If you’re wondering what to serve with your pork milanese, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for pork milanese.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with pork milanese are asiago garlic alfredo pasta, risotto milanese, parsnip puree, and apple fennel slaw. Go full Italian with gnocchi and Caprese salad. Or try scalloped potatoes, lemon arugula salad, sauteed broccolini, or roasted spaghetti squash.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
A starchy side dish is an excellent addition to your pork milanese meal.
My go-to for a fancy dinner is risotto milanese, but you can also go with a baked rice casserole for an effortless, hands-off cooking experience. A serving of cheesy cacio e pepe sounds divine too.
Go full Italian and serve your pork milanese with this golden risotto.
The original recipe is incredibly rich, thanks to the addition of beef tallow. But this recipe skips that ingredient, making it a touch lighter on the waistline.
One ingredient you can’t skip is saffron. It adds a sweet, floral note that makes this dish special.
Why we love this recipe: it’s restaurant-worthy.
Asiago garlic alfredo pasta
Want something indulgent with your pork milanese? You can’t go wrong with this alfredo pasta.
I know it’s not authentically Italian, but the combination of Asiago cheese, heavy cream, and cream cheese makes for a rich sauce that has me licking my plate clean!
Pssst… try mopping up the sauce with your pork milanese – it’s pure heaven in a bite.
Why we love this recipe: everyone will be clamoring for second helpings.
Traditional recipes for scalloped potatoes involve smothering the spuds with a creamy sauce. It’s delicious, but tends to be mushy.
Enter Broma Bakery’s version, which uses less cream and more cheese, and arranges the sliced potatoes vertically.
These may be minor changes, but they totally transform the dish from soggy to crispy. YUM.
Why we love this recipe: it’ll instantly make regular meals feel special.
Gnocchi with Pomodoro sauce
Stick to your pork milanese’ Italian roots by pairing it with a serving of fluffy gnocchi!
The pillowy dumplings will soak up all the sweet-tangy goodness of the Pomodoro sauce, making each bite oh-so-flavorful.
I love using homemade gnocchi for this dish, but Foodie Crush goes with pre-made gnocchi — a life-saver for those busy (or lazy) days.
Why we love this recipe: it has a 4.65 rating from 511 votes
Make your pork milanese healthier with a side of veggies. A bed of parsnip puree will give you that creamy fix sans the extra carbs.
Or if you’re in a rush, a medley of buttered vegetables will do the trick.
I’ve been searching for the perfect alternative to mashed spuds for a long time, so this recipe is a godsend.
The pureed parsnips have a similar fluffy texture to traditional potatoes and a really interesting flavor. They have sweet notes paired with a background spice.
And instead of cream, this recipe used cauliflower to add a velvety texture so it’s dairy free. Win-win!
Why we love this recipe: you can enjoy second servings without feeling too guilty.
Creamy garlic mushrooms
These mushrooms are an excellent addition to your pork milanese.
It’s a simple side dish, but the earthiness of the mushrooms with the rich parmesan sauce pairs perfectly with your crunchy, juicy pork.
Alisa from Delicious Spoon suggests using a mix of mushrooms for a more intense umami kick.
Why we love this recipe: leftovers can be reheated.
Herb-buttered corn and green beans
This is an excellent warm and nourishing side dish for your pork milanese.
It may seem plain, but the fresh herbs and butter add so much flavor to the corn kernels and green beans.
The recipe calls for frozen corn kernels, but I use fresh corn when they’re in season.
Cutting the kernels takes a bit more work, but nothing beats their sweet flavor.
Why we love this recipe: it’s excellent for regular and holiday dinners.
These days, I usually reach for a bundle of broccolini over a head of broccoli.
The broccolini is just as nutritious, and you don’t have to spend the extra few minutes breaking it down into florets (what can I say? I’m lazy!).
Plus, it has a sweet, earthy flavor that gets better once it’s sauteed in garlic, butter, and lemon.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for busy weekday dinners.
Roasted spaghetti squash
Shredded roasted spaghetti squash is an excellent alternative to your favorite pasta.
These faux noodles have fewer carbs and an al dente-like texture that’ll keep you satisfied.
And just like pasta, they go great with any sauce. Cooking Classy keeps it simple with a nutty brown butter and parmesan combo.
(psst… see below for a recipe for all the cheese lovers out there)
Why we love this recipe: it can last five days when stored properly, making it great for meal preps.
Arugula salad is one of the traditional side dishes for pork milanese, but why not jazz it up with a warm kale salad?
Or, if you’re craving something more filling, go with a grain-based salad loaded with veggies for a guilt-free meal.
Lemon arugula salad
This lemon arugula salad is my go-to side dish for crispy fried dishes like pork milanese.
The arugula’s pepperiness, combined with nutty parmesan, bright lemon juice, and olive oil, is just what you need to cut through the pork milanese’s greasiness.
And the best part is you don’t need to completely stick to the recipe – as a cheese lover, I usually add more grated parmesan!
Why we love this recipe: it only requires five ingredients.
Apple fennel slaw
This isn’t your typical coleslaw.
The usual cabbage and carrots are replaced with apple and fennel, which offer a juicier, crunchier bite.
And instead of a creamy, carb-loaded mayo dressing, this slaw features a bright and zesty lemon mustard vinaigrette that’ll brighten your mood.
Why we love this recipe: it’s perfect for summer cookouts and picnics.
Caprese is one of my go-to salads because of how delicious and easy it is to make.
The balsamic vinegar dressing, basil, and tomatoes bring a burst of fresh flavors. While the mozzarella balls add some creamy decadence to complete the meal.
And you can serve it as a starter or a main. So versatile!
Why we love this recipe: it’s impossible to mess up.
Moroccan couscous salad
Craving a heartier salad? Skip the leafy greens and whip up this couscous salad instead.
With the Moroccan influence, the couscous, roasted vegetables, chickpeas, and raisins are tossed in a dressing made with warm spices like cumin and coriander.
And if you want a spicy kick, add a pinch of harissa to the vinaigrette.
Why we love this recipe: it’s Insta-worthy.
The best side dishes for pork milanese
- Risotto milanese
- Asiago garlic alfredo pasta
- Scalloped potatoes
- Gnocchi with pomodoro sauce
- Parsnip puree
- Creamy garlic mushrooms
- Herb-buttered corn and green beans
- Sauteed broccolini
- Roasted spaghetti squash
- Lemon arugula salad
- Apple fennel slaw
- Caprese salad
- Moroccan couscous salad
What To Serve With Pork Milanese – Caprese Salad
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup mozzarella balls
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp pepper
- In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and dried oregano until well-combined. Pour the dressing over the tomatoes and toss until everything is well-coated.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.