What to Serve with Shepherd’s Pie: 10 Spectacular Side Dishes


Quick Answer: What to Serve with Shepherd’s Pie?

The most spectacular side dishes that you can serve next to Shepherd’s Pie are- Corn Salad, Glazed Carrots, Roasted Asparagus, Dinner Rolls, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, Roasted Cauliflower, Irish Soda Bread, Lemon Artichokes, Mushy Peas and Parsnip Puree.

In this post, we are going to list the most spectacular side dishes that you can serve with Shepherd’s Pie, a classic comfort food.

I have personally tried my hand at these recipes and these healthy and scrumptious sides are sure to complement the smoky flavor and intense richness of your Shepherd’s Pie.

Let’s get to the recipes without any further ado!

1. Corn Salad

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 120
Total preparation time– 15 min

This corn salad side is so easy to get together with no cooking involved!

Packed with diverse flavors and interesting textures coming from fresh corn kernels, succulent tomatoes and red onions, the salad is dressed in a mixture of extra-virgin olive oil, lime juice, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

When ready to serve, sprinkle some crumbled feta and garnish with basil. Scrumptious and savory!

Check out a super quick recipe by The Stay At Home Chef:

2. Glazed Carrots

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 76
Total preparation time- 20 min

A side of Glazed carrots is a classic that never goes out of style.

Sweet and savory, it provides a beautiful contrast to our main dish, Shepherd’s pie.

You are free to choose the sweetener- you can either go all classic with granulated sugar or use brown sugar for a deep rich flavor.

Honey, on the other hand, adds a floral aroma, while maple syrup has an earthy as ever flavor.

Once you have mixed everything together, you may season the carrots with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Here’s a descriptive recipe by TheCooknShare:

3. Roasted Asparagus

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 54
Total preparation time– 15 min

Super simple to throw together and ultra-crispy at the tips, Roasted Asparagus makes for a stunning side to Shepherd’s Pie.

You can either keep those stalks simple or give them a notch by decking them with lemon, red pepper flakes, mint and a bit of Parmesan.

It’s yummy either way!

Here’s how The Stay At Home Chef makes this recipe:

4. Dinner Rolls

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 300
Total preparation time– 3 h 40 min

There is nothing better than soft, fluffy and warm dinner rolls.

All the time and effort put into these homemade dinner rolls would be so much worth at the end.

Plus, the soft chewy texture makes a lovely contrast to shepherd’s pie.

What else? You just need 6 pantry staples to throw the recipe together- milk, unsalted butter, dry yeast, sugar, all-purpose flour and salt.

Check out this quick and delectable recipe by Tasty:

5. Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 110
Total preparation time– 40 min

This colorful and refreshing salad is anything but boring!

It packs a punch of flavors and textures coming from beets, goat cheese, baby greens, pecans and walnuts.

You can also add in your favourite veggies!

For the tangy dressing, whisk together orange juice concentrate, balsamic vinegar and olive oil and you are all set.

Check out a quick recipe here:

6. Roasted Cauliflower

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 58
Total preparation time– 30 min

Oven-roasted cauliflower is brimming with flavors and textures which get enhanced by leaps and bounds with just simple seasoning, oil and butter.

The combination of olive oil and butter caramelizes the florets plus they are baked to perfection.

There’s no doubt that this side tastes incredible with shepherd’s pie.

My favourite part about the recipe is that it is extremely versatile.

Roasted cauliflower goes well with just about any seasoning- sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, or even a little paprika goes a long way.

Here’s how Home Cooking Adventure roasts the cauliflower to tender-perfection:

7. Irish Soda Bread

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 290
Total preparation time– 55 min

Unlike other bread recipes, the Irish Soda Bread recipe does not require yeast and hence it comes together in less than an hour.

Simple, quick and so delish!

It is made with flour, buttermilk, baking soda, salt, eggs, raisins and sugar and makes for a lovely accompaniment to your shepherd’s pie.

The bread tastes the best when eaten warm and just baked.

Here’s how you can make the best ever soda bread:

8. Lemon Artichokes

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 176
Total preparation time– 10 min

Prepared with frozen artichoke hearts, this filling and luscious side comes together in no time and is absolutely healthy.

All you need are 5 ingredients- lemon juice, garlic powder, olive oil, salt, and fresh parsley.

If you don’t have frozen artichoke hearts, don’t fret. Just substitute them with canned artichoke hearts in water and that’s it!

9. Mushy Peas

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 72
Total preparation time– 15 min

A side of mushy peas is so terrific and it complements the flavors of shepherd’s pie optimally.

This vivid classic British dish requires just 15 minutes of preparation time.

Cook the peas simply with butter, mash and then season them with lemon, salt and pepper.

As simple as that! You can also throw in some herbs.

Do check out this traditional mushy peas recipe:

10. Parsnip Puree

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 85
Total preparation time– 35 min

Sweet and nutty, this parsnip puree abounds with an almost creamy texture and makes a great pairing with Shepherd’s Pie.

It is starchy, packed with vitamins and minerals and tastes just like mashed potatoes.

Parsnips, unsalted butter, garlic, whole milk and salt and pepper is all you need to throw the recipe together.

Check out this quick recipe by Chef Studio:

Bottom Line

We hope this wholesome guide on what to pair with Shepherd’s Pie has been conducive.

These spectacular and complementing sides suit all tastes and are not up for disappointment.

If you have any more recipes or suggestions to make our guide better, do let us know below.

Also, don’t forget to share these decadent recipes with your friends and family!

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About Barbara Foster

Barbara is a traveler who has traveled to more than 25 countries. She loves the variety of food she gets to experience on her trips and maintains detailed journals of her travels which she plans to publish as a book someday. She loves to bake. Her favorite cuisines are Italian, French, and Mexican.