Are you thinking about what to serve with beef stew? From simple dinner rolls to baked potatoes, you can create a hearty, delicious beef stew meal with these fantastic beef stew sides.
Beef stew is one of the best comfort foods. It is warm, filling, and very flavorful. Rich beef soup has lots of tender vegetables and juicy meat. One bite of the savory soup will delight your tastebuds. Beef stew is soothing for the body and soul!
What to Serve with Beef Stew
Thinking about the textures in the beef stew is an excellent place to begin when searching for a side dish. Crunchy foods go very well with a bowl of stew. A lighter dish is also great with such a hearty soup. Salads, bread, and vegetables are all good companions.
You should also keep in mind the ingredients in your beef stew. Most stews have beef, vegetables, and sometimes potatoes. Season the soup with salt and pepper, herbs, and bay leaves. These essential ingredients will pair well with a lot of dishes. There is just so much to choose from simple stovetop rice to decadent cheddar cheese biscuits. There are so many options!
Those aren’t the only great sides to serve with beef stew though. We have found 17 savory sides to pair with your soup. Take a look and see which of the dishes you want to try first! Your beef stew dinner will be fantastic with any of these sides.
1. Cornbread Muffins
Cornbread muffins are a fantastic side dish to pair with beef stew. The sweet cornbread pairs wonderfully with the sweetness in the stew. These cornbread muffins from Simple Green Moms are easy to make. It only takes ten minutes to complete the batter. Add some chopped jalapeno to the recipe for a spicier version. Dip your muffin right into the beef stew for a sweet and savory bite!
2. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are another comfort food that pairs well with hearty beef stew. A creamy mashed potato side is delicious with a warm broth. Stew often has pieces of potatoes inside the stew as well. Serving mashed potatoes along with your stew mimics the flavors inside the stew. This recipe for mashed potatoes from The Recipe Critic is incredible. Lawry’s seasoning salt is an interesting twist on the classic mashed potatoes. The seasoning in the mashed potatoes is so good, you may want to add a dash to your stew as well!
3. Green Salad
A crispy, fresh green salad goes perfectly with the warm broth of beef stew. The crunchy lettuce and vegetables in salads are a wonderful pairing. This salad from Cookie and Kate makes a green salad with apples and pepitas. The sweet apples are delicious with the savory beef stew. Toasted pepita seeds add another tasty crunchy to the salad. We love the tangy taste of the homemade apple cider vinaigrette. Green salad is easy to make and is a side dish that everyone will love next to their bowl of stew.
4. Garlic Bread
Homemade garlic bread is a classic side dish to serve with beef stew. This method from Budget Bytes shows how easy it is to make garlic bread. All you need is a loaf of french bread, butter, olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, and parsley. Add a touch of salt and pepper and your garlic bread is ready to eat! A crunchy piece of garlic bread is perfect to dip into your beef stew. Be sure to warm up your bread for the best flavor.
5. Cheddar Cheese Biscuits
Salty cheddar cheese biscuits taste delicious as a beef stew side. This recipe from Jo Cooks is very easy to make. All you need is eight ingredients and twenty minutes to create golden brown biscuits! You may even want to sprinkle a little cheddar cheese into your beef stew! Cut and toast the cheddar cheese biscuits to make incredible croutons for your stew. The fact is that biscuits are a versatile and tasty side dish that goes with beef perfectly.
6. Brown Rice
A big bowl of warm, hearty rice is exactly what you need to complete your beef stew meal. Simply Recipes mix only requires three ingredients to make perfectly tender rice. You can serve the rice as a side to your beef stew or add some of the tender grains to your broth. The nutty flavor of brown rice adds a wonderful new layer of flavor to a beef stew dinner. Brown rice is also very healthy containing fiber and magnesium. A healthy side dish is always a welcomed accompaniment to stew!
7. Rice Pilaf
If you are looking for a fancier rice opinion to serve with beef stew, give this recipe from Spend with Pennies a try. Rice pilaf has tender vegetables mixed into basmati rice. Carrots and red pepper cook on the stovetop in the rice pot making this an easy one-dish meal. Cook the pilaf alongside your beef stew and your dinner will be ready in no time! Try making this recipe using beef broth to mimic the flavors in your beef stew.
8. Tomato Salad
Beef stew is rich and loaded with hearty flavors. A lighter, less filling side dish can be a good match. This recipe from The Kitchn highlights the bright taste of heirloom tomatoes. Slivers of red onion and fresh herbs round out the tomato salad. The whole dish is drizzled with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Tomato salad is perfect when served cold. The cold salad and warm beef stew will delight anyone’s tastebuds. It may also be one of the easiest side dishes on our list. Your meal will be complete in just a matter of minutes
9. Grilled Vegetables
Serving beef stew alongside a plate of grilled vegetables is a wonderful way to make your stew into a summer meal. Many people tend to think of beef stew as a winter dish, but it gets a bright and summery twist when paired with this recipe from Foodie Crush. There are a lot of different veggies in this dish including eggplant, onions, and peppers. Feel free to get creative and add your favorite vegetables to the grill as well!
