What To Serve With Corned Beef Pie

May 27, 2021
what to serve with corned beef pie

Whether you’re preparing a finger buffet for a special occasion, or planning a hearty family meal for a cold winter evening, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to what to serve with corned beef pie! 

A tin of corned beef is a humble and fairly unexciting staple in many people’s store cupboards, and whilst it might not be the trendiest of foodstuffs, there’s no denying that when transformed into a pie with a shortcrust or rough puff casing, it’s comfort food at its very best. 

The side dishes and accompaniments that you select will set the tone for the meal, and ensure that it’s suitable for whatever circumstances you’re catering for. 

Here, we’re going to walk you through some of the choices that you’ll want to consider… 

what to serve with corned beef pie pin

1. Mushy peas 

You can’t consider the possibility of a pie without a serving of good old fashioned mushy peas. 

If time is an issue, you can pick up a tin in any supermarket or corner shop. If you want to go the extra mile though, you can always make your own. This way, you can be sure that there aren’t too many unnecessary additives or colourings. 

Simply cover 500g of garden peas with water, and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes. 

Next, drain the peas and place in a bowl. 

Add a knob of butter and a few sprigs of fresh mint, and mash with a fork or potato masher. Season to taste, and you’re good to go! 

Once you’ve experienced the delights of homemade mushy peas – and realised just how easy they are to prepare – you’re likely to never return to their shop bought counterparts. 

mushy peas

2. Creamy mashed potatoes

A fluffy mountain of creamy mashed potato, with a generous dollop of butter or cream, makes for the ultimate comforting side dish for corned beef pie. 

A floury potato such as King Edward or Maris Piper is your best option here. 

mashed potato

3. Brown sauce

Brown sauce is a condiment that’s particularly popular in the UK and Ireland, and it’s sweetness is a perfect little pick-me-up when served with a filling and rich savoury pie. 

It’s typically made with ingredients such as tomatoes, dates, apples, spices, vinegar, and raisins. 

If you can get hold of it, a bottle of HP sauce will do the job very well. 

Alternatively, try a homemade brown sauce recipe

brown sauce

4. Baked beans

The rich tomato sauce in which baked beans are served is ideal for adding a little moisture to your corned beef pie, and giving you something satisfying in which to dip your morsels of pastry and meat filling. 

Despite the fact that baked beans could be considered as a convenience food, they’re actually really nutritious and have a decent serving of protein and fibre.

This might not be a key consideration when you’re having an indulgent treat like a pie, but it’s always good to know that you’re making some positive choices! 

baked beans

5. Carrots and petit pois 

Carrots and petit poi will add an element of sweetness to your plate, making for a balanced combination of flavours that will keep the palate interested and add a little variety to your meal. 

If you want to shake things up a little bit, you could even incorporate carrots and peas into your corned beef pie filling. 

That’s exactly what I do with my corned beef pasty recipe, and it’s always met with rave reviews! 

carrots and peas

6. Beetroot

The sharp, vinegary tang of beetroot can really liven up your corned beef pie, whilst ensuring the meal doesn’t become overly heavy. 

This one is a particularly good option for what to serve with corned beef pie when you’re preparing a lighter lunch, or a buffet where you want to add both colour and variety. 


7. Marmite roasties

If you haven’t already tried my Marmite roasties recipe, I highly recommend that you do! 

At the risk of blowing my own trumpet, I believe that they’re amongst the best roasties that you’ll ever discover, and they’re also surprisingly easy to make. 

I serve them with everything from a traditional Sunday roast, to corned beef pie.

The deep, golden colour and the rich savoury taste is what really sets them apart, and the crispy bits will have you making them again and again. 

marmite roast potatoes

8. Gravy

Lashings of piping hot gravy is a must-have when it comes to what to serve with corned beef pie! 

Particularly if you’re also serving potato based accompaniments such as mash or roasties, a generous helping of gravy will ensure that your plate isn’t too dry. 


9. Hot sauce

A little bit of heat goes so well with corned beef pie, and can really make your meal sing! 

A generous splash of Tabasco or Frank’s Hot Sauce will liven things up, and will particularly appeal to lovers of all things spicy. 

A word of warning though – choose either hot sauce or gravy, but not both. Otherwise, you’re likely to end up with a bit of a mess on your plate! 

hot sauce

10. Cabbage

Cabbage is a great side dish to serve with corned beef pie, and you’ve got plenty of options for how to prepare it. 

You could serve it pickled, or simply stir fried. 

Alternatively, you could try sautéed cabbage, or creamed cabbage.

The latter is another choice for which you’ll want to skip the gravy to avoid too many messy clashes on your plate, so do make sure that you take a little time to think about how your various side dishes will pair together. 

green cabbage

What’s your favourite choice for what to serve with corned beef pie? 

Though you might have come here for some new inspiration, you’ve likely got your own ideas for what to serve with corned beef pie that are tried and tested. 

If that’s the case, do leave a comment and share your favourites! 

Oh, and before you go, why not pin the image below over on Pinterest so you can come back to it another time? 

the best sides for corned beef pie

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