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24 Best Fall Side Dishes

These easy fall side dishes will be the stars of your autumn table!

From Brussels sprouts and pumpkin soup to roasted vegetables, these sides for fall bring the flavors of the season.

Vegetarian Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce
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Fall is the season of cool weather, rustling leaves, colorful vegetables, and warming spices.

It’s also all about baked goods and comfort foods, which is exactly why it’s my favorite season!

Today, I’m sharing a rundown of the best fall side dishes to accompany your autumn feast.

20+ Easy Fall Sides

1. Whipped Squash

Fall isn’t complete without squash. So, starting off the list, I have a recipe that elevates butternut squash into a celebration-worthy side dish. 

Smooth, whipped butternut squash is made delectable with butter, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Both the flavor and color of this dish are dynamite!  

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

2. Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts may not be on the top of your favorite veggies list, but wait until you try this recipe. 

Roasting Brussels sprouts bring out their natural sweetness, making them taste like no other. They’re crisp, creamy, nutty, and caramelized.

One bite will make you change your mind about this misunderstood vegetable. 

They’re done in just 15 minutes, too! Delicious, nutritious, and easy to make, this is the perfect weeknight side dish.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

3. Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup may be a simple dish, but man, it sure hits the spot. It’s what I look for at any Thanksgiving feast! 

It’s sweet, thick, creamy, and seasoned perfectly. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Glazed Baby Carrots

4. Glazed Carrots

These glazed carrots are so good, even the kids will love them!

They’re delightfully sweet and wonderfully sticky. And I just know they’ll disappear in minutes. 

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Serve them with your Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas feast!

5. Creamed Corn

Looking for a sweet and creamy side dish to contrast your savory entrée? Look no further, because this creamed corn is everything you need.

This dish contains corn kernels and a luscious cream sauce. This recipe may only have two components, but it packs maximum flavor.

And the texture? Wow. The contrast between bursting corn kernels and the velvety sauce is divine.

6. Fried Okra

In the mood for southern cooking? Fried okra will satisfy that craving.

There was a time in my life when I just couldn’t stand okra. There was just something about its sliminess that I couldn’t take.

But when I first bit into fried okra, everything changed.

The dish is simple, really. Okra slices are dipped in buttermilk and cornmeal batter and deep-fried until golden brown.

The flavor and texture are phenomenal! 

The deep-fried batter is wonderfully crisp and tender, while the okra adds a refreshing flavor. It gets a 10/10!

7. Cauliflower Casserole

If you think cauliflower is boring, this casserole will change your mind.

Roasted cauliflower is loaded with cream cheese, gruyere, and bacon, and then baked to perfection. Need I say more?

Hearty, indulgent, and sooo cheesy, I won’t be surprised if this casserole disappears in minutes.

8. Cornbread Dressing

I know this is usually only served as a Thanksgiving side dish. But I think it’s worthy of any fall dinner!

The Brits enjoy stuffing every Sunday, after all. And it pairs well with everything from chicken to pork.

9. Green Bean Casserole

Not a fan of green beans? I’m sure this recipe will make you reconsider.

I know because I’m a convert myself. I never eat green beans on their own. But when they’re in this casserole, I always reach for seconds!

They’re such a breeze to make, too. So, if you’re looking for a quick and easy side for your weeknight dinner, this is it.

Homemade Mashed Red Potatoes with Garlic

10. Mashed Potatoes

No matter the season, mashed potatoes will always be the best side dish ever.

Call me biased, but how can you not love mashed potatoes? They’re rich, creamy, cheesy, and 100% delightful.

And while I love creamy spuds, this red potato mash is my go-to. I love the added texture!

11. Grilled Eggplant

The best way to cook eggplant is to grill it. That’s why this recipe is a keeper.

The eggplant is seasoned with herbs and spices and grilled until super soft and tender. It’s a meaty, smoky side that will steal the spotlight.

It’s delicious, nutritious, and affordable. You really can’t ask for more.

12. Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is a must-have at every Thanksgiving party. But if you care for something more exciting, this recipe is for you.

This sweet potato casserole recipe adds a unique spin on the classic. Instead of the usual mini-marshmallows, this one has a crunchy streusel on top. Mmm.

The streusel is like no other, too! It’s sweet and crunchy, but is made even more special with pecans. 

13. Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus, herbs, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and your oven: That’s all it takes to make this crisp, flavorful, and healthful side dish. 

Simple ingredients meet amazing flavor in this side dish. This roasted asparagus recipe goes well with any meaty entrée! 

14. Butternut Squash Casserole

Sweet and tender butternut squash and caramelized onions are topped with a crunchy, buttery crust. I’ll give you a moment to drool on that. 

Have you guys ever tried brown butter? If you haven’t, you’re missing out.

Browning butter gives the already delicious ingredient an even richer and deeper flavor. It’s so easy, there’s no reason not to do it.

Once you’ve browned your butter, combine it with caramelized onions and butternut squash. Top it with crushed Ritz crackers and pop it in the oven.

Not only will you get a hearty and decadent casserole, but your kitchen will also smell like heaven.

