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18 Best Side Dishes For Pork Chops You Must Try

Pork chops are a common cut of pork but they are leaner than the other meat cuts. The best way to prepare pork chops is by roasting, grilling, or frying. 

Because pork chops are so lean and have very little fat, they can tend to be quite dry, so it’s imperative not to overcook them, and a good idea to always serve them with a sauce. 

There are many sides one can serve with their pork chops, but apple sauce makes classic pork chops sides; the sweetness works really well with the pork flavor.

Not sure what goes well with pork chops or what to eat with pork chops? Here are my

suggestions for side dishes for pork chops.

Here’s What To Serve With Pork Chops:

#1. Parmesan Roasted Carrot Fries

These carrot chips are delicious and make great sides for pork chops. The carrots are tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper, and grated parmesan and baked in the oven until crisp and golden. 

The parmesan adds so much flavor and texture to the carrots; you really should give these fries a try.

Recipe: closetcooking.com

#2. Beans & Broccolini With Crispy Shallots

This is a great combination of vegetables with different flavors and textures. The broccolini is sautéed with the shallots, and the red chard is wilted down. 

The tin of cannellini beans is added and warmed through. The vegetables are finished with a parsley “pesto” sauce and a generous grating of parmesan.

Recipe: theoriginaldish.com 

#3. Tomato, Peach, And Burrata Salad 

Pork chops are complemented by sweet flavors, and the peach and cherries in this salad do just that. 

This salad is fresh and colorful and dressed with a delicious herb vinaigrette of dill, oregano and basil, honey, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. The sweet fruit, creamy burrata, fresh herbs, and tart dressing makes the perfect side for pork chops.

Recipe: halfbakedharvest.com

#4. Honey Roasted Butternut Squash With Cranberries And Feta

This butternut has bursts of sweet and savory notes and is the perfect side dish to serve with your pork chops. The butternut is roasted for 25 minutes; at this point, the cranberries are added to the butternut and roasted until the butternut is tender.

Once cooked, the butternut is sprinkled with cinnamon, drizzled with honey, and finished with crumbled feta. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and salty.

Recipe: peasandcrayons.com

#5. Roast Tomatoes, Fennel And Chickpeas With Preserved Lemons And Honey

This side dish looks delicious and tastes delicious too. The tomatoes are quartered and roasted in harissa, balsamic and olive oil. The fennel is also roasted, but separately with garlic and fennel seeds. 

The chickpeas are mixed in with the roast fennel, and the tomatoes are added; the dish is then finished with a preserved lemon and coriander vinaigrette. 

Recipe: nigella.com

#6. Crispy Brussel Sprouts With Dijon Aioli

I feel the Brussel sprout gets a bad rap, but being prepared in this way will change many opinions. This is one of my favorite pork chops side dishes. 

The Brussel sprouts are tossed in olive oil and seasoned with garlic powder and can either be roasted in the oven or air fryer until crispy. 

The crispy Brussel sprouts are served with delicious mustard and garlic mayo which works perfectly well with pork chops too. 

Recipe: dashofmandi.com

#7. Roasted Potato Salad With Dijon And Goat Cheese Dressing

This is a great version of potato salad; it’s better for the waistline and still has great flavor. The potatoes are cut into wedges, tossed in olive oil and powdered stock, and roasted until tender and golden. 

The dressing is made up of Dijon mustard, olive oil, goat’s cheese, minced garlic, lemon juice, and chopped chives- the ingredients are all whisked together and spooned over the hot potatoes and served.

Recipe: momfoodie.com

#8. Sautéed Lemon Garlic Spinach

This spinach is so simple to prepare, and it’s delicious. 

The garlic is heated in the pan with a bit of olive oil until fragrant, the spinach is added and sautéed until wilted, and it’s seasoned well with salt, pepper, red chili flakes, and a squeeze of lemon. The spinach is finished with a grating of parmesan just before serving. 

