These delicious brisket side dishes round out your beef dinner perfectly. If you cannot decide what to serve with brisket, here are 41 tasty options.
You may be cooking your beef chunk for hours, but unless you have the perfect side dish for brisket, your dinner will taste short of complete.
But finding what to pair your soft beefy slices with shouldn’t be overwhelming either. To save you from trial and error, this post includes the best side dishes for brisket.
Some healthier than others but equally tasty, these brisket side dishes will make your typical dinner feel like a celebration. Seriously, they are that good!
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What Is Brisket Meat?
Brisket is a somewhat tough part of beef that is found in the lower breast of the cow. But don’t shy away from this cut just because it is the least tender.
With the right cooking method such as slowly roasting, smoking, or braising, brisket meat becomes extremely soft and juicy, rendering a satisfying flavor.
You may need to cook it longer, but hey, that’s what makes it fall-apart and so darn delicious!
Although technically beef, brisket is also used to describe a substantial part of pork ham.
How Do You Serve Texas Brisket?
Texas brisket is usually slow-cooked whole, and then carved into thin slices and served alongside some smoky barbecue sauce.
While any brisket is supposed to be melt-in-your-mouth goodness, this huge Texas-style chunk of meat (8-12 pounds) offers a particularly soft mouthfeel.
Although it is extremely satisfying while warm, to some, Texas brisket tastes even better the following day.
Why? Because it is perfect for sandwiches. Easier to slice straight from the fridge, brisket is the perfect match for your soft buns.
What to Serve with Brisket?
If you somehow manage to resist the temptation to simply dump in a bun and devour in an instant, there are a lot of delicious side dishes that are perfect for your beef brisket.
Whether the classic slaw, pasta, salad, or potato mash, a lot of amazing side dishes like these can be great pairings for your brisket chunk.
You know it’s the right match if the flavors dance around your tongue harmoniously. It may sound too poetic, but a perfect side has to bring out the best in the entrée.
A potato side may be the safest choice, but that’s not a reason why it cannot be uniquely tasty. Here are some potato-side dishes that will transform your brisket.
Potatoes are a great choice for a delicious side dish.
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and equally tasty on both sides, potato latkes are the definition of an easy side dish.
And how can something so yummy not go with your sliced or pulled-apart brisket? Pretty impossible, right?
This easy recipe uses matzo meal, but anything that will “fill” the mixture will do. Breadcrumbs and all-purpose flour are some great options.
Feel free to play around with the seasonings and spices, but do not omit the egg. Otherwise, your latkes will not hold shape well and will be crumbly.
A Southern entrée craves some Southern-style side dish. And what better way to enhance your brisket meat than with some classic potatoes with green beans?
Hearty, savory, and packed with a fatty bacon flavor, this potato/bean side offers just the right crispiness.
Perfect for any occasion, from small family dinners to large gatherings, you cannot go wrong if pairing this side with your beef.
The garlicky hints offer spicy warmth that wraps up the ingredients nicely. But the butter is what makes it silky and deepens its flavor.
This recipe makes for a perfect addition to your main course or Polish sausages.
You don’t need much to turn your typical mashed potatoes into a flavorful indulgence that will taste even better if served alongside your brisket.
Some garlic and shredded mozzarella cheese are all it takes to give this classic a whole new dimension.
I mean, come on. Melted cheese on top of your potato mash? Who can possibly resist?
If serving for a crowd, mix the melted cheese into the mash to evenly distribute the gooeyness. If cooking for two, well, you might as well leave it on top, and dig in straight away!
This is also a great side dish for pork chops.
If you’re running late and don’t have much time for stirring or watching your side dish simmer like a hawk, then this recipe is the perfect shortcut.
All you need is an instant pot, some potatoes, and eggs, and your side-order is on its way.
The best thing about this recipe is that it is a one-pot meal that handles both the eggs and potatoes at the same time.
Once pressure cooked, dice up nicely, combine with mayo, onions, and spices, and serve right away.
Think of the fresh dill pickle juice here as the secret ingredient that gives your dish the oomph that your guests will be raving about. Make sure not to omit.
