Quick and Easy Side Dish Recipes

Complete the meal with vegetables, grains, salads—simple sides that help get dinner on the table fast.

Staff Picks

Garlicky Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 77
Potatoes are boiled in chicken broth and mashed with garlic, cream, sour cream, chives and butter.
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Bacon Feta Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 117
This is a nice green bean dish for company that's low carb, too. Reheats nicely for leftovers.

Fast and Easy Spinach with Shallots

Rating: 4.5 stars 136
Here's a simple, healthy side dish that's fast and easy to prepare.

Asparagus with Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Rating: 4.5 stars 82
This is a quick, easy way to saute asparagus. The dish has a light flavor and makes a great accompaniment to Italian meals. I make this year-round, but we especially enjoy it on Thanksgiving.

Instant Potato Pancakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 69
These crispy, crusty, delicious potato pancakes are nothing more than cold instant mashed potatoes shaped into patties and browned in butter. A sprinkle of chives adds color and flavor.

Quick and Simple Broccoli and Cheese

Rating: 4 stars 99
This recipe is great for just-getting-started-cooks.

Superb Sauteed Mushrooms

Rating: 5 stars 698
Sauteed mushrooms with a hint of wine and teriyaki sauce are the perfect topper for steak and baked potatoes.

Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4.5 stars 431
It was my first year cooking Christmas dinner for the family and I was just thinking of imaginative vegetables I could have! Turned out great and everyone loved them and have been cooking them ever since. Goes well with everything.

Microwave Corn on the Cob

Rating: 4.5 stars 536
This is a no-nonsense recipe for corn on the cob. Perfect for when you run out of stove or grill space.
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Rating: 4.5 stars 61
These air fryer sweet potato fries are simply addictive!

Cream Corn Like No Other

Rating: 5 stars 2311
This is NOTHING like canned creamed corn! My husband is not a fan of corn or creamed dishes, but he thinks this is great. Easy and quick to prepare and is an especially delicious side dish for chicken or pork. Everyone always asks for the recipe.

Glazed Carrots

Rating: 4.5 stars 369
Simple dish with tender carrots with a buttery glaze and a mild sweetness.

Inspiration and Ideas

Mexican Rice
Rating: Unrated 3184
"I love this recipe because it easy, fast and always delicious! Plus I always seem to have these ingredients on hand." – keke
Balsamic Grilled Zucchini
Rating: Unrated 206
See how to make quick-and-easy grilled zucchini!