combination of beans, salsa, and tortillas can transform your flank steak into mouthwatering fajitas or tacos. Add some chili powder, garlic powder, and other spices to infuse your meal with irresistible flavors. Alternatively, you can opt for Italian beans and pair them with a fresh green salad and Italian dressing for a simple yet satisfying dinner.

Simple Traditional Italian Beans With Fresh Herb Gremolata, a vegan recipe

Sauces + Marinades

Sauces are a fantastic accompaniment to flank steak. You can serve them on the side for dipping or generously slather them over your hot steak, allowing them to melt and enhance the flavor. Whether you prefer a sweet and sticky blackberry barbecue sauce, a bright and herbal chimichurri, a creamy melted compound butter, or a rich bacon aioli, there are countless flavor bombs to elevate your flank steak game.

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

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