23 Easy Southern Side Dishes for Thanksgiving 

It’s that time of year again– It’s the Holiday Season! Good food, Good friends, and lots of Family Time. 

Whether you live in the south (or not), or you’re just looking for some good southern cooking, I’ve got you covered. These Southern Side Dishes for Thanksgiving are sure to please all of your holiday guests. 

Turkey, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato pie are always a must on Thanksgiving Day, but what about the sides? 

If you are anything like me, then the sides make the meal. I love creamy, savory, spicy, and sweet sides. So today, I’ve got you covered with everything from casseroles, vegetables, mashed potatoes, and dressing. You are sure to find something your family will love with these Easy Southern Side Dishes for Thanksgiving.

23 Southern Side Dishes for Thanksgiving
23 Southern Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Easy Green Bean Casserole

This Green Bean Casserole with Bacon and Mushrooms is a holiday classic made with bacon, cheese, onions, green beans and covered in a nice creamy sauce. It’s baked in the oven until bubbly and topped with crispy onions. A delicious side dish for the holidays or any occasion.

Green Bean Casserole with Bacon & Mushrooms
Green Bean Casserole with Bacon & Mushrooms
Easy Green Bean Casserole with Bacon and Mushrooms
Green Bean Casserole with Bacon and Mushrooms is a holiday classic made with bacon, cheese, onions, green beans and covered in a nice creamy sauce. It's baked in the oven until bubbly and topped with crispy onions
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Green Bean Casserole with Bacon & Mushrooms

Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping

Sweet Potato Casserole is creamy, delicious, and melts in your mouth. It has a crunchy brown sugar pecan topping that completes this dish. This dish is perfect for your holiday table or really just any time you have a taste for some pure southern comfort food. This dish usually ends up on my table several times a month as a side dish. OH, SO GOOD!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping
Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping
Sweet Potato Casserole is creamy, delicious, and melts in your mouth. It has a crunchy brown sugar pecan topping that completes this dish.
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Sweet potato casserole on a plate with turkey

Creamy Coleslaw

This is The Best and Easiest Creamy Coleslaw for your next cookout, bbq, or get-together. It’s deliciously creamy with the perfect balance of flavors. Makes a great side dish for the holiday table.

Easy Creamy Coleslaw
Easy Creamy Coleslaw
Creamy Coleslaw
This is The Best and Easiest Creamy Coleslaw for your next cookout, bbq, or get-together. It's deliciously creamy with the perfect balance of flavors.
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Easy Creamy Coleslaw

Ranch Au Gratin Potatoes

Thinly sliced potatoes with a creamy, cheesy ranch sauce make the perfect side dish for any night of the week. With just a few ingredients and one hour in the oven, you will have a pleasing dish that goes with just about anything and everything.

Cheesy Ranch Au Gratin Potatoes
Cheesy Ranch Au Gratin Potatoes
Cheesy Ranch Au Gratin Potatoes
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Cheesy Ranch Au Gratin Potatoes

Southern Fried Green Beans

Crispy Southern Fried Green Beans that are battered and fried to crunchy deliciousness! Serve with Ranch or your favorite sauce for an irresistible side dish or appetizer.

Southern Fried Green Beans
Southern Fried Green Beans
Crispy Southern Fried Green Beans
Crispy Southern Fried Green Beans that are battered and fried to crunchy deliciousness! Serve with Ranch or your favorite sauce for an irresistible side dish or appetizer.
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Southern Fried Green Beans

Cheese Grits

Cheese Grits are a southern favorite. They are great for breakfast, in a casserole, as a snack, or side dish. Southern Style Cheese Grits are loaded with cream cheese, shredded cheese, and butter. If you have never tried grits before, then you are in for a real treat.

Southern Style Cheese Grits
Southern Style Cheese Grits
Southern Style Cheese Grits
Southern Style Cheese Grits are loaded with cream cheese, shredded cheese, and butter. They are great for breakfast, in a casserole, as a snack, or side dish.
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Southern Style Cheese Grits

Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic Butter

Restaurant-style sauteed mushrooms are a super simple side dish that cooks in about 20 minutes. This recipe only requires 4 ingredients from start to finish. These mushrooms are cooked in garlic butter and are out of this world delicious! This dish is great for any night of the week and perfect for a holiday side dish.

Simple Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic Butter
Simple Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic Butter
Simple Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic Butter
Restaurant-style sauteed mushrooms are a super simple side dish that cooks in about 15-20 minutes. This recipe only requires 4 ingredients from start to finish. It's great for any night of the week and perfect for a holiday side dish. These are definitely steakhouse-quality mushrooms.
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Simple Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic Butter

Southern Fried Okra

The trick to having Crispy fried Okra is the buttermilk and breading. The buttermilk gives it a nice thick coating before it is dunked into the cornmeal and flour mix.

