Side Dishes

18 Best Side Dishes for Pork Chops

Mouthwatering side dishes to serve with pork chops!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated November 13, 2022

The search for the Best Side Dishes for Pork Chops is over! This list covers a wide range of pork chop sides like salads and soups to suit any palate.

Best Side Dishes for Pork Chops

Pork chops are a cut of meat taken from the spine. It’s a lean meat, but if you buy a bone-in cut it will have more fat, and flavor!

What I love about savory pork chops is that they cook easily and can be grilled, baked, or fried. This makes them versatile in so many dishes, and a good quick weeknight main.

Classic comfort side dishes like creamy mashed potatoes and gravy are perfect for a pork chop dinner. Applesauce and pork are another traditional pairing that actually goes back as far as ancient Roman times!

I always like to try new things, so I’ve also included unique sides like coconut creamed spinach. No matter your tastes, this list of eighteen pork chop sides is bound to have something your family will love!

Best Side Dishes for Pork Chops recipe

01. Roasted Potatoes

A unique Greek twist on your classic roasted potato side!

Baby yellow potatoes are the perfect variety to get those perfect mouthwatering crispy edges. Dried oregano, thyme, and marjoram give these roasted potatoes an infusion of earthy Greek flavor.

A hot oven is key to the best crispy roasted potatoes. I usually preheat my oven to 400 degrees before I pop these potatoes in!

02. Gravy

Highlight a juicy pork chop with this rich savory gravy. Guaranteed no lumps!

Chicken and beef broth fill this gravy with complexity and give it that mouthwatering savoriness. It’s so much easier than using pan drippings and contains far less fat.

Worcestershire sauce is a must-have for any homemade gravy. It elevates the flavor of the other ingredients while also adding umami.

03. Roasted Broccoli

Turn even the pickiest eater in your home into a broccoli lover! This 30-minute recipe transforms fresh broccoli florets into crispy flavor bombs.

Garlic and onion powder are the secret ingredient to instant savory flavor. Use fresh or frozen florets, just keep in mind that frozen vegetables have more moisture.

To enhance the crispiness, add a sprinkle of panko crumbs before baking. They’ll give your broccoli a deep-fried texture, without all the excess fat!

04. Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, filling, and comforting. There’s no substitute for this classic potato side.

In my opinion, there’s a big difference between good mashed potatoes and amazing mashed potatoes. A fluffy creamy potato is a necessity, so choose Russet or Yukon Gold for the best results!

Plenty of butter and cream make these potatoes decadent and creamy. If you want some tanginess, feel free to add a dollop of sour cream!

05. Baked Potato

Make baked potatoes in half the time by using the pressure cooker!

The pressure cooker reduces your baking time down to just 30 minutes! And the inside of the potatoes still turn out perfectly fluffy and tender.

To get that mouth-watering crispy skin, pop your potatoes into the oven for about seven minutes afterward. I like to add some olive oil and salt to help bring out the earthy flavor of the skins.

06. Pasta

This luxurious creamy garlic pasta is perfect for date night.

Cream sauces don’t have to be tricky—this recipe simply combines a roux with garlic and heavy cream. Cook your fettuccine until it’s “al dente” to give this dish the bite and texture it needs.

This pasta is a blank slate for you to add whatever you want in it. Stir in some roasted vegetables and fresh parsley, or top with grilled pork chops!

07. Roasted Vegetables with Pecan Crumble

An autumnal themed side for the cold weather season!

Roasting these sweet potatoes, squash, and carrots with brown sugar helps bring out their natural sweetness. The pecan topping also becomes crisp and caramelized and full of roasted flavor.

A teaspoon of thyme leaves balances this dish with a hint of herb flavor. The subtle sweetness of these veggies is perfect for a dish like pork chops and applesauce.

08. Cranberry Pecan Salad

A healthy filling side with the perfect amount of sweetness.

This salad is loaded with fresh spinach and kale which are chock full of nutrients. Sweet elements like dried cranberries and honey balsamic help counter the bitterness of the greens.

Toasted pecans add just the right amount of crunch. You can elevate the flavors even more with parmesan cheese, goat cheese, or cheddar cheese!

