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What To Serve With Mushroom Risotto – 13 Delicious Sides

If you’re wondering what to serve with your mushroom risotto, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for mushroom risotto.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with mushroom risotto are shrimp scampi, pan-seared steaks, baked chicken thighs, and spinach salad. Try seared scallops, cajun honey butter salmon, and crispy soy tofu for more protein options. Also consider serving garlic bread or a sausage and pepper tray bake.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Shrimp scampi

Who knew something so simple could make your risotto even more delicious? 

Aside from the seasoning, you’ll only need five ingredients to make this tasty dish. 

Plus, everything comes together in one pan. 

It’ll be difficult to find anyone who can say no to these flavorful, buttery morsels. 

Pop a couple of pieces of your shrimp scampi on top of your risotto and drizzle the wine and butter sauce over it all.


Pan-seared steak

Making dinner for your significant other?

You can’t go wrong with a classic seared steak and risotto combo – they’re the epitome of date night food.

Check out this detailed guide from Natasha’s Kitchen on perfectly pan cooking a luxurious steak like filet mignon.

Psst… Steaks go great with garlic herb butter too.

Seared scallops

Turn your risotto into an even classier dish by serving it with these seared scallops.

You don’t need to do much with these morsels – just by searing them, they develop a nice, crisp crust to contrast their soft texture. 

The best thing about this dish is the tangy butter sauce that pairs so well with the natural sweetness of the scallops. 

These pan-seared scallops will instantly elevate your meal.

Baked chicken thighs

Serving mushroom risotto for a family dinner?

Add more protein to your meal with these baked chicken thighs.

No one will be able to resist flavorful, juicy chicken with oh-so-crispy skin. 

Adding paprika to the seasoning mix gives this dish a pleasant but subtly spicy kick that pairs well with the creaminess of the risotto.

These crispy oven-baked chicken thighs will be joining your weekly meal plan rotation.

Cajun honey butter salmon 

Inject some Cajun flavors into your mushroom risotto with this salmon dish. 

The cajun honey butter gives your humble salmon a lip-smacking sweet and spicy flavor boost. 

It’s a quick and easy dish that can be served in under 20 minutes, making it ideal for busy weeknights. 

You’ll want to have this cajun honey butter salmon for dinner every day.

Spinach salad

Mushroom risotto can be a complete meal on its own, so if you want to keep it light with the side dish, give this spinach salad a go.

The crunchy textures from the apple and walnuts provide an excellent contrast to your creamy risotto and tender mushrooms.

Plus, the maple dijon vinaigrette adds a zingy flavor that can undercut the richness of your risotto.

This apple walnut spinach salad is an excellent addition to your repertoire of light and flavorful salads.

Blistered tomatoes

Want to make your mushroom risotto the star of the meal? 

These blistered tomatoes are the perfect dish to play the supporting role.

They won’t overpower your mushroom risotto. 

Plus, their vibrant red hues will make your plate look infinitely more appetizing. 

These charred, juicy toms provide a juicy burst of sweet and savory flavors. 

Brighten any dish with a serving of these blistered tomatoes.

Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus


Roasted asparagus is such a classic side dish, but if you want to elevate them a notch, try wrapping them in tasty prosciutto slices.

It may seem simple, but prosciutto has a delicious savory flavor that pairs perfectly with your asparagus.

Serve these easy prosciutto-wrapped asparagus alongside your mushroom risotto for an extra special dinner.

Roasted broccoli

Make your mushroom risotto meal more nourishing with a serving of this spicy roasted broccoli.

It’s a straightforward, low-effort dish, making it perfect when you’re too busy to stand in front of an oven and cook.

The resulting dish?

Spicy, tender florets with irresistible crispy edges.

You only need 20 minutes to get this spicy roasted broccoli from your kitchen to the table.

Marinated tofu 

Planning to serve vegan mushroom risotto? 

Marinated tofu is the best vegan accompaniment to your creamy, meat-free risotto. 

You won’t find bland tofu here – the soy sauce-based marinade does wonders loading your tofu with delicious umami flavors. 

If you’re not the biggest tofu fan, marinated tofu is guaranteed to change your mind. 

Pro Tip: make sure to press your tofu so it can better soak up the marinade. 

Roasted sausage and peppers

Thinking of what to serve with your mushroom risotto for family dinner?

This sheet pan sausage and peppers is the dish you’re looking for.

You can multitask and cook your mushroom risotto over the stovetop as this one-sheet pan dinner roasts in the oven.

Time things right, and you’ll be able to finish both dishes on time and serve them hot and fresh.

This sheet-pan sausage and peppers recipe is such an effortless crowd-pleaser.

Garlic bread

Don’t feel like going with a protein or veggie side for your mushroom risotto?

Just make a delectable loaf of garlic bread – after all, everything pairs nicely with garlic bread.

Besides the bread, you only need five pantry staples to make this. 

It’s a fool-proof dish anyone can make.

Head on to Grandbaby Cakes’ recipe for the best homemade garlic bread you’ll ever make. 

Marinated lamb chops

These lamb chops are a fantastic choice if you want a change from your usual go-to steak recipe.

If you have a meat thermometer,  it’s a great tool to help you get that perfect cook on these chops.

Even if you don’t, Super Golden Bakes has a super in-depth guide to getting them cooked just right (I prefer mine medium-rare).

Here’s the full recipe: Herb Marinated Lamb Chops.

And if you want to know how to reheat your lamb chops, I have a great guide!

The best side dishes for mushroom risotto

  • Shrimp scampi
  • Pan-seared steak
  • Seared scallops
  • Baked chicken thighs
  • Cajun honey butter salmon
  • Spinach salad
  • Blistered tomatoes
  • Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus
  • Roasted broccoli
  • Marinated tofu
  • Roasted sausage and peppers
  • Garlic bread
  • Marinated lamb chops

What To Serve With Mushroom Risotto

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your mushroom risotto.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: mushroom risotto side dishes, what to serve with mushroom risotto
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 156kcal


  • 1 portion mushroom risotto


  • Prepare your mushroom risotto according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: shrimp scampi, pan-seared steak, seared scallops, baked chicken thighs, cajun honey butter salmon, spinach salad, blistered tomatoes, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, roasted broccoli, marinated tofu, roasted sausage and peppers, garlic bread, and marinated lamb chops.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 156kcal

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