Enjoy this recipe as a side for ribs as well.
Crispy potato boats filled with a creamy mash, topped with even more crispiness. And here you thought you’d run out of potato ideas.
Thanks to the cream cheese and sour cream in the mash, the whipped potato filling has a smooth and deeply satisfying flavor.
The shredded cheese, diced onions, and crumbled bacon on top seal the deal and give this simple ingredient a fancy place on your table.
It goes without saying that these twice-baked potatoes pair perfectly with your brisket. But there! I’ve just said it!
Need more dinner inspiration? You might want to check these side dishes for meatloaf.
Baked sweet potatoes in the air fryer? More, please!
The thing I like the most about these pockets of sweet and velvety orange flesh is how easy they are to serve and eat.
You simply make a lengthwise slice on top, deep enough to prick the skin, and dig in with a spoon.
But don’t leave those salty skins just standing there. Flavorful and crispy, they are the cherry on top.
The recipe includes a sugary and cinnamony butter dip. This sweet and silky mix does not only taste good with your baked potatoes, but it also gives a delicious sweetness to the brisket, as well.
Feel free to also pair these up with your favorite leftover brisket recipes.
If you’re a fan of salt and vinegar chips, then I really shouldn’t even try to “sell” this recipe to you.
Baked to perfect crispiness and buttery, these small nuggets potatoes will taste good regardless of what you pair them with.
The hints of vinegar, the satisfying saltiness… so simple and yet so extraordinary.
A fresh twist to your ordinary baked potatoes, that will have your guests begging for the recipe. So crispy on the outside and perfectly fluffy on the inside. What more does one need?
Top with chopped chives for a fancier look and fresher taste. This is also an incredible side dish to serve with chicken wings.
These mashed potatoes are the pure example that even something so ordinary and simple can taste nothing short of scrumptious.
I guess that’s what you’d expect caramelized onions, roasted garlic, and parmesan to taste like. Nothing but delicious!
If you tolerate dairy well, I suggest you add buttermilk, not milk. The tangy note of this liquid flows perfectly with the nuttiness from the cheese and the sweetness from the onions and garlic.
If not, you can opt for a can of full-fat coconut milk. The taste may not be the same, but it will turn out equally creamy.
If you like all things roasted, then these baked potatoes with peppers and onions will be your go-to brisket pair.
The perfect proof that a quick and easy dump-in-the-oven side dish can taste amazing.
Vibrant, colorful, and packed with rich aroma from the herbs and garlic, this simple dish is nourishingly good. The perfect comforting side, don’t you think?
Besides being simple and delicious, it is also very affordable. No need to buy expensive ingredients to impress your guests. They will be begging for seconds with this potato dish.
These veggies will also go well with steak.
Imagine roasted sweet potato cubes, combined with celery, green onions, and crispy bacon, and drenched in a mouthwatering mayo and Dijon dressing.
Now imagine devouring them along with your Texas brisket. Not only the perfect combo, but this dish is also a healthier alternative to your regular calorie-laden barbecue side.
For perfect results cook the bacon until it takes on a crunchy texture. You don’t want it to become crumbly.
For a vegetarian version, swap the bacon for tempeh. And for a real plant-based side dish, ditch the mayo and use a vegan alternative.
Pasta Side Dishes
Italian-food addicts will want nothing more next to their brisket than creamy pasta. Find a great side dish tailored for such enthusiasts.
Cheddar mac and cheese but with a healthy twist – broccoli. This creamy and cheesy dish will not only serve as a tasty side for your brisket but can be a whole meal on its own.
And if you own an Instant Pot, well, the preparation couldn’t be any simpler. You cook the pasta and broccoli first and simply dump the other ingredients at the end. Fuss-free, not exhausting cleanup!
That one teaspoon of Dijon is enough to completely take the flavor to a whole new level. Combined with the cheddar and broccoli, it is almost magical.
So yummy and simple to make, who wouldn’t want to serve this with their meat entrée?
Another mac and cheese, only this time in a cheesy butternut squash? Isn’t that the ultimate side dish for your October cookouts?
