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Whether you are looking for vegetable side dishes to cook for a crowd or for your family, this list of 20+ best vegetable side dishes will come in handy. The recipes that made this list are simple and easy, and you can make them in your Instant Pot or Air fryer in no time.
Whether you like your vegetables steamed, sauteed or air fried, we got you covered. Let’s get started 🙂
We all want to incorporate more veggies into our diet to make it healthier and well-balanced. But “what vegetable sides to make for dinner” is a question that bogs down everyone.
Finding a vegetable side dish that comes together quickly for your everyday meal or to go with your Thanksgiving dinner can get challenging.
Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered.
I’ve put together this list of side dishes that are healthy, flavorful, and super easy to make in your Instant Pot or your air fryer. These are perfect for weeknight dinners or as a side dish to add to your holiday table.
What you’ll love most about this list is most of these vegetable side dish recipes require very little hands-on effort and come together in less than 30 minutes. While all the recipes are vegetarian, there are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options as well.
Also, these veggie sides pair well with chicken, fish, or any other meat-based dishes.
Oven-style (Ninja Dual Heat Air Fryer – 1800W)– The oven-style ones usually take more space but what’s unique about this Ninja one is that it flips vertically for easy storage on the countertop. Most importantly, it is perfect for families of 4 or more and makes easy work of Ninja air fryer pakora.
Instant Pot Vegetable Side dishes
Instant Pot is perfect for steaming vegetables, but what makes it even better is its ability to saute the veggies once they are steamed. Check out the recipes below for some healthy steamed and sauteed veggies in the Instant Pot.
Honey glazed Instant Pot carrots – Learn how to steam carrots in the Instant Pot and glaze them to make this delicious side dish. This carrot side dish is perfect for busy weeknights and for holiday dinners.
Fluffy on the inside and crispy and spiced on the outside, these roasted Bombay Potatoes are a vegan and gluten-free side dish you can easily whip up in your Instant Pot or stovetop in under 30 minutes.
If you're looking for a healthy side dish, or the perfect vegetable to serve at your Summer BBQ party, you'll love this easy Instant Pot corn on the cob. Flavorful, juicy, and perfectly cooked every time.
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – If you have been getting store-bought mashed potatoes, then I would suggest you give this Instant Pot recipe a try. It is a classic recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes and with very little effort.
If you're looking for a simple, delicious, and quick way to serve more vegetables, you have to try this recipe for air fryer roasted sweet potatoes. Ready in just 20 minutes, they are the perfect healthy side dish!
Hi! I am Anu - former Project Manager, now a full-time blogger. I love simplifying Indian food recipes without using highly processed ingredients. My goal is to inspire you to cook at home by sharing easy recipes that you can quickly make in your Instant Pot (or stovetop).