19 Savory Side Dishes To Serve With Brisket 

Brisket is one of those dishes that’s easy to make and hard to mess up.

But it does take some planning ahead of time — especially when it comes to what side dishes go best with it.

15 Savory Side Dishes To Serve With Brisket

There are plenty of options and here are 12 savory side dishes that pair well with brisket.

1. Corn Pudding 

Corn pudding is one of those dishes that are easy to prepare and delicious. It’s perfect for entertaining because it takes very few ingredients and doesn’t require much preparation. 

You only need eggs, melted butter, sugar, cornstarch, and canned cream corn (see also ‘28 Easy Recipes With Canned Corn‘). 

Pour the entire contents of the can straight into the mixing bowl. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and mix everything together.

Once you have combined everything, pour the mixture into a dish and baked it for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. 

Take it out, let it cool and serve immediately with the brisket.

2. Coleslaw

The best part about coleslaw is that it’s easy to whip up and requires very few ingredients. But there are plenty of variations that take coleslaw to new heights.

If you want to add flavor, try adding chopped apples, jalapenos, olives, pickles, or raisins.

  • 1 head green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced into shreds
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

In large bowl combine shredded cabbage, carrots and onions. Add salt, sugar and vinegar; toss well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Drain liquid from coleslaw mixture; discard liquid.

Toss again. Serve immediately or chill up to 24 hours.

3. Baked Beans

Baked beans make a great addition brisket and need not be boring and thi srecipie uses a secret ingredient – bacon fat! 

Start by cooking up a big batch of bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. When the bacon starts to crisp, transfer half of the cooked bacon to a paper towel–lined plate, reserving the remaining fat in the pan.

Add 2 cups water to the pan and let simmer. 

Next, chop up 3 slices of thick-cut smoked salt bacon into small pieces. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine 4 cups water, 1 cup apple juice, and 1/2 cup ketchup. Stir well to dissolve the sugar.

Add the chopped bacon bits, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard powder, paprika, black pepper, liquid smoke, and reserved bacon fat to the pot. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir into the beans. Perfect brisket combo. 

4. Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese is a fool proof way to make any meal irresistible. There are so many different varieties out there – sweet, savory and smoky brisket topped with a bowl of creamy, cheesy pasta. 

  • 1/2 lb macaroni
  • 3 Tbsp butter & 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp. powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion
  • large egg
  • 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. While the pasta cooks, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.

Stir in the flour and whisk constantly for 5 minutes, making sure there are no lumps. Continue stirring for another 2–3 minutes until the mixture starts to bubble and thicken.

Remove from heat and stir in the mustard. Set aside to cool slightly while you prepare the rest of the dish. Drain the pasta well and toss into the pan with the sauce.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. While the pasta cooks, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.

Stir in the flour and whisk constantly for 5 minutes, making sure there are no lumps. Turn up the heat slightly and continue stirring for another 2–3 minutes until the mixture starts to bubble and thicken.

Remove from heat and stir in the mustard. Set aside to cool slightly while you prepare the rest of the dish. Drain the pasta well and toss into the pan with the sauce.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

 5. Scalloped Potatoes 

Potatoes are one of those foods that everyone loves, whether it’s mashed, baked, fried, or even just plain old boiled.

This dish combines all three into one delicious meal and is a wonderful accompnyment to brisket.


  • 2 pounds baking potatoes
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Wash potatoes thoroughly. Slice lengthwise about 2 inches thick. Place potatoes in large pot filled with cold water and bring to boil.

Cook potatoes 10 minutes. Drain well. In medium bowl, beat together butter, salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, paprika and Worcestershire sauce.

Add potatoes and mix well. Transfer mixture to greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately with your brisket.

6. Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are one of those vegetables that people either love or hate. But there’s no denying that they’re good for us and are the perfect match for brisket. 

This recipe takes advantage of some of those cooking methods, along with a little baking to give you crispy edges.


  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar

Mix together and stream or bake. 

7. Grilled Potato Skins

To make grilled potato skins, First cut each potato lengthwise in half. Then use a small spoon to scoop out most of the insides, creating little bowls for stuffing.

Next, brush the inside of the potato halves with melted butter and season generously with salt and pepper.

Finally, wrap the outside of the potato halves in aluminum foil, place them on a baking sheet, and bake them in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes.

Remove them from the oven, unwrap the foil, and flip the potatoes over. Grill them skin side down for about five minutes, or until the skins start to char slightly.

Remove them from the heat, cover the pan with foil, and let them rest for 10 minutes. Serve warm, topped with sour cream and cheese, if desired.

8. Blackbean Salad 

Instead of having a side that just has a few ingredients, mix up a  black bean salad that combines fresh vegetables and greens with a spicy dressing that pairs well with your brisket.

Simply add red peppers, green beans, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. 

You can use whatever type of lettuce you like, but  romaine works because it holds up better to the heat of the dish.

