Beef stroganoff is a traditional Russian dish ideal for chilly nights.
Cubes of tender beef simmer in a rich, creamy gravy that has a slightly sour distinction with the addition of sour cream.
This savory meal came about in the early 19th century and has been gracing dinner tables ever since.
Like a beef stew, that warm and comforting beefy aroma makes it irresistible, even to picky eaters like kids.
It can be dressed up for a fancier meal for two or served to your entire squad.
Depending on the recipe, you can have it done in as little as 20 minutes, making it a perfect weeknight meal.
You can also take your time and let the beef simmer in brandy and wine for a truly scrumptious taste.
With such a thick, rich gravy, it’s often served on top of egg noodles or even as a glorified sauce for rice.
But then what should you make when deciding what to serve with beef stronganoff?
While this dish is rather filling, it would be best to have some beef stroganoff sides to round out the meal.
On its own, you’re missing out on getting your veggies in, well, with the exception of the mushrooms commonly used in the sauce.
That of course begs the question, what goes with beef stroganoff?
Keep reading and you’ll discover plenty of beef stroganoff sides that you’ll want to add to your table.
Whether you’re having a romantic couples’ night in, expecting guests (distinguished or otherwise), or you have a house full of kids, these side dishes will enhance your beef stroganoff experience.
What Goes with Beef Stroganoff? Our Fitting List of Sides
Beef stroganoff seems like a tricky dish to pair because it’s already so filling. But you need sides to go with it to hit all the food groups.
Take your pick of the sides presented below to mix and match an amazing meal. Some are authentically Russian to make for a fully exotic dining experience.
1. Braised Red Cabbage
Braised red cabbage is a very popular Russian side dish. Plus, it’s got that super-pretty purple color.
Since beef stroganoff is that warm brownish color (perhaps with a little green if you add parsley on top just prior to serving), it really helps to have side dishes that add more vibrance to your table.
Best of all, this is one side dish that’s both cheap and easy to make, and it yields purely delicious results.
Take it from Beth at Budget Bytes who has the perfect braised red cabbage recipe dialed in!
2. Classic Russian Salad
Another quick way to get more vegetables and color on your table when serving beef stroganoff is to make a Russian salad.
With fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, and dill mixed in with that sour cream from your main dish, it ties everything all together while giving you a nice dose of nutrients.
We love that it’s creamy yet light with every bite, a superb match for this robust main.
Mila from Girl and the Kitchen has the details on how to make an authentic and classic Russian salad.
3. Russian Cooked Vegetable Salad
When you think of salads, you think of crunchy, crisp vegetables fresh from the garden, right? Well, we love trying something new.
A cooked vegetable salad certainly takes a little more time to prepare, but it’s served cold, allowing the dressing to soak into the vegetables.
This Russian take on a salad is certainly something we can get behind.
Plus, it you have picky eaters who fuss about lettuce and greens, they’ll have a hard time saying no to this salad made with potatoes, carrots, peas, beets, and dill pickles.
Gabriela from The Bossy Kitchen has the details you need to whip this one up!
4. Creamy Russian Mushroom Julienne
Do you love mushrooms? Chances are, if you’re making beef stroganoff, you do.
And if you’d like to get more mushrooms in your meal, making a creamy Russian mushroom julienne is the way to go.
This is also a nice option to add to your table if you have a vegetarian guest dining with you.
It evokes the same warming flavors as your main beef stroganoff but without the beef. And it’s topped with cheese!
Maybe the kids will even dig in and give it a try.
Lyuba from Will Cook for Smiles has the recipe for you, and the pictures are going to make you lick your screen!
5. Russian Style Boiled Potatoes
Sometimes, there’s no need to make a fuss. Sometimes, the most simple path you can take is the answer.
That’s the case with Russian style boiled potatoes.
It’s an easy dish that’s great for beginners, it fits a budget, and it is something that everyone at the table can enjoy.
If your kids complain about beef stroganoff, they’ll at least have something to eat with these potatoes.
Like with baked potatoes, it couldn’t be easier with just a few ingredients.
Check out this video by Student Mealz to see just how simple this side is!
6. Draniki (Stuffed Potato Pancakes)
Let’s say you want to be adventurous and try something more complex from the world of Russian cookery.
