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What to Serve with Brisket (25 Best Side Dishes)

Looking for what to serve with brisket? I have 25 mouthwatering suggestions.

Brisket is the epitome of comfort foods. With a brisket, you get simple, succulent beef bursting with flavor.

Beef Brisket
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The Best Sides for Brisket

I can easily devour brisket all on its own. But if you’re going to serve this dish to guests, you’ll want to prepare a few sides to pair with it.

If you need inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Here I’ve listed 25 side dishes for brisket to make an ordinary meal extraordinary.

From dinner rolls and biscuits to mashed and smashed potatoes, I’ve got you covered.

Creamy coleslaw with shredded cabbage and carrots.

1. Coleslaw

Hosting a party can sometimes get overwhelming. Make your life easier by serving something super simple.

Coleslaw only takes 5 minutes to prepare, and it’s incredibly delicious! 

Its classics combination of sweet and tangy flavors hits the spot.

Plus, the crunch from the vegetables balances out the richness and tenderness of the brisket.

They truly are the perfect pair.

Portion missing corn pudding on a casserole dish.

2. Corn Pudding

Corn pudding is a classic comfort dish that’ll perfectly complete your brisket meal.

It’s usually a sweet dish, but infuse the batter with thyme and onions, and you’ve got yourself a savory treat.

This little switch up will make corn pudding a better fit for your brisket.

Baked beans with BBQ sauce in a skillet

3. BBQ Baked Beans

Just like brisket, baked beans have a sweet and smoky flavor, which is why they are wonderful together.

You can always serve your guests some canned beans, but why settle for that when you can make them a nice homemade dish instead?

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This classic pairing will make a savory feast your guests will never forget.

Scalloped Potatoes on a baking dish.

4. Scalloped Potatoes

Who doesn’t love potatoes, am I right? Truthfully, no matter how you cook spuds, they’re a sure-fire hit with any crowd.

But you know what tastes the most amazing with brisket? Scalloped potatoes!

Aside from the thinly sliced potatoes, what makes them a cut above the rest is their creamy, cheesy, buttery, and smokey flavor. 

Mac and cheese served on a red pot

5. Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese is a fool-proof way to make any meal even more irresistible.

Think about it – sweet, savory, and smoky brisket served with a bowl of starchy, rich, and cheesy macaroni and cheese.

To make things more interesting, top the dish with bacon bits.

The smokiness of the bacon perfectly matches the flavor of the brisket.

Plater of Roasted Brussels Sprouts with bowl of dipping sauce

6. Brussels Sprouts

I’m sure you’ll skip this section, but please don’t!

Guys, please give Brussels sprouts a chance. Because when you cook them the right way, they taste amazing… especially with brisket. 

All you need is a little olive oil, kosher salt, and ground pepper.

This results in crispy, caramelized little bites of heaven.

Grilled potato skins with herbs served with white sauce.
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7. Grilled Potato Skins

Since the grill’s already hot for the brisket, why not throw on some potato skins?

They get crispy edges and a smoky kick. Load them with cheese and a sprinkle of chives. Mmm.

They’re the no-brainer sidekick to that tender, juicy brisket. Perfect for scooping up any of that rich BBQ goodness.

Three cooked yellow corn with a piece of butter served on white plate.

8. Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is a total crowd-pleaser. It’s got that sweet pop, a juicy crunch, and heck, it’s just plain fun to munch on.

Butter it up, and it’s golden. Sprinkle bacon and cheese, and you’re nailing it.

But go full elote? Now you’re talking. Mayo, cotija, cilantro, chili, lime juice—this corn’s a fiesta on a stick.

Dinner Rolls on a baking pan with parchment paper liners.

9. Dinner Rolls

Brisket is saucy, so you’ll want to pair it with something that can soak up all of that sauce.

What better fit than some soft and buttery dinner rolls?

They’re hearty and great for sopping up the excess sauce off your plate.

With this combo, you and your guests are sure to leave the dinner table full and happy.

Bunch of steamed asparagus served on a white plate.
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10. Steamed Asparagus

Brisket is already so rich and delectable, so you might want a simple dish to balance things out.

This easy microwaved asparagus side might be exactly what you need.

You can serve it flavored with lemon and pepper, or topped with browned butter.

Whichever way you choose, the asparagus will surely give a light contrast to the heavy brisket.

Bowl of honey glazed baby potatoes with sprinkles of herbs.

11. Glazed Carrots

Carrots are more commonly used as a support ingredient, and rarely ever the star dish.

But it has such a beautiful sweet flavor, it deserves to get the spotlight from time to time.

At your next brisket feast, why not cook up some carrots glazed in butter and brown sugar?

It’s irresistible, and will surely be eaten up in minutes.

Green bean casserole topped with fried onions.

12. Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole next to brisket is just right.

It’s creamy and cheesy, with a crispy onion kick.

Simple, satisfying, and straight-up delicious, it’s a no-brainer pairing with brisket.

Red onions pickled on an air tight jar.
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13. Quick Pickled Red Onions


Quick pickled red onions add a tangy crunch that cuts right through brisket’s richness.

They’re zippy and a bit sweet, waking up your palate.

Stash a jar in the fridge, and watch them disappear.

They’re not just a side; they’re the zesty high note every brisket plate deserves.

Bunch of hush puppies drizzled with sauce.

