Smoked sausage is a delicious and versatile protein that can be used in so many different dishes.
It’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal or a casual get-together with friends.
And while smoked sausage is delicious on its own, it’s even better when paired with the perfect side dish.
So if you are wondering what to serve with smoked sausage, whether you are looking for a side dish for dinner or a party, then you are in the right place.
In this article, I’m sharing 21 of my favorite side dishes for smoked sausage including pasta dishes, potato salads, roasted vegetables, and more.
What to Serve with Smoked Sausage?
There are many options for what to serve with smoked sausage. Some popular choices include sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn on the cob, and baked beans. Other great options include macaroni and cheese, pasta salad, potato salad, and coleslaw.
Are you looking for more ideas?
Then simply keep scrolling!
Because here are 21 side dishes that go well with smoked sausage:
1. Cauliflower Mash
I love cauliflower mash.
It’s one of my favorite sides to serve with smoked sausage, and it’s also great on its own as a side dish or even as a substitute for potatoes in certain dishes.
Cauliflower mash is really easy to make, too—you can just throw everything into the food processor and pulse until smooth.
The only thing you have to watch out for is adding too much liquid. If you do that, your cauliflower mash will be more like a soup than a mash!
But if you just add enough water to get everything mixed together smoothly, then it’ll come out great.
I like to use vegetable stock instead of water because it gives the cauliflower mash an extra layer of flavor that regular water doesn’t offer.
You can also add some butter or olive oil if you’d like, but I usually skip these two ingredients because they’re not necessary for making this recipe taste good.
You can choose whatever spices or seasonings you want if you don’t want to use salt and pepper alone; there are tons of options out there!
I usually go with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper—but sometimes I’ll switch up my spices depending on what else I’m serving alongside my cauliflower mash.
If you’re making it as a side dish, I would recommend adding some garlic powder and onion powder to your mixture to give it an extra layer of flavor.
2. Broccoli Cheese Soup
I love serving broccoli cheese soup with smoked sausage.
It’s an easy side dish that goes with just about any meal, and it’s great for any occasion.
I like to add in some extra flavor by adding paprika or chili powder, depending on what kind of dish I’m serving it with.
I also love to add in some texture by adding crumbles of bacon or diced potatoes, which really ups the flavor factor.
I also usually serve broccoli cheese soup with a loaf of crusty bread so that everyone can dip it into their soup!
3. Southern Style Baked Beans
This side dish has a bit of a spicy kick that pairs perfectly with smoked sausage—it’s got it all: flavor, texture, and ingredients you can add.
First off, I love the sweet, smoky flavor of these baked beans.
They’re made with molasses and brown sugar, which is a combo that works really well with the tangy tomato sauce and savory pork.
The texture is great too—they’re not too mushy or dry; they have just the right amount of “bite” on each bean.
The texture is important because it makes them easy to pick up with your fingers and eat while you’re watching football!
Another thing I love about this side dish is that there are so many options for adding more ingredients to make it your own.
For example, you could add some chopped jalapeno peppers or even hot sauce if you want to increase the spice factor without sacrificing flavor.
Or if you prefer things milder (like me), then leave those out! It’s all up to you!
4. Classic Macaroni Salad
This dish is super easy to make!
Just boil your pasta and add some mayo, mustard, pickle relish, celery seed, paprika, salt and pepper to taste (for more flavor) and mix it all together.
I like to add some diced onion too because it adds another layer of flavor that really makes it pop!
If you’re feeling adventurous (or just want to try something new), there are plenty of other ingredients you can add: diced tomatoes or bell peppers would be great additions!
This side dish goes well alongside almost any meat: chicken wings are always great with it; burgers too!
You can also serve this dish as a side for tacos or sandwiches if you’re looking for something lighter than traditional macaroni salad.
5. Homemade Potato Salad
Homemade potato salad is a simple, classic dish that takes just a few minutes to prepare, but it has so many different flavors and textures that you can’t help but fall in love with it.
First of all, the texture of this dish is amazing.
