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What to Serve with Brisket: 22 Savory Side Dishes

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 January 12, 2023

You’ll never struggle with what to serve with brisket again! Whether you’re hosting a barbecue or looking to spruce up Sunday dinner, I’ve got you covered!

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Brisket is a popular cut of beef taken from the lower chest of the animal. The cut contains a lot of tough connective tissues, so it needs to be slow-cooked to tenderize it.

The best thing about slow-cooking meats is it allows flavors to develop over time. In the American south, it’s typical to smoke beef brisket for hours, and sometimes a whole day!

The flavor of the smoke and the aroma from added wood turns beef brisket into a delicacy. Smoked brisket is typically served at a traditional Texas barbecue with sides like mac and cheese and corn pudding.

But brisket can also be oven baked or boiled to tenderize it. In English cuisine, it’s typical to serve baked brisket with starchy sides like roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes.

Whether you’re serving up Sunday dinner or Friday night barbecue, these delicious brisket side dishes will complete your meal.

what to serve with brisket

01. Baked Potatoes

It’s easy to make baked potatoes, but an amazing baked potato is an art form!

These baked potatoes are coated in oil to create the perfect crackly skin. They’re also crusted with salt to unlock all that delicious natural earthy flavor!

Cut these potatoes open and you’ll be met with steamed, fluffy goodness. All they need is a dollop of tangy sour cream and some crumbled bacon on top!

02. Green Beans

A quick and easy dish that the kids can’t get enough of.

These juicy, crunchy green beans take just under ten minutes to cook! They’re seared with butter and garlic for a hit of savory flavor that goes with any main course.

These green beans hold up well in the refrigerator, so don’t hesitate to store any leftovers.

03. Roasted Carrots

Orange zest gives these carrots a rich seasonal taste.

These honey and butter roasted carrots are tender, sweet, and perfect with roast brisket. The addition of orange zest adds a delicious zing and gives them a holiday flavor.

Not only do these roasted carrots taste amazing, but they’re full of antioxidants and beta-carotene too.

04. Vegetable Soup

Lighten up a rich meat dish with this healthy vegetarian soup!

This comforting soup is filled with hearty chunks of white potato, carrot, and green beans. The herby tomato broth carries all the savory flavors like roast garlic and sweet onion.

For a truly stomach-warming soup, add a bit of spicy red chili pepper flakes.

05. Roasted Potato

The best recipe for perfectly crispy roasted potatoes!

Russet potatoes are my favorite variety to use because they provide a crispy outside and a soft pillowy inside. A simple blend of garlic, onion powder, and salt adds just the right amount of flavor to pique the taste buds.

You can even skip the oil and make this recipe healthier by cooking your potatoes in the air fryer.

Roasted sweet potatoes are also a great dish to serve with brisket. For this, simply replace the potatoes with sweet potatoes.

06. Corn Pudding

Treat your guests to a proper southern barbecue with a helping of this unique pudding.

This custard pudding is creamy and sweet, with just a hint of nutmeg spice. There’s also a spicy version that omits the vanilla and sugar and uses jalapeños instead!

Because this pudding is cooked in a casserole dish, it’s perfect for bringing to parties.

07. Macaroni and Cheese

This slow cooker recipe can’t get any easier!

Cheesy goodness fills every bite of this tender pasta dish. Both whole milk and evaporated milk are featured in this mac and cheese recipe to create that velvety smooth texture.

I’m a cheese lover, so my macaroni always has at least three different varieties. Some of my top choices are parmesan cheese, gruyere, and pepper jack for some spice.

08. Baked Beans

Add a little sweetness to your smoky brisket dinner!

These old fashioned baked beans are slow-cooked with rich molasses and brown sugar to get that comforting warm flavor. Pork fat and bacon create that buttery mouthfeel and give the dish a hint of smokiness.

Baked beans only get better over time, so they’re perfect to freeze and reheat later.

For a spicy option, sprinkle with chili powder.

09. Coleslaw

A crunchy fresh salad that goes with practically any barbecued food!

A combination of sour cream, mustard, and lemon juice gives this salad its irresistible tanginess. The acidity helps cut through rich dishes like barbecued meat and burgers, making it perfect for picnics.

This coleslaw also makes a delicious brisket sandwich topping!

10. Potato Salad

If there’s one side dish recipe to master, it’s this classic cold salad.

Everybody loves potato salad, especially when it’s as irresistibly creamy as this one! The addition of buttermilk gives it that full-fat richness to go with bites of tender potato.

While some people don’t like diced pickles in their potato salad, it’s a must-have for me! Add a bit of dill and it’s the perfect summer salad.

