Over 30 tasty side ideas for breakfast, great for everyday breakfasts with family and breakfast or brunch parties for special occasions and holidays.

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Do you want to take your breakfast to the next level with tasty breakfast sides? Here are 30 breakfast side ideas that will make your morning meal the best ever.

You can use these side dishes as inspiration and then mix them up with other ingredients for even more deliciousness. This is the perfect list to reference when you are planning for overnight company, a holiday breakfast, or a brunch party.

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The Best Breakfast Side Dishes

Whether you’re a fan of savory or sweet, these side ideas will help complete your breakfast. Let’s look at each dish and the many variations you can use to make your meal even more delicious.

#1 Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a refreshing, colorful side dish to serve with breakfast. Make a classic fruit salad or berry salad, combined beautifully in a serving bowl.

Classic fruit salad: chunks or balls of cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon with sliced strawberries, and grapes (removed from the vine).

Berry fruit salad: fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

Variations to try

  • Add a honey-lime dressing (with 3 parts of honey to every 2 parts lime juice)
  • Fruit platter
  • Individual fruit cups
Yogurt Parfaits with Yogurt, Berries, and Mint Garnish

#2 Yogurt Parfaits

Another sweet breakfast side option—yogurt parfaits are delicious and easy to prepare. You can make a sharable portion by layering yogurt (our favorite is vanilla), granola, and any fruit combination you’d like.

This breakfast treat is so easy to modify based on the season or time of year. Add fresh peaches and berries in the summer or pears and pomegranate in the fall. A classic option is chopped strawberries and whole blueberries.

Variations to try

  • Individual cups of parfaits with mini spoons
  • Different types of granola—homemade, cranberry almond, cinnamon raisin

#3 Baked Apples

Think apple pie without the crust, baked apples are the perfect side for a little something sweet. Simply slice the apples, add butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon at 350 until the apples are soft and sugar is caramelized.

Variations to try

  • Leave your apples whole and load with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and oatmeal
  • Fried apples
Banana Split with Yogurt, Berries, and Granola on a Plate

#4 Breakfast Banana Splits

Banana splits are not just for dessert, breakfast banana splits are a fun, healthy addition to your meal. Slice a banana in half the long way, top with yogurt (vanilla is a versatile option), sprinkle granola, and top with your favorite fruits.

Variations to try

  • Traditional banana split toppings, including strawberry syrup and pineapple sauce.
  • Peanut butter and chocolate chip toppings.

#5 Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are an easy side you can prep the night before and then top with your favorite nuts and fresh or dried fruit. All you need is old-fashioned oats, milk, and yogurt for the base.

Variations to try

  • Add chia seeds, cinnamon, or vanilla to the oats mixture
  • Try topping with chocolate chips or maple syrup

#6 Baked Oatmeal

Similar to an oatmeal cookie, baked oatmeal is an excellent way to serve oatmeal without the porridge consistency.

Variations to try

  • Baked oatmeal in muffin cups or bars
  • Top with your favorite fruits or nuts
Caramel Roll Monkey Bread Closeup

#7 Caramel Rolls

A gooey and sweet side, caramel rolls are the perfect addition to an egg bake or omelet. Our favorite type is caramel roll pull-aparts.

Variations to try

  • Sticky buns
  • Monkey bread
  • Topped with pecans

#8 Muffins

Whip up several types of muffins to serve with eggs and meat, and you have a hearty breakfast or brunch.

Variations to try

  • Mini muffins
  • Pumpkin chocolate chip
  • Streusel-topped
Scones in a Wheel on a Baking Rack with a Dish Towel

#9 Scones

Scones are another popular breakfast bread with infinite flavor possibilities. From cranberry-orange to chocolate chip, you can’t go wrong.

Variations to try

  • Glazed scones
  • Mini scones

#10 Donuts

Donuts are the perfect excuse to have dessert for breakfast. Glazed, jelly-filled, or powdered, this side will satisfy a sweet tooth.

Variations to try

  • Mini donuts or donut holes
  • Baked or fried

#11 Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade from scratch or store-bought, cinnamon rolls are an easy side option. They pair perfectly with a breakfast casserole or skillet.

Variations to try

  • Cinnamon roll ring
  • Mini rolls or bites
French Toast Sticks with Berries and  Topped with Powdered Sugar on a Plate with a Side of Syrup in a Bowl

#12 French Toast Sticks or Nuggets

While French toast slices may be the main dish, French toast sticks or nuggets are a smaller portion you can use as a side. Simply cut in strips or chunks.

Variations to try

  • Coat with cinnamon and sugar
  • Serve sticks in individual cups with syrup in the bottom

#13 Danish Pastries

Flaky, buttery layers of pastry—Danishes are not only tasty but a bit fancy. Topped with fruit compote, custards, and nuts, there are so many flavors to choose from.

Variations to try

  • Sweetened cream cheese or almond paste
  • Bear claws

#14 Coffee Cake

Cake for breakfast? Yes, please. The traditional cinnamon streusel coffee cake is a favorite. However, you can get creative with flavors and match the season as well.

