What To Serve With A Tomahawk Steak: Elevate Your Dinner Party Game

As a chef with years of experience in Michelin-starred restaurants, I can tell you that a perfect tomahawk steak is a beautiful, melt-in-your-mouth piece of meat that deserves the perfect side dish.

But wondering what to serve with a tomahawk steak? Tomahawk steak pairs well with sides like garlic mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, or a classic Caesar salad. Complement it with a red wine reduction or béarnaise sauce. Finish the meal with a full-bodied red wine for an exquisite dining experience.

Read on for my complete guide to help elevate your dinner party game!

The Must-Have Sides: Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Vegetables

Pan frying a tomahawk steak. Credit: Unsplash
Pan frying a tomahawk steak. Credit: Unsplash

When it comes to serving a tomahawk steak, traditional mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables are must-haves.

They are classic comfort foods that will complement the robust flavors of your steak while adding a touch of elegance to your table.

For the mashed potatoes, I recommend making them creamy with butter and milk or cream.

As for the vegetables, you can choose anything that’s in season, but I suggest roasted asparagus or brussels sprouts.

Recipe: Creamy Mashed Potatoes

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and mash them with a potato masher or a hand mixer.
  3. Add the milk or cream and butter, and mix until creamy.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe: Roasted Asparagus

  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Trim the asparagus and arrange them on a baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until tender and slightly charred.

The Surprising Pairing: Caesar Salad

Believe it or not, a Caesar salad is a surprisingly perfect pairing for a tomahawk steak.

The tangy, salty dressing and crisp romaine lettuce provide a refreshing contrast to the rich, juicy meat.

Plus, the salad’s bright colors will add a fresh pop to your dinner table.

Recipe: Classic Caesar Salad

  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup croutons
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 3 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the garlic, dijon mustard, anchovy fillets, and lemon juice.
  2. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the mixture is emulsified.
  3. Add the chopped romaine lettuce and toss well to coat.
  4. Top with grated parmesan cheese and croutons.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

The Show-Stopper: Garlic Butter Dip

If you’re looking to take your tomahawk steak to the next level, then a flavorful garlic butter dip is a show-stopper.

The butter’s rich, creamy texture combined with the garlic’s bold flavor will enhance the steak’s natural juicy goodness.

Plus, the dip can be used as a sauce for any sides you serve with your steak.

Recipe: Garlic Butter Dip

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, garlic, and parsley until well combined.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve with the tomahawk steak and any sides.


What Sides Should I Avoid Serving With A Tomahawk Steak?

Avoid sides with strong flavors that will clash with the steak’s robust taste. Skip anything with a bitter flavor or overpowering spices.

Can I Cook A Tomahawk Steak Without A Grill?

Yes! You can sear the steak in a skillet on the stovetop and finish cooking it in the oven. You can also use an air fryer or a broiler.

What’s The Difference Between A Tomahawk Steak And A Ribeye?

A tomahawk steak is basically a ribeye steak with the bone left in it, making it more flavorful and impressive-looking. It’s down to personal choice whether you cut the bone from the meat.


Serving a tomahawk steak doesn’t have to be complicated.

With the right sides, you can complement and elevate the steak’s rich flavors.

Think mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, Caesar salad, and a flavorful garlic butter dip.

These classic sides served alongside a tomahawk steak will make your dinner party unforgettable!

Norah Clark

Norah Clark

Norah Clark, the founder and editor of YummyTasteFood! She's a seasoned food writer and editor with over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry as a former pastry chef, sous chef, and barista. When not writing about food, she explores new recipes or travels the world for culinary inspiration.