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Juicy Pork Chops are one of my favorite main courses to make, and I love having a lot of great options to choose from for side dishes. Delicious Pork Chops should always be accompanied by the perfect side dish.

Pork Chops are a lean protein, and when cooked perfectly, they are a great option for an easy dinner on busy weeknights. A variety of side dishes go well with pork chops. My favorite pork chop recipe for Barbecue Pork Chops cooks in a cast iron skillet and uses boneless pork chops. It’s a great recipe that cooks quickly for an easy meal, any night of the week.

A white plate with a barbecue pork chop, peas, and french fries.
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My favorite side dishes to serve with a pork chop dinner nearly always contain a vegetable and something starchy, like potatoes or rice. While pork chops are a fairly inexpensive main course, they are so easy to jazz up into a fancier meal with minimal effort.

Delicious side dishes are a great way to elevate a juicy pork chop dinner to make a meal that the whole family will love. For an easy weeknight dinner, you can prepare some easy sides while your pork chops are cooking.

Pork chops are a versatile and delicious main course that can be cooked in many different ways. Whether you grill them, pan-fry them, barbecue them, or roast them, pork chops are always a satisfying meal. But what should you serve with them?

Easy Side Dishes for Pork Chops

A cast iron pan with four cooked bbq pork chops in it.
Barbecue Pork Chops
5 from 1 vote
This recipe for Barbecue Pork Chops is cooked on the stovetop in a cast iron skillet but tastes as if they were just grilled in your backyard. BBQ pork chops can be pan-seared or baked and are quick and easy to make.
BBQ Pork Chops
Grill Pork Chops like a Boss!
Grill Pork Chops Like A Boss! This step by step guide to grilling gives you the blueprint you need from the butcher to your plate.
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Acorn Squash & Pork Chops Sheet Pan Dinner
We love this acorn squash and pork chops with cranberries sheet pan dinner with a honey sage vinaigrette that is ready in 30 minutes.
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Baked Pork Chops and Rice With Apples
This baked pork chop recipe 🍖 has all of the nutrition AND all of the flavor. The rice and apple medley that cooks right in the same pan add so much too this dish and, as a bonus, less dishes!
Baked Pork Chops

One of the best things about pork chops is that they go well with a wide range of delicious side dishes. From starchy sides like mashed potatoes and rice to fresh and colorful vegetables like roasted asparagus and sautéed spinach, there are many options to choose from.

Some of the best side dishes are some of the easiest recipes to make. Here are a variety of side dishes to get you started:

Pork Chop Toppings

Let’s start by keeping it simple. Have you ever had a pork chop topped with sour cream and fried onions? It sounds so simple, but it is such a tasty combination! Caramelized onions are one of the best ways to elevate a traditional pork chop (well, any dish) and add some extra flavor. And well, there’s a reason there’s a whole song about a “dollop of Daisy!”

Some of our other favorite Pork Chop Toppings are:

  • A Squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice and a sprinkling of Fresh Parsley
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Applesauce (I love to add lemon zest to my apple sauce with pork chops! It is so tasty!)


Apple Cider Applesauce
Full of fresh apples and warm spices, there’s no substitute for homemade applesauce. The addition of apple cider creates a deeper apple flavor in this apple cider applesauce.
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If you grew up watching the Brady Bunch as I did, you immediately think of serving pork chops and applesauce.

A perfectly cooked pork chop with caramelized onions is delicious with a side of homemade applesauce and makes a quick weeknight dinner.

A collage of images showing what to serve with pork chops - applesauce, potatoes, and rice.

Potato Side Dishes for Pork Chops

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are such a classic side dish that pairs really well with pork chops. They’re creamy and comforting, and they’re a great way to soak up those flavorful pork juices that end up pooling on your plate.

You can make mashed potatoes as simple or as fancy as you want, adding herbs, spices, or even some cheese to the mix. (Always add the cheese.)

Baked mashed potatoes in a red bowl with a spoon. The potatoes are garnished with chives.
Baked Mashed Potatoes
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Baked Mashed Potatoes are made with cream cheese, sour cream, chives, and paprika to make the most flavorful potatoes. They are baked in the oven for the most delicious mashed potatoes.
Baked Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes are my absolute favorite way to make mashed potatoes. The potatoes are smooth and creamy, and the tangy buttermilk adds so much flavor to the potatoes.
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes will be the most popular dish on your table with this perfectly garlicky and buttery mashed potato recipe. You can make them in an Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or on the stove – and you likely already have all of the ingredients.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Rice Side Dishes

Rice is another delicious side dish that goes well with pork chops. Whether you choose white rice, brown rice, wild rice, or even rice pilaf, it’s a great way to add a delicious and starchy side dish.