When you bite into it, you get a nice crunch from the potatoes, then a soft creaminess from the mayo, and then some saltiness from the bacon—and then there’s some vinegar in there too!
It really has everything you could want in a side dish: crunch, creaminess, saltiness… even sweetness if you add sugar!
But what really makes this dish stand out is all of the things you can add to it.
You can add sweet pickles or spicy mustard if you want—or just leave it plain if that’s your style! I personally love adding guacamole for an extra kick of flavor and color.
But regardless of what ingredients you decide to use in your potato salad recipe, there are always so many options when cooking at home.
You can make things as complicated or simple as you want; whatever works best for your family will do just fine!
6. Cornbread Muffins
Cornbread muffins are a great side dish for when you want something savory and sweet.
The flavor of the cornbread is super-sweet, but not too much so—it’s just right.
The texture is also really nice: it’s a little dense, but not too dense.
It’s just right!
The best part about serving this side dish with smoked sausage is how versatile it is.
You can make it in advance, which makes it really easy to serve at parties or get-togethers where you’re expecting lots of people.
It also tastes great cold! If you want to serve this dish warm, pop it in the oven for 5 minutes before serving—that’s all you need!
If you’re looking for some ideas on what kind of ingredients to add to your cornbread muffin recipe, consider adding some chili powder or cumin for an extra layer of flavor.
And if you’re looking for some new sides for a big barbecue party, this one definitely fits the bill!
7. Southern Style Vegetable Medley
This recipe is easy to make, and it has a lot of flavor and texture, so I feel like it’s the perfect side dish for pretty much any occasion.
I love that this side dish is made up of different vegetables—you can really taste each one individually, which makes it just as satisfying as a salad.
Plus, the combination of flavors is amazing!
If you’re looking for something fun and different to serve at your next barbecue or family dinner, this would be a great option!
Not only does it taste great, but it looks really pretty too.
You could easily add some parsley or cilantro for extra color and flavor if you wanted.
I also think that this dish would be great for entertaining (especially on those hot summer days when everyone wants something light).
If you’re hosting a party and want to serve something that isn’t too heavy or time-consuming to prepare, this would be perfect!
8. Southern Style Skillet Cornbread
This is a really simple dish that doesn’t take much time to make, but it’s so versatile!
The flavor of the cornbread is mild and sweet, which goes well with the smoky flavor of the sausage.
It can also be served with other meats like chicken or pork chops, or even as a side to salads or vegetables.
The texture is also great—it’s light and fluffy, which makes it easy to eat on its own as a snack, but it’s also hearty enough to serve alongside other foods.
This makes it good for any occasion—you can make it for dinner parties or just for yourself on a lazy Sunday afternoon!
The ingredients are pretty standard: flour, sugar, milk, eggs… plus some spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.
You can add nuts if you want more crunch in your cornbread (see photo).
There aren’t many cons about this side dish—it’s easy to make and tastes great!
9. Brown Sugar Baked Beans
I like to make these baked beans because they’re easy and everyone always loves them.
The beans have a delicious sweet flavor and a soft texture, which pairs well with the smoky taste of the sausage.
They’re also really easy to prepare, so you can whip them up in no time!
If you want to add some extra flavor to your beans, try adding some diced onion or bell pepper.
You could also stir in some brown sugar at the end if you think they need a little more sweetness.
You can serve these beans with almost any kind of meat or fish, but they are also great by themselves if you’re looking for something light!
They go really well with grilled chicken or salmon, too!
They’re also versatile—you can eat them hot or cold and they make great leftovers!
They’re also super affordable and easy to find in most grocery stores (so even if you don’t have time to make them yourself, you’ll never be far from a delicious batch).
Sauerkraut is a great side dish to serve with smoked sausage, and I love it because it’s so versatile.
It has a ton of flavor on its own, but you can also add whatever ingredients you’re in the mood for.
It’s also great for texture: it’s not too crunchy or chewy—it has just the right amount of bite to give your mouth something to chew on while still giving you that satisfying feeling of eating some veggies.
11. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a really great side to serve with smoked sausage.
They’re easy to make, and they go with everything.
I like to make these potatoes with Yukon Gold potatoes.
They’re darker than russet potatoes, and I think they have more flavor.
I also love the texture—they’re smooth and buttery, but not too soft.
They’re perfect for mashing!
You can add any kind of seasoning you want to the potatoes—I like garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
These are just my favorite things to add; feel free to get creative!
You could also try adding onion powder or rosemary.
When it comes time to bake your mashed potatoes, make sure that you don’t overcook them!
You want them soft enough so they mash easily into a creamy texture, but not so soft that they turn into a pile of mush when you slice them up on top of the sausage links (which makes them hard to eat).
12. Green Beans
One of my favorite side dishes to serve with smoked sausage is green beans.
I love how the flavor and texture go together, and I like that you can add just about anything to spice it up.
Green beans are great for when you’re craving something adventurous, but don’t want to spend too much time making it.
The ingredients are pretty simple, so it won’t take long to get them ready to serve.
I like serving green beans with smoked sausage because they’re both really versatile and easy to prepare—you can add almost anything to them!
You can also serve them at any time of year, which means you’ll always have a side dish ready when you need one.
13. Corn on The Cob
Corn on the cob is a great side dish that is full of flavor and texture.
The first thing I like about this dish is how easy it is to prepare.
The ingredients are simple, so you can have it ready in no time at all!
Next, I love that you can easily customize this side dish to suit your tastes.
You can add anything from salt and pepper to chili powder or garlic powder for different flavors.
Or, if you want some crunchy texture, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top!
This side goes well with smoked sausage because it brings out the smoky flavor of the meat.
Plus, if you’re not into spicy food, then this is a great alternative since corn tends to be sweet.
Just make sure that when you cook your corn on the cob that you take care not overcook it or else that beautiful sweetness could turn into something bitter and unpleasant instead!
14. Macaroni and Cheese
I like to serve macaroni and cheese with smoked sausage because it’s a great way to get that smoky flavor that all of us love with a dish that’s not too heavy.
It’s also a nice change from the usual saltiness you get from smoked sausage, which can be tough on your tastebuds after a while.
The texture of this dish is super creamy and smooth—it’s like eating melted cheese with pasta!
You can add whatever ingredients you want to it for extra flavor—I like adding in some green beans or peas for some extra veggies.
The best part about this side is how easy it is to make!
All you need is elbow macaroni, garlic powder, milk (or whatever milk substitute you prefer), and cheese.
Mix everything together and pop it in the oven!
This makes a great side dish for any occasion: dinner parties at home, backyard cookouts with family friends… even just when watching TV with your significant other! It’s so easy to make, so why not try it out?
15. Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is another great side dish to serve with smoked sausage.
The key is to make sure that you cook your pasta just right and add the right amount of dressing, so that it’s not too dry or too wet.
I like to cook my pasta until it’s al dente, then drain and rinse it off before adding it to my salad.
The next step is to mix in all of your ingredients: tomatoes, onions, olives and more!
You can also add spices if you want to give it a little kick.
Don’t forget about the dressing—I like to use vinaigrette because it adds sweetness and tanginess that makes this dish taste even better.
The last step is simply serving! If you’re having friends over for dinner, try serving this alongside meatballs or burgers; they’ll love it!
16. Potato Salad
Potato salad has a lot of flavor, and the texture is very satisfying.
You can add many different ingredients to potato salad to make it your own—I like to add mayonnaise, mustard, celery, onion, and salt.
If you want to try something different, try adding some diced pickles or cucumbers!
Potato salad is great at picnics and barbecues because it’s easy to prepare ahead of time.
You can also serve it as a side dish with fish or chicken.
The only con I see with potato salad is that it doesn’t keep very well in the refrigerator—it gets mushy if left too long in there!
I love serving coleslaw with my barbecue.
It’s crunchy, fresh, and tangy—and it goes great with smoked sausage.
