Side Dishes for Fried Pork Chops

Healthy Pork Recipes

Side Dishes for Fried Pork Chops

Fried pork chops are one of the most popular family favorites because of their versatility. When you think about it, there are few dishes that don't pair well with pork chops. The crispy exterior from frying is nicely offset with a tender, juicy interior.

1. Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Scalloped potatoes with ham, although often served as a main dish, are perfect as a side. The cheese and ham, combined with the potatoes, create a smooth texture that brings out the flavors. This side is easy to prepare quickly when you're short on time.

Hearty potato gratin with parmesan cheese, cream and delicious cured bacon from South Tyrol freshly served from the oven on a wooden table
Scalloped potatoes make the perfect side for fried pork chops. Add ham for some additional protein.

2. Jalapeno Cornbread

Jalapeno cornbread is a spicy take on a popular Southern staple. Adding jalapenos makes the cornbread a perfect combination of spicy and sweet. Red bell peppers and cheddar cheese also enhance the flavor in the cornbread.

3. Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is one of the most versatile sides to serve with any meal. The brown sugar and cinnamon offer a nice contrast to the meatier flavor of the pork chops. Serving the casserole with butter further enhances the rich flavors.

Homemade Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole with Caramelized Pecans for Thanksgiving Day
Sweet potato casserole needn't be relegated solely as a Thanksgiving side. Serve it up next time you make fried pork chops.

4. Maple-Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Maple-bacon Brussels sprouts combine savory, smoky, and sweet flavors. Although not a common pairing, bacon, and maple syrup offer a tasty contrast. Other ingredients enhancing the flavor include dried cranberries and apple juice.

5. Honey Baked Apples

Honey-baked apples are a favorite certain to please all ages. One of the best things about this recipe is its flexibility, letting you use the apple variety you enjoy the most. You can also make easy substitutions, such as whipped cream instead of ice cream or maple syrup instead of honey.

Honey-baked apples pair perfectly with pork chops.

6. Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Roasted fingerling potatoes are an excellent crispy side to accompany fried pork chops. One of the secrets of this recipe is the addition of cornstarch for a better texture. If you have kids that you're trying to move away from less healthy sides like chips, these potatoes are a great alternative.

7. Sweet Potato Puff

Sweet potato puff is an excellent way to get more fiber into your diet. This recipe has similarities to mashed potatoes but with a fluffier texture. Brown sugar, ginger, and lemon zest all add to the unique flavor.

An overhead photo of roasted sweet potatoes in a pan, shot from above on dark rustic wooden textures with rosemary branches, with a place for text
Use fresh sweet potatoes to make this delightful side.

8. Arugula Salad with Apple and Pecan

Arugula salad with apple and pecan is one of the best ways to get a taste of fresh seasonal ingredients. Regardless of whether your pork chops are part of a special or everyday meal, this salad is a great addition. One of the most significant advantages of this side is how easy it is to prepare.

9. Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic mashed potatoes are a tasty twist on a popular favorite. Some of the potato varieties best for this recipe include Inca Gold and Yukon Gold. The garlic helps give these potatoes some extra zest that keeps everyone hungry for more.

Mashed Potatoes with butter and fresh parsley in a white bowl on gray stone concrete background. Top view, copy space
Garlic mashed potatoes are NEVER a bad idea!

10. Roasted Carrots

Roasted carrots are one of the simplest sides, containing only three ingredients. Maple syrup offers a sweet taste that nicely blends in with the butter. These carrots can give your meal a special-occasion type of touch.

11. Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a holiday favorite that has also become popular for everyday use. This casserole is easy to make and will be ready to serve alongside your pork chops. Another thing that makes this dish so popular is how easy it is to customize according to your preferences.

Green bean casserole is delicious during the holiday — and beyond!

12. Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Cracker Barrel fried apples are easy to make in as little as 30 minutes. The sauce uses an apple juice base for a richer flavor overall. An allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg blend increases the flavors to a considerable degree.

13. Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Skillet macaroni and cheese is a homestyle favorite easy to prepare in 30 minutes or less. The mixture of Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese make this variety more flavorful than most kinds of macaroni and cheese. A touch of Tabasco sauce adds a bit of spice that everyone will appreciate.

Baked mac and cheese in a cast iron pan
Skillet mac and cheese will fast become your family's favorite.

14. Succotash

Succotash is one of the oldest side dishes in American cuisine, making a good match for fried pork chops. Succotash stands on its own as a side, especially with flavor enhancers. However, this dish also goes well with lima beans and corn.


15. Easy Macaroni Salad

Easy macaroni salad is a simple dish to prepare. After mixing the ingredients, the salad only requires an hour in the fridge. This salad is a winner whenever you serve fried pork chops during the summer months.

Yummy Homemade Macaroni Salad with Tomato Onion Celery and Parsley
Macaroni salad is a delicious side dish to serve up with fried pork chops.

16. Spicy Broccoli Sauté

Spicy broccoli saute offers a spicier option for a popular vegetable side. Homemade breadcrumbs give the saute some extra body. This ingredient is a perfect way to use up leftover bread.

17. Pork and Pears in Peppercorn Sauce

Pork and pears in peppercorn sauce add some extra personality to your fried pork chops meal. Using pork in a different way serves as an excellent complement to the pork chops by offering a different type of texture. Pears offer a nice serving of fruit with a sweet flavor.

Pork loin cooked with pears and hazelnuts. Traditional Spanish tapa.
While pork and pears could be its own meal, it's also an intriguing accompaniment to your fried pork chop entree.

18. Applesauce

Applesauce is a perfect pork chop side, especially when homemade. Using a variety of three or four types of apples provides a greater variety of flavors. Cinnamon is a great addition, along with sugar.

19. Pasta with Sausage and Cherry Tomatoes

Pasta with sausage and cherry tomatoes pairs nicely with fried pork chops. The cherry tomatoes add a little extra flavor. Hot pepper, thyme, and parsley add extra seasoning to this dish to give it some extra kick.

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Toss together some pasta and fresh tomatoes — with or without sausage. YUM!

20. Irish Colcannon

Irish Colcannon is a classic dish that pairs nicely with virtually any entree, including pork chops. The most basic recipe for this dish requires little preparation time. However, this is a versatile side, allowing you to easily add ingredients to the potatoes, kale, and cabbage for extra flavor.

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