What to Serve With French Toast? 12 Best Side Dishes

There’s nothing better than starting your day with a plate of warm, delicious French toast drizzled in sweet maple syrup (and if you haven’t tried it with peanut butter, consider this your sign to give it a go!)

Whether you are making my famous Instant Pot French Toast or another tried and true recipe, one of the best things about this breakfast staple is its versatility. It can be served with a variety of different sides, either sweet or savory, to become a favorite with your family.

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The best French toast side dishes are scrambled eggs, omelet, sausage patties or bacon. For some sweeter options, try caramelized bananas, fried apples, apple butter and pumpkin spice lattes. Lastly, you'll find deliciously healthy suggestions like a fresh fruit salad and buckwheat porridge.

Now let’s get cooking!

1. Scrambled Eggs

Armed with little more than some kitchen staples, you can kick your breakfast into overdrive and incorporate some much-needed protein into the meal. These scrambled eggs are light, fluffy, and packed with flavor.

While this recipe uses half and half for added creaminess and texture, you can forego the milk and use olive oil instead of butter for dairy-free scrambled eggs.

However, if dairy isn’t a concern for you, add some shredded cheddar cheese (or any other cheese you prefer) to take your eggs to flavor town!

2. Omelete

Maybe you like your eggs with a little more pizazz? Try this delicious and insanely easy omelet as a French toast side dish.

While this recipe calls for mushrooms, onion, and cheese, the nice thing about omelets is that they are highly customizable. You can use various ingredients that you already have in your fridge like ham or even smoked salmon.

Better yet, if you have a garden, this is an excellent opportunity to show off your cooking skills and wow people with your farm-fresh ingredients like cherry tomatoes, basil, or peppers. Get creative and enjoy!

3. Sausage Spinach Quiche

Let’s keep this egg train going with another stop on the French cuisine express with this delectably gorgeous sausage and spinach quiche.

OK, so you may be thinking, “Woah, Corrie. Quiche? I’m not Martha Stewart!” No need to fret, my friends, because this recipe requires little more than chopping, measuring, and tossing it into your Instant Pot. In return, you’ll get a fluffy, moist side dish that will impress and delight.

4. Homemade Sausage Patties

Instead of using store-bought sausage links, impress everyone at the breakfast table by making fresh homemade sausage patties packed with herbs and spices to add some savory to your sweet French toast.

While making your own sausage at home may seem daunting, this simple recipe can be prepped and prepared in as little as 20 minutes, but you’ll love them forever!

5. Bacon

A tasty and classic breakfast side dish, bacon is the perfect French toast side that tastes good drizzled in maple syrup.

An important thing to note when preparing bacon in your Instant Pot is to be careful of how many strips you are putting in at once. Nobody wants floppy rubbery bacon. A single layer of strips evenly spaced is the best way to get crispy bacon.

6. Caramelized Bananas

A simple but fantastic way to add something extra special to your French toast is with these heavenly caramelized bananas.

This delightful addition will last up to two days, refrigerated in an airtight container. Reheat them in the microwave and add them to your favorite ice cream, oatmeal, or pie.

7. Fried Apples

If the words “fried apples” isn’t enough to get you to try this recipe, think of how delicious they would be piled on top of your fresh French toast.

If you are lucky enough to live where apples grow, this is an excellent reason to take the family to an orchard and pick some fresh, locally-grown apples to make this and the following two french toast side dish recipes.

You can make this easy recipe using the Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid or the oven.

8. Apple Butter

While slightly more time-consuming than the other recipes I’ve mentioned, this apple butter will become a favorite condiment in your household to be used on many different food items, starting with your French toast!

While this delightful spread will be a delicious addition to your French toast, you can also use it to add some sweetness to a bacon burger, your morning muffin, or a gorgeous charcuterie board. The possibilities are endless!

9. Hot Apple Cider

apple cider in cinnamon sticks and orange slice

Nothing warms you up on a crisp fall day like a mug of hot apple cider, and it's the perfect way to compliment your warm French toast.

Mix apples, berries, orange slices and cinnamon sticks and get a wonderful beverage.

Create some added warmth for the 21-and-over crowd by adding some dark rum or bourbon to the mix.

10. Pumpkin Spice Latte

Many of us need that added caffeine jolt in the morning, and what better way to make a sweet treat like French toast even better than by adding a hot pumpkin spice latte?

Not only can you make this beloved fall favorite right in your own home, but you’ll save yourself a small fortune and several cavities by making them yourself. You can even customize it to suit your personal preferences. Use organic ingredients, dairy-free milk, eliminate the sugar, or add more coffee.

11. Fresh Fruit

A vibrant fresh fruit salad is an excellent choice if you want a lighter, healthier option to serve alongside your French toast. You can use kiwi, grapes, strawberries or any fruits you like.

Add some fresh lemon juice to keep your fruit salad looking and tasting fresh for up to two days. Also, adding some fresh chopped mint can kick the flavors up a notch.

You can also add powdered sugar and chocolate syrup before serving.

12. Buckwheat Porridge

Another deliciously nutritious side dish for French toast is this easy and versatile buckwheat porridge.

It only takes 20 min, and it’s an excellent way to start your day. Create a masterpiece by adding your favorite fruit, nuts, or some leftover coconut milk yogurt you just made!

Best Side Dishes for French Toast

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Omelete
  • Sausage and Spinach Quiche
  • Homemade Sausage Patties
  • Bacon
  • Caramelized Bananas
  • Fried Apples
  • Apple Butter
  • Hot Apple Cider
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Buckwheat Porridge.

What to Serve With French Toast

A selection of scrumptious sides to serve with your favorite French toast recipe.
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Keyword: breakfast, french toast, french toast side dishes, what to serve with french toast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 French Toast

Instructions

  • Find and prepare your favorite french toast recipe
  • Choose a side dish like scrambled eggs, omelet, sausage spinach quiche, homemade sausage patties, bacon, caramelized bananas, fried apples, apple butter, hot apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, fresh fruit salad or buckwheat porridge to serve with it.
  • Serve while fresh, and enjoy!
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