Whether you are serving prime rib for a holiday, special occasion, or just Sunday dinner, we have the perfect side dish to pair with tender prime rib. Both family and guests will be impressed with the spread of delicious options. You can pick one, or add a few to make a truly spectacular dinner spread.
If you are wondering what to serve with prime rib, we have an incredibly delicious line up of suggestions for you below. These side dishes are tried and true pairings loaded with flavor to make a prime rib dinner complete for any occasion.
Traditional Sides for Prime Rib
The best sides for prime rib are the most traditional sides! These are classic prime rib side dishes that you will find traditionally served with prime rib, whether at a restaurant, or Christmas dinner.
- Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic Butter– Mushrooms are one of the best sides for prime rib, and these are insanely delicious!
- Potatoes– Many types of potato recipes go well with prime rib! From traditional garlic parmesan mashed potatoes, to our crispy herb roasted potatoes, easy Instant Pot baked potatoes to free up the oven, or decadent au gratin potatoes, you can’t go wrong.
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts– These crispy brussels sprouts are quick and incredibly delicious!
- Creamed Spinach– decadent and steakhouse worthy, but you can do sautéed spinach to keep it lighter.
- Garlic Bread– This is my go to recipe. It will not disappoint!
- Roasted Vegetable Medley– These are super delicious and a lighter option.
- Yorkshire pudding– If you want to serve prime rib the traditional English way, this is a go to!
Sauces to Serve with Prime Rib Roast
Serving prime rib with sauce is a great way to add a boost of flavor. Since sauce is so easy to prepare ahead, I like to offer a couple of options to let each person pair the prime rib with the flavor they like best.
- Horseradish sauce– This is the most traditional sauce to serve with prime rib. This can be purchased at the store or made from scratch.
- Cranberry Sauce– During the holidays and especially at Christmas dinner, cranberry sauce is often paired with prime rib. This recipe can be made a week in advance and only has 3 ingredients!
- Gravy– A brown gravy made from drippings is a great way to enhance the rich meaty flavor of the prime rib.
Salads to Serve with Prime Rib
A salad is the perfect way to start a menu featuring prime rib. It is lighter, which will compliment the meal without overfilling since prime rib is heavy.
- Steakhouse Salad– This salad tastes like the house salad served at many popular steakhouse restaurants.
- Caesar Salad– Simply toss chopped romaine lettuce with parmesan, croutons, and caesar dressing for a simple and classic caesar salad.
- Wedge Salad– Like steak, a wedge salad is also a great side for prime rib because the tanginess of the blue cheese really sets off the savory beef flavor. Using the homemade dressing makes this salad truly special!
Easy Side Dishes for Prime Rib
Prime rib can be a commitment to cook, so if you need some sides that are easy and won’t take much time to prepare, these are a few of my favorites. They use simple ingredients and quick and easy methods to make cooking easy!
- Make ahead Mashed Potatoes– Make these ahead and let the crockpot do the hard work.
- Cheesy Corn Casserole– A family favorite that can be made in just one pan!
- Green Bean Casserole– This can be assembled and in the oven in just 10 minutes.
- Brown Butter Broccoli – This only has a few ingredients and incredible flavor!
Sides to serve with Prime Rib for Christmas Dinner
This Prime Rib Menu for Christmas Dinner, Thanksgiving, or other special occasions. It is the perfect balance of vegetable sides, potatoes for all the juices of the tender prime rib, and fresh roll to top it off!
Prime Rib Christmas Menu
- Kale Salad with Parmesan and Lemon Vinaigrette – this salad has kale massaged in a lemon viniagrette and topped with fresh parmesan cheese! So simple and delicious!
- Prime Rib with Garlic Butter Mushrooms
- Boursin Mashed Potatoes
- Maple Glazed Carrots
- Roasted Asparagus
- Fresh Rolls or my no yeast dinner rolls
- Apple Pie with Cornmeal Crust– This is THE BEST dessert to serve with prime rib! The taste is incredible.
