Figuring out what to serve with pork chops can be difficult, especially when they are pineapple pork chops.
But don’t worry, I’m here to help!
I’ve rounded up 15 of the best side dishes to serve with pineapple pork chops.
Whether you are looking for a vegetable side dish, a starch, or something sweet, there is sure to be something on this list that you’ll love.
So go ahead and give one (or all!) of these sides a try the next time you make pineapple pork chops!
What to Serve with Pineapple Pork Chops?
Pineapple pork chops pair well with a variety of sides, including rice, potatoes, vegetables, and salads. For a complete meal, you could serve the pork chops with rice and a vegetable stir-fry on the side. Or, if you are looking for something lighter, you could serve the pork chops with a salad and roasted potatoes.
Still looking for ideas?
Here are 15 of the best side dishes to serve with pineapple pork chops:
1. Rice Pilaf
Ah, rice pilaf. A classic side dish that goes with just about everything.
And while it might seem like a boring choice, there are actually a lot of ways to jazz it up and make it more interesting.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to do just that:
- Stir in some chopped cooked chicken, shrimp, or tofu for extra protein.
- Add in some sautéed veggies like mushrooms, onions, or peppers.
- Make it cheesy with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar or Parmesan on top.
- Mix in a handful of frozen peas or corn for extra color and sweetness.
- Stir in a teaspoon of curry powder or other spices for an extra flavor boost.
- Top with chopped nuts or seeds for a little crunch.
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2. Roasted Vegetables
We all need to eat our veggies anyway, so why not make them delicious?
These roasted vegetables are the perfect side dish to any meal, but they pair especially well with pineapple pork chops.
The natural sweetness of the pineapple brings out the sweetness in the roasted veggies, and the savory flavors of the pork chops balance things out perfectly.
Not to mention, this dish is healthy and packed with nutrients. Win-win!
Here are a few ways to jazz up your roasted veggies:
- Add some spice with a teaspoon of chili powder or curry powder.
- Make them cheesy with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar or Parmesan on top.
- Mix in some cooked chicken, shrimp, or tofu for extra protein.
- Stir in a handful of frozen peas or corn for extra color and sweetness.
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3. Mashed Potatoes
Mashing some potatoes can be a lot of fun!
You can make them as smooth or lumpy as you like, and add in all sorts of things to jazz them up.
Here are a few ideas:
- For extra creaminess, stir in some milk, sour cream, or cream cheese.
- Make them cheesy with the addition of shredded cheddar, Parmesan, or Gruyere.
- Add some color with the addition of roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, or green onions.
- Stir in some cooked bacon or sausage for extra flavor.
- Make them extra fluffy by adding in some whipped cream or egg whites.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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4. Sweet Potato Casserole
If regular potatoes just aren’t doing it for you, try this sweet potato casserole recipe.
It’s got all the same cozy flavors of a traditional casserole, but with a slightly sweeter (and healthier!) twist.
Feel free to mix things up and add in your favorite toppings or mix-ins.
Here are a few of my ideas:
- Top with chopped pecans or walnuts for some crunch.
- Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor.
- Stir in some raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped dates for sweetness.
- Top with shredded coconut for a tropical touch.
5. Mexican Street Corn on the Cob (Elote)
I love Mexican food, and one of my favorite things to eat is elote, or Mexican street corn.
This dish is so simple, but it’s packed with flavor.
The sweet corn is smothered in a creamy, spicy sauce and then coated with salty Cotija cheese.
It’s the perfect side dish for grilled meats like pineapple pork chops.
Here are a few ways to jazz up this dish:
- Add some diced jalapeño to the sauce for extra spice.
- Swap out the Cotija cheese for crumbled feta or queso fresco.
- Grill the corn on the cob before smothering it in sauce for a smoky flavor.
6. Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
I love the way parmesan and green beans go together.
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The nutty flavor of the cheese pairs so well with the slightly sweet, crunchy green beans.
This dish is so simple, but it really elevates a weeknight dinner.
And it’s easily adaptable if you want to mix things up a bit.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to jazz up this dish:
- Add a touch of spice with a pinch of red pepper flakes.
- Stir in some chopped fresh parsley or basil for bright flavor.
- Swap out the green beans for Brussels sprouts, asparagus, or broccoli.
- Make it extra cheesy by stirring in some shredded mozzarella or Gruyere.
7. Oven Roasted Broccoli
Broccoli has a bad rep, but this oven roasted broccoli recipe is sure to change your mind!
It’s crispy, salty, and slightly sweet from the caramelized edges.
And, it’s so easy to make – just toss the broccoli in a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Then roast in a hot oven until crispy.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to jazz things up:
- Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top.
- Toss with some diced garlic before roasting.
- Mix in a handful of raisins or dried cranberries for sweetness.
- Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving.
8. Roasted Cabbage Steaks
This recipe is pretty basic, but there are a few things you can do to jazz it up.
- First, if you want to add some extra flavor, try marinating the cabbage in a mixture of pineapple juice, soy sauce, and rice vinegar for 30 minutes before roasting.