Recipe: eatwell101.com

#9. Roasted Carrots, Apples And Sweet Potatoes With Cinnamon Tahini Drizzle

Apples are the preferred accompaniment to pork; pair it up with sweet potatoes and carrots, and it’s even better. The vegetables are roasted in Christmas spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove. 

Roasted until soft and tender, the vegetables are then finished with tahini dressing spiced and sweetened with cinnamon, ginger, and maple syrup. The vegetables are topped with chopped walnuts just before serving. 

Recipe: crowdedkitchen.com

#10. The Best Scalloped Potatoes

A classic potato bake is always a great side to pork chops. The potatoes are thinly sliced and tossed in paprika, onion, and garlic powder. 

The potatoes are then layered up in an ovenproof dish, covered with the cheese sauce, and sprinkled with grated cheese. 

The dish is cooked in the oven for 30 minutes covered and then a further 40 minutes uncovered until the potatoes are soft, the cheese has melted, and golden brown.

Recipe: grandbaby-cakes.com

#11. Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes With Lemon Thyme

I love Jerusalem artichokes! Interesting fact, they belong to the sunflower family. They have a delicious, sweet, earthy, nutty flavor and are treated like potatoes. 

They have a very short growing season, so be sure to make the most of them when you can. 

The artichokes are kept whole with their skin on in this recipe, tossed in olive oil with garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. The artichokes are roasted until soft and can be served hot or old.

Recipe: everydayhealthyrecipes.com

#12. Avocado Salad With Tomatoes And Herbs

If you are looking for a salad to have with your pork, this is a great option. It’s a salad full of flavor. 

All the salad ingredients are tossed together with the avo, herbs, lemon juice, and olive oil,  seasoned with salt and pepper. 

Recipe: thekitchn.com

#13. Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

This recipe is a delicious and an interesting way of preparing green beans. The green beans are tossed with olive oil, salt, garlic powder, bread crumbs, and grated parmesan.

The beans are spread on a baking tray and roasted for 20 minutes until the beans are cooked, and the breadcrumbs are crunchy and golden.

Recipe: madetobeamomma.com

#14. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This mashed potato has a mellow garlic flavor, as the garlic is roasted before being incorporated into the mashed potato.

The potatoes are chopped and boiled until soft; the potatoes are drained and mashed with the roasted garlic, and the melted butter and warm half and half are added and folded into the mashed potato. 

The mashed potato is seasoned well with salt and pepper and garnished with chopped herbs of your choice.

Recipe: foxandbriar.com

#15. Creamed Peas

Creamed peas are not the most exciting side dishes, but definitely one of comfort. 

The peas are boiled for a couple of minutes and then added to a creamy white sauce, and the dish is seasoned with salt, pepper, and dried dill. Served hot alongside crispy pork chops, these peas are worth bearing in mind.

Recipe: spendwithpennies.com

#16. Ultimate Sautéed Vegetables

This is a simple dish of sautéed vegetables, but sometimes that’s all pork chops need. 

The peppers and red onion are sliced, the carrots are cut into rounds, and the broccoli is cut into florets. The vegetables are sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper, and oregano.

Recipe: acouplecooks.com

#17. Moroccan Cauliflower With Tahini-Honey

In my opinion, roasting cauliflower is the best way to prepare it and makes great sides with pork. 

The cauliflower is tossed in olive oil, harissa paste, salt, and pepper in this recipe and roasted until tender and slightly charred. The cauliflower is dressed with a tahini and honey dressing and garnished with chopped parsley. 

Recipe: dishingouthealth.com 

#18. Tuscan Artichoke Salad

I love this combination of flavors in this salad, like artichokes, roast peppers, and chickpeas red onion. 

All dressed in a herb vinaigrette made up of olive oil, maple syrup, red wine vinegar, chopped basil, and oregano. It is simple and fresh and the perfect side for pork chops if you want to have a light and healthy meal.

Recipe: asimplepalate.com

Final words

These are the perfect sides to go with pork chops. Don’t forget to reheat pork chops if you’re using the leftovers before serving.

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