Sides for Skirt Steak (15 Simple Yet Delicious Recipes)

Skirt steaks are one of the tastiest cuts of beef, especially if done on the grill. But you can’t just have steak, you need to pair it with some tasty side dishes!

If you’re stuck for ideas, we are here to help!  Gone are the basic lettuce and tomato salads and roast potatoes.

These sides are flavor-packed and guaranteed to tickle your taste buds. Even better they are simple to throw together with simple fresh ingredients, so here are our favorite sides for skirt steak you can try today.


Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Want an easy side dish that’s tasty? These smoked sweet potatoes will have your guests drooling and asking for seconds!

Find the recipe here:   Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Smoked Corn Bread

What could be a more tasty and traditional side than smoked corn bread. It moist, flavorful and has a perfect crust.

Find the recipe here:   Smoked Corn Bread

Balsamic Skirt Steak With Bell Pepper Relish

For a side dish that packs an amazing flavor punch, give this one a try. Marinating the steak in balsamic vinegar will give you a juicy, tender flavor-packed base. 

Top with the spicy, tangy red pepper relish to layer the flavors. 

Find the recipe here:  Skirt Steak with Bell Pepper Relish

Smoked Onion Bombs

Looking for a crowd pleaser to go along with your steak? These onions bombs will have your guests begging for the recipe.

Find the recipe here:

Traeger Duck Poppers

These are the perfect appetizer to your skirt steak. The duck elevates these poppers to dinner party status.

Find the Traeger Duck Poppers Recipe Here:

duck poppers recipe

Smoked Cauliflower

Simply and tasty, all you need is a head of cauliflower and your favorite spice rub and you have a easy and yummy side.

Get the Full Recipe for Smoked Cauliflower

Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers

Continuing the delicious bell pepper theme. These stuffed bell peppers are simple, tasty, and quick to throw together, and perfect for smoked skirt steak.

Anything goes with the stuffing, so tailor it to whatever you have on hand, or to the flavor you want. Ground beef, rice, chopped vegetables, sour cream, rich cheese.  The options are limitless!

It’s also a great side to make ahead of time. Premix the filling and spoon it into pre-cooked peppers when you’re ready to eat. Or put them together and store them in a covered container in the refrigerator. 

Then it’s just a matter of cooking with the steak grills. Quick and easy for a weeknight dinner or BBQ catch-up!

Find the recipe here:  Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers

Smoked Broccoli

Another delicious vegetable that just needs some spice rub and time in the smoker to become a delicious side.

Get the Full Recipe for Smoked Broccoli

Avocado Pesto and Grilled Corn Relish

This is the perfect side for a summer get-together! The freshness of avocado and grilled corn is the perfect balance to the meatiness of the steak.

The relish may take some time to make but make it in bulk and store it. Trust me, it’s well worth the effort.

Spoon over the steak and pair it with a fresh garden salad, and dinner is ready to impress.

Find the recipe here:  Avocado Pesto and Grilled Corn Relish

Carrots in Brown Butter

Prepare to surprise your guests with a new side dish! All you need to do is throw your carrots on the smoker for that extra flavor then top with brown butter

Find the recipe here: Carrots in Brown Butter

Smoked Brussel Sprouts

Looking for an easy classic that can easily elevate it by throwing them in the smoker. Want to impress your guests more? Throw some crispy bacon on top.

Find the recipe here: Smoked Brussel Sprouts


Smoky Mashed Potatoes

What could be a better side than mashed potatoes topped with cheese, crispy bacon and scallions?

Find the recipe here: Mashed Potatoes


Smoked Asparagus

Asparagus.  Just a boring vegetable, right?  Think again! Smoking this simple vegetable will take it from ho-hum to a absolutely delicious side  

The simple earthy flavors work beautifully with the smokiness of steak. 

Season with some salt, black pepper and garlic powder and let the smoker do all the work.

Find the recipe hereSmoked Asparagus Spears


Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese

Nothing says comfort food like mac and cheese.

Take this classic side dish to the next level by adding bacon, because how doesn’t love bacon.

Find the recipe hereSmoked Bacon Mac and Cheese

Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo pasta has the appearance of risotto, with the ease of pasta. This creamy dish is the perfect base for a seared steak.

Cook the orzo chicken stock, garlic cloves and fresh basil. Mix though cherry tomatoes and chopped roasted vegetables. Use any vegetables in season.

Thinly slice the steak and layer it over the orzo pasta salad. Top with some chopped green onions to finish.

Find the recipe here:  Orzo Pasta Salad and Marinated Flank Steak

Super Creamy Coleslaw

No collection of favorite side dishes is complete without a creamy coleslaw recipe! Crisp coleslaw is the ultimate side dish for any barbecue meat especially steak.

Sweet and tangy with a fresh crunch, this dish will bring out the best beefy flavor of your juicy skirt steak. Make it from scratch, or use a pre-shredded mix for a time saver.

And it’s perfect to make ahead of time, so do some prep the day before and make steak night even easier!

Find the recipe here:  Easy Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

Arugula Salad With Caramelized Pears and Pecans

Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring and tasteless. For a green salad with a twist, look no further than this side dish.

The leafy green arugula gives it peppery base to layer on the sweet caramelized pears.  Top the salad with pecans and big chunks of gorgonzola cheese.

Find the recipe here:  Arugula, Caramelized Pear and Pecan Salad

Zucchini Gratin

This side dish is a great alternative to the carb heavy potato version. Not only is it healthy, it’s also incredibly tasty! 

The whole family will be zucchini fans after tasting this one. Whip it together ahead of time and reheat before serving. 

Pair it with the steak and a fresh garden salad and you have a satisfying meal.

Find the recipe here:  Delicious Zucchini Gratin

A steak dinner doesn’t always need to be meat and three veg. Think outside the box and spice up dinner with a variety of delicious side dishes.

Whether it’s a quick and easy week night meal, or to impress at your next barbecue – these recipes will please!

Smoke On!


Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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