10. Cucumber Salad
Another great recipe that will make your beef stew feast a little lighter is cucumber salad. This cucumber salad recipe from The Stay at Home Chef is zesty and crisp. Fresh cucumbers are mixed with onions and red wine vinegar. Make the salad in advance to give the flavors time to mingle and develop. The longer the cucumbers sit in the vinegar sauce, the more powerful the taste will be! Salads are great, cold side dishes that contrast nicely with hot beef stew.
11. Sweet Potato Casserole
If you are looking for a hearty stew served with an even heartier side, then pair your beef stew with a sweet potato casserole. Sweet potato casserole has a wonderful sweet flavor that goes well with the beef broth in the stew. Sweet potatoes are also quite healthy and full of antioxidants. Get out your casserole dish and try this recipe from Shugary Sweets. The streusel topping made with chopped pecans is incredible! We love side dishes that are sweet, savory, and easy.
12. French Baguette
Homemade crusty bread may be one of the best side dishes to serve with beef stew. The crunch of the bread is fantastic with the warm beef stew broth. Break off a piece of the baguette and dip it right into your stew to get both the bread and the soup’s flavors in one bite. It is as if the stew were a tasty sauce for the bread. We love this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe that is very easy to make. Any first-time baker will have success with this tasty recipe!
13. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
Potatoes are one ingredient that goes with beef stew no matter what. This recipe for garlic parmesan roasted potatoes from Damn Delicious is one of them. The garlic flavor in your beef stew will be enhanced when you serve it next to these roasted potatoes. The cheesy parmesan is very complimentary as well. This simple recipe only requires herbs, olive oil, fresh garlic, parmesan cheese, and a little salt and ground black pepper. Try using small, red potatoes with the skin still on to add some color to the plate. The oven does all the cooking for you!
14. Egg Noodles
Homemade egg noodles will transform your beef stew meal. Making egg noodles from scratch is easy when you follow tips from The Woks of Life. The only ingredients you need are flour, salt, eggs, and water. Use a rolling pin to roll out the pasta dough if you do not have a pasta machine. Serve the egg noodles as a side dish or add them directly into the beef stew.
15. Cauliflower Mash
Cauliflower mash is an extremely healthy yet flavorful side dish to serve with beef stew. Cafe Delites will show you how to make a creamy, nutrient-packed bowl of cauliflower mash. The sour cream and parmesan cheese give the mash a creamy texture. If you have extra cauliflower florets, consider tossing them into your stew, too! Cauliflower mash is also low carb so it is a great alternative for potatoes for anyone on a keto diet.
16. Polenta Cakes
Grilled polenta cakes are perfect if you are looking for decadent sides for beef stew. Polenta cakes are even better when made with caramelized onions, goat cheese, and honey-like in this recipe from Food52. The sweet and savory combination of ingredients is incredible and will taste wonderful next to beef stew. Polenta is made from corn and can be quite filling. These grilled polenta cakes alongside beef stew will definitely fill you up!
17. Sauteed Cabbage
Cabbage and beef stew is a classic combination. This sauteed cabbage from Well Plated By Erin is straightforward and tasty. The cabbage taste will not overpower the beef stew but will compliment it well. A little salt and pepper, some thyme, and apple cider vinegar are all you need to transform plain cabbage into an amazing side dish. The simple flavors are delicious and also very healthy. Make the sauteed cabbage in advance and reheat it the next day for perfect results! The soft cabbage and the vinegar sauce are a tangy and refreshing side dish to pair with beef stew.
18. Dinner Rolls
A perfect dinner roll and a big bowl of hot, meaty soup are like a match made in heaven. Rolls from Mom on Timeout are simple yet full of buttery flavor. Dip the rolls right into the bowl and you will be happy you chose this delicious side!
19. Green Beans
Simple can be best and that is true of these easy green beans from Healthy Seasonal Recipes. Crisp green beans are sauteed with garlic, olive oil, and a few seasonings. This side gives your dinner even more veggies and a bright, summery taste.
20. Birthday Cake Cookies
After you finish your dinner, you will need dessert! Our birthday cake cookies are an amazing comfort food that will complete your meal. These cookies are easy to make. You may want to double the batch so you have some extra for the next day!
Side Dishes For Your Beef Stew
All of the recipes here will help make your beef stew feast complete. Some recipes are quite hearty while other dishes are nice and light. There really is something for everyone and for every occasion. Whether you whip up a big bowl of white rice, opt for one of the salads, or create sour cream flavored mashed potatoes, we know that your beef stew meal will be fantastic. Let us know what recipes you enjoy and which dishes go best with your beef stew. Try something new as you never know which flavors you will like the best.
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