Breakfast isn’t complete without some warm coffee, fruit juice, and a couple of sides to complement the main dish.
Here are 42 easy breakfast sides you can try with your first meal of the day.
Breakfast has always been considered the most important meal of the day, and to complete it, you need breakfast sides.
You may not know it, but side dishes can help make your morning meals more satisfying.
Breakfast sides can be anything from bread to fruits to vegetables.
In this list, I’ll share with you some of my favorites, which include classics like Buttermilk Pancakes and southern favorites such as Cheesy Grits.
I’ve also added to the list some new ideas you might like, such as #29 and #39.
Whichever recipes you choose to try, you’ll find that these all go great with any of the breakfast main courses that you love in the morning.
But don’t take my word for it.
The only way to be sure about these recipes is to give them a go.
So, what are you waiting for?
Dive in and get ready for a fantastic breakfast.
These side dishes are sure to give your day a fabulous start.
1. Sweet Potato Hash
Let’s get this list started with a recipe incorporating salty, sweet, and peppery in a great breakfast side dish.
With only 5 ingredients, it’s also one of the easiest recipes to make on this list.
If you like your side dishes a bit on the sweet side, this is the perfect choice for you.
Made with apples, butter, and sugar, you can think of this as an apple pie without the crust.
Another sweet and super festive dish you can serve as a side for your breakfast is this dish that combines fresh fruit and a bubbly champagne dressing.
This is the perfect way to marry a cocktail and a side dish for a truly sinful morning treat.
If you want to prepare your sides the night before, here’s one recipe that can help you do just that.
This no-cook oatmeal dish can be served just like this or with various toppings that include fruits, nuts, seeds, and even chocolate.
This recipe you can also make ahead of time and reheat when needed.
Serve this with any of your favorite breakfast mains or with white gravy and sausage in a traditional biscuits and gravy meal.
Fresh, sweet, creamy, and slightly sour, this Yogurt Parfait is made with fresh strawberries.
The chopped granola adds some crunch to this dish, but if you don’t have granola, you can substitute it with frosted flakes or some other cereal you have on hand.
Here’s a side dish that you can buy ready-made, but why would you?
This recipe will give you light, fluffy, and oh-so-yummy rolls in less than two hours.
8. French Toast
This is a classic that you will want to add to your regular breakfast side dish list.
Apart from being a classic, this recipe takes it one step further and adds two other ways to make this already tasty treat.
There are two kinds of waffles – those made with batter and those made with dough.
This is one that’s made with batter, making it light and fluffy.
10. Potato Pancakes
Simple yet very filling, this breakfast side is made with only 4 ingredients.
Made with leftover mashed potatoes, you can also make this with mashed potato flakes or pureed potatoes.
11. English Muffins
If you want sides that are considered a staple across the pond, this is one recipe you should try.
These are a great alternative to biscuits and are made using yeast instead of baking soda.
Another apple recipe you can make for your first meal of the day is this one that can also be used as an apple pie filling.
Instead of frying, this one is baked and is more pie-like than the previous apple recipe in this list.
Here’s another pastry that you can buy ready-made, but where’s the fun in that?
You can make these croissant rolls using ready-made puff pastry, reducing the work substantially but still giving you that fresh-baked, homemade feel.
Why make individual, bland, ordinary hash browns when you can make a humongous batch in a flavorful, cheesy, and savory casserole?
This dish is a mix-and-bake affair, so you just need to mix the ingredients, plop it in a casserole dish, and bake till it’s done.
Here’s another fruity recipe you can make to accompany your breakfast mains.
This high-fiber and the fruity combination can be tweaked to your liking, with fruits like strawberries and blackberries taking the place of blueberries.
17. Berry Muffin
Now, who doesn’t like muffins for breakfast?
This recipe gives you crumbly, buttery, and tart bites with its combination of three berries in a thick batter.
Here’s one more fruity side dish you can serve with breakfast but with a citrusy twist.
Sweet orange juice is added to give it a bit of acid and natural sweetness without added sugar.
19. Classic Crepes
There are two things to remember in making crepes – one is to give it the right watery consistency for the thinness it’s known for, and two is to have a hot frying pan ready before you start cooking.
This is a side dish you can serve with various toppings, so go crazy with it if you want.
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at making bagels, here’s your chance.
This recipe will teach you bagel-making from scratch in less than three hours.
21. Asparagus Omelet
Eggs are a great side dish to have for breakfast because they’re so filling.
And with the addition of asparagus as well as cheese, they’re made even more satisfying and super savory.
22. Sticky Buns
Some people mistake sticky buns for cinnamon rolls, and with good reason.
They’re both made with soft bread dough and have cinnamon sprinkled in them, but sticky buns are stickier (as the name implies).
And sweeter, with the added caramel sauce underneath.
23. Fried Bananas
Did you know that you can fry bananas and turn them into a snack/side dish/sweet treat?
If you don’t have honey to coat your banana slices with, some maple syrup or even brown sugar will work as well.
