What to Serve with Prime Rib (24 Tasty Side Dishes)

I’ll let you in on a little secret: prime rib is one of my favorite meals to enjoy all year round!

There’s just something about this dish that’s so luxurious and exquisite – it’s a real treat every time I get to eat it.

While I personally love pairing it with some warming, hearty dishes (ratatouille or risotto, anyone?) I get that sometimes it can be difficult to think about what to serve with prime rib.

Don’t worry – there are so many excellent options out there!

From fluffy baked goods to something light like salads and vegetables (and everything in between), here’s my collection of the best side dishes to pair with your prime rib.

After reading this article, you won’t have to wonder what goes with prime rib ever again. Let’s dive right in!

Starchy Sides

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire pudding is a traditional English pastry case that’s best served with a piping hot roast dinner!

This is the perfect side for prime rib, as you can fill it with your choice of meat, mashed potatoes, peas, and gravy.

And the best part is that this pudding is very easy to make and uses only ingredients you likely already have lying around.

Simply mix together flour, salt, eggs, oil, and milk, and this side is ready in as little as 40 minutes!

Dinner Rolls

If my family can’t decide what to eat with prime rib for tonight’s meal, dinner rolls are often my go-to.

That’s because dinner rolls are a favorite addition to literally anything, but especially prime rib.

Their soft, pillowy texture just pairs so well with tender, flavorsome prime rib. It’s also a great carb option to round out your meal!

This recipe requires only 10 minutes of prep time and 12 minutes of cooking time, so it’s quick, easy, and hassle-free.

The one-hour rising period required makes it a more drawn-out process, but it’s not a problem if you plan in advance!

Cheddar Bacon Chive Biscuits

Juicy prime rib paired with some tender, flaky biscuits? Now that’s what I call the perfect breakfast to jumpstart your day!

These bacon cheddar chive biscuits take only 30 minutes to prepare and are a great carb element to partner with your prime rib dish.

They’re also surprisingly absorbent, so I love using them to soak up any gravy or sauce I serve with the beef.

If chives and bacon aren’t your favorite flavors, you can also adjust the ingredients to suit your taste. Spinach and feta are some other yummy options!

Cheesy Monkey Bread

There’s nothing quite like some good ol’ cheesy monkey bread! This diverse baked good can be sweet or savory, and it’s just perfect for mopping up any gravy that comes with the beef.

Packed full of mouthwatering cheesy and garlicky flavors, I’m not sure I can create a list of perfect prime rib side dishes without it!

This bread requires 30 minutes of prep time, 40 minutes of cooking time, and 3 hours of proofing.

During the proofing process, leave the dough resting at warm temperatures to get the best quality monkey bread out there!

Twice-Baked Potatoes

Twice-baked potatoes – also known as stuffed potatoes – are delicious either as a side or standalone snack.

Just be sure to make extra, because everyone at the dinner table is going to want more!

These tasty delights are stuffed with bacon, cheddar, and green onions, but you can freely swap these out for any ingredients you like.

My personal favorite is cheese, onion, and corn: my family finds them irresistible!

If you’d like to try your hand at this dish, note that it takes an hour and thirty minutes to prepare.

This is because you need to bake the potatoes, halve them, scoop out the softened mush, and fill them with your mix!

Au Gratin Potatoes

This is a French classic which involves thinly sliced potatoes, creamy white sauce, and lots of cheese!

Potatoes and cheese are two popular favorites, so combining them together is a surefire win with guests.

It takes around two hours to prepare au gratin potatoes because of how many elements are involved in the dish. But trust me: it’s well worth the wait and the effort!

Once it’s done, this dish is buttery, creamy, cheesy, and crispy — an absolutely ideal accompaniment to rich prime rib and green vegetables.

If you ask me, some asparagus or green beans on the side will round out the entire meal to perfection!

Gnocchi Alfredo

Why not pair gnocchi with prime rib for a nice, romantic dinner with your partner? I prepare this combo any chance I can get!

Gnocchi is an Italian dumpling made from potatoes and semolina flour. For this dish, you should cook gnocchi in a creamy alfredo sauce, along with some fresh spinach and tasty parmesan.

Served with prime rib, this dish becomes absolutely heavenly and offers a superb contrast of flavors.