The recipe includes instructions for an Instant Pot and Slow Cooker, but even making it on the stove can be simple.
Whether you have frozen squash chunks in your freezer (raising my hand here!) or you use fresh butternut squash, this fall side dish will be silky and comforting however you make it.
This recipe is lacking in herbs, but feel free to use some aromatics that will work well with this dish. My personal favorite for butternut squash is – and always will be – thyme.
Hosting a large get-together dinner? Then you need a side dish that is creamy, delicious, and most importantly, filling. And this macaroni salad is all that. Plus a lot more!
Hard-boiled eggs, gherkins (small pickles), celery, pepper, onions, and a sweet and tangy mayo cream dressing to finish off the taste.
Make sure you use small pasta for this salad as it is convenient and practical to serve, especially if feeding a crowd. Elbow macaroni works best!
Served alongside your sliced beef brisket, this creamy goodness is guaranteed to be a hit!
If you’re looking for a creamy pasta side but the previous macaroni salad feels like it’s missing something, then perhaps this elbow macaroni dish will help out.
Without eggs but enriched with cheddar and pepperoni, plus the nutritious veggies, this velvety dish feels like a celebration in your mouth.
Dressed up in a smooth mayo creaminess bursting with an herbal aroma, there is nothing you wouldn’t like about this filling salad.
Not a fan of pepperoni? Substitute with some crispy bacon for an extra crunch and more flavor. Or, you can ditch it altogether. Delicious either way!
Chopped dill and pickle juice are made for each other. Seriously, this is the combo you want in your salad. Like, right now!
If you’re looking for a simple recipe without all the bells and whistles, well this easy dill pickle pasta salad is perfect for you.
With nothing more than mayo, pickles, and dill, this creamy bowl of heaven will show you how extraordinarily yummy can ordinary ingredients taste like.
Add some ham or bacon if you want to “meat it up”, but you really don’t need any more than what this salad has to offer.
Healthy Sides for Brisket
If nutritiously delicious is your kitchen motto, then you will greatly appreciate these brisket side dishes that do not hurt your dieting goals.
If you’re looking for a comforting and nourishing salad that will also fill your tummy, then here is my go-to favorite. Quinoa, spicy chickpeas, and fresh veggies for the ultimate satisfaction.
The sweet and zesty dressing gives a tangy hint that works well with both the spices and veggies, and it surely rounds out everything.
Feel free to add rice instead of the quinoa, but only if you’re currently out of this grain. Quinoa packs a more nutritious punch, which is why it is the star of this recipe.
This is a great addition to your BBQ brisket or a griddle meal.
You can never go wrong with roasted carrots. It is one of the safest side dishes that just always make sense. Serving them with brisket is just one of the many great options.
Simple, healthy, and yet super delicious, these softened and naturally sweet carrot pieces are an excellent choice for your main dish.
The recipe uses nothing but salt, pepper, and some dill, but feel free to spice things up if that’s your thing. Paprika, garlic, thyme, and rosemary are just some of the many flavorful options.
If you want a denser and crunchier bite, feel free to grill your carrots for your cookout. This will give them just enough softness for your jaw to be comfortable chewing them.
Either way, this is a perfect recipe that’ll make brisket a perfect dish. This is also a yummy side dish for pasta.
Sick of your heavily dressed salads? How about this refreshing bowl of nutrition for a change with lovely flavor combinations?
Loaded with spinach, tomatoes, onions, and the ultimate star–feta cheese, this salad makes the ideal side regardless of what you serve it with.
The pumpkin seeds in the salad offer a crunchy bite and an extra sprinkle of nutrients, making this salad a fuller meal.
Coated with a sweet Dijon dressing, there is absolutely nothing not to love about this veggie bowl.
If you want your salad creamier, be “rougher” when tossing the salad, so that the feta cheese can crumble all over.
This is definitely one of my favorite recipes!
Beware – this is not your typical slaw! This is the better option!
With a more Mexican twist, the coleslaw here also includes onions, corn, red peppers, jalapenos, cheese, and cilantro.
