Pork chops have made a name for themselves as one of the best and flavorful meat strips in the culinary world. They're tender, juicier, and easier to eat.
No one knows where they originate from and that’s okay: We're just here to enjoy the meat, are we not?
Pork chops are always present in my BBQ menu. Every time I start firing up the grill, I make sure to prepare enough strips to lure and feed the crowd. Though they're already good enough on their own, partnering them with sides makes these meats more attractive.
Unlock some of the best sides for pork chops and make everyone (including you) at your next cookout happy and full now!
1. Steamed green beans
Let's start with steamed veggie, shall we?
These steamed green beans only need a few pantry staples to put together: butter, garlic, lemon, olive oil, and green beans.
Green beans turn bright green when cooked perfectly and unleash a slight crunch and deep flavor. Ultimately, they're easy to make too!
Follow this recipe and learn to create one.
2. Mashed potato casserole
If you love everything about mashed potatoes, then you're going to like this potato-based casserole too!
The dish is laden with potatoes, milk, butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, and green onions, making it irresistibly creamy and hearty. It's a total winner when you serve it at Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, or even a cookout!
No green onions? No problem! You can substitute the onions garnish with chopped chives.
Here's the recipe.
3. Roasted brussels sprouts
These roasted brussels sprouts might outshine your main dish for its burst of bold flavor and perfectly tender texture.
Plus, you can modify its taste to your liking with different herbs and spices.
For a zing of spice, adding some red pepper flavors or cayenne pepper is a great choice. On the other hand, bacon and cheese give that smokey and creamy flavor profile.
Check out this recipe.
4. Caesar salad
The main condiment that makes this Caesar salad wonderful and scrumptious is the Worcestershire-based dressing.
The Worcestershire sauce combines perfectly with lemon, mustard, garlic, and vinegar. The addition of mayo and cheese to the mixture adds that rich, sweet, creamy, and deep flavor.
Traditionally, eggs and anchovies are always present in Caesar salad dressing. However, we make our dressing egg and anchovy free.
Find full details of the recipe here.
5. Jiffy corn casserole
I'm a huge fan of both corn casserole and Jiffy cornbread. So when you combine these two to create a Jiffy corn casserole recipe, I'm in seventh heaven!
This dish features sweetness from the cream corn and creamy texture from the sour cream that perfectly matches the Jiffy cornbread mix's flavors. The presence of cheddar cheese and butter offers more creaminess to the overall taste of the recipe!
If you’re feeling creative, you can even substitute ricotta cheese for the sour cream.
Check out the recipe here.
6. Sauteed mushrooms
When it comes to simplicity, this sauteed mushroom recipe is the one to beat!
Olive oil, butter, and some mushrooms are just the things you need to make this dish. Its attraction comes not only from its flavors, but also from the endless options when serving them.
You either serve sauteed mushrooms as a solo side dish for your grilled pork chops or as a topping for that succulent smokey steak. Yum!
Check out the recipe here.
7. Oven-roasted bok choy
Making a side dish should be quick and easy. That's why placing this oven-roasted bok choy beside your pork chops is a perfect option.
This soy sauce-based recipe comes together quickly with sesame oil, black pepper, ginger, cloves, and a touch of chili flakes.
They're so tasty that they might give everyone a hard time identifying whether it's a main dish or a side.
Full details here.
8. Southwest sweet potato, kale, and black bean skillet
If veggies and spices are your thing, you're going to love this skillet!
Aside from a good side dish for pork chops, this hearty recipe is also an excellent bet for your next breakfast meal.
Before serving them, try adding eggs, sliced avocado or guacamole (yes, please!), sliced cherry, or some hot sauce for a zing of spiciness.
Planning to consume them later? Then put them inside a glass storage container and refrigerate! You can enjoy eating this skillet for up to four days when stored properly.
Unlock the ingredients and learn to make this skillet here.
9. Baked potato
If you're still unsure about what to serve with pork chops, then the next candidate should sure make up your mind!
This simple recipe features a nice savory flavor and soft texture coming from fresh potatoes. It comes from easy to find ingredients such as salt, olive oil, and potatoes.
To add more taste and colors to the dish, you can opt for some bacon and cheddar.
Quick tip: The potato is done when you can easily push a fork through it without resistance.
Here's the recipe.
10. Corn fritters
These corn fritters are filled with corn kernels, cheddar cheese, herbs, and spices. The result? A light, crispy, and truly decadent side dish!
The recipe turns tatsier when topped with sour cream and crumbled bacon at the last minute of the preparation. If you don't have them on hand, simple chopped green onions will do.
Full details about this recipe here.
11. Crispy baked eggplant
Eggplant lovers, your favorite side dish is coming your way!
This Italian-inspired dish features sliced eggplant coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese-based mixture, then baked until it reaches that golden brown perfection.
It works perfectly as a side dish, but turning them into a whole meal is worth trying too.
Just add extra parmesan cheese on top, and you're good to go. Mangia!
Here’s the recipe.
12. Lemon pasta
You need to spend 10 minutes of your time to create this delectable lemon-based pasta.
It features complex flavors of creamy and tangy from pasta, lemon juice, lemon zest, coconut milk, garlic, olive oil, and vegan parmesan.
Also, possibilities are endless with this recipe. Feel free to add more herbs such as basil, parsley, chives, or extra vegetables like peas, spinach, broccoli, or asparagus.
Get the recipe here.
13. Grilled tomatoes
Tomatoes tend to become richer and more savory when they're grilled. Trust me, these luscious red delights will blow you away!
They're perfect when mixed into a light pasta or served as a side dish to a lovely steak or pork chops.
Find the ingredients and recipe here.
14. Honey butter skillet corn
This skillet recipe is a frozen corn lover's dream! It's filled with butter, honey, cream cheese, and black pepper, resulting in a burst of creamy, sweet, and savor flavors!
Aside from its simple ingredients, this recipe is easy to put together too.
If you fall short of frozen corn, you can substitute them with sweet yellow corn or white corn.
Full details of the recipe here.
15. Roasted parmesan green beans
The crunchy mixture of parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs make the green beans even tastier and crunchier.
These roasted parmesan green beans are a great addition to any of your meals, especially with meat-centered dishes and pasta recipes.
Here's the recipe.
The bottom line
Whether you serve them at BBQ parties or weeknight dinners, nothing goes wrong with pork chops. And when you pair them with hearty side dishes, everything you see on the table just takes the experience to another level.
So next time you speed-dial your besties for your next cookout, consider including these scrumptious pork chop sides on your menu. Trust me, everyone will leave your vicinity with a big smile and a happy stomach!
- Steamed green beans
- Mashed potato casserole
- Roasted brussels sprouts
- Caesar salad
- Jiffy corn casserole
- Sauteed mushrooms
- Oven-roasted bok choy
- Southwest sweet potato, kale, and black bean skillet
- Baked potato
- Corn fritters
- Crispy baked eggplant
- Lemon pasta
- Grilled tomatoes
- Honey butter skillet corn
- Roasted parmesan green beans
- Pick three side dishes for pork chops
- Tell us your best pick
- Gather the ingredients and create the dish
- Serve them at your next cookout