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Perfect Pairings: 13 Savory Side Dishes for Shepherd’s Pie

If you’re wondering what to serve with shepherd’s pie, don’t worry; I have all the ideas for your perfect British dinner!

what to serve with shepherd pie

Shepherd’s Pie is a filling dish on its own but it needs some additional dishes.

If you’ve ever been stuck for a side dish, this list of 14 options will make your decision much easier.

Crunchy carrots and asparagus or mushy peas? Pick one to serve with the shepherd’s pie!

What to Serve With Shepherd’s Pie? 13 Savory Side Dishes

1 – Corn Salad

fresh corn salad

Corn salad is a dish that has it all. It’s colorful, flavorful and textured with sweet corn kernels as the base while cucumbers are crisp in every bite balanced by juicy tomatoes.

This recipe features an incredible dressing of olive oil, salt, apple cider vinegar, and pepper to bring out these delicious flavors even more!

2 – Condensed Milk Bread

Recently, I came across a type of Japanese bread called “Condensed Milk Bread” that is especially light and fluffy.

This bread has the same qualities as a cloud in its taste and texture; it can be eaten plain or with something heavy like shepherd’s pie to balance out the meal.

This Condensed Milk Bread tastes great whether you eat it on its own or pair it with another dish–like our Shepherd’s Pie!

3 – Baked Beans

baked beans

I love the perfect balance of a creamy shepherd’s pie! I would recommend serving it with some sweet and smoky baked beans to give your taste buds an extra boost.

 The thought of pouring spoonfuls over the shepherd’s pie makes my mouth water; they’re just as great for an easy weeknight meal!

This recipe doesn’t take long at all, it only takes 40 minutes from start to finish.

If you don’t believe that baked beans are reserved exclusively for special occasions, this will prove otherwise in less than half an hour–no kidding!

4 – Mushy Peas

Mushy peas may not sound appetizing at first, but they are a terrific side dish.

They pair well with fish and chips—they also complement the flavors of shepherd’s pie!

Plus, it provides some nice color to your plate when served alongside other dishes.

Making mushy peas is super quick too- all you need are green split peas (which can be found in most grocery stores), baking soda for tenderness or salt if desired, and water.

5 – Beet Salad

red beet salad

Beets, arugula, feta cheese, and cranberries – just imagine the color, texture, or flavor!

This is definitely not your typical boring salad. Beet salad is truly a one to beat (and it’s easy too!).

Tying it all together are flavors like rich tangy salty and spicy from olive oil balsamic vinegar mustard clove salt pepper in this mix- which you get with every bite of beet goodness.

6 – Green Beans

tahini green beans

The beauty of the green beans in shepherd’s pie is unmatched.

This dish has a wonderful crunch and just the right flavor with added toasted almonds for that extra punch!

It only takes 15 minutes to make so no matter how busy you are this week – it’ll still be tasty when it’s done.

7 – Roasted Brussel Sprouts

garlic roasted brussels sprouts

I think we can all agree that no one is ever happy to see a Brussels sprout.

But I’m here today with some good news: steamed, grilled, raw, and especially roasted. These little guys are not only delicious but also very healthy for you!

They’ll taste amazing when cooked right! It has a bad rap for being bitter or foul-smelling; however, it can also have an incredible flavor if roasted with honey and balsamic vinegar.

Brussels is crisp like cabbage on the outside while creamy with nuts inside – no wonder why this veggie deserves all of its hype!

8 – Irish Soda Bread

what to serve with irish soda bread

Irish soda bread is the perfect food to enjoy when you are looking for a quick and filling meal.

It has an outside crust that’s crunchy, while on the inside it’s moist with dense texture which makes this easy-to-make recipe not only delicious but also quite satisfying!

9 – Roasted Cauliflower

garlic roasted cauliflower

Cauliflower is a staple in many cuisines, but it can be pretty bland. Luckily there are ways to spice things up!

Simply pop your cauliflower into the oven with some olive oil and salt- pepper, you’ll soon have an incredibly delicious side dish that goes well on just about anything from Shepherd’s Pie for dinner tonight or as a healthy snack at work tomorrow morning.

It doesn’t matter how you season this versatile vegetable because no matter what way you choose it will taste incredible thanks to all of those key heart-healthy nutrients like folate which helps regulate blood clotting and reduces homocysteine levels while boosting mood by increasing serotonin production.

10 – Yorkshire Pudding

yorkshire pudding

Yorkshire pudding is a delicious British dish, with crispy outsides and tender insides. It’s perfect for any meal!

The batter for this dish consists of flour, milk, eggs, and salt- so easy to make (and you don’t even have to buy any special ingredients).

All that’s left is putting it in a hot oven with beef fat or bacon drippings mixed into your recipe before cooking. Your mouth will thank you later!

11 – Parsnip Puree

Parsnip puree is a simple dish with ingredients you are likely to have in your kitchen. You will need parsnips, cauliflower, and garlic for this simple recipe.

I think this is the perfect dish to make when you need a quick and easy side for dinner.

12 – Sauteed Swiss Chard

sauteed swiss chard

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but leafy Swiss chard paired with sweet onions and pungent garlic is an excellent side dish.

This healthy green is packed full of earthiness, sweetness & bitterness all in one bite. It makes the perfect light accompaniment to heavy dishes like shepherd’s pie.

13 – Casserole

cheesy potato casserole

The perfect casserole to feed a crowd on the go. Paula Deen is the one who came up with this amazing recipe.

If you’re looking for an easy, no-fuss dish that tastes like it took all day cooking- this is your ticket.

While most people think of cornbread as something eaten with butter and honey in little pieces out of hand, there are many ways to enjoy its rich texture and sweet flavor – even if they aren’t traditional recipes. And when we say “cornbread”, what do we really mean?

It can be anything from cakey quick bread or muffins (like our favorite Easy Corn Muffin Recipe) to savory side dishes such as Cheesy Cheddar Salsa Corn Bread Casserole


Do you know how we all have a favorite go-to dish? Like pasta, or pizza.

These side dishes are great options for when that’s not quite what you’re craving with your meal because no one wants to keep eating their fav every day.

what to serve with shepherd pie

What to Serve With Shepherd’s Pie? 13 Savory Side Dishes

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Servings 1 Serving


  • Corn Salad
  • Condensed Milk Bread
  • Baked Beans
  • Mushy Peas
  • Beet Salad
  • Green Beans
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Roasted Cauliflower
  • Yorkshire Pudding
  • Parsnip Puree
  • Sauteed Swiss Chard
  • Casserole


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