What To Serve With Beef Stroganoff: 17 Great Side Dishes!

October 24, 2022

From buttered noodles and garlic bread to Russian salad and pierogi, there are lots of side dishes options to choose from.

As a professional chef, I have spent quite a bit of time planning out meals. So, I have an excellent grasp of what side dishes go best with all kinds of main dishes.

In this post, I will offer the top ideas for what to serve with beef stroganoff. Let's begin!

What To Serve With Beef Stroganoff

The Top List of What to Serve with Beef Stroganoff

Here are the best beef stroganoff sides and dish recipes that you can serve up at your next meal!

1. Buttered Egg Noodles

This is an oldie but goodie for a reason! Buttered egg noodles are arguably one of the top options to serve with beef stroganoff.

The beef stroganoff sauce coats the egg noodles, infusing them with flavor. And, the silky noodles ensure that the delicious taste and texture of the beef stroganoff is maintained.

As an added bonus, they can be made very quickly and easily so that there is minimal fuss for you.

If buttered noodles sound a little too rich for you, then serve with plain egg noodles instead.

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2. Gnocchi

If noodles aren't your thing, then you might want to consider gnocchi instead. It is a bit heartier but has a nice chew to it.

As gnocchi is fairly bland, having beef stroganoff poured on top of it is the perfect way to improve the dish.

In the mood for something with a bit more flavor? Then try gnocchi fried in butter and garlic. If you want a crunchier option, pop the gnocchi in an air fryer and cook until it is golden brown.

Gnocchi al pomodoro

3. Rice Pilaf

This is definitely an unusual twist but one you should try. While plain rice can work here, a rice pilaf has just a bit more flavor thanks to the spices cooked with it.

At the same time, the flavor isn't overpowering. This means that it doesn't take away from the beef stroganoff at all.

Rice can also feel a little lighter than noodles or other kinds of pasta.

Delicious Rice Pilau Served In A Plate

4. Garlic Bread

There is no denying that beef stroganoff can be rather hearty and filling fare. The butter, beef or chicken broth, and that rich sour cream sauce means that the dish can come out feeling rather heavy.

Due to this, when serving beef stroganoff, you may want something a little lighter. Garlic bread is the perfect accompaniment in this instance.

Crunchy bread helps to balance out the heartiness of the tender beef stroganoff and is great for mopping up that sauce as well. At the same time, garlic bread has just enough of a buttery and garlicky kick to ensure that your meal isn't boring.

If you don't mind a bit more of a flavor, top the bread off with some parmesan cheese before popping it in the oven. This will give you a gorgeous melted layer on top.

BBQ Garlic Bread

5. Herb Bread Rolls

Let's be honest, is there anything better than bread rolls that are crusty on the outside and soft on the inside? Plus, they are perfect for mopping up that delicious beef stroganoff sauce.

Now, I understand if you think that bread rolls are plain and boring. So, why not kick it up a notch with herb bread rolls?

If you would like to keep things simple, look for pre-made refrigerated bread rolls. Before you pop them into the oven, brush them with a sauce made of melted butter, garlic powder, and chopped up dried or fresh herbs.

For a little bit more flavor, brush the rolls with the same sauce right before serving.

Breads on Basket

6. Green Beans

When looking for what to serve with beef stroganoff, you may want to consider a light and healthy option. As mentioned, beef stroganoff can be a little heavy for some.

In this case, steamed green beans are the way to go. Cook them so that there is just a little bit of crunch left and this will add a wonderful texture to your meal.

If you want to keep things simple, then boil or steam your green beans. If you would like to add some flavor, then fry with garlic.

Want to add a zing to the meal? Then squeeze some lemon juice over the beans right before serving. This will pair beautifully with the tender beef sauce.

Fresh Green Beans

7. Roasted Cauliflower

What's great about cauliflower is that it doesn't have much flavor of its own. So, if you are curious about what to serve with beef stroganoff and still ensure that the main dish shines, roasted cauliflower is the way to go.

Also, if you slice the cauliflower thinly enough, it will only take you about half and hour or so to roast an entire head!

I do suggest roasting the cauliflower instead of just boiling or steaming it. This adds a wonderful crunchy texture to the meal.

You can choose to season the cauliflower with just some salt and pepper. Or, add in a bit of garlic and maybe even some parmesan for good measure.

Grilled Cauliflower

8. Braised Cabbage

Beef stroganoff is a Russian dish so it makes sense to pair it with something else that is Russian. Braised cabbage is the perfect accompaniment here!

It is actually really easy to make as it only requires sour cream, ketchup, and brown sugar. If you would like, you can also add in some sauerkraut for added flavor.

Simple sauté the cabbage and then add in the rest of the ingredients towards the end. You can make braised red cabbage instead if you like some additional color.