Not only is this dish relatively cheap to put together, but it can also be cooked in under 20 minutes!

Seasoned Rice Pilaf

Rice is another great side to pair to prime rib, but I don’t whip up just any ordinary rice recipe.

For something as delicious as this, I love going with rice pilaf — a tasty blend of long-grain white rice and orzo cooked with butter, stock, herbs, and spices!

It takes only 35 minutes to cook and is a lovely side dish to serve with any number of meals.

The warm rice is just exploding with flavor, providing an amazing side dish to a hefty serving of tender and tasty prime rib. It’s low-cost, too!

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom risotto is so good when paired with prime rib. The saucy, creamy dish is packed full of umami that truly bring out the meat’s flavors!

This recipe calls for the use of dry white wine, but I also personally love the flavor combination of red wine, mushroom, and beef.

With only 15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of cooking required, you can have this dish served and ready to eat in no time!

Vegetables

Roasted Vegetable Medley

Why choose a single veggie to serve when you can have an entire medley of them, right? And that’s where my trusty ratatouille comes in!

This roasted vegetable medley is a modern spin on the traditional French dish, but it’s just as satisfying as the original.

Vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, and onions are caramelized in the oven to bring out their richest flavors.

The prime rib then soaks up the saucy goodness of this side dish to heighten the overall flavor of the meal. Yum!

Roasted Garlic Green Beans

On any plate containing prime rib, these easy roasted garlic green beans are essential.

Tender yet crunchy, this dish packs personality, great flavor, and a ton of nutrients all in one dish! If you’re making a winter roast, then trust me – these beans are a sure winner.

With only 5 minutes of prep and 25 minutes of cooking time, these bad boys are ready in just half an hour!

Green Beans Almondine

Another green bean supreme, this dish is absolutely swell in the summertime.

Cook the beans lightly with butter and garlic before seasoning with lemon, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the shaved almonds over the top for that dramatic visual appeal!

This dish can be served warm or cold, so it’s the perfect side to take along to a barbecue too.

Caramelized Mushrooms

These mushrooms are buttery and rich with their wonderfully caramelized flavor. And since everyone loves a pairing of mushrooms and prime rib, you can never really go wrong with this combination!

This is also a beautifully simple dish that takes only 30 minutes max to complete, which includes both prep and cooking time.

Garlic and crushed red pepper are important ingredients you have to include as they bring a true punch to the dish!

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Carrots, glazed with brown sugar? Yes! This healthy side is both tender and tasty, and they’re made even better with a little bit of sweetness.

Of course, I love to pair them with a plate of prime rib!

This dish requires only four ingredients and is very quick and easy to make. Once you’re done, you can even throw in some gravy and mashed potatoes to create a meal that’ll blow your guests away!

Easy Olive Spread

Using cream cheese and seven large pimento-stuffed olives, you can make this beautifully creamy and tangy olive spread in just five minutes!

I love that this goes well as a side spread to your prime rib, as the rich flavors of each element work so well together to create an explosion of flavor. This spread is so delicious – I won’t blame you if you end up wanting more.

Luckily for you, this spread can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks in a tightly sealed container.

Quick tip: add some olive oil and lemon to refresh the mix after a few days!

Caesar Salad Spears

This recipe is a new take on the classic Caesar salad! Not only is this an excellent side for prime rib in the summertime, but it’s also a great option for when I want something cool and refreshing.

It boasts super simple ingredients and is ready to serve in just under an hour! Romaine lettuce and croutons are the stars of the show, adding fresh, salty, and crispy dimensions to the salad.

This combination makes for a wonderful texture that will go well with the tenderness of prime rib. It’s a match made in heaven!

Arugula Salad with Parmesan

When I want something that’s super healthy and zero fuss to prepare, I usually go for arugula salad with a dash of parmesan!

Don’t let its simple appearance fool you as this bowl of goodness is packed full of flavor.

The arugula ties everything together, and with some parmesan thrown into the mix you’ll have a salty, tangy, and hearty salad that goes so well with prime rib.

A light dressing of lemon, honey, and olive oil takes hardly any time to prepare and takes the salad to a whole new level. Try this out and taste it for yourself!

What Sauce Goes with Prime Rib?

