If you’re wondering what to serve with your steak au poivre, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for steak au poivre.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with steak au poivre are duchess potatoes, green salad, spiced sweet potato fries, and Greek lemon rice pilaf. You can also try crispy brussels sprouts, herb skillet rolls, or green beans with bacon. Go with baked lobster tails for a fancy surf-and-turf meal.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Great flavor pairings for steak au poivre
Steak au poivre is a classic French dish featuring steak coated in cracked black peppercorns and served with a creamy pan sauce.
It’s rich and savory, with a hint of spice from the peppercorn coating. It pairs well with:
- Acidic flavors – foods with a tangy or acidic flavor, such as tomatoes, lemon, or balsamic vinegar can help cut through the richness of the sauce and provide a contrasting flavor to the pepper.
- Earthy, umami flavors – earthy food like mushrooms, roasted beets, or truffle will enhance the savory flavor of the beef and make the meal feel extra indulgent. Umami-rich ingredients like Worcestershire sauce will have the same effect.
- Herbaceous flavors – herbs such as thyme, rosemary, or tarragon can provide a fresh and aromatic flavor that pairs well with the richness of the dish.
French fries are a classic accompaniment to steak au poivre, but you can always explore other starchy sides.
Fondant potatoes are an elegant option, or go with homemade bread rolls to mop up any leftover sauce.
Spiced sweet potato fries
These sweet potato fries are a favorite in my house.
They’re dusted with a spice mixture including paprika, cayenne, and mesquite powder before baking, which gives them a delightful fiery kick.
Pro tip: add a tablespoon of cornstarch to the mixture to guarantee a crispy texture. No one likes soggy fries!
Why we love this recipe: they’re restaurant-quality.
Getting bored of the usual mashed potatoes? Turn your spuds into duchess potatoes instead.
These dainty swirls are perfectly golden and crisp on the outside, while the middle remains soft and creamy.
You’ll need a silky smooth mash to pipe these swirls, so ricing the boiled spuds is a must with this recipe.
Why we love this recipe: it transforms humble ingredients into an elegant dish.
Greek lemon rice pilaf
This rice pilaf is an excellent starchy side dish for your steak au poivre.
You get twice the carbs, thanks to the addition of orzo – but there’s no harm in indulging sometimes, right?
Plus it adds a nice texture and nuttiness that perfectly contrasts with the lemon’s bright, citrusy notes.
Why we love this recipe: everything comes together in one pot.
Sea salt and herb skillet rolls
Skip the store-bought dinner rolls and whip up a batch of these skillet rolls instead.
They’re super soft and flaky, so perfect for soaking up every last bit of your steaks’ juices and the delicious au poivre sauce.
This recipe uses dried herbs and garlic powder to make the rolls extra tasty, but you can also use fresh herbs and minced garlic.
Why we love this recipe: these will fill your kitchen with a mouthwatering aroma.
Four-cheese truffle mac and cheese
If you’re in the mood to indulge, this truffle mac and cheese is a must-try.
Fresh truffles are hard to come by, so this recipe uses truffle oil and black truffle butter to add an earthy flavor that works so well with your steak au poivre.
These ingredients are a bit pricey, but you only need a little bit to get that truffle taste so they should last you a while.
And if you need something cheaper, check out my article on the best substitutes for truffle oil (including affordable options).
Why we love this recipe: it transforms a childhood classic into a restaurant-worthy dish.
Vegetables and salads
Offset your steak au poivre’s richness with a warm veggie side or a crisp bowl of salad! A bowl of leafy greens tossed in a lemon vinaigrette is a classic that never fails.
A light cauliflower puree will give you a creamy bite without the excess carbs, or you can keep it super simple with steamed veggies if you’re in a rush.
Green salad with parmesan lemon dressing
You can’t go wrong with serving this green salad alongside your steak au poivre.
It may seem too simple, but the lemon parmesan dressing gives the greens and crunchy cucumber a bright, nutty flavor that cuts through the pepperiness of your steak.
But if you want to beef this salad up, add avocados, radish, or celery.
