Three Easy Side Dish Recipes

Fried Mushrooms and Onions and Cajun Fried Shrimp
Fried Mushrooms and Onions and Cajun Fried Shrimp | Source
Roasted Ranch Potatoes
Roasted Ranch Potatoes | Source

There are many different sides that you can serve alongside a juicy steak. I'd like to share with you a few of my favorites. All three of these side dishes are easy to make and fairly fast to prepare.

  • Fried Mushrooms and Onions sauteed with garlic in butter.
  • Cajun Fried Shrimp.
  • Roasted Ranch Potatoes


Fried Mushrooms and Onions & Cajun Fried Shrimp

Quite often I will make both of these side dishes at the same time especially if the entire family is going to be eating.

Cook Time For Fried Mushrooms and Onions

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: This will serve 4-5 people
Ingredients for two side dishes: Fried Mushrooms and Cajun Shrimp.
Ingredients for two side dishes: Fried Mushrooms and Cajun Shrimp. | Source

Ingredients

Fried Mushrooms and Onions

  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 large onion sliced thick, I used a sweet onion but any type of onion can be used
  • 12 - 14 mushrooms sliced, I used white, and once again use whichever type you like
  • 3 garlic cloves pressed

Cajun Fried Shrimp

  • 1 tbs. of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound of raw shrimp
  • Cajun Spice
  • 2 cloves of garlic pressed



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Instructions for Fried Mushrooms and Onions

  1. Peel and slice the onion into thick slices.
  2. Wash, pat dry, and slice mushrooms.
  3. Peel 3 cloves of garlic.
  4. In a large frying pan melt the butter and place onions in the pan to fry for approximately 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add the sliced mushrooms and gently toss with the onions. Continue frying for 3 minutes.
  6. Cut the garlic cloves in half and put into a garlic press. Press the garlic over the pan of mushrooms and onions. Stir and cook for 2 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked to your liking.

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Add shrimp to heated oil.Press garlic onto shrimp in the pan.Add as much Cajun spice as you like and fry until the shrimp are pink.
Add shrimp to heated oil.
Add shrimp to heated oil.
Press garlic onto shrimp in the pan.
Press garlic onto shrimp in the pan.
Add as much Cajun spice as you like and fry until the shrimp are pink.
Add as much Cajun spice as you like and fry until the shrimp are pink. | Source

Instructions for Cajun Fried Shrimp

  1. Rinse the shrimp under cold water.
  2. In a frying pan heat oil and add in the shrimp.
  3. Coat well with Cajun spice and stir.
  4. Cut garlic clove in half and put into a garlic press. Press the garlic onto the shrimp in the pan.
  5. Fry and stir shrimp until they are pink.

Do you eat the shells on shrimp?

I had an aunt that was from the Philippines, and whenever she'd fry shrimp she would eat the shells. Depending on how they're cooked I've gotten used to eating the shells as well. Just recently I found a very interesting article on the health benefits of consuming shrimp shells. There have been studies done and there is a chemical called chitosan in the shells. This chemical could help in fighting obesity and high cholesterol. If you'd like to read more about this the article can be found at Medical News Today.

Ingredients for Roasted Ranch Potatoes

  • 5 - 6 medium to large potatoes, washed and cut into chunks
  • 3 - 4 tbs. of extra virgin olive oil, vegetable oil can be substituted
  • Powdered ranch dressing mix

What is your favorite side dish to have with steak?

  • Salad
  • Steamed Veggies
  • Seafood
  • Potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Fried onions
  • Mushrooms
  • All of the above
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Instructions for Roasted Ranch Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place washed and cut potatoes into a bowl, toss and coat with oil.
  3. Spray an oven safe dish with cooking spray and add the potatoes.
  4. Sprinkle with 1/4 - 1/2 package of Ranch dressing
  5. Place in oven for 45 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender and a bit crispy on the outside.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

ImKarn, Thanks so much :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tammy, I love sweet potatoes but sadly I seem to be the only one that does in my house. I'm sure the correct way to make Cajun shrimp is quite different than how I make it. But it is fast and easy :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

vespawoolf, Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy these dishes.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Mmmmmmm...it's 930 am and all i can think about is the tenderloin steak marinating in the fridge and the sauteed mushrooms, onions, and peppers that are going to go with it..

Yummy hub, here...omg...


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is sooo appetizing. I love mushrooms and onions with a steak. I like sweet potatoes on the side too. I am glad that I now know how to make cajun shrimp. Wonderful ideas and photos!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

These all sound delicious, but the cajun shrimp especially caught my eye. Surf & Turf! How can you beat that? Here in Peru, the shrimp shells are often consumed. I have to admit that I peel mine. I have some steaks in the freezer and can't wait to try your suggestions. Thanks!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

SS, Cottage cheese with steak does sound different but I won't knock it until I try it. I like to eat canned peaches with a thick slice of Italian or French bread. That one I learned from my dad. Of course vinegar on french fries used to get me some strange looks when I lived in the states :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I do like your side dish recipes for steak. My favorite would have to be the mushrooms and onions. For some reason, years ago my mom would serve plain cottage cheese with steak. I like it and have asked for it at restaurants over the years. I would ask "instead of steak fries or vegetables, can I have a dish of cottage cheese?" I always get a very strange look from the waiter.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

moonlake, That would work great too :) Thanks so much.

