12 Best Breakfast Sides [Quick & Simple Recipes]

These breakfast sides are the perfect way to complete your morning meal. We’ve put together a list of the best breakfast side dishes out there, from savory to sweet and everything in between. Try one or two this weekend!

Best Breakfast Sides

In this blog post, we will be listing the best breakfast side dish recipes. I will say why it is a great breakfast side and how to make it for each recipe. Some of these dishes are traditional breakfast foods turned into a side dish for those who want an extra boost of energy in the morning.

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals because it has so many great dishes! These three recipes are some breakfast sides that I love because they’re easy to make but still have a lot of flavor.

The best breakfast side dishes provide plenty of energy like bananas, eggs, oatmeal, or potatoes. They need to be soft enough not to scratch your throat with crumbs but still have some substance to them.

Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash with Fresh Herbs

Sweet Potato Hash is a great breakfast side because it is satisfying and full of flavor. It also provides plenty of potassium, fiber, and vitamin A. Making this dish takes about 20 minutes or less to prepare – perfect for an on-the-go breakfast!

Slice sweet potatoes into thin strips. Add olive oil to a pan and heat until hot, then add the sweet potato slices. Cook them for about five minutes on one side before flipping them over, cooking another ten or so minutes till they’re nice and browned all around. Season with salt and pepper as desired!

Buttermilk Biscuits

Homemade Flakey Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits make a great breakfast side dish because they’re filling, complex and full of flavor. They work well as a morning meal too since they take less than 30 minutes to prepare and are satisfying!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk just until the dough comes together; do not overmix. Turn onto a board lightly sprinkled with flour, then knead gently six times or just until smooth. Pat dough into a round, then cut out rounds using a greased glass for the shape and dipping the top of your biscuit cutter in flour to prevent sticking. Transfer biscuits to baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes on one side, brush with melted butter if desired, then flip over and bake another 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Biscuit dough requires just a few ingredients and is easy to make in large batches for freezing, as well! This recipe yields 12 biscuits which are fluffy on the inside with crisp edges around the outside. You can enjoy these biscuits either warm from the oven or cold straight.

Italian Sausage

air fryer italian sausage

Not all sides need to be pastries or vegetables. If you’re looking for something a bit meatier, this air fryer sausage will feed your craving. Made with classic seasoned pork sausage links, this recipe lets the meat do the talking and doesn’t need any added ingredients. Best of all, it only takes 15 minutes to rustle up, making it perfect for busy mornings.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls with almond close up on the table

Cinnamon rolls are a great side dish for any breakfast. They’re sweet and full of flavor, which provides all the necessary vitamins and minerals for your day. It takes about 40 minutes to prepare this recipe- right in time before you head off to work!

Start by mixing the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a large bowl. Allow it to stand for about five minutes or until foamy before stirring in the butter, eggs, flour, and salt.

Mix everything using your hands or an electric mixer with dough hooks on medium speed. The dough should be sticky but not too wet – add more flour or water to help it out.

Gather the dough into a ball and place in an oiled bowl, covering with plastic wrap, and let rise for one hour.

Once risen, punch down the dough onto a lightly floured countertop until all air bubbles are gone. Roll out the dough into a rectangle shape about 11 inches by 15 inches, using more flour to avoid sticking.

Then use the dough knife or a pizza cutter to slice it into about one-inch strips and place it on an oiled cookie sheet.

Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Flip them over with a spatula halfway through baking. Enjoy fresh out the oven or store cinnamon rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.


Fresh croissants with blueberries and honey

Croissants are an excellent breakfast side because they’re buttery and flaky. It also provides plenty of calcium, protein, and vitamin B-12. Making this dish takes about 45 minutes to prepare – perfect for the morning before work!

Take a square dough, place it on a lightly floured surface, and roll it into an 11 by 15-inch rectangle shape.

Place the dough onto your baking sheet with more flour to avoid sticking. The edges of the rectangle should be about one inch in height as well.

Cut the dough into strips that are no thicker than a quarter of an inch in width.

Fold the strips towards each other and then roll them up, starting with one end as the base. Tease it out slightly to make it flakier on top when you bake them. Brush egg wash over the dough before baking at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until golden brown.


Homemade sultana scones on wooden table

Scones are a great breakfast side because they’re soft, light, and a little sweet. It also provides plenty of vitamin B-12. Making this dish takes about 45 minutes to prepare – perfect for the morning before school!

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add them to a stand mixer with softened butter. Add sugars and eggs little by little until it is blended well and forms a dough. Knead on a floured surface for about five minutes before adding raisins or other dried fruit of choice provides extra sweetness and texture. Roll out the dough to the desired thickness and cut into rounds. Place them on baking sheets with a small amount of milk or butter before putting them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown.

