Cooking a steak means that you want to make something special for dinner because steak is not something you eat every night. If you are going to the trouble of making a delicious steak, you will want to make the best side dishes to go alongside it.
It is a good idea to have a look at some marinated steak recipes if you want your meat to have the best texture and flavor. A steak marinade can flavor your steak however you like, either adding a hint of flavor or giving it a lot of extra flavor. Steak marinade recipes can also tenderize the meat, if you are using a recipe containing some kind of acid like lemon juice, lime juice, wine or vinegar.
Potato and Rice Side Dishes
A lot of people like their meat with French fries but there are other options too. What about making some homemade creamy mashed potatoes? Finely chop a handful of fresh parsley and mash it into the potatoes.
This gives the potatoes an appetizing mint green color and makes them taste great too. Potato wedges are another nice idea and you can spice these up by rubbing some chili powder over them before baking or frying them, if you want to.
If you prefer rice, you can serve marinated steak recipes with plain boiled rice or you can add some finely chopped vegetables to the rice to brighten it up and give it some extra flavor. For very tasty rice, add a bouillon cube to the water when you boil the rice. Add some finely chopped broccoli, zucchini, mushroom, onion and bell pepper too, for color and crunch.
You might like to serve pasta or noodles instead of potatoes or rice. If you are not using a steak marinade, you might like to make a steak sauce, which will be good ladled over the pasta or noodles as well as the steak. Ideas include mushroom sauce, blue cheese sauce, port wine sauce or a classic pepper sauce.
Vegetable Side Dishes
Whether you are serving a ribeye steak marinade recipe, a flank steak marinade recipe or something else, the vegetable side dishes should not overpower the flavor of the steak, so try to keep things simple for the best results.
Perhaps a corn on the cob or some steamed broccoli florets would go well with your steak. You can stir fry some mixed vegetables with a little soy sauce for flavor. This is especially good if you are marinating your steak in soy sauce and other Asian ingredients because the flavors will complement one another.
You might prefer to serve a salad instead of vegetables, in which case keep it simple again. If you are serving a sauce with your steak, you will not want a sauce with the salad but serve some lemon juice over it or a simple oil and balsamic vinegar dressing to bring out the flavors without clashing with the steak sauce. There are lots of different side dish ideas for steak recipes. Steak, French fries and a salad are a classic combination but you can choose anything you like.