Drenched in a lime and olive oil dressing and lacking the rich-in-fat mayo. This summer slaw really leaves up to its name!
Refreshing, zesty, and light, just the thing you need next to your slice of meat on a hot July evening.
For best results, let the slaw sit in the fridge overnight. It keeps good for 3 days, but after 2 days it might become soggy. Still delicious, just lacking the crunch.
Looking for a simple side dish without many ingredients? Then this asparagus and mushroom saute is just the thing your brisket dinner is missing.
Sauteeing them in garlicky oil loads the veggies with a deep flavor that runs throughout with every bite.
The recipe uses chili flakes, but if not a fan, you can swap the hot hint with another spice that your palate enjoys.
And if you want to add a sharper, tarty taste, sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons of balsamic vinegar near the end of cooking. Also, feel free to serve these with lasagna.
Sweet, soft, finger-licking roasted parsnips with a drunken twist – apple cider!
Coated with maple and cider glaze, these parsnips sticks are not only good-looking and glossy, but they offer a sweet flavor boost, as well.
But don’t worry about all of that sweetness. The recipe uses a couple of splashes of cider vinegar for a tangy note that balances all out in a delicious way.
Try this recipe with your brisket dinner, and you will never underappreciate this root veggie, ever again!
If you are not in the mood for experimenting with flavors and tastes, then this simple yet super nutritious Mediterranean salad is the perfect choice for your dinner get-together.
Loaded with crisp cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions, this salad offers a refreshing bite that every type of meat needs.
The feta cheese and oregano-infused dressing give it a Greek vibe, perfect for those summer dinners on your patio.
If you feel that this is too safe of a choice though, swap the feta with goat cheese for a deeper and not-so-expected flavor.
Cucumber and dill are a match made in heaven. And this salad is here to prove just that!
This insanely refreshing salad with chopped cucumbers, onions, mayo, and dill, goes well with any protein entrée. From fish and chicken to your beloved Texas brisket.
The salad tastes great if consumed straight away. However, for the absolute best taste, serve it cold.
Making it ahead of time and allowing it to sit in the fridge for at least a few hours will make it even more aromatic.
Try this salad with both, sweet and red onions. Sweet onions will give it a softer taste, while the red ones will offer a sharper kick.
If you’re a fan of sweet roasted carrots, then I guess you’re already sold. Roasted carrots glazed with honey and mustard are just what your taste buds crave.
If you love the natural sweetness of the carrots, then you will go crazy about how this roasting method intensifies their flavor.
Dressed up with parsley, garlic, and rosemary, and coated with honey, Dijon, and olive oil, nothing about these carrots is short of delightful.
For a fancy look on the plate, try to get your hands on multi-colored carrots.
Roasted broccoli florets, smothered in a cheesy garlicky sauce and sprinkled with crunchy almond slices on top. How festive is this side dish?
The recipe uses a gourmet cheese spread, but keep in mind that any cheese that melts well will do the trick here.
If you’re not a fan of almonds, swap them with roasted pumpkin seeds or walnuts. Or, leave them out altogether if you don’t care for the crunchiness, that is.
Cheesy broccoli will always look alongside your smoky brisket slices.
You cannot serve a fall-off-the-bone, pulled-apart, juicy Southern meat, without having some buttery corn on the cob on the table. You just can’t!
If you’re a fan of this golden deliciousness, then this recipe is a must in your go-to-meals folder.
Made in the Instant Pot for a time-saving and convenient preparation, you don’t need more than 5 minutes to have this delight ready on your dinner table.
Silky and buttery with some spicy Cajun notes that are perfect with any red meat, this tasty side will definitely complement your brisket.
Simple, fresh, nutritious, and nothing fancy! That’s how this salad can be described. If you want chopped veggies without any dressings or heavy toppings, this salad is a perfect choice.
Cucumber, carrots, onion with a touch of vinegar. How can that not be the side dish that goes with anything?
The recipe uses just a hint of sugar. If looking for a sugar-free option, add a sweetener instead, but do not omit it. This mellows the vinegar’s acidity and makes it easier on the palate.