Why we love this recipe: it goes well with any savory main dish.
This cauliflower puree is smooth and creamy, just like mashed potatoes but with fewer calories.
You can make this with heavy cream or chicken broth, but I prefer using both to achieve that silky texture and superb flavor.
Prop your peppered steak over a bed of this puree before smothering them both with the au poivre sauce.
Why we love this recipe: you can enjoy second servings of this puree without feeling guilty.
Marsala glazed mushrooms
These marsala-glazed mushrooms are an excellent addition to your steak au poivre.
The trick with these mushrooms is to saute them in a dry pan with no oil or butter to ensure the moisture gets cooked off and they caramelize perfectly.
They’re then cooked with butter, herbs, and a splash of marsala until the mushrooms are coated with a delectable glaze.
Pssst… avoiding wine? You can also use chicken stock.
Why we love this recipe: a serving only has 136 calories.
Green beans with bacon
Green beans are a great healthy side dish, but they can be bland on their own.
It’s an easy fix though! Toss in some umami-loaded bacon and mushrooms.
They’ll help enhance the savory flavours of the beef, and bring some extra color to the plate.
What more could you want?
Why we love this recipe: everything’s better with bacon.
Crispy brussels sprouts
Roasting is my go-to method for cooking brussels sprouts, but frying them is the way to go if you want them extra crispy.
Drizzle them with a balsamic glaze just before serving to make them extra fancy. Or skip this and just dip them in your au poivre sauce.
Psst… I promise these sprouts are nothing like the boiled mushy sprouts from your childhood.
Why we love this recipe: frying makes these sprouts addictive.
Lemon quinoa salad
This quinoa salad is the way to go if you want a heartier salad.
It’s bright and refreshing, with the feta cubs adding a delectable creamy, tangy twist to every bite.
Georgie Eats also adds chili flakes for a hint of heat, but you can leave it out if you don’t like spice.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for meal preps.
Pair your steak au poivre with these seafood dishes for the ultimate surf-and-turf meal!
My favorite are baked lobster tails, but you can also go with pan-seared scallops or juicy shrimp scampi.
Baked lobster tails
There are loads of ways to cook lobster tails, but baking them has to be my favorite.
It’s a quick, fuss-free method.
The lobster tails go straight into the oven after getting brushed with garlic butter, and in less than 10 minutes, you’ll have succulent lobster meat ready to serve.
Who knew it was that easy?
Why we love this recipe: it will really wow your guests.
Spicy garlic sun-dried tomato shrimp
Sun dried tomatoes and shrimp are a unique but delicious combination.
The sun-dried tomatoes add a zesty kick to the sweet shrimp and there’s also some chili for spice.
Cafe De Lites recommends searing the shrimp first before adding them to the sauce so the outside has a chance to crisp up.
Why we love this recipe: they’re great for busy weeknights.
The best side dishes for steak au poivre
- Spiced sweet potato fries
- Duchess potatoes
- Greek lemon rice pilaf
- Sea salt and herb skillet rolls
- Four-cheese truffle mac and cheese
- Green salad with parmesan lemon dressing
- Cauliflower puree
- Marasala-glazed mushrooms
- Green beans with bacon
- Crispy brussels sprouts
- Lemon quinoa salad
- Baked lobster tails
- Spicy garlic sun-dried tomato shrimp
What To Serve With Steak Au Poivre (39 Ideas)
- 1 portion duchess potatoes
- 1 portion green salad with parmesan lemon dressing
- 1 portion baked lobster tails
- 1 portion cauliflower puree
- 1 portion lemon quinoa salad
- 1 portion four-cheese truffle mac and cheese … and more
- Prepare your steak au poivre according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: spiced sweet potato fries, duchess potatoes, greek lemon rice pilaf, sea salt and herb skillet rolls, four-cheese truffle mac and cheese, green salad with parmesan lemon dressing, cauliflower puree, marasala-glazed mushrooms, green beans with bacon, crispy brussels sprouts, lemon quinoa salad, baked lobster tails, and spicy garlic sun-dried tomato shrimp.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!