You can cook the rice according to the package instructions, or you can get creative and add some herbs, spices, or vegetables to the mix. You can also make a cold Quinoa Veggie Salad.

Quinoa Veggie Salad

Vegetable quinoa salad with carrots and cranberries on a red plate.
Zesty Quinoa Salad
5 from 1 vote
Zesty Quinoa Salad is perfect for a hot summer day. It’s cool and refreshing, not to mention it is full of healthy ingredients! You can make it as a vegetarian salad or add chicken for extra protein.
Quinoa Veggie Salad Recipe

Rice Pilaf

Copycat Near East Rice Pilaf – Instant Pot
Rice pilaf is one of my favorite comfort foods. This Near East copycat is flavorful, light, and made in the Instant Pot – the rice is always perfectly fluffy.
Instant Pot Rice Pilaf Recipe

Easy Salad Side Dishes

If you want to keep your sides simple, you can also make a side salad, coleslaw, or pasta salad as well. Here are some of our favorite salads:

Blue Cheese Chopped Salad

Blue Cheese Chopped Salad Recipe
Crispy romaine lettuce, crunchy bacon, and blue cheese in a flavorful, zesty homemade dressing, this Royal Street Salad is perfect as an appetizer, side, or quick lunch idea.
Royal Street Salad Recipe

Pasta Salad Recipe

Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
Pasta Salad is a bite from my childhood. It is overflowing with vegetables and reminds me of springtime and grilling with my parents. It is light enough for a hot day and is bursting with so much flavor.
Pasta Salad Recipe

Veggie Pasta Salad

Veggie Pasta Salad
Whole Wheat Pasta Salad
5 from 1 vote
Veggie Pasta Salad is a great side dish to serve with pork chops – fresh tomatoes and a delicious salad dressing go perfectly with pork.
Pasta Salad Recipe

Southern Coleslaw

Creamy Southern Coleslaw Recipe
This Creamy Southern Coleslaw recipe is one of my favorite side dishes. The sweet, tangy dressing combined with the fresh, crunchy cabbage is so simple, yet so flavorful.
Coleslaw Recipe

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar Recipe
Cowboy Caviar is a Southern Dip, and Side Dish made with fresh vegetables & a delicious vinegar dressing. Black-Eyed Peas & Black Beans are tossed with fresh summer tomatoes, peppers, and corn and you won’t be able to resist scooping a chip in this dip!
Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Potato Salad

Potato salad is another great summer side dish and salad, so serve it with pork chops – especially if you are making barbeque pork chops. Juicy chops smothered in bbq sauce with a side of southern potato salad are a perfect choice for a summer pork chop dinner.

Easy Southern Potato Salad Recipe
This Easy Southern Potato Salad made with Hard-Boiled Eggs and Pickles is a summertime favorite. It has a creamy, flavorful mayonnaise dressing and is topped with Creole Seasoning for a perfect finishing touch.
Potato Salad Recipe
A collage of images showing what to serve with pork chops - coleslaw, potatoes, and broccoli.

Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

Some of the best sides are also the easiest to make. We love easy vegetable sides cooked in the oven, slow cooker, or air fryer. (Honestly, sometimes frozen veggies cooked in the microwave work in a pinch too!)

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables are a delicious and healthy option to add some color and flavor to your pork chop meal. Try roasting a mix of carrots, parsnips, and red onions, and toss them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper before roasting them in the oven. The roasting process will bring out their natural sweetness and make them crispy and delicious. Top the veggies with a little parmesan cheese before serving.

Sautéed Spinach

Sautéed spinach is another tasty and healthy side dish that goes well with pork chops. Simply heat some olive oil in a pan, add some minced garlic, and then toss in a big handful of fresh spinach. Cook the spinach until it’s wilted, and then season it with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice. This is a great way to use simple ingredients to make a tasty side dish.

Southern Style Green Beans

Southern Style Green Beans are a great side dish to serve with juicy pork chops. You can make them in an Instant Pot or in a slow cooker with minimal effort. They are so easy to make and are so flavorful.

A Facebook image of southern-style green beans in a blue bowl.
Crock Pot Southern Green Bean Recipe
These Crock Pot Southern Green beans have so much flavor – they are a family favorite. They are the perfect easy side dish for any holiday menu.
Southern Green Bean Recipe

Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is a summertime favorite that goes well with pork chops. You can easily make corn in an Instant Pot to make an easy side dish, or you can make them on the stove if you don’t have an Instant Pot.

