If you like ribs as I do, you will relish every single time you have them. They may taste different depending on their type, but when you cook them right, they are scrumptious! They also go well with various side dishes. Just make sure that you select a well-suited one whose flavor pairs perfectly with that of your ribs.
What are Ribs?
Ribs are the parts of chops that have less meat. We have pork, beef, lamb, and even venison ribs. Depending on the region, some people also consume the ribs of other animals; like goat, llama, and alpaca.
Since they are from different types of meat, they have different flavors, especially when you add the seasonings which you prefer.
You can use different methods to cook your ribs. Frying, grilling, roasting, and baking are some of them — the recipes or steps to follow when cooking ribs from different animals may differ. Therefore, I would advise you to look for tutorials on YouTube to get a clue about how you are supposed to cook them. It is also a great way to know the ingredients you can use to make yours tastier.
Pork and beef ribs are some of the most fashionable ones. Lovers of pork can go for pork ribs while those who prefer steak can go for beef ribs. Regardless of whether you have pork, beef, or lamb ribs for lunch or dinner, get a compatible side dish that goes well with them. This helps to ensure that your meal is more satiating and your diet is balanced.
What can I serve with ribs?
It is impossible to count the sides that you can make to serve with ribs. They are unlimited. With some creativity, you can create a recipe that will partner well with your pork or beef ribs. There are some that we already know would make great sides. These are:
Get an easy potato salad recipe to go with grilled or even fried ribs. Yellow, white, or red potatoes are ideal for this dish. You can go for small ones because they are quick to cook. Also, leave them whole to maintain their natural flavor. Add the salt to the cooking water and ensure that the potatoes are tender before you drain the water. A simple dressing is enough to make it tastier.
To make it creamy, use homemade mayonnaise. Some cream is ideal if you want to lighten up your dressing. Other ingredients worth adding include Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar over your cooked potatoes.
Avocado and Black Bean Salad
Salads and ribs make a great match. This avocado and black bean salad demand only ten minutes of your time. Get a bowl that fits the salad you are making and mix your ingredients. These are beans, jalapeno, orange bell pepper, oil, cumin, cherry tomatoes, lime juice, and adequate salt. Then, dice or slice your avocado and add it to the bowl.
Spicy collard greens with corn
This dish is sweet and a bit crunchy due to the corn. It is precisely what your tender and juicy pork, beef, or lamb ribs need. Its recipe is uncomplicated. Get collard greens, corn (frozen) ginger, shallot, garlic, olive oil, coconut milk, pepper, and salt. Use a food processor to make a garlic, ginger, and shallot paste to bring out better flavors.
Greek Pasta Salad
Making this side for ribs is effortless. It needs veggies like tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, olives, and cucumbers. It is also okay if you add some feta cheese. A cup of bottled Greek vinaigrette is ideal for the dressing. Alternatively, you can have red wine vinegar, garlic powder, olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper to taste. It will be more flavorsome if you leave it in your refrigerator for about two hours before serving it with the ribs.
Marinated white beans
White beans have a delicious mellow, buttery taste that pairs well with ribs. They are nutritious and fast to make. The amount you cook should depend on the number of people you are serving. You need to buy white beans, fresh parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. It is easy to find all these at your local grocery store, and within ten minutes, the side dish will be ready. Of course, you will have to cook the beans first or buy canned ones.
Corn and tomato coleslaw
This coleslaw recipe is simple, healthy, and delicious. Serving your ribs with it is an excellent idea. For it to turn out great, use a method that is easy to master. Green cabbage, corn, and tomatoes are the must-have ingredients. You should also get tomatillos, extra virgin oil, Dijon mustard, and fresh lime juice. I use garlic, lime, and mustard dressing for my corn and tomato coleslaw side dish. You can also sprinkle some chopped cilantro on the salad.
Creamy garlic mushrooms
I love serving ribs with creamy garlic mushrooms because they are mouthwatering and unbelievably easy to make. If you are vegetarian, you can make its vegan version. When buying the mushrooms for this recipe, choose dry ones which are soft or soggy to achieve a great, firm texture. I would not advise you to store them when you get home. Instead, cook them as soon as possible when their flavors are still fresh.
Spicy Roasted Cauliflower
This Mexican-inspired side for ribs is tastier with jalapeno, garlic and some lime. It is gluten-free and great for vegans. Within 40 minutes, you should be done making it. Additional ingredients are olive oil, cilantro, salt, and pepper. When cooking the cauliflower, ensure that it is tender with a light brown color for a better taste. You may refrigerate it for a day or two and reheat it when you want to have it with ribs.
Each side dish that we have provided in this article will go well with your ribs regardless of whether they are pork, lamb, or beef. Use seasonings that you love. Feel free to try out various recipes/methods to make sure that your side is yummy.