If you’re wondering what to serve with your corned beef, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 42 of the most popular side dishes for corned beef.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with corned beef are fried sauerkraut, rye bread, glazed carrots, Irish potato nachos, and peas with mint and spring onion. You can also serve cabbage salad or herby buttered corn. For breakfast dishes, try sweet potato hash or eggs in purgatory.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Peas with mint and spring onion
Got a pack of frozen peas sitting at the back of your freezer?
It’s finally time to use them!
A simple saute in oil and spring onions infuses your peas with a subtle oniony flavor, while the mint adds a refreshing note to round out the dish.
Why we love this recipe: it’s healthy and takes under 10 minutes to make.
Sweet potato hash
This dish involves roasting small cubes of sweet potatoes together with onions and garlic.
The edges of the sweet potato start to crisp up and char, while the onions and garlic caramelize to give you an extra bit of sweetness.
Mix some corned beef into the dish for a nutritious meal that will fill you with energy.
Why we love this recipe: it works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Jazz up your usual sauerkraut side by pan frying it quickly in some butter.
You still get the signature sour taste and crunchy texture, but the butter will add a nice richness.
And don’t worry, because you’re only flash frying the sauerkraut, most of the healthy probiotics will survive. Yay!
Psst… if you have time you can try braising the sauerkraut too.
Why we love this recipe: you only need two ingredients to make this.
No-knead rye bread
If you want to turn your corned beef into a delicious Reuben sandwich, this is the bread to use.
You can easily buy a loaf of rye bread at your local bakery, but why not try baking your own?
It’s hard to beat the satisfaction you feel when biting into a sandwich made from homemade bread!
Plus your kitchen will smell amazing.
Why we love this recipe: it’s easy to follow so even beginner bakers can have a go.
Brown sugar-glazed carrots
Roasting is my favorite way to cook carrots because it brings out their sweet flavor.
And this recipe takes things a step further by adding a brown sugar glaze, making them an excellent contrast to your savory, meaty corned beef.
Pro-tip: if you’re avoiding refined sugar, use honey or maple syrup instead.
Why we love this recipe: it transforms an everyday ingredient into something delicious.
Irish pub potato nachos
This recipe puts a fun twist on your classic nachos by ditching the tortilla chips for sliced russet potatoes.
The potatoes are still topped with tons of cheese, crumbled bacon, green onions, and sour cream.
Enjoy this alongside a hefty slice (or two) of corned beef…
Or skip the bacon and use the corned beef as an extra topping.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a fun and tasty fusion dish.
Herbed buttered corn and green beans
These buttered corn and green beans are a great healthy side dish you can whip up in a flash.
You only need 15 minutes to get your veggies crisp-tender and infuse them with buttery, herby goodness.
Pro-tip: using fresh herbs makes a huge difference in this dish.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for a rushed weeknight dinner.
Savoy cabbage salad
Aside from the crunchy cabbage, this salad is packed with corn, peas, and green onions.
Then everything is tied together with a tangy ranch dressing made with yogurt – so it’s lighter and healthier than the mayo based version.
Serve the salad chilled, and for best results give the flavors a few hours to fully develop.
Why we love this recipe: it’s perfect for summer potlucks and outdoor parties.
Egg fried rice
Have you ever tried corned beef with egg fried rice?
It’s Chinese fusion comfort food at its best!
I like to cube my corned beef up and saute it with the fried rice, but serving them separately works too.
Pro tip: you need day-old rice for this recipe, so you’ll need to plan ahead slightly.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a basic recipe you can easily customize.
This recipe transforms your standard swede into a rich, decadent mash that’ll have people lining up for seconds.
It features a combination of sweet and salty flavors, with ginger, cinnamon, and white pepper.
And the breadcrumb topping adds a crispy bite to contrast the mash’s creamy texture.
Why we love this recipe: even vegetable haters will have a hard time saying no to this mash.
This is my go-to sauce to pair with corned beef.
The sour cream, mayo, and white vinegar offset the intense flavor of the horseradish, leaving you with a tangy, slightly spicy, and creamy sauce.
This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of prepared horseradish, but you can add more if you want a stronger flavor.
Why we love this recipe: it’s got no fillers or unknown ingredients (unlike shop bought sauces).
Keep things interesting by serving your corned beef on a bed of corn fritters.
They’re half vegetable, half carbs, so are just crying out for a protein topping.
There’s only one small caveat – you may become addicted!
Psst… don’t forget the dollop of sour cream.
Why we love this recipe: it’s easy to make and full of flavor.
Eggs in purgatory
Don’t feel like loading up on carbs for brunch? Try this Italian classic instead.
It’s reminiscent of shakshuka, with the eggs poached in a spicy, super flavorful tomato sauce.
Just thinking about dipping corned beef slices into the rich, runny egg yolks is enough to make my stomach rumble.
Why we love this recipe: everything comes together in one skillet.
Quick pickled pearl onions
These pickled pearl onions are perfect little palate cleansers.
They have a sharp flavor – just what you need to cut through the meats beefy flavor.
They’re pretty as a picture too!
Why we love this recipe: you don’t need to cook anything, just heat the brining solution.
The best side dishes to serve with corned beef
- Peas with mint and spring onion
- Sweet potato hash
- Fried sauerkraut
- No-knead rye bread
- Brown sugar-glazed carrots
- Irish pub potato nachos
- Herbed buttered corn and green beans
- Savoy cabbage salad
- Egg fried rice
- Swede gratin
- Horseradish sauce
- Corn fritters
- Eggs in purgatory
- Quick pickled pearl onions
What To Serve With Corned Beef
- 1 portion corned beef
- Prepare your corned beef according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: peas with mint and spring onion, sweet potato hash, fried sauerkraut, no-knead rye bread, brown sugar-glazed carrots, Irish pub potato nachos, herbed buttered corn and green beans, savoy cabbage salad, egg fried rice, swede gratin, horseradish sauce, corn fritters, eggs in purgatory, and quick pickled pearl onions.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!