Crispy Southern Fried Okra
Crispy Southern Fried Okra
Crispy Southern Fried Okra
Crispy Southern Fried Okra is served as a side dish or appetizer in the south. It's crispy, crunchy and fried till golden brown. Delicious!
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Crispy Southern Fried Okra

Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are oven-baked and crispy. They are kid-approved and loved by adults, too. So if you are looking for a new spin on zucchini, this is it!

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are oven-baked and crispy. They are kid-approved and loved by adults, too. If you are looking for a new spin on zucchini, this is it!
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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Mexican Corn Salad with Jalapenos

Mexican Corn Salad with Jalapenos is the perfect side dish for any night of the week, holiday, or summertime cookout. This recipe comes together super fast and will be chilling in your refrigerator in no time.

Corn Salad with Jalapenos
Corn Salad with Jalapenos
Mexican Corn Salad with Jalapenos
Mexican Corn Salad with Jalapenos is the perfect side dish for any night of the week, holiday, or summertime cookout. This recipe comes together super fast and will be chilling in your refrigerator in no time.
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Mexican Corn Salad

Chicken and Dressing

Chicken, cornbread, cream of mushroom soup, milk, eggs, onion, and butter all come together to make this a delicious pan of Cornbread Chicken and Dressing. This has been served in our house for over 30 years, and I plan to serve it for 30 more. 

Southern Style Chicken and Dressing #cooksouthern #chickenanddressing #holidayfood #southernfoodrocks
Southern Style Chicken and Dressing
Southern Style Chicken and Dressing
A delicious Cornbread Dressing that has been served in our home for the past 30 years. This dressing will feed a crowd and will have everyone coming back for seconds.
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Southern Deviled Eggs

Southern Deviled Eggs are always a crowd pleaser and a classic for all types of gatherings. They have been served at our family gatherings for as long as I can remember. They are easy to make and have a delicious creamy filling. Perfect for Easter, Summer Cookouts, and Holiday side dishes. You can’t go wrong with a classic.

Southern Deviled Eggs
Southern Deviled Eggs
Southern Deviled Eggs
Southern Deviled Eggs are always a crowd pleaser and a classic for all types of gatherings. Perfect for Easter, Summer Cookouts, and Holidays.
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Southern Deviled Eggs

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes make the perfect side dish to any meal. Potatoes, garlic, cream cheese, and butter. Creamy, fluffy, and totally yummy!

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Mashed Potatoes make the perfect side dish to any meal. Potatoes, garlic, cream cheese, and butter. Creamy, fluffy, and totally yummy!
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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Hashbrown Casserole

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is the perfect side dish made with shredded hashbrowns, cheddar cheese soup, sour cream, and onion. Quick and easy and perfect for a crowd.

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is the perfect side dish made with shredded hashbrowns, cheddar cheese soup, sour cream, and onion. Quick and easy and perfect for a crowd.
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Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Cabbage and Onions

Fried Cabbage and Onion is something you will find on many tables around the south. It’s just cabbage and onion sauteed in a little fat and cooked down until tender.

Southern Fried Cabbage and Onion
Southern Fried Cabbage and Onion
Southern Fried Cabbage and Onion
Fried Cabbage and Onion is something you will find on many tables around the south. It’s just cabbage, and onion sauteed in a little fat and cooked down until tender. Easy and delicious!
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Southern Fried Cabbage and Onion

Pineapple Casserole

A savory and sweet southern casserole. Only 6 ingredients–Pineapple, butter, sugar, eggs, bread, and milk. Perfect for a side dish but could easily be a dessert. This is truly the Best Pineapple Casserole you will ever taste.

The Best Pineapple Casserole
The Best Pineapple Casserole
The Best Pineapple Casserole
A savory and sweet southern casserole. Only 6 ingredients–Pineapple, butter, sugar, eggs, bread, and milk. Perfect for a side dish but could easily be a dessert. This is truly the Best Pineapple Casserole you will ever taste.
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pineapple casserole with a spoon

Bacon and Broccoli Salad

It’s perfect served as a side dish for dinner, a cookout, or a holiday celebration. Bacon and Broccoli Salad is a quick salad that is sure to please your family and guest and make your taste buds dance.

Bacon and Broccoli Salad
Bacon and Broccoli Salad
Bacon and Broccoli Salad
It’s perfect served as a side dish for dinner, a cookout, or a holiday celebration. Bacon and Broccoli Salad is a quick summer salad that is sure to please your family and guest and make your taste buds dance.
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Bacon and Broccoli Salad

Crockpot Creamed Corn

Crock Pot Creamed Corn is a simple side dish for any night of the week or special occasion when you need to feed a crowd. Whole kernel corn, cream cheese, butter, heavy cream, sugar, salt, and pepper tossed in a crockpot and turned on. In a few hours, your corn is steaming hot and ready to eat.