Rebecca, The aroma get my tummy grumbling :)


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Boy, these sure look tasty. I'll bet they smell so good cooking, too. I can imagine devouring those onions and mushrooms!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I don't eat steak but my husband does. They all sound good but I would eat the shrimp as my main dish and the other two as my side dishes. Voted up and shared.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

MSR, Hope you don't mind me shortening your name. Nice to meet you and thank you. There's nothing like that aroma, I agree :)


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MySciaticaRelief 4 years ago from California

Excellent recipes you have here. I love fried mushrooms with my steak! The aroma from the mushrooms ... I'm already dreaming of it. :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Glimmer Twin, The roasted potatoes go with anything. Roasted chicken sounds great!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Useful hub! In fact I think I'm going to make the ranch potatoes tonight! Perfect for a cold rainy night and a roasted chicken!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Lisa, Hope you enjoy the potatoes and thanks :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Peggy, I won't eat the shells if the shrimp have been boiled but when they've been pan fried and spiced up I will. Thanks for stopping by and for the votes and sharing.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruby, It's the only reason I buy the ranch dressing in the packets is for these potatoes :) Hope you enjoy them.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Eddy, Thanks and wishing you a great weekend too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Steph, If I have bell peppers on hand sometimes I'll add those as well.


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Are you kidding? I would eat those side dishes by themselves! LOL I love this hub Susan, my mouth was watering and my tummy grumbling "Feed me! Feed me!" while reading this! (Think I'm gonna try those potatoes tonight or tomorrow night) All I can say is yum yum yummy! Thumbs up and shared my dear!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Susan,

One of my all time favorite accompaniments to a good steak is fried onions and mushrooms. Yum! In some Chinese restaurants I see fried shrimp being served with the shells still on them. If the shrimp are small the shells are not too tough. I have eaten some of them on occasion. Knowing how good they are for one's health, will try eating more in the future. Up votes on this hub and sharing!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Susan, You have the best recipes. I love shrimp. I have never used powered ranch dressing mix. I will try the roasted potatoes, they look delicious..Thank you again..


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

tamron, Hope that you and your husband enjoy these recipes.

RH, It's not authentic Cajun shrimp but it is a quick way to add some extra flavor to the shrimp :)

Frank, You're welcome :)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I have a great collection of recipes now and thanks for all yours Susan; take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Eddy.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I don't know about you, but for me, caramelized onions are practically like candy. Love them with mushrooms, as you suggest. And I'm always game for a delicious steak. Best, STeph


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

yeah justasksusan I can do easy.. thanks for the share :) Frank


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey great ideas! Sydney is going to be your biggest fan after this one! Both girls love steak but the Cajun shrimp - brilliant!

I always try to find good things to serve along side of steak...Dave and I like some pizzaz and the girls want it mostly plain. If I serve it on the side everyone is happy!


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tamron 4 years ago

I am always looking to surprise my husband with something different. We don't eat much steak but when we eat steak I always make mashed potatoes and pea's or baked beans. I get sick of that so I will try one of these recipes to go with steak.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

MissO, I got used to eating the shells, but they have to be covered in tasty spices. The first time Al saw me eating the shells he gave me the strangest look. Now every once in awhile I catch him eating them too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

b. Malin,

drbj,

Kimberly,

Mhatter,

Thanks everyone!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Onions and mushrooms YUM! And cajun shrimp? Ahhhh I love all of your dishes. This looks like a great tasting combo. Girl, you know how to accompany a steak. I like to add a dash or two of liquid smoke to my mushrooms and onions. Interesting story about your aunt and the health benefits of shrimp shells. I have heard of chitosan before but I don't think I could get myself to eat the actual shell though. Voted up


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for these great and delicious ideas.


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Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

I would eat steak with any of these options! Great hub! I can't wait to try some of these!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You hit the ball out of the ballpark with this one, Susan. Steak (as well as spareribs) is my #1 meat preference and 2 of your 3 side dishes are my favorite accessories. Love mushrooms and onions and fried shrimp. Potatoes, not so much. Thanks for the yummy easy recipes, m'dear.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Bill, The roasted potatoes can be done with any type of seasonings you may have on hand or like. I make them all different ways.

Carol, So can I. When I lived alone I would slice up a tomato and fry a steak for dinner and be quite happy. Thanks so much!


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I LOVE Steak and of course a Good Side Dish to go with it. We mostly Grill our Steaks outside. However, we are NOT Mushroom lovers. But Corn, Potatoes, Shrimp...Oh Yes!

As usual, Everything looks Delicious Susan, Thanks for Sharing!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I have to be honest I can eat steak with nothing else. I have been a serious carnivour since I was very young. I used to be able to eat a 2 pound steak...now 8 ounces is plenty. You have delicious sounding and looking side dishes...How can you miss with onions and mushrooms..two staples in this house. I liked learning about the value of shrimp shells...Anyway a delicious hub...Wish I could jump through and sample. Voted UP.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I would eat them all, but the roasted ranch potatoes really sound delicious. Saving this one for the next time we had steak. Thanks Susan!

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