For any special occasion like Christmas or Thanksgiving, prime rib will always be the star of the show!
There’s nothing quite like a well-marbled, perfectly seasoned standing rib roast when you want to celebrate with a festive meal.
There are many ways to make your prime rib. From rare to medium-well or even well-done and with all your favorite seasonings, you want to enjoy this special dish with the perfect sides.
Keep on reading for the best side dishes to serve with prime rib.
Yorkshire pudding is a popular British side dish. In the U.K., pudding means anything sweet or savory with a moist center and crisp edges.
Yorkshire pudding is traditionally served with gravy alongside roast beef. But you can also fill it with chili or sausage for a hearty treat.
2. Steak Fries
You might know steak fries as potato wedges, but whatever you call this delicious side dish, it’s sure to go perfectly with your prime rib.
Steak fries are usually deep-fried. But if you don’t want to use as much oil, try baking instead. Don’t forget to season with steak seasonings!
When it comes to Brussels sprouts, roasted is the way to go. Sprinkle some bacon on top for an even more savory side dish.
And the best part? Oven-roasted Brussel sprouts are a breeze to make.
This is the perfect way to add a hint of sweetness to your meal. Glazed carrots are quick and easy to make, and I love cooking them just enough to leave a bit of crunch.
When it comes to meaty main dishes like prime rib, you can’t go wrong with glazed carrots!
What I love about risotto is that it sounds super fancy, but it’s actually not that hard to cook. If you’re having prime rib, you’re going to love this side dish with mushrooms.
This creamy dish is also perfect for beginners who want to impress their guests!
This one’s a no-brainer. Rich and creamy mashed potatoes are simply irresistible, especially with prime rib.
Try making them with some mix-ins like cheese, herbs, or even crispy bacon bits for some added flavors. This is definitely going to be a festive and filling meal!
Want some creamy greens with your prime rib? Creamed spinach is a delicious, mouth-watering, AND healthy side dish that even kids will love.
This usually takes only 30 minutes to make, so if you’re cooking for guests, you’ll have lots of time for other dishes, too.
What’s fancier than potatoes au gratin? Scalloped potatoes! This rich French dish is perfect for meats, especially when you pair it with something as special as prime rib.
For the best scalloped potatoes, use Yukon Golds. They’re not too waxy or too fluffy, so you’ll have perfectly layered, creamy potato slices!
When serving prime rib for Thanksgiving or Christmas, roasted acorn squash is the perfect side dish!
One thing I love about squash is that it tastes good no matter how you make it. As a side dish to meats, try making it with a bit of maple for added sweetness.
Here’s a healthier alternative to regular mashed potatoes.
Mashed sweet potatoes pair perfectly alongside a juicy prime rib. Plus, they’re super high in Vitamin A. Double-win!
Here’s a tip you can try if you want savory mashed sweet potatoes: add in sour cream! It adds a wonderful layer of tanginess that you’ll surely enjoy.
11. Mac & Cheese
Here’s a foolproof side dish that everyone will love. When it comes to sides, mac and cheese is king and it pairs perfectly with prime rib.
No dish is too fancy for good old mac & cheese. Add in your favorite cheeses to your al dente macaroni, and your guests will surely thank you for it!
I like to think of green bean casserole as the adult version of mac and cheese. It’s just as creamy but much healthier.
If you want to add a bit of crunch to this side dish, top it off with some crispy fried onions. This combo is divine!
13. Dinner Rolls
Soft, buttery dinner rolls just like grandma’s! This may be a simple side dish, but it’s sure to satisfy!
Serve your dinner rolls warm with perfectly roasted prime rib for a hearty and filling meal that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Here’s another quick side dish option that goes well with prime rib. Garlic butter mushrooms take less than 15 minutes to prepare and you only need a few ingredients!
I like to go for button mushrooms sauteed in butter, olive oil, garlic, and my favorite herbs. You can even add in white wine.
What I love about veggie side dishes is that they’re easy to make AND healthy to boot! So you don’t have to feel guilty about having a few extra slices of prime rib.
Try roasted broccolini with grated parmesan and lemon slices. The cheesy and citrus flavors taste fantastic with prime rib!
One of my absolute favorite herbs to cook with is rosemary. This little herb packs a punch, and it’s enough to give potatoes a ton of flavor.
To make rosemary roasted potatoes, cut your potatoes in quarters and toss them in a bowl with rosemary, olive oil, garlic, and some salt and pepper. Bake your seasoned potatoes and serve with prime rib. Yummy!
End your festive meal with an equally festive dessert. New York Cheesecake is dense, rich, and uses lots of cream cheese, so you know it’s going to be extra decadent!
18. Creme Brulee
A fancy meal calls for a fancy dessert. Give your meal the perfect ending with some creme brulee.
This smooth and creamy dessert is surprisingly easy to make!
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