Side Dishes

While many people think of the main dish as the dominant force in a meal, the side dishes are the components that give a meal real flair and definition. The main dish in the US is often a protein, and they tend to be sturdy and hearty. Side dishes are smaller than a main and can be lighter and more playful, and change with cultural preferences more easily than a standard main dish. They’re often made with vegetables that are complementary to the main. Starches are also important as a side dish; they’re filling and satisfying, and when you have things like steamy potatoes or fluffy rice in a sauce, they act as absorbent little sponges so you don’t miss any flavor.

Gullah Crab Fried Rice
Gullah cooking, which originated in the swampy lowlands and barrier islands of North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, is nearly synonymous with rice and seafood.
Braised Ethiopian Collard Greens
Gomen, or braised Ethiopian collard greens, are a standard side dish in Ethiopian cuisine, richly seasoned and sitting in a tart, spicy sauce.
Ginger Wild Rice
Cooking wild rice is not terribly complex. People have put countless hours into the many ways to cook white rice, but wild rice? It’s pretty straightforward.
Dill Focaccia Bread
Dill Seed is not just for pickles.
Malagueta Crab Cocktail
When you want a spicy and refreshing appetizer, look no further than our Malagueta Pepper and Crab Cocktail. This brisk, crunchy crab cocktail puts Brazil’s beloved Malagueta Chile to work.
Honey Mustard Potato Salad
Our recipe for Honey Mustard Potato Salad is as close to “set it and forget it” as it gets.
Cape Malay Couscous and Asparagus
This dish celebrates all the great tastes of summer—rich, sweet tomato, snappy asparagus, and a tart burst of lime.
Mushroom Risotto
Let’s talk about how to make mushroom risotto. Risotto, a glorious amalgamation of rice, seasonings, cheese, and broth, is a staple dish in the cuisine of northern Italy.
Korean Cucumber Salad
This Korean cucumber salad, Oi Muchim, is a traditional banchan dish that can be found on dinner tables all across Korea.
Sweet Potato Chili Fries
Sweet potatoes are more than just the orange cousins of the standard potato, dressed up in marshmallows and brown sugar and served once a year at Thanksgiving.
Hoppin' John
Though Spices Inc World Headquarters is currently stationed firmly in Central Pennsylvania, our culinary influences and recipes are pulled in from kitchens all over the country.
Spicy Pumpkin Soup
Who else loves staring at giant pumpkins at their local fair every year?
Tuscan Style Roasted Carrots
These delicious carrots can serve as a side or can act as a savory little snack.
Sweet Potato Poutine
Poutine (pu-teen) is a signature Canadian dish and a point of culinary pride made with french fries, topped with cheese curds and smothered with brown gravy.
Tex-Mex Hash Browns
Breakfast is one of my favorite meals, especially when there's snow on the ground and no errands that need to be run.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Apples
Just in case you were looking for one more recipe with butternut squash - here it is.
Copper Pennies
On a recent trip home to Texas to visit family, I went through some recipes at my Mom's house.
Apple Cider Sweet Potatoes
Nothing too difficult with this mashed sweet potato recipe, just a slightly different take on traditional mashed potatoes.
A Sweet Twist on Potato Skins
This is a great spin on the classic potato skin. Sweet potatoes are nutrient rich and are lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes.
Spicy Cabbage Slaw
This quick and easy spicy cabbage slaw side dish is a perfect compliment to glazed Salmon or Spiced Beef. A little spicy and a little sweet, this is not your mom's basic creamy coleslaw.
Spinach Rice
Spinach Rice is a great way to add something a little different and healthy to your regular rice side dish. We keep cooked rice on hand so this side comes together in about 5 minutes.
Jicama Rice
Sometimes called a 'Mexican potato', Jicama is a root vegetable that has a sweet taste and a crunchy texture.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Looking for a Thanksgiving side dish that adds a flavorful twist to the worn out mashed potatoes? Sweet potatoes!
Caprese Salad
It just doesn't get much easier than this.
Saffron Basmati Rice
Saffron Basmati rice is a popular Persian dish that does a great deal to enhance the natural flavor of the rice. This recipe really lets the Saffron shine through.
Cajun Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Having lived in New Orleans for a few years, we are particularly partial to Cajun/Creol
4 Bean Salad
This 4 bean salad is the perfect side dish for a Summer bbq or as a take along to the next neighborhood potluck.  I have seen this recipe made w
Spinach and Garbanzo Pasta
I'm always looking for recipes that are different and healthy, but still tasty and filling.
Lemon Rice
We love the versatile nature of rice.
Garlic and Herb Mushrooms
A flavorful and easy to prepare mushroom dish.
Arugula Walnut Salad
This light and tasty Arugula Walnut Salad is perfect when the weather is warm.
Vegetable Stir Fry
This super-easy recipe is loaded with healthy vegetables.
Herb Roasted Potatoes
This recipe was one of the first ones that we added to the Spices Inc. site many years ago. It is still one of the most clicked on recipes that we have.