Caramel Sticky Buns

caramel pecan sticky buns recipe

For something on the decadent side, try these caramel pecan sticky buns. They’re soft, gooey, and a little sweet. It also provides plenty of fiber. Making this dish takes about 60 minutes to prepare – perfect for the morning before work!

In a large pot over medium heat, combine the Brown Sugar with Butter. Add in Corn Syrup and Water until it’s boiling. Allow cooking for about three minutes more before adding the dough balls.

Stir the dough balls and allow them to cook for about five more minutes. When they’re done, transfer them out of the pot onto a greased baking sheet and let cool off on top of your oven with just the light turned on. After about 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, take it out from under the warm oven once the dough has hardened.

Then, top it with the Cinnamon Sugar Mixture and allow it to cook for an additional five minutes or until it caramelizes. Once done, take out of the oven and cover loosely in foil or wax paper to keep warm as you wait to serve everyone else their breakfast!

Blueberry Muffins

Homemade blueberry muffins in paper cupcake holder

If you need something sweet, you can’t go wrong with a muffin. Perfectly bite-sized, they make the perfect accompaniment to coffee. These blueberry muffins are just right for breakfast because they’re sweet but not overpoweringly sugary, and moist. They take about 30 minutes to prepare, giving you enough time before work.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin pan or line with paper liners. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, mix eggs and sugar until light in color and thick in texture. Add melted butter to the mixture from the second bowl, whisking until well blended. Add flour mixture to the second bowl and stir just until combined. Stir in blueberries by hand with a spatula or large spoon and fill muffin cups about three-quarters full with batter (about one rounded tablespoon of batter per cup).

Pour hot coffee into each cup before adding the batter so that the coffee will bake into the muffins.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before serving with a dusting of powdered sugar, if desired.

Strawberry Banana Bread

strawberry banana bread

Banana bread is a good breakfast side because of its moist, soft and rich texture. Just like muffins, it’s perfect with fresh coffee or as a mini-dessert after a savory breakfast.

To make this strawberry banana bread, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour an 11×13 inch baking pan (or use muffin tins). The recipe calls for two cups of all-purpose flour, but you can substitute for half a cup with whole wheat pastry or spelt flour. If substituting only a small amount, use a combination of whole wheat or spelt flour and all-purpose flour to obtain the desired consistency.

In another bowl, mix brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, vanilla extract (optional), butter, or oil with a mixer until smooth. Then add in all other ingredients except for the bananas and stir well. Last, fold in bananas until well mixed.

Pour mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool bread completely before cutting it into slices if desired. It can be served with butter on toast as part of breakfast, eaten warm as an evening snack, or used to make banana bread muffins.

Golden Cookies

Morning Breakfast Energy Biscuit Cookies With Oats and Peanut Butter

These cookies have a beautiful texture, boasting a doughy crust and gooey center. It’s soft, lightly sweetened, and just the right side of moist.

Baked goods are often seen as breakfast side dishes because they’re easy to transport and can be eaten any time of the day. Making this dish takes about 30 minutes to prepare – perfect for the morning before work!

Preheat oven to 325F. Whisk together the butter, sugar, salt, and eggs. Once the mixture is well mixed, whisk in vanilla extract, then set aside for a few minutes so that it can cool slightly.

In another bowl, mix flour with baking powder. Add cooled egg mixture gradually while stirring until thoroughly combined into doughlike consistency. The dough will be sticky but not overly wet. Divide the dough in half and roll it into a log shape. Wrap it up in wax paper or cling film, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Use a butter knife to slice cookie dough logs about ¼ inch thick (or thinner). Lay them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to a wire rack.


homemade yellow sliced cornbread loaf

Cornbread is the perfect breakfast side dish for those on low-fat diets because it’s both hearty and moist. Although it does take 45 minutes to make, this easy cornbread recipe can be started before work in the morning and then finished when you get home.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add in the egg, milk, and oil to form a batter. Stir until just combined.

Pour into greased pan (or cast-iron skillet). Bake for about 20 minutes at 350°F or until edges are browned. Remove from oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to a wire rack.

Egg Muffins

breakfast egg muffins

Egg Muffins is a great breakfast side because it’s simple and hearty. Making this dish takes about 30 minutes to prepare – perfect for the morning before work!

Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray an aluminum muffin pan with cooking oil. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs until they’re well blended (you can also use egg whites). Add in salt, pepper, chopped onion, and parsley; then mix again.

Pour the mixture into each cup in your muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until the egg muffins are golden brown and they bounce back when touched (which indicates that they’re done).

Remove from oven, let them cool on a wire rack for about five minutes before serving to your breakfast guests!

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