If you’re wondering what to serve with your pork schnitzel, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 17 of the most popular side dishes for pork schnitzel.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with pork schnitzel include sour cream mashed potatoes, sweet and sour red cabbage, warm potato salad, and an apple and walnut salad. For healthier options, try steam-fried vegetables, broccoli slaw, or roasted asparagus. You can also serve rice pilaf or spaetzle.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Sour cream and chive mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish to pair with pork schnitzel.
But if you’re getting bored of the traditional buttery recipe, switch things up with this yummy variation instead.
Adding sour cream and chives gives your mash a subtle tanginess and a bright onion-y flavor.
Plus, it’s even creamier than normal!
This sour cream and chive mashed potato could well be your new go-to recipe.
Need something quick, easy, and healthy?
These steam-fried vegetables are what you’re looking for.
You’ll only need 20 minutes to prep and cook them, and you can use whatever veggies you have on hand.
Steam frying uses less oil than traditional frying, but you still get some of that tasty caramelization.
Say goodbye to soggy veggies and switch to vibrant and tender steam-fried vegetables.
Sweet and sour red cabbage
This classic German dish is an excellent side to serve with pork schnitzel.
It features thinly sliced red cabbage that’s covered in a sweet and sour glaze, made from sugar and balsamic vinegar.
The majority of cooking time for this sweet and sour German red cabbage is dedicated to simmering the cabbage until tender, so you can focus on preparing your schnitzel.
Love coleslaw but looking to try something new?
Give this broccoli slaw a try.
Aside from crisp veggies, this slaw also has crushed ramen noodles, almonds, and sunflower seeds, giving you another kind of crunchy bite.
And there’s no mayo in sight. Instead, the slaw is dressed with a simple tangy vinaigrette.
Brighten up your pork schnitzel with a serving of this broccoli slaw.
German potato salad
If you’re not familiar with this version of potato salad, you may be wondering where the creamy dressing is.
But fear not, these potatoes are dressed in something much tastier – a delicious mixture of bacon drippings and mustard.
The potatoes are served warm so they can absorb ALL the flavor… and there’s lots of it!
This warm German potato salad is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. I mean, who would say no to bacon-flavored potatoes?!
Stuffed butternut squash
Looking for a fall side to pair with your pork schnitzel?
This festive butternut squash is a mash-up of Thanksgiving favorites.
Each squash half is roasted and then stuffed with decadent creamed spinach.
It’s heartwarming, cozy, and comforting all in one.
Turn your Sunday dinner into an impromptu holiday by serving this creamed spinach stuffed butternut squash.
Apple walnut green salad
Applesauce is a classic accompaniment to pork schnitzel, but if you want something fresher, try this apple and walnut salad instead.
The salad is chock-full of tart, sweet, and salty flavors that will complement the milder pork wonderfully.
Place a few slices of the schnitzel on top of this healthy salad for a late lunch.
Southern-style green beans
Borrow some inspiration from Southern cuisine and make these green beans to go with your pork schnitzel.
The green beans are cooked low and slow, infusing them with buttery, smoky flavors from the garlic and bacon.
These Southern-style green beans are a simple but heartwarming side dish.
Looking for a way to jazz up your rice?
Ditch the plain white rice and swap it for rice pilaf.
You get fluffy rice loaded with savory flavors courtesy of the chicken broth, butter, and add-ins like carrots and celery.
Serve pork schnitzel alongside this rice pilaf for a complete, satisfying meal.
Psst… I also really like Spanish rice which has more of a tomato-ey flavor.
If you’re serving your pork schnitzel with gravy, it’s a no-brainer to have a side of brötchen.
Also known as German bread rolls, they’re crusty on the outside, with soft, fluffy insides.
They’re just perfect for mopping the plate clean once you’ve finished off the schnitzel.
Try your hand at making your own brötchen with this detailed guide from Recipes from Europe.
Quick pickled red onions
Want to make your pork schnitzel the star of the show?
These quick pickled red onions are the condiment you need.
Their bright acidity will cut through the oiliness of your fried pork schnitzel, and leave your mouth feeling clean.
Make these quick pickled red onions and pair them with a green salad to round out the meal.
Lemon garlic asparagus
Roasted asparagus is a healthy, low-effort dish you can serve with your pork schnitzel.
You just have to prep and season the asparagus, place them on a sheet pan, and leave it to roast.
15 minutes later, you’ll have some scrumptious lemon garlic asparagus ready to be served.
Picture this: small soft dumplings with crispy pork schnitzel, all drenched in a luxurious gravy – sounds divine, right?
I’d go for mushroom gravy, but any type will work.
The great thing about spätzle is you only need six ingredients to make them and don’t worry if you don’t have a spätzle maker.
The Stay At Home Chef has a fantastic German spätzle recipe that shows how to make them even without one.
Ratatouille baked eggs
Pork schnitzel isn’t just for breakfast, you can serve it for brunch too along with these ratatouille baked eggs.
It’s a satisfying, nourishing one-pot dish similar to shashuka.
Spoon some of the saucy vegetables over your schnitzel for the perfect bite.
Want to try this dish?
Check out Every Last Bite’s ratatouille baked eggs recipe.
Ranch pasta salad
This ranch pasta salad is great if you’re serving a crowd.
Besides the pasta, this dish is packed with fresh pepper, celery, peas, bacon, and cheese, so it’s not short on flavor.
The creamy ranch dressing brings everything together and works well as a dipping sauce for the pork schnitzel too.
You’ll have guests asking for this creamy ranch pasta salad recipe before your party’s over.
Curb your pasta cravings with this pasta Pomodoro.
It’s made with basic pantry staples, but don’t let the simplicity fool you.
The classic combination of flavorful tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, and fresh basil is unbeatable.
Prop your pork schnitzel on top of your tasty pasta Pomodoro for a quick but tasty meal.
Pssst… Got extra sauce? Slather it over your pork schnitzel – delish!
Kale and cauliflower au gratin
Trying to be healthier but want something decadent?
Skip the potato au gratin and make this kale and cauliflower version instead.
Like the standard potato au gratin, your cooked cauliflower florets and kale are smothered with a creamy, cheesy sauce before being baked.
The crispy top is probably my favorite part of this dish.
Psst… you could also add leeks in for a hint of sweetness.
The best side dishes for a pork schnitzel
- Sour cream and chive mashed potatoes
- Steam-fried vegetables
- Sweet and sour red cabbage
- Broccoli slaw
- German potato salad
- Stuffed butternut squash
- Apple walnut green salad
- Southern-style green beans
- Rice pilaf
- Quick pickled red onions
- Lemon garlic asparagus
- Ratatouille baked eggs
- Ranch pasta salad
- Pasta Pomodoro
- Kale and cauliflower au gratin
What to Serve With Pork Schnitzel
- 1 portion pork schnitzel
- Prepare your pork schnitzel according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, steam-fried vegetables, sweet and sour red cabbage, broccoli slaw, german potato salad, stuffed butternut squash, apple walnut green salad, southern-style green beans, rice pilaf, brötchen, quick pickled red onions, lemon garlic asparagus, spätzle, ratatouille baked eggs, ranch pasta salad, pasta pomodoro, and a kale and cauliflower au gratin.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!