Then you’ll want to make draniki. These stuffed potato pancakes are going to disappear fast.
Traditionally, they include ground pork, chicken, or turkey in them but if you don’t want to overload on the meats or have meatless guests dining with you, you can leave it out.
You can also make separate batches so that everyone has something tasty to eat.
Plus, you can serve them with sour cream which you’ll have on hand for making your beef stroganoff.
Natasha’s Kitchen shows you how to expertly make them.
7. Potato, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dumplings (Vareniki)
There is something about potatoes and bacon. They’re like peas and carrots, only better.
Vareniki is a type of dumpling that originates in Russia. Think of it like a dumpling filled with mashed potatoes.
There is nothing more comforting or delicious than a potato-stuffed dumpling (perogies anyone?), unless it has bacon and onions to go with it.
As a matter of fact, you can sneak other veggies in these to get kids to eat them. Blend in a little spinach and NO ONE will know.
And they’ll go wonderfully with that rich beef stroganoff sauce too.
Julia at Vikalinka has this delicious beef stroganoff side dish for you to try.
8. Russian Pickled Tomatoes
Pickled veggies are very prominent in Russian cuisine. We couldn’t think of a better beef stroganoff side that adds color as well as contrast.
The briny flavor is a great choice to complement this intensely rich dish.
The best part is that this side can be used for your salads or snacking throughout the rest of the week too.
If you have lots of tomatoes you need to use up, try pickling them and they won’t go to waste.
From Peter’s Food Adventures, you’ll see just how easy it is to make Russian pickled tomatoes.
9. Shaved Fennel Salad
One of the best ways to complement your beef stroganoff is to boldly set it off with an opposite side.
Something that screams summer alongside the wintery warmth of your main dish will add brilliance to the table and lighten things up.
Shaved fennel salads are ideal for this. With lots of ingredients that add texture, crunch, and flavor, it’s sure to satisfy.
Jeanine and Jack at Love and Lemons have a truly special recipe that includes juicy peaches, salty feta, and crunchy pistachios that draw all the flavor of summer into one big salad bowl!
10. Spinach Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
If you’re tired of regular salads with lettuce, why not go for spinach? Those dark leafy greens are so good for you.
And who doesn’t love the comfort of a spinach salad dressed with hardboiled eggs, bacon, mushrooms, and feta?
Skip the store-bought dressing though and take the couple of minutes to whip one up yourself.
It’s a game-changer! Holly at Spend with Pennies has a wonderfully creamy poppy seed dressing in her recipe that you’re going to love!
11. Simple Lemon Parsley Cauliflower Rice
And now, for you low-carb eaters out there, you can still enjoy your beef stroganoff without adding more carbs.
Since this dish is often served atop egg noodles or rice, what’s a low-carb dieter to do? Why, make cauliflower rice of course!
It’s also a great way to get the kids to eat more vegetables.
Don’t buy that stuff in the bag though. Making cauliflower rice is so easy that once you do it, you’ll never go back.
This recipe by Kim’s Cravings gets it on your table in just 20 minutes.
12. Dill Cucumber Salad
Dill and cucumber are common ingredients in Russian style side dishes. The refreshing crisp of cucumber and the sweet, lemony taste of dill are a wonderful pair.
This contrast makes it ideal to serve along with your beef stroganoff dish and put more fresh vegetables on your dinner table. It’s so easy too that you’ll have dinner done fast.
The longer you let it sit in the fridge, the more pickled the taste will be.
Heidi at Foodie Crush not only gives you a great recipe for this salad, but she also has 5 other cucumber salad recipes on the same page if you’d prefer one of those.
13. Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower
An easy recipe that only requires 10 minutes of hands-on time is ideal for a busy night.
When you roast cauliflower with garlic and parmesan in your oven, you get crunchy, flavorful bites of goodness that no one can resist.
Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable. It’s one of the reasons we love serving it as often as we can.
Roasted in this fashion, it will be a delicious yet healthy way to add more vegetables to your beef stroganoff dinner.
Anna at Crunchy Creamy Sweet shows you just how easy this wonderful side dish is to make!