24. Glazed Donuts
If you want donuts for breakfast but don’t want to venture out to get them, why not make them yourself?
Here’s a recipe that’s almost as good as store-bought ones; your family will want to know where you bought them.
25. Banana Bread
Some may call it bread, while others consider it cake.
Whatever the case may be, this baked treat is another one you can make for your family ahead of time.
26. Chocolate Babka
Chocolatey, fluffy, and great for breakfast as well as for a snack, this loaf of bread is unexpectedly fun to make.
You can turn babka-making into a fun family activity because of the layering and braiding that comes with creating each one.
This list of breakfast sides won’t be complete without at least one classic pancake recipe.
This is for fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes, which have that distinct tang and sourness that comes with adding buttermilk.
For a no-fuss side dish for breakfast that can be ready as soon as you wake up, this is the recipe to try.
Just make sure to use steel-cut oats for this, so you don’t end up with a mushy, gruel-like dish when you’re ready to serve it.
Savory, doughy, sweet, and easy to make – what more can you ask for?
This breakfast treat combines everything you can want in a breakfast – sausage, cake, eggs, and maple syrup – in a single casserole-type dish.
30. Cheesy Grits
Another southern recipe you’re sure to want to try for breakfast is this one that marries grits with cheese and butter.
Adding chopped green onions gives each bowl a fresh flavor that complements this simple yet savory and creamy side
What do you get by mixing a hodgepodge of your favorite veggies, cheese, and lots of eggs?
You get this tasty frittata that is so satisfying and delectable you’d want to make it every morning.
32. Cheese Danish
Another great breakfast pastry you can make at home is this one that uses homemade pastry dough and a variety of fruity toppings.
Believe it or not but this entire recipe can be made in under an hour.
If you were wondering if avocado toast would appear on this list, wonder no more.
Here’s a recipe that you can try in more ways than one – avocado and poached egg on any kind of toast with bacon or prosciutto or tomato slices or goat cheese, or whatever you want.
While this is a side dish, it can be served as an all-in-one breakfast.
This is because each slice of cornbread has some savory, spicy, and sweet added to it.
If you love egg salad on toast for breakfast but don’t want the mayo that comes with it, this green version is one you must try.
Made with avocado instead of mayo, this egg salad gives you the creaminess you want without the greasiness you abhor.
For a no-fuss side dish for breakfast, these Brown Buttered Carrots are sure to hit the mark.
Crunchy, sweet, and fresh, this dish is the perfect complement to a hearty and heavy morning meal.
37. Green Bean Salad
Another simple yet satisfying side dish you can serve in the morning is this Green Bean Salad.
Crisp, salty, and tangy, this dish can be prepped ahead of time and tossed right before serving.
If you’re looking for something low-carb for breakfast, this is a side dish you can make.
You can also add some broccoli to this for a different flavor combination.
Here’s an easy bread recipe that you can serve at family gatherings and reunions.
Also called strata, this pull-apart bread side dish is made even better with bacon, mozzarella, and lots of scallions.
Another mix-dump-and-bake recipe you can quickly put together for breakfast is this dish that has corn, bacon, and eggs in it.
If you want to add some heat to this dish, adding chopped jalapeno to the mix should do the trick.
41. Egg Muffins
While these are called muffins, they’re technically not muffins, but rather, they’re miniature frittatas.
Each piece has spinach, bacon, and cheese in them, but you can always add more to your taste, such as bell peppers, corn, asparagus, and the like.
Before we come to the end of our list, let’s add one last sweet recipe to it.
This dish can be made in a matter of minutes, thanks to ready-made puff pastry.
The bottom line
Now you can enjoy a fantastic variety of flavors and textures with this selection of 42 breakfast sides.
Mix and match these with any of your favorite breakfast mains and walk away from your breakfast table fully satiated.
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42 EASY Breakfast Sides 🥞
Here are 42 of the best breakfast sides to complete the most important meal of the day!
- Sweet Potato Hash
- Sautéed Apples
- Mimosa Fruit Salad
- Overnight Oats
- Buttermilk Biscuits
- Yogurt Parfait
- Mini Cinnamon Rolls
- French Toast
- Whole Wheat Waffles
- Potato Pancakes
- English Muffins
- Cinnamon Apple Bake
- Croissant Breakfast Rolls
- Hash Brown Casserole
- Blueberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Berry Muffin
- Classic Fruit Salad
- Classic Crepes
- Whole Wheat Bagels
- Asparagus Omelet
- Sticky Buns
- Fried Bananas
- Glazed Donuts
- Banana Bread
- Chocolate Babka
- Buttermilk Pancakes
- Slow Cooker Oatmeal
- Southern Sausage Cake
- Cheesy Grits
- Vegetable Frittata
- Cheese Danish
- Poached Egg & Avocado Toast
- Jalapeno & Turkey Cornbread
- Avocado Egg Salad
- Brown Butter Carrots
- Green Bean Salad
- Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower
- Loaded Pull-Apart Bread
- Bacon & Corn Pudding
- Egg Muffins
- Raspberry Pinwheels
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