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50 Best Side Dishes to Serve With a Big Glazed Ham

It's hard to choose just one!

By Cory Fernandez and Kara Zauberman
best side dishes for ham sweet potato hash in skillet
Caitlin Bensel

When a special occasion arises, there's nothing quite as show-stopping as a big, glazed ham. Not only will it feed a crowd, but it also makes delicious leftover ham sandwiches in the days that follow. So, whether you're planning a Thanksgiving feast, Easter brunch, or Christmas dinner, look no further than your favorite ham recipe. But wait! Ham can't be the only item of food on your holiday menu—you'll need some tasty side dishes to accompany your big, beautiful ham. Luckily, we've rounded up plenty of options—from vegetable side dishes to casserole recipes—all of which pair perfectly with ham.

Here, you'll find potluck favorites, like make-ahead mashed potatoes and jalapeño cornbread, along with time-saving dishes, like air fryer green beans and crock-pot mac and cheese. Not only did we find dishes that work for any Sunday supper, but we've also included plenty of ideas for Southern comfort food favorites, including candied sweet potatoes, deviled eggs, and skillet biscuits. Looking for a side that's just as exciting as the roast itself? Try a show-stopping quiche or homemade popovers that are sure to impress. Of course, depending on the time of year, you may opt for sides that celebrate the season, like maple-bacon Brussels sprouts in the fall or sautéed sugar snap peas in spring. Whichever recipe you choose, these side dishes for ham are sure to become your family's favorites!


Slow Cooker Green Beans

side dishes for ham slow cooker green beans
Caitlin Bensel

Crispy bacon and a slow cooked tomato sauce make this veggie side unbelievably flavorful. It can be made with either fresh or frozen green beans so it really is a year-round dish.

Get the Slow Cooker Green Beans recipe.



Corn Soufflé

side dishes for ham corn souffle
Caitlin Bensel

Looking for a way to transform that box of corn muffin mix? Just try this light and fluffy corn soufflé. There are chopped pieces of jalapeño pepper throughout to give is a sweet and spicy flavor.

Get the Corn Soufflé recipe.


Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

side dishes for ham maple bacon brussels sprouts
Will Dickey

Brussels sprouts in a skillet will be your favorite new side dish for fall and winter. They're a little bit sweet from the maple syrup and dried cranberries and a little bit smoky from the bacon.

Get the Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe.

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Crock-Pot Scalloped Potatoes

side dishes for ham crockpot scalloped potatoes
Caitlin Bensel

You can't go wrong with creamy potatoes! This recipe just makes it even easier to achieve. It's basically a set-it-and-forget-it version of scalloped potatoes.

Get the Crock-Pot Scalloped Potatoes recipe.


Hot Pepper Cranberry Sauce

side dishes for ham hot pepper cranberry sauce
David Malosh

Here's a fun way to switch up your cranberry sauce: add some spice! This recipe uses chopped pickled chiles and fresh Fresno chile pepper to give it some heat.

Get Ree's Hot Pepper Cranberry Sauce recipe.



Crock-Pot Stuffing

side dishes for ham crockpot stuffing
Hector Sanchez

It might typically be known as a side dish for turkey, but stuffing is also the perfect side for ham. And since this one is made in a Crock-Pot, it can be made without much effort.

Get the Crock-Pot Stuffing recipe.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

side dishes for ham mashed sweet potatoes
Caitlin Bensel

Buttery smooth and lightly sweetened, these mashed spuds are truly delightful. They'll also add a pop of color to your holiday table.

Get the Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe.


Grilled Okra

side dishes for ham grilled okra
Caitlin Bensel

This quick and easy side dish will be on the table in 15 minutes flat. The end result is smoky and tender, with a pop of brightness from fresh lemon juice.

Get the Grilled Okra recipe.


Fried Green Tomatoes

side dishes for ham fried green tomatoes
Caitlin Bensel

Give your ham a Southern spin by serving it up with fried green tomatoes. Unlike red tomatoes, the green variety is more tart and great for crisping.

Get the Fried Green Tomatoes recipe.

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Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

side dishes for ham pull apart garlic bread
Caitlin Bensel

Step up your dinner rolls with this loaf that's loaded with garlic, fresh herbs, and parmesan cheese. Everyone will be reaching to pull off a piece!

Get the Pull-Apart Garlic Bread recipe.



Roasted Cauliflower

side dishes for ham roasted cauliflower
Caitlin Bensel

If you've ever wondered what the trick is to making perfect cauliflower, look no further! This method ensures crispy, golden edges every time.

Get the Roasted Cauliflower recipe.


Butternut Squash Casserole

side dishes for ham butternut squash casserole
Will Dickey

This casserole recipe combines healthy ingredients like kale and squash with tasty mix-ins like bacon and cheese. It's a great way to get your family to eat their veggies.

Get the Butternut Squash Casserole recipe.

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Ranch Potatoes

side dishes for ham ranch potatoes
Caitlin Bensel

Herby ranch seasoning is the best way to brighten up a simple crispy potato side dish. But we also take it one step further by serving it with buttermilk ranch dressing.

Get the Ranch Potatoes recipe.



side dishes for ham succotash
Caitlin Bensel

Fresh veggies and lima beans make a colorful side dish for a hearty ham. The best part? It's ready under 30 minutes!

Get the Succotash recipe.


Air Fryer Parmesan Steak Fries

side dishes for ham air fryer parmesan steak fries
Caitlin Bensel

Just because they're called steak fries doesn't mean you can't serve them up with ham. The salty-sweet glazed ham will pair perfectly with the garlicky parmesan fries.

Get the Air Fryer Parmesan Steak Fries recipe.


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Sautéed Asparagus

side dishes for ham sauteed asparagus
Will Dickey

When fresh asparagus is in season, this simple preparation is the way to go! It's got plenty of bright lemon flavor, chopped garlic, and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.

Get the Sautéed Asparagus recipe.


Buttermilk Biscuits

side dishes for ham buttermilk biscuits
Will Dickey

These golden flaky biscuits can be served any time of day. You can even use them to make ham sandwiches with your Easter leftovers!

Get the Buttermilk Biscuits recipe.


Deviled Eggs

side dishes for ham deviled eggs
Caitlin Bensel

You can't go wrong with deviled eggs at any holiday meal. This classic version is a creamy, savory, hearty staple that your family will love.

Get the Deviled Eggs recipe.

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Greek Lemon Potatoes

side dishes for ham greek lemon potatoes
David Malosh

What sets these potatoes apart from other roasted potatoes? They happen to be cooked in a mixture of lemon juice, chicken broth, and fresh oregano so they're loaded with flavor.

Get Ree's Greek Lemon Potatoes recipe.


Spinach Casserole

side dishes for ham spinach casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Between the creamy spinach filling and the crunchy fried onion topping, this casserole dish is a wonderful combination of texture and flavor.

Get the Spinach Casserole recipe.


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