We have 50 delicious ideas for what to serve with tri tip steak right here! From Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables to Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, these are our top choices.
Lower in fat and super flavorful, tri-tip steak is a cut of beef that is a triangular portion at the bottom of a sirloin.
It can be temperamental, and cutting tri-tip steak properly can mean the difference between tough and chewy or tender.
Although it is considered an economical cut of steak, it does not skimp on flavor.
It is lean and tender when cut and cooked right but still has that buttery goodness from some of the exquisite marbling of fat that makes it the perfect partner for some of your favorite side dishes.
Lovingly called the “Santa Maria Steak,” it first gained popularity in Santa Maria, California.
The area even has its own signature style of cooking the tri-tip steak, which consists of rubbing it with seasonings and grilling it on oakwood chips for that smoky flavor.
(It’s perfect for #42 below!)
But don’t worry, because you can choose to cook it grilled, oven-roasted, and even on an iron skillet on a stovetop – however you like!
(Just don’t overcook it.)
Just thinking about it and the gorgeous side dishes is enough to make your mouth water, so let’s get cooking!
This sweet number gives a welcome contrast to a savory steak meal.
It has a beautiful texture and vibrant color that makes it an excellent partner for your tender tri-tip.
Ingredients include: Carrots, brown sugar, butter, salt, and honey.
This fresh vegetable dish complements the meat of the tri-tip steak.
Roasting the vegetables brings out their sweet natural flavor, and the sumac lends a citrusy, tangy taste that brings together the entire meal.
Ingredients include: Zucchini, carrots, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and squash.
A primavera pasta in itself is already a filling and fresh meal, but pair it with a roasted tri-tip steak, and the combination just becomes perfect.
Ingredients include: Bowtie pasta, asparagus, broccoli, grape tomatoes, and fresh basil.
If you’re bulking up on protein, this is the perfect side to your steak.
The fresh seafood, herbs, and citrus are just explosions of flavor.
Ingredients include: Scallops, shrimp, calamari, lobster, and pimento-stuffed olives.
This salad is seriously a must-try.
The smoky grilled eggplant, the unique pungency of Dijon, and the fresh spinach play really well with each other.
Ingredients include: Eggplant, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, Dijon mustard, and smoked paprika.
Here’s a light mashed vegetable option.
The texture of the mashed cauliflower and the savory garlic works great with any meat option.
Ingredients include: Cauliflower, garlic, milk, fresh chives, and olive oil.
Chimichurri in itself adds a wonderful, bright flavor to any steak or side dish.
But with these potatoes, it’s knocked out of the park.
Ingredients include: Cilantro, parsley, golden potatoes, balsamic vinegar, and red pepper flakes.
This oil-based pasta combines two beautiful mushroom flavors with baby bellas and truffle oil.
Ingredients include: Angel hair pasta, baby bella or cremini mushrooms, truffle oil, cilantro, and parmesan cheese.
Green beans are always a good idea when it comes to steak side dishes.
This sauteed version is a simple and quick way to prepare them.
Ingredients include: Fresh green beans, olive oil, butter, salt, and pepper.
The milky rich burrata and the fresh, sweet cherry tomatoes and basil brings tri-tip steak to a whole new level!
Ingredients include: Burrata, cherry tomatoes, basil pesto, fresh basil, and olive oil.
Charred brussel sprouts are so good with steak, especially with the addition of the parmesan and garlic flavors!
Ingredients include: Brussel sprouts, parmesan, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt.
21. Asian Slaw
Purple cabbage and carrots lend a color and crunch to this fresh Asian Slaw.
Puckery apple cider vinegar and nutty sesame oil are also flavorful additions!
Ingredients include: Purple cabbage, carrots, scallions, apple cider vinegar, and sesame oil.
Here’s another earthy and buttery combo that harmonizes well with your steak, whether it be roasted or grilled.
Ingredients include: Asparagus, baby bella or cremini mushrooms, butter, salt, and pepper.
Can’t decide between rice or pasta?
Try orzo with your steak to get the best of both worlds!
Ingredients include: Orzo pasta, chicken or vegetable broth, butter, milk, and spinach.
What’s better than a baked potato?
This twice-baked one seems like a good contender.
Ingredients include: Baking potatoes, cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon, and scallions.
This creamy vegetable soup is not just hearty, you’re looking at tons of flavor that you may already be familiar with!
Ingredients include: Broccoli, carrots, half and half, cheddar cheese, and butter.
Grilling lettuce adds a smoky dimension to its flavor.
It goes really well with the nutty white beans, cashew, and briny capers.
Ingredients include: Romaine lettuce, white or butter beans, parsley, cashew, and capers.
There is a reason for potatoes’ popularity as a steak side dish.
This version has a kick of tanginess from the lemon juice and zest.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, lemon juice, vegetable or chicken broth, lemon zest, and garlic.
Smashed potatoes take away the added task of peeling your potatoes and give them a whole new texture by baking them with their skins.
Ingredients include: Red or golden potatoes, parmesan, garlic or garlic powder, butter, and olive oil.
Contrary to popular belief, couscous is actually a type of pasta and not a grain.
This carb is a light and airy partner to any summer salad.
Ingredients include: Couscous, lemon juice, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and English cucumber.
This is a filling side to your tri-tip steak.
The cilantro and lime keep things bright and zesty, while black beans and rice give it some heft.
Ingredients include: Black beans, Jasmine rice, vegetable or chicken broth, lime juice, and cilantro.
36. Potato Salad
Yukon gold potatoes are the perfect texture for making potato salad, not too starchy and not too waxy.