15. Roasted Fall Vegetables

There’s no better way of cooking vegetables than roasting. It releases the natural sugars in veggies, giving them a better, more delightful flavor.

So whenever fall veggies are in season, I already know what to do.

Coat squash, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and shallots in olive oil, season with garlic and rosemary, and pop them in the oven!

The color, the texture, and the flavor in this medley of autumn veggies are on point. It’s the perfect side for any dish!

16. Roasted Pumpkin

Speaking of roasting vegetables, here’s another one for you: roasted pumpkin! But instead of simply roasting pumpkin, you’ll add more fall flavors to it.

You’ll start by coating sugar pie pumpkin wedges in maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

From the ingredients alone, you can already tell how amazing this side dish is!

And then you’ll roast it in the oven for 20 minutes. That’s it! The whole process takes 30 minutes from start to finish.

Homemade Carrot Casserole with Cheddar Cheese and Croutons

17. Carrot Casserole

If you want something different as a holiday side dish this fall, try this dish!

Carrot casserole is colorful, hearty, a little sweet, and wonderfully savory – all at the same time!

I love the added crunch of the croutons. But you could add a breadcrumb topping if you prefer.

18. Maple Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

In this next recipe, you’ll once again using the goodness of brown butter to make the most stunning side dish.

Mashed sweet potatoes are made even tastier with maple syrup and brown butter. My goodness. This unique flavor combination deserves a standing ovation! 

This side dish is a must-have on any special occasion. But since it’s such a cinch to make, you can also serve it any day of the week.

19. Fried Zucchini

Zucchini slices are dipped in batter and fried until golden brown. I can’t eat these crunchy munchies all day long!

You’d be surprised how a dish made with vegetables can be this addictive! Make it even more irresistible by dipping it in ranch dressing and marinara. Ooh, la la. 

20. Butternut Squash Fritters

Shredded butternut squash is seasoned with spices, deep-fried until golden, and dipped in sour cream. That’s the stuff!

These butternut squash fritters aren’t only ridiculously delicious, but also super easy to make!

It’s one of those recipes where you just throw all the ingredients together and cook. The result is a perfectly crisp and delectable side dish.

Bowl of Mac and Cheese

21. Mac & Cheese

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: mac and cheese is hands down my favorite side dish of all time.

Once you’ve tried Trisha Yearwood’s recipe, I’m sure you’ll feel the same.

It’s creamy, cheesy, and absolutely sensational. It’s comfort food at its finest! I eat mac and cheese a stand-alone meal, but it works as a side dish, too!

Another great thing about it is how easy it is to make. It’s so simple, you can make it anytime! 

22. Creamed Spinach

Fresh (or frozen) spinach in an ultra-creamy sauce: this dish is basic, but it will definitely knock your socks off.

This recipe makes the creamiest, tastiest creamed spinach ever! It’s so good it can rival any restaurant.

Serve this with steak or baked chicken for a hearty and unforgettable meal.

Mexican Corn Pudding

23. Corn Pudding

Sweet, creamy, and downright delicious: that’s what this corn pudding is all about. 

This classic comfort food is perfect not just in summer, but all-year-round. Serve it as a side to your Thanksgiving turkey for a flavor and texture contrast.

24. Roasted Maple Brown Sugar Cinnamon Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is coated with brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon and then roasted until tender.

This side dish is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. And it’s vegan-friendly, too! 

Plus, it couldn’t be easier to make. Just coat the squash with the sugar-butter-cinnamon mixture and let the oven do its magic.

24 Fantastic Fall Side Dishes



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These easy fall side dishes will be the stars of your autumn table! From Brussels sprouts to pumpkin soup, I know you’ll fall in love. And if you want something extra special, try this cauliflower cheese recipe!


  • For the Cauliflower
  • 1 large cauliflower head (or 2 small)

  • 2 -3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • For the Cheese Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter, unsalted

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 1/4 cup aged cheddar cheese, grated, well packed (divided)

  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese, grated, well packed

  • salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and lightly grease an 8-9-inch casserole dish.
  • Remove the stem and leaves from the cauliflower head. Cut out the core and cut into large florets.
  • Place the florets in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Transfer the cauliflower to a baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes (depending on the size).
  • Take the cauliflower out of the oven and turn the temperature down to 400°F.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, then sprinkle over the flour and whisk into a thick paste.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to low, add a small amount of milk, and whisk until smooth.
  • Slowly add the milk and the cream, whisking constantly until the sauce is smooth.
  • Stir until the sauce thickens, and remove the pot from the heat.
  • Add the cheese, 1/4 cup at a time. Stir well between additions until melted. Reserve 1/4 cup of cheddar for the top.
  • If the cheese does not melt, put the pot back on the stove over low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Taste the sauce and mix in the salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Add the roasted cauliflower to the pot and mix well until fully coated.
  • Transfer the cauliflower mix to the casserole dish, sprinkle over the remaining cheese, and bake for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Let the dish stand for 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy!


  • Save 1/4 cup of cheddar for the top
  • Add a simple breadcrumb topping for added crunch
Fall Side Dishes

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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