If you’re wondering what to serve with your steak florentine, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for steak florentine.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best sides for steak florentine include a Tuscan white bean salad, sauteed peas and pancetta, creamed spinach, and grilled potato wedges. Other options include a lemon risotto, creamy polenta with mushroom sauce, or onion rings. A gremolata sauce will add freshness.
Ready? let’s jump right in.
Creamed spinach is a classic steakhouse side dish
The mild, buttery, cheesy spinach melds together with the tender steak perfectly.
And this dish is incredibly easy to prepare – it only takes 20 minutes from prep time to cook time.
This tasty creamed spinach is guaranteed to become a staple at family dinners.
Grilled potato wedges
Potato wedges are another classic steakhouse side – why?
They’re crisp, fluffy, filling, tasty, and (most importantly) won’t outshine your steak florentine.
And if you think classics are boring, you’re in for a surprise.
You need to try this grilled potato wedges recipe.
Grilling the wedges adds a smoky flavor and they’re smothered in a spice mix featuring sweet paprika, garlic, and oregano.
Tuscan white bean salad with arugula
Tuscan bean soup is a classic Italian dish and the inspiration for this salad.
The white, tender beans have a creaminess to them which contrasts brilliantly with the tart vinegar and capers in the dressing (no heavy mayo-based dressing here!).
The fresh vegetables also add some crunch.
Pair this unique Tuscan white bean salad with your steak florentine for a filling, but refreshing meal.
Creamy polenta with mushrooms
Polenta is often served ‘family-style’ in Italy, which means a big pot of it is put on the table and everyone can help themselves.
So it’s perfect if you’re also sharing a steak.
There are so many ways to cook polenta, but this recipe for polenta with red wine mushrooms is my go-to for steak florentine.
Don’t forget to garnish the dish with chopped parsley and lemon for some tang and an extra pop of green.
Green beans in tomato sauce
Another famous Italian side dish is green beans in tomato sauce.
It’s simple and quick to make, needing only 10 minutes prep time.
And it looks beautiful on the plate thanks to the mix of red and green.
(did you just say ‘red and green should never be seen’ in your head? I know I did!)
This rustic recipe for green beans in tomato sauce will add a sweet-but-tart flavor to your steak dinner.
Cacio e pepe pasta
Cacio e pepe is one of my all-time favorite dishes.
It’s wonderfully simple – with just 4 main ingredients. Pasta, butter, black pepper, cheese.
When cooked right, it’s delicious. And with a topping of some steak florentine, you have an exquisite pairing I wouldn’t be surprised to find on a restaurant menu.
I’d describe it as fancy comfort food!
The nutty peppery cacio e pepe will hold its own against the steak, without overshadowing it.
The puritans like salt & pepper on their Florentine steak, and some like a good gravy, but I like the garlicky, piquant gremolata drizzled over my steak.
It’s bright, zesty, and vibrant. I can’t help but think of summer when I taste it.
And it only has 4 ingredients (yes, another 4 ingredient recipe!) – you might even have them all to hand already.
Looking for a more rustic side?
Why not try onion rings?
They may not be fancy, but they’re irresistibly crunchy and have a nice sweetness to them.
If you have an air fryer – check out these air-fried onion rings from Diet Hood.
They’re much easier to cook than traditional onion rings, and they use a lot less oil – so they’re better for your waistline!
Sauteed peas with prosciutto
The key to a good steak florentine side dish is finding something that can hold its own against the bold cut of meat.
Enter: peas and prosciutto.
You’ll be able to have this dish on the table in less than 15 minutes.
The sweet peas mixed with smokey bacon makes for a tasty flavor that will mesh well with the savory steak.
Psst… it pairs great with a glass of good red wine.
Lemon and Herb Risotto
For such an impressive steak Florentine, you need an equally impressive side dish.
And this classic Italian risotto is just that.
The simple addition of lemon brightens the whole dish and adds some acidity to balance the richness of the meat.
It’s flavorsome, but not so flavorsome that it outshines the steak (is that even possible?!).
Psst… when I made this I popped some roasted cherry tomatoes on top. It was divine.
Shredded brussel sprout and kale salad
Sprout and kale are probably two of the most hated vegetables on the planet.
But don’t let that put you off this wintery shredded salad.
The bitter notes of the vegetables will undercut the meaty, savory flavors of the steak beautifully.
Plus it’s filled with nutrients (everyone should eat more kale!).
The best side dishes for steak florentine
- Creamed spinach
- Grilled potato wedges
- Tuscan white bean salad with arugula
- Creamy polenta with mushrooms
- Green beans in tomato sauce
- Cacio e pepe pasta
- Onion rings
- Sauteed peas with prosciutto
- Lemon and Herb Risotto
- Shredded brussel sprout and kale salad
What To Serve With Steak Florentine
- 1 portion steak florentine
- Prepare your steak florentine according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: creamed spinach, grilled potato wedges, Tuscan white bean salad with arugula, creamy polenta with mushrooms, green beans in tomato sauce, cacio e pepe pasta, gremolata, onion rings, sauteed peas with prosciutto, lemon and herb risotto, and shredded brussel sprout and kale salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!