They also have a butter flavor and light golden color that works well with the other ingredients.
Ingredients include: Yukon gold potatoes, pickles, boiled eggs, mayonnaise, and celery.
38. Lobster Bisque
This Lobster Bisque recipe is proof that a dish can be both decadent and light.
The rich, creamy soup has the freshness of celery and fresh herbs!
Ingredients include: Lobster tail, heavy cream, tomato paste, white wine or sherry, and chicken bouillon powder.
39. Lobster Salad
In keeping with the lobster theme, here’s a refreshing version of the classic Surf and Turf.
This Lobster Salad is bright and zesty and will take your tastebuds on a tropical vacation!
Ingredients include: Lobster, cucumber, lemon zest, lemon juice, and Champagne vinegar.
Cool, refreshing and with a delicious Asian-style flair, Vietnamese Noodle Salad has your favorite restaurant flavors all in one bowl.
Ingredients include: Vermicelli noodles, cucumber, carrots, japaleño peppers, and lime.
This simple salad is perfect to serve with steak especially when you’re expecting guests.
Watch them be in awe with just some simple assembly work!
Ingredients include: Ripe tomatoes, mozzarella ball, fresh rosemary, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
42. Pinquito Beans
You have to try this dish if you want an authentic Santa Maria barbecue experience!
This goes perfectly with Santa Maria style grilled tri-tip steaks.
Ingredients include: Pinquito Beans, ham hock, Anaheim chili, paprika, and dry mustard.
This “Banchan” or side dish can be made in bulk and stocked in the fridge so you can have it anytime you want!
Ingredients include: Cucumber, white vinegar, minced garlic, gochugaru, and sesame oil.
44. Fondant Potatoes
This is an elegant way to cook and serve your favorite root vegetable that’s perfect for a formal steak dinner.
Ingredients include: Russet potatoes, butter, garlic, fresh thyme, and fresh rosemary.
Roasting vegetables is a quick way to serve flavorful and nutritious sides.
The spices and herbs are sure to make your home smell amazing while it cooks!
Ingredients include: Zucchini, cherry tomatoes, Italian seasoning, olive oil, and shredded parmesan.
This version of a Caprese salad requires more chopping than assembly, nevertheless, the cucumber gives the salad an elevated bright crunch.
Ingredients include: Cucumber, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, red onion, and balsamic vinegar.
The garlic aioli that comes with this air fryer artichoke is a good dip not only for the vegetable but also for the tri-tip steak.
Ingredients include: Artichoke, olive oil, garlic, mayonnaise, and lemon.
Casseroles are usually such a heavy dish to pair with steaks but this cruciferous vegetable casserole has just the right balance of light yet hearty.
Ingredients include: Broccoli, cauliflower, chicken breast, cream cheese, and mozzarella.
You didn’t think we forgot about corn, did you?
This Mexican Street Corn recipe is just the perfect wrap-up for our amazing list!
Ingredients include: Corn, Cotija cheese, Tajin, cilantro, and sour cream.
The bottom line
That’s the round-up of 50 of the most vibrant and tasty morsels to serve with your tri-tip steaks.
These steaks are the perfect cuts of meat to partner this vast array of sumptuous dishes with.
The different ways to cook it have their own unique flavor that can complement any of these sides.
Its buttery texture and juicy bite suit just about any side dish, no matter what country it was inspired by!
From the glazed carrots to the spicy tang of Korean cucumber salad, tri-tip steak balances them all.
Try out any of these amazing sides, or even a combination of two or three of them the next time you have your steaks!
Santa Maria really has something to be proud of with its namesake steak.
Follow our side dish tips for your tri-tips and your meals will surely be a hit!
Now ready your grills, skillets, or ovens and sample this steak and sides today!
- Mashed Potatoes
- Glazed Carrots
- Garlic Butter Dinner Rolls
- Waldorf Chicken Pasta Salad
- Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables
- Alfredo Pasta Primavera
- Seafood Salad
- Roasted Root Vegetables
- French Onion Soup
- Creamy Garlic Mushrooms
- Grilled Eggplant & Spinach Salad
- Salsa Verde
- Garlic Cauliflower Mash
- Chimichurri Roasted Potatoes
- Truffle Oil Pasta With Mushrooms
- Sauteed Green Beans
- Burrata With Tomatoes & Pesto
- Chickpea Salad
- Oven Roasted Parmesan Brussel Sprouts
- Asian Slaw
- Sauteed Asparagus & Mushrooms
- Pico De Gallo
- Creamy Garlic Parmesan Orzo
- Twice-Baked Potato
- Cream Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Panera Copycat!)
- Thai Mango Salad
- Grilled Romaine Salad With Herbed White Bean
- Slow Roasted Greek Lemon Potatoes
- Rocket Pear Salad
- Homemade Korean Vegan Kimchi
- Beet Salad
- Parmesan Smashed Potatoes
- Summer Couscous Salad
- Black Beans & Cilantro Lime Rice
- Potato Salad
- Spaghetti Aglio E Olio
- Lobster Bisque
- Lobster Salad
- Vietnamese Noodle Salad
- Caprese Salad With Balsamic Reduction
- Pinquito Beans
- Korean Cucumber Salad
- Fondant Potatoes
- Oven Roasted Zucchini & Tomatoes
- Cucumber Caprese Salad
- Air Fryer Artichoke With Garlic Aioli Sauce
- Lemon Garlic Pasta With Shrimp & Scallops
- Broccoli & Cauliflower Casserole
- Mexican Street Corn
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