If you’re wondering what to serve with your beef tenderloin, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for beef tenderloin.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best sides to serve with beef tenderloin are glazed carrots, wild mushroom risotto, and sweet potato mash. You can also serve a side of lobster mac and cheese, creamed kale, or gruyere popovers. For lighter options, try an apple fennel salad or a tossed green salad.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
I know what you’re thinking, kale is known for being tough and bitter.
But add a little butter and cream, and you’ve got one comforting side that you can serve at a mid-week dinner or on a fancy occasion.
Psst… want to skip the dairy? Use coconut milk instead. Or add some bacon if you want more of a wow factor.
Why we love this recipe: it transforms kale into something everyone will love.
Give a nod to the traditional beef wellington and serve a mushroom medley with your tenderloin.
Shiitake mushrooms are already super flavorful on their own, so they’re best when you don’t overload them with other ingredients or seasoning.
Psst… you could add a puff pastry pie lid to make a ‘deconstructed’
Why we love this recipe: you can use the leftovers to make a tasty omelet the next day.
Apple fennel salad
Keep things light with a refreshing combination of apple, fennel, and celery.
This healthy salad is a will act as a palate cleanser for your rich meat, and the toasted walnuts add a nice crunchy texture.
And don’t worry, fennel doesn’t taste like licorice! It just has background notes of aniseed.
Why we love this recipe: it’s perfect for summer.
Twice baked potatoes
Tired of your boring old mashed potatoes?
Give these twice-baked potatoes a try.
You can stuff them with whatever you like, but these ones keep it relatively simple with some cheese, bacon, and spices.
Why we love this recipe: it’s freezer friendly and a great make-ahead dish.
Lobster mac and cheese
Serve a twist on your usual surf and turf with this lobster mac and cheese.
It’s decadent, indulgent, and delicious.
Pro tip: go for cold water lobster tails if you want a top-notch flavor and texture. The slightly higher price tag is worth it.
Why we love this recipe: it’s comfort food heaven.
Sometimes all you need with an already delicious main dish like beef tenderloin is a simple veggie side.
My go-to is some tender-crisp roasted broccolini.
And this recipe comes with a creamy mustard sauce that goes with the broccoli and the beef. Win-win!
Why we love this recipe: you can get it on the table in just 15 minutes.
Bring out the natural sweetness of your carrots by roasting them with garlic, butter, and honey.
You can make this dish up to two days ahead of time, so it’s ideal if you’re going to be rushed off your feet.
And you probably have everything you need to make them already on hand!
Why we love this recipe: it’s a budget friend dish with simple ingredients.
If you’re looking for a healthy but filling side, why not try quinoa?
The nutritious grain is packed with fiber, and it’s a good source of plant-protein and antioxidants.
This particular quinoa dish is bulked up with earthy cremini mushrooms, thyme, and pecans giving it a wintery, festive feel.
Why we love this recipe: it’s gluten-free and the dish comes together in one pan.
Tossed green salad
Keep things simple and pair your meat with a tossed salad.
All you need to do is toss your leafy greens in the 6-ingredient honey dijon mustard dressing and serve.
There’s some bacon in the mix too for a savory touch, and I like to add blue cheese crumbles too… just because I love them.
Why we love this recipe: there’s a Hawaiian version, Mexican, and even Mediterranean.
Horseradish chive sauce
While this isn’t technically a side, I thought it couldn’t hurt to throw a sauce in too.
This sauce is creamy, cooling, and a little bit spicy, which is lovely against the warmth of your roast meat.
Warning: don’t overdo it on the horseradish – it has a pretty strong flavor!
Why we love this recipe: it takes 2 minutes to make.
Wild mushroom risotto
Take a trip to Italy with a perfectly cooked beef tenderloin slice on top of a bed of risotto.
The umami flavor from the mushrooms pairs perfectly with the savory meat, and you can be sure no one will leave the table hungry.
Psst… use a mix of mushrooms for the best results.
Why we love this recipe: you get a restaurant-quality dish in half an hour.
Caprese roasted asparagus
Level up your roasted asparagus with some cherry tomatoes and a balsamic glaze.
The grassy asparagus tastes so good with a pop of sweetness from the tomatoes and a hint of sharpness from the dressing.
Pro tip: dry all the veg before you roast it. Wet veg will create steam and could cause limp asparagus (ew!).
Why we love this recipe: it looks as good as it tastes.
Smashed parmesan brussels sprouts
Smashed potatoes are a fabulous side dish, so why not give the same treatment to your brussels sprouts?
Like with your potatoes, they’ll get super crispy on the outside with a creamy interior.
All they need is a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and garlic salt on top to finish them off.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a fun and delicious way to jazz up brussels sprouts.
Honey balsamic mashed sweet potatoes
Mash, beef, and gravy.
You can’t get much better than that.
Or can you?
Yes… if you use sweet potatoes instead of normal potatoes for your mash.
Pro-tip: use a food mill or a fine mesh strainer to achieve a silky smooth consistency.
Why we love this recipe: it’s dairy-free!
Rosemary gruyere popovers
Popovers (or Yorkshire puddings) are a must-have for any kind of roast – especially a luscious beef tenderloin.
Their light, airy texture means they don’t make the meal too heavy. And they’re perfect for mopping up the gravy.
Adding rosemary and gruyere elevates these popovers to dinner-party-worthy status.
Why we love this recipe: they’re really addicting.
What sauces go well with beef tenderloin?
The best sauce to serve with beef tenderloin is a classic red wine gravy. For something tangier, try a horseradish chive sauce or a creamy mustard sauce. Other options include a chunky mushroom gravy or a refreshing gremolata.
The best sauces to serve with beef tenderloin:
- Chimichurri sauce
- Red wine sauce
- Mushroom sauce
- Mustard sauce
- Bearnaise sauce
- Horseradish chive sauce
What To Serve With Beef Tenderloin
- 1 portion beef tenderloin
- Prepare your beef tenderloin according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: creamed kale, shiitake mushrooms, apple fennel salad, twice baked potatoes, lobster mac and cheese, roasted broccolini, glazed carrots, quinoa pilaf, tossed green salad, horseradish chive sauce, wild mushroom risotto, caprese roasted asparagus, smashed parmesan brussels sprouts, honey balsamic mashed sweet potatoes, and rosemary gruyere popovers.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!