09. Applesauce

Don’t toss your imperfect apples! Turn bruised and battered apples into a delicious apple sauce.

I like to use sweeter apples for my applesauce, but if you like tart flavors use Granny Smith. Once they cook down, simply taste and adjust the sugar as needed.

Lemon juice helps elevate the flavors and cinnamon gives this dish warmth and spice. This applesauce complements the natural fattiness of the pork and will make your chops super moist.

10. French Onion Soup

Mouthwateringly savory and rich!

A little hack for making French onion soup is to start with a pre-packaged soup base. You can add to it with ingredients like Swiss cheese, croutons, and fried onions!

French onion soup has a silky umami mouthfeel that helps elevate the flavor of other dishes. Serve this soup as an appetizer for an equally decadent main like boneless pork chops and mashed potatoes!

11. Fried Rice

A tasty way to transform refrigerator leftovers into a 10 minute meal.

Ginger, garlic, and soy sauce infuse this dish with traditional Asian flavors. This recipe uses chicken thigh meat, but you could easily swap it out for delicious pork chops.

A skillet or wok will help give your rice that perfect sear. Throw in some leftover veggies and you have a perfectly balanced, wholesome meal!

12. Coconut Creamed Spinach

Silky smooth and rich with coconut flavor.

Spinach doesn’t usually inspire the palette, but that all changes with this creamy side dish! The subtly sweet and fatty coconut milk helps combat the usual bitterness of spinach.

Garlic and onion add a touch of savoriness to balance the flavors. The result is a five minute side that is cheap, easy, and most importantly, tasty!

13. Scalloped Potatoes

A heavenly combination of cream, cheese, and potatoes!

Thinly sliced potatoes in a bubbling Gruyere cheese sauce is the ultimate comfort side! The potatoes melt in your mouth, while the cheesy top layer gets both crisp and gooey.

If you make scalloped potatoes often, I highly recommend buying a mandolin. This handy tool will ensure you get perfectly even, thin potato slices every time.

14. Glazed Carrots

Even picky eaters will ask for seconds of these sweet veggies!

What could be easier to make than this 3-ingredient side? The glaze for these baby carrots is made by simply combining brown sugar with salted butter.

Stir in the baby carrots and let them cook with the glaze until they caramelize. The butter tenderizes the carrots while the brown sugar enhances their natural sweetness.

15. Devilled Eggs

A dinner party classic—reinvented! These definitely aren’t your grandma’s devilled eggs.

You can make devilled eggs healthier by swapping out the mayonnaise for mashed avocado. The avocado provides a creamy texture and healthy monounsaturated fats.

Prep your hard-boiled eggs a day in advance, so all you have to do is pipe in the filling. Serve to your guests while the pork chops are grilling on the barbecue!

16. Corn Pudding

Add a touch of sweetness to your meal with this southern classic.

Corn pudding is a casserole-style dish that traditionally goes with holidays and barbecues. It’s bready yet moist, in part due to the addition of creamed corn.

Nutmeg and sugar enhance the corn flavor and give the dish a comforting taste. Try this unique recipe in place of bread rolls with soups, stews, and meat dishes.

17. Butternut Squash Soup

A stomach-warming meal you’ll want to make over and over!

When it’s chilly outside all you want is a big bowl of something warm like this hearty soup. Made with spicy ginger, honey, and nutmeg, it hits all those comforting notes.

To make this soup extra creamy and smooth, add a splash of heavy cream. It will help the butternut squash blend up easier and give it a touch of sweetness.

18. Crockpot Green Beans and Potatoes

A “set it and forget it” side dish for those busy days.

Bacon and green beans are a classic duo. The fatty bacon infuses the green beans with a smoky salty flavor as the two cook together.

Rather than standing over the stove, you can throw these two ingredients into the slow cooker. The flavors will develop even more this way, and you can even add your pork chops right in!

18 Best Side Dishes for Pork Chops

Directions


  1. Pick one of these delicious side dish recipes.

  2. Gather your ingredients.

  3. Prepare your side while the tasty pork chops bake or barbecue.

  4. Serve a classic meal that your family will love!

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