14. Homemade Rye Bread
And finally, we’re going to end our suggestions of what to serve with beef stroganoff with rye bread.
Rye bread is also Russian. In a pinch, you could run by your local bakery and pick up a fresh loaf.
But if you’re having a nice weekend dinner of beef stroganoff, why not make your very own homemade rye bread?
It’s a lot easier than it sounds. Plus,
Rachel at The Stay at Home Chef has a recipe that requires no machines. You can make it by hand. She walks you through it step by step to turn you into a bread-baking believer!
What to Serve with Beef Stroganoff: Getting It Right
Is it your first time making beef stroganoff? Perhaps you’re trying your mom or grandma’s recipe, or you’ve found a recipe to try online.
You may even have a meal kit or seasoning packet to help you along. Whatever way you’re making it, always choose quality beef.
Beef stroganoff meat choices
If you’re going to be cooking it for a long time, use a chuck roast. This beef cut is phenomenal for slow cooking.
If not, you better go with a more tender cut, like if you’re hurrying home from work and have 20 to 30 minutes to throw dinner together.
A one-pot recipe might just be ideal for you in this situation.
Flank steak will add great flavor and won’t come out chewy when you’re hurrying this dish along.
Don’t crowd the pan
One common mistake of home cooks when browning meat is that they overcrowd the pan.
If you do when making beef stroganoff, you won’t get that perfect brown on it.
That brown is what really makes the sauce so extraordinary. Brown your meat in batches to ensure it doesn’t steam.
Egg noodles vs. rice
There are two types of people in this world – those that serve beef stroganoff with buttered egg noodles and those that serve it with rice.
There’s also a small segment of egg noodle-eaters that make it all in one pot, eliminating the need for butter.
We can argue all day about which is best. The bottom line is what are you in the mood for?
The egg noodles give a nice firm chew along with the sauce.
That beef stroganoff sauce is virtually made for sliding along the slopes of noodles on your plate.
Then there’s rice. White rice also helps sop up the sauce from this iconic dish.
Some of you may simply go with whatever is in your cabinet which works too.
If you want to be a traditionalist about it, you should use the egg noodles.
And if you want to reduce your carb intake or trick kids into eating more vegetables, then serve cauliflower rice.
We’ve included that as one of our sides above!
There’s nothing wrong with serving your beef stroganoff in a bowl and dunking hunks of that homemade rye bread into it either.
In fact, that sounds downright heavenly!
Beef stroganoff for the non-meat eater
Have you gone meatless for the planet or for your health? Perhaps you just want a meat-free twist on a Russian traditional dish.
The good news is that you can absolutely make beef stroganoff without any meat.
Technically, you can’t call it “beef” stroganoff.
But because mushrooms have such a meaty flavor and texture, you can simply serve a mushroom stroganoff.
If you’re strictly meatless, you will want to replace broth in recipes for beef stroganoff with vegetable broth.
You’ll also want to replace all dairy with non-dairy vegan-friendly items.
With fresh herbs and seasonings, you’ll get that rich and savory taste without meat.
Incidentally, if you’re having a big dinner and one of your guests is vegetarian or vegan, it’s very easy to make a smaller portion of mushroom stroganoff for them to enjoy.
Simply separate the ingredients at the beginning and keep the pans separate.
And whether you eat meat or not, the recipes above for beef stroganoff sides are going to win for everyone.
Make as many as you need to fill up the bellies of your family, friends, and other guests. We love beef stroganoff for the warm, filling, and soothing feeling it provides.
It also has a great ethnic flair to it in an approachable way, making it easy to try something new from another country’s selection of comfort foods.
With sides full of vegetables, it turns something hearty and heavy like beef stroganoff into a complete meal, one that everyone will love so much they’ll take seconds!
What to Serve with Beef Stroganoff
- Red Cabbage
- Russian Salad
- Vegetable Salad
- Mushroom Julienne
- Boiled Potatoes
- Pickled Tomatoes
- Fennel Salad
- Spinach Salad
- Cauliflower Rice
- Cucumber Salad
- Parmesan Cauliflower
- Choose your desired Beef Stroganoff side dish recipe.
- Gather and organize needed ingredients.
- Create a tasty Beef Stroganoff side to complete your meal!