What to Serve with Shrimp Alfredo – 15 Best Sides

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Shrimp alfredo is a creamy, indulgent pasta dish that’s a favorite for many, but sometimes it can be hard to decide what to serve with shrimp alfredo to make a balanced and satisfying meal. That’s why I’ve put together this collection to help you pair your shrimp alfredo with the perfect sides. Whether you’re looking for fresh, light options or hearty accompaniments, I’ve got you covered. 

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Shrimp alfredo is made with fettuccine pasta, a creamy, rich sauce that’s usually made with butter, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese, and topped with tender shrimp. (Try our easy homemade alfredo sauce or tips for making jarred alfredo sauce taste better!)

Chicken alfredo is also a common and popular version of this dish. No matter how you make it, I’m hoping you’ll find the perfect side dish for this indulgent, hearty meal in my list of ideas below.

1. Garlic bread

Warm and crusty, this classic side with olive oil and seasonings is a perfect addition to shrimp alfredo. Each bite of homemade garlic bread (or Texas toast!) is a delicious combination of crunchy and soft, and it’s great for soaking up every last bit of the creamy alfredo sauce. 

2. Sautéed mushrooms

These earthy and flavorful mushrooms are a delicious complement to the shrimp and alfredo sauce. They add a depth of flavor to the dish and are a great way to sneak in some extra veggies. Add some fresh garlic to your sauteed mushrooms and don’t be afraid to toss these right in your pasta or serve them on the side.

3. Grilled asparagus

These tender and charred asparagus spears add a healthy and fresh element to the meal. They have a slightly nutty flavor that pairs well with the seafood and creamy sauce. If you want some green vegetables to make a complete meal, asparagus is a great choice. 

4. Roasted cherry tomatoes

Bursting with juicy sweetness, these roasted cherry tomatoes are a perfect accompaniment to the rich alfredo sauce. They add a pop of color and balance out the creamy homemade alfredo sauce with their bright, fresh flavor. 

5. Caesar salad

A green salad is always a great side option, but in this case, the Caesar dressing is a great flavor combo with the creamy alfredo sauce. The tangy dressing adds a refreshing element to the meal. This is a great option for a busy weeknight or a lighter side. 

6. Air Fryer Green Beans

Crispy air fryer green beans are a great texture contrast to the shrimp and fettuccine noodles that melt in your mouth. Shake the green beans in olive oil, garlic powder, and onion salt, and air fry them to crispy perfection.

7. Grilled zucchini

Grilled to perfection, these tender and slightly charred zucchini spears add a veggie option to the meal. The smokiness from the grill pairs well with the creamy shrimp fettuccine alfredo sauce. 

8. Bruschetta

Fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic are served on top of toasted baguette slices for a light and flavorful side. The juicy tomatoes, fragrant herbs, and crunchy bread are a perfect complement to shrimp alfredo. This easy recipe is a great side for a special occasions or even an appetizer to serve before dinner. 

9. Broccoli rabe

This sauteed veggie dish adds a bit of kick to the meal with the addition of garlic and red pepper flakes. The earthy bitterness of the broccoli rabe balances out the richness of the alfredo sauce. 

10. Baked sweet potato

For those looking for a healthier option, a baked sweet potato is a great choice. Its natural sweetness complements the savory shrimp and alfredo sauce. Flavor your sweet potato with sweet or savory toppings, either way, your whole family will enjoy this great addition to your classic shrimp alfredo.

11. Caprese salad

Layers of fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and basil drizzled with balsamic vinegar create a colorful and tasty salad. This refreshing side is a perfect way to balance out the richness of the main dish and makes a great alternative to a simple side salad for pasta dishes. Try a blueberry caprese skewer for a fun laternative.

12. Parmesan roasted potatoes

These crispy and fragrant potatoes are seasoned with herbs and topped with Parmesan cheese. They add a hearty and flavorful element to the meal. For even crispier potatoes, toss these in the air fryer or fry them in a large skillet. 

13. Grilled corn on the cob

Smoky and sweet, grilled corn on the cob is a perfect side for shrimp alfredo. Melt butter and brush it over this delicious side dish for even more flavor. The grilled corn’s natural sweetness and charred flavor complement the creamy sauce perfectly. 

14. Mixed berry salad

This refreshing and fruity salad is a light and healthy option to serve alongside the rich alfredo sauce. The combination of various berries adds a burst of flavor and color to the meal. This is a great light side dish for a healthier touch and an easy dinner. Squeeze some lemon juice over the fruit for an even brighter and fresher flavor.

15. Roasted garlic and herb vegetables

A colorful mix of seasonal vegetables and still ingredients like olive oil and your favorite herbs roasted to a tender and crunchy texture are a perfect match for creamy shrimp pasta. The garlic and herbs add a depth of flavor and make this dish a tasty and nutritious side.

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