I like to add a little bit of sugar to the dressing so that it’s not too sour.
I also like to make sure that my cabbage is shredded very finely—it’s easier to digest that way!
My favorite thing about coleslaw is that you can make it exactly how you like it—you can even add ingredients like apples or grapes for extra crunch and flavor.
You can also add onions or jalapeños if you like them spicy.
You could serve this on any occasion where you want a light side dish: burgers, hot dogs, potlucks, picnics… but if you want something fancier than those occasions, try serving this as a side at a dinner party or barbecue!
It’s easy to make and tastes delicious—what more could you ask for?
18. Fried Okra
Okra is a vegetable that has a lot of texture, so if you’re looking for something that’s crunchy, this is it.
It also has a great flavor when you fry it in hot oil, which makes it a great side dish for smoked sausage.
I like to add some other ingredients to my fried okra to make it more flavorful.
Here are some ideas:
- Fresh herbs like cilantro and parsley
- Parmesan cheese
- Sriracha sauce
- Lemon juice
- Salt and pepper (or Cajun seasoning)
The best occasions to serve fried okra are outdoor events like barbecues or picnics—it’s easy to make in advance and can sit out in the sun all day long without losing its crunchiness!
The only downside is that fried foods tend to be high in calories, so be sure not to overdo it!
Biscuits are a great side dish because they’re easy to make, they’re delicious, and they go with just about anything!
When you’re making biscuits, though, it’s important to add some texture to your meal.
If you’re not adding any other ingredients that provide texture (like cheese), then try sprinkling some herbs on top of the biscuits before baking them.
Herbs like rosemary and thyme are fantastic with sausage!
It’s also important to make sure you have enough space in your oven for both the biscuits and the sausages when baking them together.
If not, just bake the sausages first and then pop those babies into your gravy while the biscuits bake next door!
Lastly, I recommend serving these on any occasion where people might be in need of comfort food—they’ll never leave hungry or disappointed!
20. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
I love sweet potatoes, especially when they’re mashed.
They’re a great side dish to serve with smoked sausage because they’re sweet and creamy and have a texture that’s similar to mashed potatoes.
You can also add other ingredients like cinnamon and nutmeg to give them an extra kick of flavor.
The best time to serve these is when you’re hosting a barbecue!
It’s a nice change from regular mashed potatoes, but still familiar enough to be enjoyed by everyone at your party.
The pros of this side dish are that it’s easy to make and tastes delicious!
The only con is that it takes awhile for the sweet potatoes to cook through completely.
21. Potato Chips
Potato chips add a nice crunchy texture and a salty flavor that goes well with the smoky meat.
You can also add other ingredients, like ketchup or mustard, if you’re feeling adventurous.
Potato chips are also pretty easy to make!
Just slice up some potatoes into thin slices and then fry them in oil until they’re nice and crispy.
You can even use sweet potatoes if you want a little sweetness in your snack, too.
Potato chips are great for any occasion where you need something salty to go with your meal, but they’re especially great for outdoor picnics and barbecues!
Plus, potato chips are relatively inexpensive and easy to find at most grocery stores, so there’s no reason not to try them out!
What to Serve with Cabbage and Sausage?
One great option is to pair cabbage and sausage with potatoes. This could be in the form of mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, or even potato salad. Another option would be to pair it with rice, which can either be plain white rice or a flavored rice like Spanish rice. Lastly, you could also serve it with some type of bread like rolls or a loaf of bread.
What to Serve with Smoked Sausage (21 Best Side Dishes)
- Cauliflower Mash
- Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Southern Style Baked Beans
- Classic Macaroni Salad
- Homemade Potato Salad
- Cornbread Muffins
- Southern Style Vegetable Medley
- Southern Style Skillet Cornbread
- Brown Sugar Baked Beans
- Mashed Potatoes
- Green Beans
- Corn on The Cob
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Pasta Salad
- Potato Salad
- Fried Okra
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Potato Chips
- Pick any of the side dish recipes from this post to serve with your smoked sausage meal.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Serve it up in no time!