- Second, top the roasted cabbage steaks with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds, chopped green onions, and/or diced fresh pineapple for a bit of sweetness and crunch.
- And finally, if you want to make this dish more of a meal, serve it over rice or quinoa and top with your favorite protein (I love grilled chicken or shrimp).
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9. Crispy Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic
Don’t be fooled by their small size, brussel sprouts pack a powerful flavor punch.
Pair them with sweet and juicy pineapple pork chops for a dish that is sure to please.
For an extra bit of zing, try roasting your brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar.
The acidity of the vinegar will help to balance out the sweetness of the pineapple and give the whole dish an extra pop of flavor.
Here are a few other ideas for jazzing up this dish:
- Try using different kinds of vinegar, like apple cider or red wine vinegar.
- Add some spice with a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
- Stir in some toasted nuts or seeds for added texture and crunch.
- Top with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, like thyme or parsley.
10. Roasted Garlic Butter Parmesan Potatoes
Garlic and butter just work together. Add in some parmesan cheese and you’ve got a heavenly combination.
These roasted garlic butter parmesan potatoes are the perfect side dish to any meal, but they go especially well with pork chops.
The pineapple in the pork chops brings out the sweetness of the potatoes, and the two flavors complement each other perfectly.
Here are a few ways to jazz up this dish:
- Add some spice with a teaspoon of chili powder or cayenne pepper.
- Swap out the Parmesan for another type of cheese, like sharp cheddar or Gruyere.
- Mix in some chopped fresh parsley or rosemary for extra flavor.
11. Baked Beans
Baked beans, what can I say about them?
They are the perfect side dish to almost any meal.
But, when you add them to a meal with pineapple pork chops, they become something magical.
I like to use canned baked beans for this recipe, because they are already cooked and it makes things a lot easier.
But, if you want to make your own baked beans from scratch, that would work too.
There are a few things you can do to jazz up this dish and make it even more delicious:
- Add some diced onion and green bell pepper for extra flavor and crunch.
- Stir in a tablespoon or two of your favorite barbecue sauce.
- Mix in a can of drained and rinsed black beans or kidney beans for extra protein and fiber.
- Top with some shredded cheddar cheese or crumbled bacon before serving.
- Do you like crunchy or creamy coleslaw?
- Spicy or sweet?
No matter your preference, this pineapple coleslaw recipe is sure to become a new favorite.
Cabbage and carrots are tossed with a pineapple-infused dressing, resulting in a dish that’s both sweet and tangy.
- For an extra bit of sweetness, you can add in some raisins or dried cranberries.
- Or, for a bit of heat, try adding in some diced jalapeño peppers.
- Looking for something a little different? Try swapping out the cabbage for broccoli slaw mix or shredded Brussels sprouts.
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13. Potato Salad
It’s hard to go wrong with potato salad.
This classic side dish is the perfect accompaniment to any main course, but it pairs especially well with pork chops.
The sweetness of the pineapple complements the savory flavors of the potatoes and other ingredients in the salad.
Here are a few ways to jazz up your potato salad:
- Add some diced avocado for creaminess and extra flavor.
- Throw in a handful of chopped fresh herbs, like parsley or cilantro.
- Mix in some diced cooked bacon or ham for extra salty goodness.
- Add a spoonful of dijon mustard or your favorite hot sauce for a little bit of heat.
14. Pasta Salad
Pasta salads come in so many different shapes and sizes, which is what I love about them.
This particular pasta salad recipe is one of my favorites because it’s packed with flavor, but still light and refreshing.
The combination of sweet pineapple, savory pork, and creamy dressing is irresistible.
And like all good pasta salads, it only gets better as it sits in the fridge and the flavors have a chance to meld together.
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Here are a few ways you can jazz up this dish:
- Add some diced avocado for extra creaminess.
- Swap out the pasta for quinoa or rice for a gluten-free option.
- Mix in some chopped fresh herbs like basil or cilantro.
- Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for some heat.
15. Fruit Salad
If you have some favorite fruits that you love to eat together, then this recipe is for you.
I used pineapple, grapes, and bananas, but you could easily add in some diced apples, pears, or mango.
For a little extra sweetness and crunch, I topped the salad with a sprinkle of brown sugar and some chopped pecans.
If you want to make this salad even more special, you could add a splash of your favorite fruit juice or liqueur.
Here are a few of my other favorite ways to jazz up this fruit salad:
- Add a dollop of whipped cream or yogurt for a creamy touch.
- Stir in some shredded coconut or mini chocolate chips.
- Top with a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt.
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What to Serve with Pineapple Pork Chops? (15 Easy Sides)
- Rice Pilaf
- Roasted Vegetables
- Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Mexican Street Corn on the Cob (Elote)
- Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
- Oven Roasted Broccoli
- Roasted Cabbage Steaks
- Crispy Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic
- Roasted Garlic Butter Parmesan Potatoes
- Baked Beans
- Potato Salad
- Pasta Salad
- Fruit Salad
- Pick any of the sides from this list to serve with your pork chops.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Enjoy in no time!