Red Wine Au Jus

Are you wondering what to serve with prime rib dinner when you’re feeling a bit fancy?

This red wine au jus sauce is my go-to! This is a classic accompaniment to prime rib – and once you’ve tried it, you’ll understand why.

A red wine au jus can be created in just 30 minutes, and I don’t think you should experiment with anything else until after you’ve tried it with prime rib!

To make it even better, I also recommend serving this with a side of roasted garlic green beans and creamy mashed potatoes.

Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Are you after a punchy, creamy sauce that your dinner guests will simply adore?

If so, I recommend this creamy horseradish sauce! While it has a bit of a smell, it’s not overly pungent – so it won’t steal the show away from your prime rib main!

With just a few simple ingredients such as sour cream, apple cider vinegar, and horseradish, you can whip this sauce up at a very low cost. You won’t believe it takes only two minutes to make!

Toum (Lebanese Garlic Sauce)

Here’s a unique sauce I’m sure you haven’t tried with your prime steak yet — toum!

Ready in 30 minutes and using just four ingredients, you can create this beautifully creamy sauce that’s perfect for just about any savory meal.

You’ll be thrilled to know that it pairs extremely well with prime rib as well!

Just remember that toum is fatty and creamy, so you’ll want to make sure you have some greens on the plate to balance out the flavors. And for that, I recommend trying out green beans and almondine (recipe listed above!)

Desserts

Chocolate Lava Cake

Would you believe that this chocolate lava cake recipe can be completed in around 22 minutes?

It’s true! This cake is an absolute delight that will satisfy even the biggest chocolate fiend.

You can find most of the ingredients in your pantry, and all you’ll need to purchase is the special bittersweet chocolate. Serve with Chantilly cream and raspberries for the ultimate flavor combination!

What better way to follow up a succulent prime rib meal than with this decadent treat?

New York Cheesecake

If you want a lovely treat and have some extra time up your sleeve, this New York cheesecake should be your first option!

This recipe perfects an old classic, creating a creamy, tasty, and crack-free dessert I simply adore.

Interested? Make sure to set aside lots of time! The cheesecake will take about two hours to prepare and cook, and an extra eight hours of cooling time for the best results.

If you have an electric mixer, you can speed up the process!

Tiramisu

I love myself some authentic Italian tiramisu, and the best part of it all is that it’s a wonderful way to tie together a prime rib meal!

A favorite among coffee lovers and sweet tooths alike, this dessert will easily become a favorite with every dinner guest.

After a heavy meal of prime rib and starchy sides, this tiramisu is an excellent digestive to end the night.

I recommend serving tiramisu after prime rib with mushroom risotto. Guests are sure to appreciate the thought you’ve put into the Italian-themed meal!

Creme Brulee

After a heavy meal of prime rib, creme brulee is a lovely and light dessert to follow.

By following this recipe, you’ll achieve the crispiest crack ever when you dip your spoon through the surface!

Many people are intimidated by the thought of making creme brulee (I was too) – but in reality, it’s actually pretty simple!

What’s great about this dessert is that you can prepare it days in advance of serving.

This takes the pressure off you on the day, and gives you more time to focus on the star of the show: your prime rib, of course!

What to Serve with Prime Rib (24 Tasty Side Dishes)

Print Recipe
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword prime rib
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Starchy Sides

  • Yorkshire Pudding
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Cheddar Bacon Chive Biscuits
  • Cheesy Monkey Bread
  • Twice-Baked Potatoes
  • Au Gratin Potatoes
  • Gnocchi Alfredo
  • Seasoned Rice Pilaf
  • Mushroom Risotto

Vegetables

  • Roasted Vegetable Medley
  • Roasted Garlic Green Beans
  • Green Beans Almondine
  • Caramelized Mushrooms
  • Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
  • Easy Olive Spread
  • Caesar Salad Spears
  • Arugula Salad with Parmesan

What Sauce Goes with Prime Rib?

  • Red Wine Au Jus
  • Creamy Horseradish Sauce
  • Toum Lebanese Garlic Sauce

Desserts

  • Chocolate Lava Cake
  • New York Cheesecake
  • Tiramisu
  • Creme Brulee

Instructions

  • Pick your favorite prime rib side dish.
  • Get the required ingredients.
  • Savor a scrumptious food dinner!