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19 Prime Rib Side Dishes for Your Next Dinner Party

In summary: The delectable side dishes to complement prime rib include Potato Pea Salad, Roasted Radishes, Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers, and more. These side dishes offer a range of flavors and textures to enhance the enjoyment of prime rib.

Prime rib is an excellent cut of meat; it’s juicy, tender, and has a good marbling of fat, resulting in great flavor. Also referred to as the standing rib roast, it is best cooked on the bone; the prime rib is usually roasted whole and then sliced up. 

Be sure to factor in the resting time and remember that the meat continues to cook after removing it from the oven. I would hate for you to over-cook your Sunday roast. 

For the perfectly cooked prime rib, be sure to take the roast out of the oven at 50° to rest up to 54°, the perfect medium-rare.

Not sure what to serve with prime rib, or what goes well with prime rib? 

Here are my suggestions of what to eat with prime rib. These prime rib side dishes are super tasty and easy to prepare.

Here’s What To Serve With Prime Rib:

#1. Potato Pea Salad

This potato salad is packed with herbs, dressed with whole grain mustard, and has pops of sweetness from the peas. The potatoes are boiled until soft, and the frozen peas are blanched until tender. 

All the ingredients are thrown together with a good glug of olive oil and seasoning of salt and pepper. If there are any leftovers, be sure to keep them, this salad can be kept for up to 4 days.


#2. Roasted Radishes

Roasted radishes are delicious and take on a completely different flavor from the raw form. The radishes’ pepperiness is muted and becomes sweeter when roasted. The red onion and radishes are tossed in olive oil, herbs, salt, and pepper, then roasted. 

The vegetables’ pink pastel and purple colors make this a great-looking let alone a tasty side dish. 


#3. Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers

Why not change things up, and try putting your mushrooms on a skewer. These make great beef prime rib sides.

The mushrooms are marinated in balsamic vinegar, soy, garlic, and thyme and then popped onto a hot grill. The result is delicious smoky and sweet mushrooms.


 #4. Spring Root Vegetable Salad with Pistachio Vinaigrette

This recipe uses beetroot, turnips, carrots, and radishes, but use whatever root vegetables you can get your hands on. The vegetables are roasted until soft and caramelized. 

Once cooked, the vegetables are tossed with the arugula and spinach and then dressed in a delicious pistachio vinaigrette. The salad is served in a big salad bowl and drizzled with a yogurt dressing.


#5. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great side to serve with prime rib. The sweet potato is tossed with olive oil, parmesan, garlic, seasoning, and thyme. The potatoes are layered in a greased oven-proof dish and topped with a sprinkle of parmesan and thyme. 

The dish is baked for 30 minutes until the potatoes are soft and the top is golden and caramelized.


#6. Cheesy Italian Baked Cannellini Beans

These cheesy baked beans are so good that they can easily be served on their own with some crusty bread. The onions and garlic are sautéed until golden, and the tin tomatoes are added with fresh rosemary and simmered until slightly thickened.

The beans and half of the parmesan are added and combined, transferred to an oven-proof dish, and topped with the remaining parmesan and grated fontina. The beans are baked until the cheese has melted and is golden and crisp on top. 


#7. Smashed Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Tahini Sauce

Brussel sprouts often get a bad rap but be sure to give this recipe a try; it is delicious. The Brussel sprouts are caramelized and crispy, served with delicious basil and lemon tahini dressing. 

The Brussel sprouts are boiled until soft and then smashed until flat, then drizzled with olive oil and roasted until crisp and golden. The brussels sprouts are served with a lemon tahini sauce.


#8. Creamy Tomato Risotto with Crispy Garlic Crumbs

Risotto is a great side for a roast, and this creamy tomato one is delicious, with the perfect balance of acidity and creaminess. This risotto is made in the traditional way, but with tin tomatoes in the base. 

Cream and parmesan are added at the end to create the rich creaminess. The risotto is finished with a generous grinding of black pepper.  


#9. Easy Stuffed Mushrooms with Garlic and Parmesan

Mushrooms make great sides for prime rib, and this mushroom stuffing is simple but delicious. The mushroom stems are removed from the mushrooms and sautéed in the butter with the onions and garlic. 