9. Brazilian Tomato Slaw

Brazilian tomato slaw is a traditional side dish served alongside barbecue in Brazil.

This recipe uses some classic barbecue seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili pepper flakes, and black pepper along with fresh herbs and vegetables.

The sauce is based on a simple vinaigrette dressing that’s flavored with lime juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt. For extra flavor, add some crushed garlic cloves while whisking.

Then toss everything together in a large mixing bowl. Let the mixture marinate overnight in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve, slice the tomatoes and mix them with the rest of the salad ingredients. 

10. Roasted Veggies

Roasted vegtables are fabulous when served with brisket.  They bring out the best qualities of every veggie

This recipe calls for a combination of root vegetables, including butternut squash and sweet potato.But you could easily use whatever type of root vegetable you like.

To keep things simple, use a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to season my veggies. This works really well because it gives the vegetables a light coating of flavor while keeping them crisp.

Once everything is done, let them cool down and enjoy them alongside your slow cooked brisket.

11. Herby Roast Potato Salad 

These potatoes are delicious and simple to do. Just roast them in the oven until they’re tender and golden brown, then toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and add lots of fresh herbs.

You’ll find that roasting really brings out the flavour of the potatoes, making them even creamier and more delicious than usual.

Once the potatoes have cooled down, you want to cut them into bite sized pieces and put them into a large bowl.

Add plenty of freshly chopped parsley, chives, dill, tarragon and basil, along with a little lemon juice to give the dressing a bright citrusy kick, and season generously with sea salt and black pepper.

Toss well to coat the potatoes evenly in the dressing, then transfer to a serving plate and scatter over the fried bacon bits. Serve immediately while still warm.

12. Celery And Parmesan Salad 

This recipe is very easy to do. You simply need to slice the celery into thin slices and toss it with olive oil, salt, pepper and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Then, place the sliced vegetables onto a baking sheet and bake them in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes. Once done, serve it warm and enjoy.

13. Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potato 

The best part about mashed potatoes is how versatile they are. They’re perfect for serving alongside meat dishes like pulled pork, beef stew, chili (see also ‘20 Incredible Side Dishes To Serve Alongside Chili’), burgers, etc., and you don’t even need anything fancy to make them delicious.

All you really need is some butter and milk, plus a few simple ingredients.

This recipe starts out with just three main components — potatoes, milk, and butter — but there’s plenty of room for variation.

For example, you could add some minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, or chopped chives to the mixture. Or you could use half dairy and half nondairy milk, or swap out regular milk for low-fat milk.

14. Steamed Asparagus 

Asparagus is one of our favorite vegetables, especially during springtime. But it isn’t always easy to eat because it requires peeling off the tough skin.

This recipe uses the microwave to make steaming asparagus easier.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Rinse the asparagus under cold running water; pat dry with paper towel. If the stems are woody, cut them off. Cut the stalks crosswise into 2-inch pieces.
  2. Place the asparagus in a large bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover the asparagus by about 3 inches. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil and let stand 5 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Arrange the asparagus on a plate. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Toss gently to coat evenly. Serve immediately.

15. Smoked Baked Potatoes

These baked potatoes are easy enough for even beginners to make. You just toss everything into the oven, and let it do its thing. Then, you’re done. They taste like heaven.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • Salt & pepper

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash your potatoes thoroughly, poke some holes in the skins, rub them with salt, wrap them up, and put them in the fridge overnight.

16. Roasted Carrots

Carrots are delicious, nutritious, and look beautiful too. You’ll want to make sure you use a good quality olive oil here, because the flavor really shines through.

Just season everything well and cook it together in a hot oven until tender and serve with your favorite brisket recipe

17. Potato Latkes

Crispy on the outside, sweet on the inside, and just plain delicious, potato latkes (see also our favorite Jewish dishes) are one of those dishes you can make once and never forget.

They’re also perfect for serving alongside a big holiday roast like beef brisket or turkey breast.


  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup matzo meal
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

18. Oven Roasted Potatoes


  • 1 pound russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (see also ‘6 Best Substitutes For Parchment Paper‘). Slice potatoes into wedges about one inch thick.

Toss potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Spread evenly onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Flip potatoes over and bake another 15 minutes. Serve warm.

19. Baked Potato Skins With Oven-Baked Bacon

This recipe uses store-bought bacon, but you could easily make it with home-cooked bacon too. Just use extra thick slices for added crunchiness.


  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon
  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper


Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Cut each potato lengthwise in half. Remove the potato flesh from the skins by slicing around the edges of the skin.

Place potato flesh back into the skins. Spray the tops of the potato skins with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with crumbled bacon.

Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until crispy


So, there you have it  – recipes to try serving with your delicious slow cooked brisket that will please crowds everywhere. 

19 Savory Side Dishes To Serve With Brisket 

19 Savory Side Dishes To Serve With Brisket 

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