Crock Pot Creamed Corn #bestcreamedcorn #crockpotcorn #creamycreamedcorn
Crock Pot Creamed Corn
Crock Pot Creamed Corn
Crock Pot Creamed Corn is a simple side dish for any night of the week or if you need to feed a crowd. This makes the creamiest creamed corn you have ever eaten. The cream cheese, butter, heavy cream, and sugar come together to make the most delicious cream for this corn.
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Crock Pot Creamed Corn

Southern Cornbread Salad

Southern Cornbread Salad is a crowd-pleasing layered salad with bacon, cheese, and cornbread that comes together easily for all of your gatherings. Perfect for any time of the year.

Southern Cornbread Salad
Southern Cornbread Salad
Southern Cornbread Salad
A crowd pleasing layered salad with bacon, cheese, and cornbread that comes together easily for all of your gatherings. Perfect for any time of the year.
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Southern Cornbread Salad

Carrot Apple Salad

Carrot Apple Salad– Carrots, pineapple, apple, and raisins make for a delicious salad for just about any occasion. This is an easy dish to throw together with only a few ingredients and little prep work, plus it is super yummy!

Carrot Apple Salad
Carrot Apple Salad
Carrot Apple Salad
Crunchy carrots, sweet apples, pineapple, and raisins make this “easy” salad perfect for any day of the week.
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Carrot Apple Salad

Looking for some desserts? Be sure to check out 9 Southern Thanksgiving Desserts for your table.

Tangy Vinegar Coleslaw

Crunchy cabbage coated in a slightly sweetened vinegar dressing. Tangy Vinegar Coleslaw is delicious, tangy, slightly sweet, and super crisp. This slaw is packed with fresh flavors that will wake up your taste buds!

Vinegar Coleslaw
Tangy Vinegar Coleslaw
Tangy Vinegar Coleslaw
Crunchy cabbage coated in a slightly sweetened vinegar dressing. This slaw is packed with fresh flavors that will wake up your taste buds!
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Corn on the Cob

When I cook corn, I go ahead and fill the crockpot up with corn. Why only cook a few pieces? Leftover corn is good for lunch the next day! Corn on the cob is a must-have for a holiday dinner. Go ahead and cook some up today!

Crock Pot Corn on the Cob
Crock Pot Corn on the Cob
Crock Pot Corn On The Cob
Crock Pot Corn on the Cob is a great side dish for any occasion. With just a few items and very little prep work, you will have fresh corn for your family or any summer time cookout.
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Crock Pot Corn on the Cob

Rice and Corn Casserole

It goes great as a side dish with chicken, turkey, ham, or really any other meat. I could make a meal of this casserole by itself. It definitely takes center stage to any meal, and your family will be asking you to make this time and time again.

Yellow Rice and Corn Casserole
Yellow Rice and Corn Casserole
Yellow Rice and Corn Casserole
Yellow rice and corn casserole is a simple and delicious side dish for any night of the week or holiday meal. Made with only 5 ingredients.
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For a few more sides, check out this post on 13 Southern Sides to serve for Thanksgiving.

Need more Side Dishes? Check out 27 Southern Thanksgiving Side Dishes to please all of your guests on Thanksgiving Day.

Looking for a Stuffing recipe? Be sure to check out my Sausage Stuffing with Cranberries and Apples. It was featured in Lake Martin Living Magazine. Delicious!

Need help cooking a turkey? Check out this link on How to Cook a Turkey.

29 Comments

  1. Yum + yum! First…never thought to cook corn on the cob in the crock pot…brilliant! And, why have I never thought to make grits for Thanksgiving? We make cornbread, so it totally makes sense. And, the leftovers would make an awesome breakfast bowl the next day!

  2. I am loving these southern side dishes! We grew up with southern food and now live in California. These all remind me of my childhood.

  3. These all look so good! Going to have to try the cornbread salad and a few others. I am from Jersey and we are usually plain with our cornbread (eating just as cornbread) so this will be an exciting treat to try!

  4. Definitely trying a few of these on Thanksgiving and then repeating in December! Thank you so much this is super useful and very needed!

  5. Ooooh, some lovely ideas hear! I already tried and loved your sweet potato casserole, and cannot wait to try some more of your recipes!

  6. These are such delicious sides! I’m gonna have to really narrow it down, it’s going to be tough to decide which ones to try this year!

  7. Oh my goodness this entire post had me drooling! I’m for sure making the creamed corn. But those mushrooms and fried green beans are calling to me! I pinned this so I don’t forget about it!

  8. Where do I begin? With the sweet potato casserole or the cheesy au gratin potatoes?
    I can’t go wrong either way and I can’t wait to try them for Thanksgiving. Thanks alot!

  9. Such good recipes! We’ve already tried at least five of these side dishes and absolutely loved them! Cannot wait to try a few more 🙂

  10. These all look so delicious I don’t know which one to try first! I’m a sucker for potato dishes so it might have to be the au gratin potatoes – yum!

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