Tri-tip is a delicious and tender cut of beef that, at least on the west coast, is often sold as a whole muscle. Because of the size it is often called a Tri-tip Roast on the meat packaging, and can be roasted or slow cooked like a traditional roast. However, because of where the muscle is located it is a more tender cut than most roasts, and can be cooked and served as a steak using just garlic powder, salt, and pepper- or your favorite dry rub. This was first done in Santa Maria, California, which is why sometimes you'll hear it called a Santa Maria steak. You can prepare your tri tip this way on the grill, in the oven, or my favorite way, sous vide.
Whether you're planning to serve your tri tip at a backyard barbeque, having guests over for a dinner party, or just making a weeknight dinner, finding the best side dishes to serve with your steak makes the meal so much better. From classic and comforting potatoes to fresh salads and flavorful vegetable dishes, you're sure to find some sides here that will please your crowd.
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If your tri-tip is the main event for a holiday dinner or dinner party, you may want some foods to nosh on before dinner too.
Your Tri Tip has the protein covered. To balance the meal, I like to serve it with a vegetable or two. Here are some great options!
Potatoes (and sweet potatoes)
Possibly the most versatile vegetable, this starchy root is great mashed, scalloped, boiled, fried, and even served cold!
Rice, Pasta, and Breads
The first carbohydrate you think of with steak is probably potatoes, but these delicious side dishes are also a great addition to your table!
Sometimes when it's hot, a crisp salad is the perfect side to this delicious cut of meat.
Baked Beans & Chimichurri Sauce
To be honest these just don't really fit in the other categories nicely, but my goodness, they deserve to be mentioned.
I hope this list gives you some great ideas and that you love everything you try! If after you have leftovers and need some tri tip recipes to use them, give this tri tip pasta a go, or make tri tip sandwiches the next day.