14. Hush Puppies

Hushpuppies are golden and crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and simply irresistible.

They’re also incredibly easy to make, so if you’re looking for a fool-proof way to impress your guests, you can never go wrong with this recipe.

Tip: For more flavor, infuse the batter with jalapeno peppers and onion. You’re welcome.

Hasselback sweet potatoes on a stone bowl topped with sprinkles of herbs.
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15. Hasselback Sweet Potatoes


Hasselback sweet potatoes, fanned out and roasted, are the best side dish for brisket.

Each slice crisps up, edges caramelizing, while the inside stays soft.

They’re buttery, slightly spiced, and a little sweet—complementing brisket’s deep flavors without stealing the show.

They’re not just food; they’re conversation starters.

a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes garnished with a sprig of thyme

16. Mashed Potatoes

These creamy and fluffy mashed potatoes are brisket’s best friend.

Each spoonful is a mix of buttery softness with a hint of garlic and herbs.

They scoop up that rich gravy like a dream. Simple, yet so indulgent.

Bowl of Homemade Red Potato Salad with Fresh Rosemary on Top

17. Red Potato Salad

Red potato salad brings its A-game to the brisket table.

Chunky reds, a bit firm, dressed in tangy, creamy goodness. It’s got crunch from the celery, a zip from the mustard, and a fresh herb kick.

It’s cool, comforting, and just the right side to balance brisket’s bold flavors.

Amish Macaroni Salad

18. Amish Macaroni Salad


Amish macaroni salad alongside brisket is like a sweet, tangy symphony.

It’s elbow pasta mixed with crunchy celery, peppers, and onion, all wrapped in a creamy dressing.

Each bite’s a mix of hearty and refreshing. It’s that dish everyone digs into, scoop after scoop, perfect with the smoky meat.

Homemade Ina Garten Corn Salad in a Bowl

19. Ina Garten Corn Salad

Ina Garten’s corn salad is an easy side dish for brisket. More importantly, it’s delicious.

It’s vibrant and bursting with sweet corn, sharp red onions, and fresh basil.

This mix is all about bright flavors with a tangy cider vinegar twist.

This salad’s fresh crunch and herb kick make it the perfect cool contrast to rich, smoky brisket.

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20. Tzimmes

Tzimmes, with its stewed carrots and sweet potatoes, is a hearty hug next to brisket.

It’s sweet, a bit tangy, with dried fruits like prunes and apricots adding chew.

The orange juice brings a bright note, making it more than just a side. It’s tradition and taste all spooned up together.

Fluffy Carrot Souffle in a White Ramekin Bowl

21. Carrot Soufflé

This light and fluffy carrot soufflé is a sweet twist beside brisket.

It’s like dessert for dinner, with pureed carrots meeting sugar, butter, and a hint of spice.

Each spoonful is creamy, a little sweet, and oh-so-comforting.

It’s that unexpected guest that completely wins over the table, making every brisket bite just a bit brighter.

Small spoon scooping cheesy twice baked potatoes served with fried bacon bits and herbs.
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22. Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice baked potatoes with brisket? Yes, please!

They’re creamy, loaded with cheddar, crisp bacon bits, and a dollop of sour cream.

Each bite’s a mix of fluffy and crunchy.

It’s the side that brings its own fan club to the table, turning every brisket meal into a bit of a feast.

Homemade Cheddar Bay Biscuits in a Bowl

23. Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Cheddar Bay Biscuits are my favorite thing to serve with brisket. They steal the show every time!

They’re buttery, cheesy, and have that perfect garlic kick.

Flaky on the outside, soft inside, they’re just waiting to mop up brisket juices.

Roasted sweet potatoes and carrots with maple syrup, cinnamon, rosemary, and thyme.
Source: Walderwellness.com

24. Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

Roasted sweet potatoes and carrots are a brisket’s dream team.

They’re all caramelized edges and tender centers, with a sweet and savory glaze of maple, cinnamon, and herbs.

This dish is easy, colorful, and packed with flavor.

It’s the kind of side that makes that brisket shine, bringing a bit of veggie sweetness to every smoky bite.

Crispy smashed potatoes on sheet pan with herbs and cheese.
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25. Crispy Garlic Butter Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

For your BBQ dinner, these smashed potatoes are a must.

They’re golden and crunchy outside, soft inside, dripping with garlic butter and sprinkled with parmesan.

Every bite crackles and melts, making them the ultimate sidekick to your brisket.

They’re not just potatoes; they’re little bites of heaven.

What to Serve with Brisket (25 Best Side Dishes)

Course: SidesCuisine: American
Servings

9

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Calories

251

kcal

Wondering what to serve with brisket? Try this cheesy cornbread recipe, a perfect blend of comfort and zest in every slice.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided

  • 1/2 cup corn kernels

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeños

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another bowl, mix the milk, melted butter, and eggs until well combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined (don’t overmix). Fold in 1 cup of cheese, corn kernels, and jalapeños.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cornbread cool in the pan for a few minutes before slicing.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • For a more intense cheese flavor, use a combination of sharp cheddar and a smoky cheese like gouda.
  • Avoid overmixing the batter to keep the cornbread light and fluffy.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 251kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 77mg
  • Sodium: 347mg
  • Potassium: 248mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Calcium: 249mg
  • Iron: 1mg
What to Serve with Brisket

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