Looking for the best side dishes to serve with lamb? You have come to the right place.
Lamb is an extremely tasty protein source with a wonderfully rich fat that lends itself to so many types of side dishes.
In today's article, we give you our Best 9 Side Dishes to Serve with Lamb Dinners and tell you why they work so well with lamb and which lamb cuts.
We will outline:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Zucchini
- Greek Style Lemon Roasted Potatoes
- Mediterranean yellow rice
- Tzatziki sauce
- Truffle Parmesan French Fries
Za’atar Roasted Carrots
1. Greek Salad with Lamb
If you make a Greek-style lamb dish, you have to to pair it with an authentic horiatiki salad (Greek salad).
This easy salad usually includes diced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, kalamata olives, red wine vinegar, and a generous sprinkle of feta cheese. This is a healthy and refreshing side dish to serve with lamb anytime.
In the Summertime, the Greeks add diced watermelon or use the fruit as a substitute for tomatoes. Either way, this salad tastes refreshing and bright, which pairs amazingly well as a simple yet tasty side dish to serve with lamb.
Not only is this salad tasty, but it contains plenty of healthy ingredients that pair perfectly with any of the main cuts of lamb.
So, feel free to serve this scrumptious, colorful Greek salad at your next dinner party or backyard barbecue to accommodate all of your guests regardless of their dietary needs.
2. Couscous with Lamb
Couscous is a popular Middle Eastern and North African side dish that you might often see paired as a side dish served with lamb and an equally popular entrée option. The low-fat, circular-shaped grains are delicious and boast a lengthy nutritional profile, mainly thanks to their high fiber content.
There are three main varieties of couscous: Israeli Pearl, Lebanese (Moghrabieh), and Moroccan. All of them are made with durum wheat semolina yet vary in size, with Pearl being the largest.
Couscous is easy to make on your stovetop by boiling the grain in salted water or chicken (or vegetable) stock. If you are only using water, we suggest adding butter or olive oil to the pot for best results.
This couscous with lamb recipe is our favorite by far due to its simplicity.
Couscous makes a great side dich to serve with lamb rib chops in particular as it soaks up all those tasty juices, fats and flavors from your lamb.
3. Mashed Potatoes with Lamb
Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? This staple is one of the all time best yet easiest side dish to serve lamb. Mashed potatoes are Ideal to serve with tasty and fatty lamb loin chops on a bed of freshly made mashed potatoes with butter.
While your lamb chops are cooking in the oven or on the pan, you can prep some delivious and buttery mashed potatoes.
Just like couscous, mashed potato pairs wonderfully as a side dish for lamb due to its neutral taste which will soak up the flavor, juices and aroma of you lamb.
The best part of making homemade mashed potatoes is that you can customize them to your liking. For example, those who like chunkier, thick mashed potatoes should add less butter or milk and cook the potatoes for a shorter time. Meanwhile, those who like super creamy mashed potatoes may want to take things one step further and blend the mixture before heating.
This lamb chops and mash potatoes recipe is a regular in our our household.
4. Roasted Zucchini with Lamb
Zucchini, a tasty summer squash, is a quick and easy side dish to pair with with lamb chops, lamb shoulder or lamb leg.. Zucchini is often served with lamb in Greek cuisine, whether fried, grilled, or roasted. It is also a great source of fiber and immune-boosting antioxidants, making this side dish a healthy option.
When roasting, we suggest cutting the zucchini into strips or coins to get more consistent results. If you have access to a barbecue or grill pan, we recommend grilling the zucchini rather than roasting it for even better results.
Greek style Roasted Zucchini with Lamb tastes incredible and easy to prepare in minutes.
5. Greek-style Lemon Roasted Potatoes with Lamb
As you may now realize, the Greeks know what they’re doing when it comes to cooking lamb and its corresponding side dishes!
To make greek style Lemon roasted potatoes, cut your potatoes and coat them in olive oil. Add salt, black pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and lemon pepper to the potatoes. Squeeze fresh or storebought lemon juice over them before roasting and give another squeeze of lemon once again after roasting.
6. Mediterranean Yellow Rice with Lamb
Rice is always a stellar side dish to serve with lamb option.
Mediterranean yellow rice, in particular, features plenty of flavors that go well with all cuts of lamb be they roasts like lamb shoulder joint, lamb shank lamb, leg or lamb chops such as lamb loin chops or lamb rib chops.
The yellow rice is traditionally made with fresh cilantro, garlic, cumin, and turmeric (which gives the rice its vibrant hue). Plus, the grain soaks up any excess lamb sauce or lamb marinade used on the lamb, giving it more and more flavor.
Mediterranean yellow rice with lamb shanks is our all time favorite as the rice pairs perfectly with the juicy slow braised and fall off the bone lamb shanks
7. Pita Bread and Tzatziki Sauce with Lamb
Pita makes an excellent side dish to serve lamb, especially if you plan on using it to make lamb gyro sandwiches for lunch or dinner. You can serve it on its own with a side of Tzatziki sauce. Another option is to use the spread as a filling for your gyro.
You can make lamb gyro meat at home by thinly slicing a lamb shoulder or leg of lamb.
Once the meat is sliced, season it with salt, black pepper, dried oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder. Then, pan-fry your lamb strips in olive oil over medium heat for seven minutes, flipping in between. Let the lamb rest for about five minutes before serving or assembling your gyro.
Some other ingredients you may want to include in your homemade lamb gyros are red onions, tomatoes, and crispy patates tiganites (Greek fries). After you stuff your pita with your lamb and tzatziki sauce, just dig right in! A classic side dish for lamb that never disappoints.
8. Truffle Parmesan French Fries with Lamb
French fries always make a great side dish to serve with lamb. But truffle fries? They simply cannot be beaten. To make this dish at home, you will need fries (either frozen or homemade).
You can bake the fries, deep-fry them, or cook them inside your air fryer. When air-frying or baking fries, especially storebought frozen fries, you should use spray oil to ensure they get nice and golden-brown.
Toss truffle oil onto your cooked fries as a finishing element. Sprinkle sea salt, paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, Parmesan cheese, and fresh parsley. These seasonings, plus the truffle oil, will leave you with a memorable first bite and are an ideal compliment to lamb chops in particular.
Also worth pointing out, it is super easy to make lamb chops in the air-fryer so you can make this entire combo of truffle fries and lamb in the air fryer.
9. Za’atar Roasted Carrots with Lamb
Middle-Eastern-style Za’atar roasted carrots are a classy and out of this world as a side dish for lamb cuts.
Za’atar spices, such as dried oregano, sumac, thyme, marjoram, and toasted sesame seeds, pair delightfully well when sprinkled onto roasted carrots as a super tasty middle eartern inspired side dish to pair with lamb.
They also elevate basic roasted carrots to greater (and more flavorful) heights. We are sure this dish will be a hit amongst your family or dinner party guests with Lamb Spare Ribs, Leg of Lamb, Lamb Rack, Lamb Shoulder or Roasted Lamb Neck.
Summary: Best 9 Side Dishes To Serve With Lamb Dinners
- Lamb works incredibly well with a host of staples like mashed potatoes or couscous or with simple veggie based side dishes like greek salad, roasted zucchini or Za'atar roasted carrots.
- The Greeks have side dishes for lamb down to a fine art so look to greece for lots of inspiration for your next side dish to serve with lamb.
- Middle East is the next destination for lamb side dish inspiration. Lamb and Mutton is eaten daily across the middle east and africa hence the abundance of side dishes.