Variations to try

  • Incorporate summer fruit
  • Gingerbread coffee cake
Banana Bread Sliced on a Cutting Board with a Dish Towel Underneath

#15 Breakfast Breads

Much more than bread, breakfast breads are like muffins but made in a bread pan. Banana bread and pumpkin loaves are popular, whether you make them from scratch or buy them at the bakery.

Variations to try

  • Lemon blueberry
  • Apple spice

#16 Pancake Bites

When large pancakes would be overboard with what you’re already serving, pancake bites may be the perfect alternative. Mini pancakes in a variety of flavors will be a crowd-pleaser.

Variations to try

  • Made in mini muffin pans
  • Maple bacon
  • Protein pancakes

#17 Biscuits

Whether you are serving with gravy or jelly, biscuits can be a savory or sweet side. It’s up to you and what compliments the rest of the meal the best.

Variations to try

  • Honey bacon biscuits
  • Blueberry
  • Topped with sausage gravy
Bagels Topping with Everything Bagel Seasoning with a Side of Cream Cheese

#18 Bagels

Bagels are the ultimate breakfast carb served with varieties of regular or flavored cream cheese. Whole or mini bagels are tasty sides with your proteins of choice.

Variations to try

  • Sweet or savory
  • Quartered bagel sandwiches

#19 Croissants

French flaky croissants are so flavorful for breakfast—especially a chocolate-filled one. Homemade or purchased, you can’t go wrong.

Variations to try

  • Mini croissants
  • Sliced croissant breakfast sandwiches
Breakfast Potatoes on a Plate

#20 Breakfast Potatoes

Potatoes provide you with endless options for breakfast. Prepare hashbrowns, diced fried potatoes, or potato cakes.

Variations to try

  • Baked or fried
  • Green and red peppers

#21 Hashbrown Casserole

Take your breakfast potatoes to the next level with a hashbrowns casserole. Easy to slice and portion out for guests.

Variations to try

  • Sprinkle with cheese
  • Top with crunchy corn flakes or crackers
Sweet Potato Hash Topped with Fresh Herbs Being Stirred with a Wooden Spoon

#22 Sweet Potato Hash

Don’t forget about this healthy potato for breakfast—sweet potato hash is a great way to get in healthy carbs and veggies. Combine sweet potatoes, peppers, garlic, and onion.

Variations to try

  • Add chunks of bacon
  • Toss with your favorite herbs like rosemary

#23 Roasted Breakfast Veggies

Vegetables don’t get near enough attention in the am. Prepare breakfast veggies by selecting your favorites (peppers, potatoes, Brussel sprouts, and onions, for example), tossing in olive oil at roasting at 400 degrees in the oven until they reach the desired doneness.

Variations to try

  • Zucchini or squash
  • Carrots or broccoli
  • Mushrooms

#24 Twice-Baked Breakfast Potatoes

A unique spin on the traditional twice-baked potato, the breakfast version adds bacon and an egg to the top of the classic potato mixture.

Variations to try

  • Bacon and egg
  • Mixing scrambled eggs, sausage, and cheese into the potato mix
Pile of Mouthwatering Bacon

#25 Bacon

Yes, bacon may be an obvious side with your morning meal; however, there are so many ways to prepare it. Candied, smoked, chocolate-dipped, spiced—it’s bacon, you can’t go wrong.

Variations to try

#26 Sausage

Another classic breakfast meat, sausage, is so flavorful and easy to make. Serve in links, patties, or crumbles.

Variations to try

  • Turkey sausage links or patties
  • Spicy sausage
Stack of Sliced Glazed Ham

#27 Ham

Ham is a delicious addition to breakfast entrees but can be a standalone side as well. Serve oven-roasted sliced ham or wow with leftover pineapple smoked ham.

Variations to try

  • Brown sugar glazed ham
  • Applewood smoked

#28 Hard-Boiled Eggs

Another great option to prep the night before, hard-boiled eggs are an easy, healthy breakfast side. Simply place eggs into a pot of water, and when the water starts to boil, boil for 15 minutes, remove, and place in ice water.

Variations to try

  • Take it a step further and make deviled eggs
  • Slice in half and add everything bagel seasoning
Avocado Baked Eggs Topped with Ham and Chives

#29 Avocado Baked Eggs

For avocado lovers, simply slice avocados in half, scoop out enough avocado to fit an egg, top with bacon crumbles and fresh herbs. Bake at 425 degrees until your yokes reach the desired consistency.

Variations to try

  • Top with cherry tomatoes
  • Sprinkle with cheddar cheese
Breakfast Charcuterie Board with Waffles, Jams, Meats, Cheese, Fruits

#30 Breakfast Charcuterie Board

We’ve saved the best for last—if you really want to go all out, prepare a charcuterie board of breakfast foods. The sky really is the limit. Load with meats, cheeses, nuts, fresh and dried fruits, veggies, mini rolls and pastries, and spreads.

Variations to try

  • Add festive touches for holidays, like cheese cut into leaves or snowflakes with a cookie cutter
  • Mix in seasonal favorites

Final Thoughts

The above breakfast sides will give you endless ideas for what to serve at your next brunch or holiday breakfast. The key is finding which flavors and dishes work best with the occasion, budget, and time constraints. We hope these suggestions help jump-start your planning and help create an irresistible morning meal!

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