The breadcrumbs and seasoning are added to the pan and stirred to absorb the butter. The parmesan and parsley are added to the stuffing, and then the mushrooms are filled and then baked for 20 minutes until cooked and golden. Serve the mushrooms with a squeeze of lemon. 


#10. Fondant Potatoes

These potatoes take a bit of effort, but the effort is worth it. The fondant potatoes are crispy and caramelized on the outside, with a melt in your mouth creamy inside.

The spuds are caramelized in butter and covered with broth, the herbs are added, and they are left to simmer until the potatoes are soft and tender. 


#11. Orzo Pasta Salad 

This pasta dish is packed with flavor and can be made ahead of time. You can also change up the vegetables and make it your own.

The orzo is cooked as per packet instruction, and the grilled vegetables are stirred through and dressed with a  vinaigrette. The pasta salad is finished with freshly chopped parsley.


#12. Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

Sometimes just simple grilled vegetables make the best sides with prime rib. The vegetables are simply grilled and then dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette. This side dish is delicious served hot or cold.


#13. Roasted Parmesan Creamed Onions

If caramelized onions are your favorite, be sure to give this a try. The onions are baked in the oven and then smothered in a creamy white wine and parmesan sauce. The result is deliciously creamy sweet onions, the perfect side to serve with a prime rib roast.


#14. Grilled Asparagus with Marinated Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, and Kalamata Olives

Spice up your asparagus with this marinated, feta and olive topping. The asparagus is simply grilled until charred and smokey and then topped with the feta topping. It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors and is so easy to prepare.


#15. Creamed spinach stuffed butternut squash

Roast butternut squash and creamed spinach are two classic steakhouse sides. Put them together, and it’s a real crowd-pleaser.

The butternut is roasted until tender and then filled with creamed spinach. The spinach is spooned into the butternut and topped with parmesan cheese, and then baked until golden on top. 


#16. Grilled Broccoli

Transform your boring broccoli into a spectacular side dish with this recipe. It’s full of sweet and salty flavors. The broccoli is tossed in a marinade and then grilled. The marinade is made up of soy sauce, Worcestershire, ketchup, honey, and garlic. 

The broccoli is basted and grilled on both sides until sweet and caramelized. The dish is finished with a sprinkle of parmesan and a squeeze of lemon.  


#17.Honey Maple Roasted Carrots 

These carrots are sweet and delicious and can be made up ahead of time. The carrots are peeled and sliced diagonally; this allows for more service area to caramelize, and then tossed in honey, maple syrup, ground coriander, and then roasted until golden and soft. 

The dish is finished with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds, fresh herbs, and pomegranate arils. 


#18. Hasselback Butternut Squash

If you like hasselback potatoes, be sure to try the method on butternut squash. The same process applies, but the butternut is par-cooked first to make it easier to slice. 

The melted butter with garlic and olive oil is drizzled over, and make sure to get the butter in between the slices. The butternut is then baked in the oven until soft and caramelized. 


#19. Blistered Green Beans with Tomato-Almond Pesto

These green beans are delicious; they are first blistered on a hot skillet and then tossed in a tomato almond pesto.

The cherry tomatoes are roasted, and half are blended with the garlic, almonds, paprika, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. The green beans are then tossed with the pesto and garnished with the remaining whole roasted cherry tomatoes.



What are the best side dishes to eat with prime rib?

The best side dishes to enjoy with prime rib could include creamy mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, horseradish cream sauce, and a classic Caesar salad, providing a balance of flavors and textures that complement the richness of the meat.

How is prime rib usually served?

Prime rib is usually served as a hearty main course, often carved into thick slices, accompanied by sides such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, and au jus sauce to enhance its flavor and texture.

What is a prime rib dinner?

A prime rib dinner typically consists of a generous serving of prime rib roast, often cooked to medium-rare or medium doneness, and served with sides like mashed potatoes, vegetables, and au jus or gravy, creating a hearty and flavorful meal.

Final words

Don’t be afraid if you accidentally cook too much ribs. You can always store them in the fridge and reheat the ribs in the oven for a fresh meal.

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