Vegetable Sides for Prime Rib
Many vegetables make a great addition to a prime rib dinner. These are some that go especially well with the richness of prime rib.
- Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower – one of my kid’s favorite veggies
- Garlic Roasted Vegetables – easy, colorful and delicious
- Squash– Both acorn squash and butternut squash are a delicious side dish for prime rib.
- Caramelized Onions– This crockpot version makes it SO EASY!
- Sautéed Green Beans
Kid Friendly Sides to Serve with Prime Rib
Prime rib makes a special dinner, and including a kid-friendly side dish or two is a great way to get the kids to enjoy this meal as much as the adults do!
- Baked Macaroni and Cheese – Grandma’s recipe so it is special enough to go with prime rib!
- Roasted Green Beans– One of the most kid friendly vegetables!
- Crockpot Corn on the Cob– I love the optional garlic butter in this recipe!
- Garlic Cheese Bread– everything is better with cheese!
Soups that go with Prime Rib
When serving soup with Prime Rib, it’s a good idea to choose soups that complement the flavors of the Prime Rib without being too heavy or overwhelming. Here are some some of our go to easy recipes for soup!
- Loaded Baked Potato Soup– This is a huge fan favorite recipe. It is thick, creamy, and delicious! Or try this loaded cauliflower soup– it is phenomenal!
- Tomato Basil Soup– I love this for when you want something a little brighter. The tomatoes pack in so much flavor and wholesome veggies.
- Cream of Mushroom Soup– Mushrooms always pair so well with prime rib, this soup is a no-brainer.
- French Onion Soup– A classic!
Unique Sides for Prime Rib
If you are bored with the usual sides for Prime Rib, these original side dishes will help to keep things new and exciting now matter how you serve it.
- Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes – in contrast to the traditional candied sweet potatoes, I think these are the most delicious way to eat sweet potatoes.
- Bacon Ranch Broccoli Salad– This is a fun twist on traditional broccoli salad with family friendly flavors.
- Mile High Biscuits– The biggest, fluffiest biscuits!
- Garlic Smashed Potatoes– These crispy potatoes are so addicting!
- Roasted Mashed Cauliflower– This makes a great substitute if you are trying to stay away from starchier
- Sweet and Spicy Pecans– These are a great small addition to much on that goes well with prime rib.
This should give you a great start to figure out what to serve with Prime Rib. If you need more ideas, feel free to browse all of my easy side dish recipes here!
If there is a great side that goes well with Prime Rib that I left off the list, make sure and let me know in the comments!
What are the best side dishes to eat with prime rib?
The most popular sides to serve with prime rib are potatoes, green vegetables, mushrooms, and bread. There are many other options that go very well with prime rib though that we have listed above!
What is traditionally served with prime rib?
A traditional prime rib dinner is served with horseradish or cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, a green vegetable, a roll. A caesar salad is also traditional for the salad course of a prime rib dinner.
What do you drink with prime rib?
Prime rib can be served with tea, water, and red wine for those of age.
How much prime rib per person for a meal?
On average you can plan for 1 pound (uncooked) of boneless prime rib per person, however, you should consider how many sides and other dishes will be served deciding how much prime rib you will need.
- 2.5 lbs sweet potatoes
- 6 tablespoons butter, plus more for topping if desired
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup parmesan
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- chopped chives
- Peel the sweet potatoes, and chop them into 2 inch cubes. Add the potatoes to a large pot and cover with water. Place on the stove and bring to a boil.
- Boil the potatoes for 12-14 minutes, until they are fork tender. Then drain the potatoes and return to the pot.
- Add butter, sour cream, parmesan, salt and pepper and mash with the potatoes until they reach the desired consistency.OR, for a smooth consistency use an electric mixer on low until everything is just combined and the potatoes are smooth.
- Top your potatoes with extra melted butter and chopped chives.