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: 4.44 stars
Potatoes are boiled in chicken broth and mashed with garlic, cream, sour cream, chives and butter.

Bacon Feta Beans

Rating: 4.57 stars
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: 4.53 stars
Here's a simple, healthy side dish that's fast and easy to prepare.

Asparagus with Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Rating: 4.37 stars
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: 4.25 stars
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: 4.11 stars
This recipe is great for just-getting-started-cooks.
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Superb Sauteed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.83 stars
These mushrooms are the quintessential topping for all types of steak. Also excellent over baked potatoes. I have people calling me and asking me for the recipe even years after I have made them for them. They are that good!!

Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4.71 stars
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: 4.62 stars
This is a no-nonsense recipe for corn on the cob. Perfect for when you run out of stove or grill space. I freeze the corn on the cob in plastic bags, and remove a single ear of frozen corn in the cold winter months to have the sweet taste of summer corn throughout the year!

Air-Fried Sweet Potato Fries

Rating: 4.55 stars
Simple and addicting air-fried sweet potato fries. I bet you can't eat just one.

Cream Corn Like No Other

Rating: 4.79 stars
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: 4.61 stars
Simple dish with tender carrots with a buttery glaze and a mild sweetness.

Inspiration and Ideas

Mexican Rice

Rating: Unrated
"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
See how to make quick-and-easy grilled zucchini!

Easy Roasted Broccoli

Rating: 4.63 stars

Easy roasted broccoli. My favorite part is the roasted sliced stem pieces.