Simply boil the corn in a pot of salted water for a few minutes and then serve it with some melted butter and a sprinkle of salt. You can also grill the corn for a smoky and flavorful twist.

If corn is not in season, you can also open a can of corn and make Jiffy Corn Pudding with some cheddar cheese and pickled jalapenos – it is one of our favorite side dishes!

More Easy Veggie Sides for a Pork Chop Dinner are:

Air Fryer Green Beans

Air Fryer Green Bean Recipe
Looking for a tasty side dish that the whole family will enjoy? Air Fryer Green Beans are an easy side dish that you can have ready in less than 15 minutes – the perfect addition to any meal.
Air Fryer Green Beans

Roasted Carrots

Butter Roasted Carrot Recipe
Tender carrots roasted in a delicious buttery sauce, these Butter Roasted Carrots are the best side to add to any meal. You can easily pop them in the oven while you make everything else.
Butter Roasted Carrots

Roasted Asparagus

Lemon Roasted Asparagus
Lemon & Garlic Roasted asparagus is crunchy, lemony, and totally delicious. It is so quick and easy to make and is a delicious and healthy side dish to enjoy as the weather warms up.
Lemon Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Roasted Cauliflower

How to Roast a Whole Head of Cauliflower
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon and Garlic is easy to prepare and is so buttery and delicious. An oven-roasted cauliflower head can be the star of the show or a healthy side dish.
Whole Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

French Fries

Okay, I know they are not traditionally the healthiest of side dishes, but if you make your own in the oven, they are just roasted potatoes!

There are so many different ways to make french fries – potato wedges, oven-baked fries, sweet potato fries, or shoestring fries – but they are all a perfect side dish for a barbecue pork chop.

These Baked French Fries are perfectly seasoned and easy to make. Recipe at
Oven Baked French Fries
5 from 1 vote
Easy Oven Baked French Fries are coated in olive oil, tossed in delicious seasoning, and baked until crispy. They are so easy to make, and when served with a burger and delicious dipping sauce – they are so good.
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Roasted potatoes are also a popular choice – especially drizzled with butter. I love to make fries in an air fryer while my pork chops are cooking.

Roasted Potatoes

A plate with roasted potato wedges, corn, and bbq chicken.
Oven Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
5 from 2 votes
This Oven Roasted Rosemary Potatoes recipe is one of our favorite potato recipes. Yukon gold potatoes cook in an herby butter until they are buttery soft, and the rosemary gives them such a delicious flavor.
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Potato skins, while a little more time-consuming, are also a great side dish to serve with pork chops. Everyone always raves about this recipe!

Potato Skins

Four potato skins on a white plate.
Fully Loaded Crispy Potato Skins
4.73 from 11 votes
These Fully Loaded Crispy Potato Skins are a delicious appetizer or side dish recipe. The flavorful seasoning, fluffy potato, crispy skins – and you can’t forget the cheese – make this a recipe that will quickly become a family favorite!
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Salted Potatoes

Salted Potato
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Everyone loves a good casserole. Sometimes I like to make casseroles ahead of time to pop in the oven on a busy weeknight to serve with my favorite pork chop recipes. All kinds of casseroles go great with delicious pork chops, and they make such easy sides because you can prepare them ahead of time.

I love a good Green Bean Casserole, Broccoli Casserole, and Corn Casserole, and my favorite casserole is Sweet Potato Casserole loaded with sweet potatoes and a delicious brown sugar, oat, and pecan topping.

Broccoli Casserole

Southern Broccoli Casserole Recipe
Southern Broccoli Casserole is cheesy, creamy, and perfectly delicious. The buttery cracker topping is perfectly crunchy and balances out the soft broccoli and creamy sauce. It’s the perfect Southern side dish.
Broccoli Casserole Recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Praline Topping
Sweet Potato Casserole is a Southern Thanksgiving classic. With creamy, dreamy, sweet potatoes and a sweet and crunchy pecan praline topping, everyone will be back for seconds.
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Southern Side Dishes

Fried Pork Chops are a Southern staple – the breading is crispy and crunchy on the outside while the pork is juicy on the inside – and they are often served with Red Beans & Rice and Southern Potato Salad.

A side of Southern Cornbread or a fluffy dinner roll makes it the perfect meal – your taste buds will be singing.

These are just a few ideas, and of course, they are some of my favorite sides, but there are many other side dishes you can serve with pork chops. The important thing is to choose sides that you enjoy, and that complement the flavors in the pork chops.

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