You can swap the vinegar for lemon and use chopped fresh herbs instead, for a refreshing, summertime side. Or an appetizer. Or however, you wish to indulge this colorful beauty.
Milder, sweeter, and way less acidic than ordinary tomatoes, their heirloom version is like made for your salad bowl.
The best thing about heirloom tomatoes is that there’s an endless variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Slice them up and top with some cheese, and it’s a real treat. For your eyes and tongue both.
The tomato wedges are combined with pickled Vadala onions and sprinkled with feta and fresh herbs. They are then drizzled with a Balsamic dressing and some of the pickling juice.
How scrumptious is that?
If you’re a tomato fan, then this salad is an absolute must-try for your brisket dinner parties.
Best Sides to Go with Brisket
If you want only the best for your brisket, then perhaps these most raved-about sides will help you find the perfect match.
Let’s face it – every brisket needs a coleslaw by its side!
If you’re anything like me, then you probably cannot get enough of this cabbagey side when consumed alongside your red meat entrée.
But, have you ever tried it with raisins? Don’t you dare roll your eyes, but give this a shot. Seriously, it tastes amazing!
Mixed with carrots and smothered in a sweet and vinegary mayo dressing (as it usually goes with coleslaw!), you will not be able to put your fork down, guaranteed.
Another coleslaw, another different recipe. Cabbage and carrots with tarty apples? How about that for a change?
Mixed with some scallion greens and coated with creamy and zesty mayo and sour cream dressing. A single bite of this goodness and you’ll see how apples in a coleslaw make the perfect sense.
For an even lighter and creamier version, use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
Perfect for your pork chops but just as delicious if served alongside your brisket, your apple slaw will be the talk of your dinner, for sure.
Mac and cheese without the “mac”? Just as (if not even more!) delicious than the real thing!
When cauliflower serves as your main carb, you don’t have to worry about the taste. This mild veggie takes seasonings well and pairs with just about anything.
Make it with bacon and cheese, and enjoy a velvety low-carb version of the classic mac and cheese.
Perfect for your Keto lifestyle or any other diet, really, this cheesy dish is perfect for your BBQ cookouts. Pair it with brisket, and it will be a total hit!
Smooth, glossy, perfectly glazed, and with a deep aroma that will infuse your whole kitchen. Who dares to say they are not just made for your sliced brisket?
With four generous tablespoons of butter and fresh herbs, you can rest assured these mushrooms are deep in flavor and aroma.
The key ingredient here is really the whole cup of Pilsner (or any lager-style beer). Let your mushroom simmer in it for about half an hour, and you will enjoy the softest caps ever.
For best results and the fanciest look on the platter, use particularly small button mushrooms in this recipe.
Ah, baked beans! Another Southern staple that simply works with any red meat. Serve them with bacon and a touch of cinnamon, and no one will be able to resist!
Yup, you’ve read it right! I said cinnamon! Not the obvious spice choice, I guess, but once you add a pinch of it, you will notice an explosion of flavors.
This recipe also uses molasses, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. For the best taste, do not substitute these ingredients. This combo really delivers something else!
Bored of the good, old, mashed potato side? How about jazzing things up with this recipe, while still staying faithful to your creamy mash?
Loaded mashed potatoes with bacon, cheese, and green onions. How can you possibly say no?
Silky, buttery, and smooth, this potato casserole can be the perfect partner for your juicy brisket.
Feel free to take the taste to a whole new level with your favorite herbs and spices. These potatoes can definitely handle that!
Red cabbage and blue cheese seem to make the perfect combo! Add some mayo and sour cream to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a smooth side that’s super versatile.
The lemon and Worcestershire in this recipe are a definite must. Without their deep and zesty flavors, the taste would be totally different. And far less enjoyable.
Use whatever fresh herbs you enjoy the most. Anything will work here, as long as it is aromatic.
If beans are what you’re looking for in your beef side, then these baked goodies will surely put a smile on your face.
