20+ Easy and Flavorful Vegetable Side dishes

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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 🙂

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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.

Some of my favorites include baked sweet potatoes, air fryer fresh green beans, steamed carrots, asparagus with parmesan cheese, and air fryer French fries 🙂

Planning a party? Check out this post on Indian party planning tips + menus. If you are looking for a menu for your Thanksgiving dinner, this post on the Indian-Inspired Thanksgiving menu should help.

Why you’ll love these recipes

  • Perfect options for weeknight dinners or for when you are looking to make vegetable sides for Thanksgiving / Christmas (or any holidays).
  • Great for potluck parties – if you are in charge of getting a veggie side dish, this vegetable dishes list should give you plenty of options.
  • Most require minimum hands-on effort – These recipes call for either an Instant Pot or an Air fryer. That means you are free to cook other dishes while these two devices do their magic.
  • The best part, almost all recipes require very little prep time and come together in 30 minutes or less.

For the Instant Pot recipes, you’ll need

And for some recipes, you’ll need an air fryer. Here are the two that I recommend 

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.

Instant Pot Green Beans – Asian Style

These quick and easy asian-style green beans come together in 15 minutes for a healthy and flavorful side dish perfect for any night of the week.
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A light blue plate with a pile of asian-style green beans topped with toasted sesame seeds and a brown handled fork in the back right.

Instant Pot Steamed Carrots

Steam your carrots to fork-tender perfection with this quick and easy Instant Pot steamed carrots recipe made with two ingredients in under 15 minutes.
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An instant pot steamer basket with baby carrots after steaming.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Naturally vegan and gluten-free, this easy to follow Instant Pot sweet potato recipe makes fork-tender sweet potatoes every time.
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A light blue plate with three baked sweet potatoes with a cut down the middle of each and a pad of butter on top.

Instant Pot Beets

Learn how to cook whole beets in the Instant Pot with or without a steamer basket with this easy Instant Pot Beets recipe.
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A white bowl with chopped beets after cooking in the instant pot.

Instant Pot Honey Glazed Carrots

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. 
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An overhead shot of honey glazed carrots served in a white bowl

Instant Pot Steamed Brussels Sprouts with Honey Garlic Glaze

Easy to make steamed Brussels sprouts come together in 20 minutes with the Instant Pot for the perfect weeknight dinner side dish.
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A black bowl of cheese topped steamed and sautéed Brussel sprouts with a silver fork poking into a Brussel sprout on a grey counter.

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

The perfect dish dish to any meal, this easy to make instant pot baked potato recipe teaches you how to make fork-tender potatoes in the instant pot.
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A black counter with a blue plate and two baked potatoes cut down the center vertically and topped with sour cream and chives with a silver fork on the right side of the plate.

Spiced Bombay Potatoes (Masala Aloo)

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.
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A white bowl with Bombay Potatoes and a silver fork to the right.

Instant Pot Corn in the Cob

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.
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Four cobs of corn lay on top of a trivet inside of an Instant Pot

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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. 
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Mashed potatoes served in a black bowl

Air fryer vegetable side dishes

I love how the veggies turn out in the Air fryer – crispy, flavorful, and the best part – the cooking is hands-free. Here are some of the easiest vegetable dishes you can make in your air fryer.

Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes

Naturally vegan and gluten-free these air fryer baked sweet potatoes cook up in 40 minutes for a healthy weeknight side dish everyone will enjoy.
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A brown rimmed plate with two cut open air fryer sweet potatoes next to a fork.

Air Fryer Roasted Baby Potatoes (Bombay-Style)

These air fryer roasted baby potatoes are flavorful, delicious, and easy to make. Seasoned to perfection, these Bombay potatoes makes for a perfect side dish with any meal.
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A white bowl of baby potatoes, garnished with parsley and lime wedges.

Air Fryer Carrots

If you're looking for an easy vegetable side dish, you have to try these crispy air fryer roasted carrots. Serve with your favorite dip for a delicious alternative to French fries.
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An overheat shot of a plate of roasted carrot fries, with a small bowl of creamy dressing.

Air Fryer Cauliflower

This crispy recipe for air fryer cauliflower is an easy side dish with no breading. Ready in just 20 minutes, this will become your new favorite way to eat cauliflower!
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A plate of bright colored cauliflower with a small dish of ketchup on the side.

Air Fryer Green Beans

This air fryer green beans recipe is the easiest and most flavorful way to prepare this classic and healthy side dish! Plus, it all comes together in just 15 minutes.
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Air Fryer Green Beans (Asian-Style) on a plate with a fork garnished with sesame seeds

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

This air fryer Brussels sprouts recipe is the easiest and most flavorful way to prepare this classic and healthy side dish! Ready in 15 mins.
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Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts in a white bowl with a fork

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

This flavorful air fryer buffalo cauliflower is the perfect easy appetizer, snack, or side dish for almost any meal! Spicy, savory, and SO delicious.
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A tray of buffalo cauliflower with ranch dipping sauce on the side.

Air Fryer Asparagus

Fast, easy, and crispy, this air fryer asparagus seasoned with garlic and parmesan comes together in 20 minutes for an addictive side dish even your pickiest eaters will love.
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A cream plate on a blue counter with air fried asparagus topped with parmesan and a silver fork to the right.

Roasted Air Fryer Broccoli Recipe

Get all of the same great flavor and crispy texture as oven roasted broccoli, but in less time in the air fryer, and with less oil! This simple recipe is going to be your new favorite side dish!
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A white plate on a light blue background, holding a large amount of roasted broccoli florets.

Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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!
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A bowl of sweet potato cubes, having just been cooked in the air fryer

Air Fryer Bhindi Masala Recipe (Indian okra)

You'll love this air fryer version of Punjabi bhindi masala. It comes together in less than 30 minutes with very little hands-on time and yields perfect results every time!
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A plate of bhindi masala with a fresh roti on the side, served with a lime wedge.

Crispy Air Fryer Potato Wedges

These crispy, air fryer potato wedges make for a delicious appetizer or side dish that's perfect for any occasion.
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Air-fried potato wedges served on parchment paper with ketchup

Air Fryer Kale Chips

Try these crispy air fryer kale chips and treat your kids to this healthy homemade version of this popular snack.
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Air fryer kale chips in bowl

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

These crispy, healthy sweet potato fries are made with 5 ingredients for a quick and easy snack everyone will enjoy!
Click here for recipe!
A basket covered in parchment paper with sweet potato fries and a small white bowl of ketchup.

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