Shallow Fried Cabbage On The Pan

9. Vegetable Medley

If you have a little time on your hands, then a vegetable medley is a great way to make your meal as healthy as possible.

In case you are looking for something quick, steamed veggies work well, especially if you have a steamer that can be pre-programmed. Toss the vegetables with salt, pepper, herbs, and even spices so that they aren't quite so bland.

If you have the time and want to as much taste and texture as you can get, then definitely get roasting.

Toss the veggies with some olive oil and seasoning. To make the process go a little smoother, arrange each veggie to a different section or tray. This way, you can take them out separately as they reach the perfect level of doneness.

Boerewors salad

10. Mashed Potatoes

Are you all about that comfort food? Then mashed potatoes will certainly be at the top of your list for what to serve with beef stroganoff.

They are practically a staple - creamy and flavorful but mild enough so that it doesn't steal the show from the beef stroganoff. There is also the fact that this dish is pretty easy to make and so will not take much effort on your part.

Now, there is no need for you to make mashed potatoes the same old way time and time again. You can add in garlic, cheese, onions, and even bacon to take things to the next level.

Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy

11. Roasted Potatoes

If you love potatoes but mashed potatoes are just a little too creamy for you, then roast potatoes are the way to go! You can just pile the beef stroganoff on top or serve the potatoes as a side dish.

They are soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and the taste is just out of this world! It is also a pretty healthy way to eat potatoes as there is minimal oil involved.

A great way to elevate the roast potatoes is to pile on the flavor. You can do this with spices and fresh or dried herbs. Adding in some chili powder or smoked paprika can add a tinge of spiciness that can balance out the creaminess of the beef stroganoff for a delicious meal.

Roasted rosemary potatoes

12. French Fries

Ok, so you are probably beginning to see a pattern here but come on, potatoes are the best and they go with everything!

French fries might not be the healthiest side dish, but it is certainly a tasty one. It is also one that is loved by all so you are sure not to have any objections.

Making your fries in an air fryer can make it a better option.

You may also want to consider sweet potato fries as a healthier alternative. The slight sweetness to the potatoes can help to offset the savory stroganoff.

Don't be afraid of seasoning when it comes to sweet potato fries. Everything from garlic powder to paprika will work well here.

Crispy French Fries

13. Green Salad

When considering what to serve with beef stroganoff, green salad may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, it is a stroke of genius.

As mentioned, beef stroganoff can be a rich dish. The green salad is relatively mild in comparison, with just a light dressing to set things off. Due to this, it lightens up the meal but still ensures that the beef stroganoff remains the star of the show.

Choose crispy vegetables to add a nice crunch to accompany the velvety smoothness of the stroganoff.

Vegetable Salad

14. Russian Salad

Want to keep things authentic when figuring out what to serve with beef stroganoff? Then, try an Olivye salad - traditional Russian fare.

Best of all, it is incredibly easy to make and is packed with veggies to make it a healthy side dish.

Boil carrots, potatoes, peas, and eggs. Once done, add in pickles, parsley, and mayonnaise. Mix well and season with salt and pepper. You can also include some chopped ham if you would like.

Boiled potatoes with traditional Russian salad

15. Roasted Broccoli Salad

If you aren't content with eating plain old vegetables, then a roasted broccoli salad is a great option for you.

Roasting the broccoli adds flavor to the vegetable. And, when you toss it in a delicious dressing made from Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, garlic, and lemon.

Want to add some crunch to this salad? Almonds and other nuts are a wonderful way to do this.

The sweet and zesty nature of this side dish is what makes it perfect for beef stroganoff. It lightens up the meal and adds more than a hint of brightness to it.

Broccoli and carrots seasoned and ready to be roasted

16. Shaved Fennel Salad

This salad is something that you should try out if you would like to serve beef stroganoff with something a little different.

The salad has such a punchy flavor that it will immediately brighten up your meal.

For this dish, you will need the fennel bulbs, fronds, and stalks. Start by separating the fronds and stalks from the bulb. Roughly chop these and used a mandolin to shred the bulb.

Season with salt, mint, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Combine well.

Vegetables on Frying Pan

17. Pierogi

Making pierogi can be a bit time consuming but it is such a good accompaniment to beef stroganoff.

These are small potato stuffed dumplings. They can simply be boiled or boiled and then fried in butter until golden.

While they are tasty in their own right, they aren't bursting with flavor, allowing them to be an excellent base for the stroganoff.

Freshly Prepared Dumplings

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is Beef Stroganoff a Peasant Dish?

Yes, stroganoff did start off as a peasant dish. It provided an affordable way for the working class to use meat.

2. What Side Dish Goes with Beef Tips?

This dish can be served with rice, steamed green beans, or steamed broccoli.

Wrapping It Up

These are all the side dishes that you can serve with beef stroganoff. Pick just one or a few different options to turn out a delicious and satisfying meal!

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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