11. Corn on the Cob

This recipe makes it possible to enjoy steamed corn in just five minutes!

For a fast but satisfying side dish try this microwaved steamed corn on the cob. It’s every bit as juicy and crisp as boiled corn, without all the work!

Give your corn on the cob the five-star treatment by slathering it in melted butter and honey. The honey helps accentuate its sweetness and provides a great flavor contrast for savory main dishes.

12. Scalloped Potatoes

Pure comfort food, in all its glory.

Layers of sliced potato, garlicky cream sauce, and gruyere cheese form the trio of all things comfort food! The ingredients bake together for over an hour to develop the flavors and get the sauce nice and thick and bubbly.

This ultra-rich potato dish is the perfect decadent side for red meats. Great for special occasions or Sunday dinners!

13. Grilled Potato Skins

All the best parts of a baked potato distilled down into a finger food!

These twice baked potatoes ditch the flesh leaving just the skins, aka the perfect vessel for tasty fillings! Fill the skins with mouthwatering toppings like bacon, cheddar cheese, green onion, and whatever else strikes your fancy.

To get the crispiest potato skins, place them onto the grill for 1-2 minutes. They’ll taste just like potato chips, without all the fat of deep frying.

Serve with barbecue sauce!

14. Macaroni Salad

The best way to satisfy your macaroni craving in the summer!

A blend of mayonnaise, mustard, and sour cream creates the creamiest macaroni salad dressing ever! Chopped celery gives the dish a bit of crunch for texture variation.

There’s always some debate about whether to add eggs or not. For me, it’s a yes because the blended yolks help make the dressing thicker and creamier!

15. Mashed Potatoes

Super savory with the perfect melt-in-your-mouth texture!

Roasting your garlic before adding it to the potatoes is key to getting a robust savory taste. A blend of sour cream and milk will make your mashed potatoes extra creamy with some tang.

This dish is inexpensive but so versatile, so it’s a must-have in your recipe book!

16. Brazilian Tomato Slaw

This colorful salad is so inviting even picky eaters will gobble it up.

Fresh sweet tomatoes are the star of this summery slaw. Ingredients like parsley, cilantro, and white onion give this dish a boost of appetizing freshness.

The lime juice and olive oil dressing rounds out any raw bitterness and makes every bite a delight. Serve on its own or eat it like a salsa with chips for a unique party food!

17. Brussel Sprouts

Free up space in the oven with these pan-fried brussel sprouts!

The best part of brussel sprouts is those crispy edges, and frying them achieves this perfectly. Plenty of butter ensures the insides get tender and juicy while the outer leaves get a nice salty flavor.

For this recipe try to use smaller brussel sprouts. They’ll cook quicker and have less chance of burning.

18. Steamed Asparagus

The secret to firm yet tender asparagus.

Steaming will help your asparagus cook all the way through and maintain its bright green color! Add a bit of butter and salt and the tender spears soak it all up and become super tasty.

If you want crispy asparagus tips, you can sear them in a frying pan for a minute or so after steaming.

19. French Onion Soup

An umami-filled soup that’s made for cold snowy days!

Warm the soul with a spoonful of rich beef broth and sweet slow-cooked caramelized onions. A gooey layer of baked cheese on top just adds to the comfort level.

This recipe is easy to make, just make sure you give the onions plenty of time to cook. A longer caramelization will unlock more flavor!

20. Creamy Broccoli Salad

The sweet and crunchy salad you’ve been craving.

Big pieces of broccoli and crunchy additions like almonds make this salad tasty and hearty. A sweet mayonnaise dressing helps soften the bitterness of the raw broccoli and gives the whole dish a summertime flavor.

If you’re more of a savory person, you can add ingredients like bacon and cheese too!

21. Fried Green Tomatoes

A uniquely southern treat that makes a great appetizer, side dish, or afternoon snack!

These tomatoes are coated in crunchy cornmeal so they get extra crisp in the deep fryer. The cornmeal helps seal in the juiciness of the green tomatoes so their tart tanginess can shine.

This side is popular as both a finger food and a sandwich ingredient!

22. Creamed Corn

Bring a little nostalgia to the dinner table.

No offense to canned cream corn, but nothing compares to the ultra-rich and creamy flavor of the homemade stuff! The sweetness of the corn really pops against the super savory cream and onion sauce.

You can even make cream corn into a casserole by adding breadcrumbs on top and baking it!

What to Serve with Brisket: 22 Savory Side Dishes

Directions


  1. Choose your favorite side dishes for brisket.

  2. Shop for your fresh ingredients.

  3. Prepare your sides while the brisket slowly cooks.

  4. Invite family and friends over for a feast!

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