And this bean bake couldn’t be simpler to make either! Just mix everything together, spread into a baking dish, top with diced bacon, and let it bake for at least 90 minutes.
The tomato sauce, molasses, and crispy bacon on top wrap up the flavor. Even something as simple as baked beans can taste incredible.
Any side dish recipe that contains the word “BBQ” is perfect for your slow-cooked red meat, whether beef or pork. And this recipe is no different!
Braised red cabbage with onions, garlic, bacon, and – yes, you’ve guessed it – barbecue sauce.
Perfect for eating on a plate next to your brisket slices, and even better in a sandwich with your pulled meat.
Once you try this barbecue cabbage, you will forget all about your boring, regular slow.
Risotto as a side? Why not? And if it is loaded with nutrients such as those of green beans and butternut squash, even better!
Buttery, cheesy, and oh-so-creamy. Rich in flavor and texture, there is nothing about this velvety risotto that you wouldn’t enjoy.
Besides, it is so simple to make and easy, that it will become your weeknight regular.
So good that it practically takes over as the main-dish star.
Onion. Rings. Should I say more?
If you’re dependent on your pre-made, frozen, store-bought onion rings to give your red meat dinners “that extra something,” let me tell you just how wrong you’ve been up until now.
Onion rings made from scratch cannot be a simpler side. Or a midnight snack if you’re a weird foodie like me.
The trick is to let them soak in buttermilk for at least an hour. That helps the coating stick to the onion, and that crispiness is what you’re looking for in onion rings, after all.
Who says you have to ditch crispy veggie sticks just because the carb-loaded potatoes are off-limits?
With these breaded green beans and baked to crisp perfection, any entrée will taste better. And that includes your beloved smoky brisket.
If you want to completely wow your guests, I suggest you serve these healthy fries with a creamy herbal dipping.
Mexican and brisket are two culinary terms that are simply made to coexist.
And if you add corn to the mix, well, you better stock up on ingredients because your guests will be emptying your plates almost instantly.
Charred under the broiler, glazed with a spicy mayo mixture, and topped with cotija cheese. Can you smell the heavenly scent already?
Serve with some extra hot sauce on the side, and… the award as the best dinner host goes to you!
- 1. Potato Latkes
- 2. Green Beans & Potatoes
- 3. Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 4. Instant Pot Potato Salad
- 5. Twice Baked Potatoes
- 6. Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
- 7. Crispy Salt & Vinegar Potatoes
- 8. Caramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
- 9. Roasted Potatoes & Veggies
- 10. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
- 11. Broccoli Cheddar Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
- 12. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
- 13. Macaroni Salad
- 14. Creamy Pasta Salad
- 15. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
- 16. Quinoa & Chickpea Salad
- 17. Roasted Carrots
- 18. Spinach Tomato Salad with Feta
- 19. Spicy Cilantro Lime Summer Slaw
- 20. Sauteed Asparagus & Mushrooms
- 21. Cider Roasted Parsnips
- 22. Chopped Veggie Salad
- 23. Cucumber Salad with Dill
- 24. Roasted Carrots with Honey Mustard Glaze
- 25. Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Cheese Sauce
- 26. Instant Pot Cajun Corn on the Cob
- 27. Carrot Cucumber Salad
- 28. Heirloom Tomato Salad
- 29. Raisin Coleslaw
- 30. Apple Slaw
- 31. Grilled Cauliflower Bacon Mac & Cheese
- 32. Beer Butter Mushrooms
- 33. Smoked Baked Beans
- 34. Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole
- 35. Blue Cheese Coleslaw
- 36. Cowboy Baked Beans
- 37. BBQ Braised Cabbage with Bacon
- 38. Risotto with Butternut Squash & Green Beans
- 39. Homemade Onion Rings
- 40. Baked Green Bean Fries
- 41. Mexican Street Corn
- Scroll up to get a bunch of easy, yummy, and delicious side dishes. Don't be afraid to get creative with the ingredients, you might discover a flavor you didn't know you liked.
- Get your shopping list going and make sure you've got all the ingredients.
- Get cooking and make your next Side Dish for Brisket!
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