What to Serve with Crab Cakes: 15 Delish Side Dishes


What to Serve with Crab Cakes?

The side dishes that best complement Crab Cakes are- Roasted Veggies, Corn Salad, Grilled Avocados, Gazpacho, Bread Rolls, Crispy Potato Fries, Chickpea Salad, Remoulade, Potato Salad, Creamy Lemon Pasta, Fried Over Medium Egg, Confetti Slaw, Maple Grazed Carrots, Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Asparagus With Tomatoes.

Cudgeling your brains about what to pair with your favorite sea food? Well, think no more!

Fortunately, we have up to 15 delish side dishes that you can serve with crab cakes.

Not only do they taste incredible but also bring the best out of this Maryland staple.

Let’s take a gander:

1. Roasted Veggies

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 52
Total preparation time– 35 min

While roasted veggies are an excellent side dish for any dinner, they work exceptionally well as a yummy and healthy side to crab cakes.

Roasting not only helps in caramelizing the vegetables but also gives prominence to their natural sweetness.

Choose among your favourite veggies and cut them into long pieces or dice them finely according to your preference.

Coat them generously with olive oil and then sprinkle in some seasonings- salt, pepper and herbs.

Remember not to over roast them else the veggies will lose their natural sweetness and turn lumpy.

Here’s how Rajshri Food aces the recipe effortlessly:

2. Corn Salad

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 100
Total preparation time– 15 min

You can never go wrong with a side of fresh, crunchy and refreshing corn salad.

What’s more? This super easy recipe comes together in minutes and tastes incredible with those flaky soft crab cakes!

Just combine with a base of corn kernels, some dried herbs, salt and pepper, basil and any other seasoning you deem fit and end with a vinegar or mayonnaise dressing.

Alternatively, you can throw in some spring onions and diced red chilli for a tangy flavour.

Don’t forget to check out this amazing recipe by Easy Cookbook:

3. Grilled Avocados

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 207
Total preparation time– 15 min

Avocados are everybody’s favourite, aren’t they?

They are tender and creamy just like crab cakes, hence it goes without saying that they make an ideal match.

To get those lovely charred black avocados, peel the two halves and scoop out the pit.

Place them on a griddle pan and cook for about 5 minutes, flipping occasionally.

If you want, top it with a bit more dressing. Go for something acidic or salty like a miso or fish sauce-based dressing.

Learn the right method to grill those avocados by California Avocados:

4. Gazpacho

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 52
Total preparation time– 20 min

Gazpacho is nothing but a cold and sweet soup made of blended veggies eaten particularly during scorching summers.

A nice accompaniment to fried food, gazpacho works pretty well with crab cakes.

To make the soup, soak some stale bread with water and chop up those tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, garlic and bell pepper and you will be on your way to the scrumptious soup!

Keep it chunky or smooth, it’s tasty either way.

Don’t forget to use your favourite seasonings, we highly recommend using cayenne pepper for that savory flavor.

Check how Rajshri Food teaches us the secret to perfect gazpacho:

5. Bread Rolls

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 277
Total preparation time– 2 h

Fresh, soft, fluffy and delish bread rolls go incredibly well with crab cakes.

There’s always an option to buy them from your nearest bakery but for those who want to try their hand at something challenging and have ample time, there’s no harm in trying out this descriptive recipe by Preppy Kitchen:

6. Crispy Potato Fries

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 424
Total preparation time– 30 min

Nothing screams more feast than crispy and go-to potato wedges!

Pair the perfectly golden, crunchy and crispy potato wedges with those tender and flaky crab cakes and your guests will surely admire you.

Dress them with your preferred sauces and sprinkle in some salt and paprika and watch how it brings out the taste of your meal!

Here’s Chef Kunal Kapur’s secret to those crispy potato fries:

7. Chickpea Salad

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 84
Total preparation time– 15 min

Combine all your treasured veggies in this juicy and refreshing side- from succulent cucumbers to creamy avocados.

A healthy complement to your crab cakes, the ingredients for the salad come in handy and you can pull it off in minutes!

For the dressing, combine all the liquid ingredients in a jar and shake before use.

Drizzle in as much as you want and store the remaining for up to a week.

Do check this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad recipe:

8. Remoulade

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 180
Total preparation time– 10 min

What do you do when you have a bread? Search for a complementary dip!

Well, look no further as rich Remoulade is your answer.

Remoulade is a cold mayonnaise base sauce that originated in France.

It is similar to tartar sauce but is comparatively yellower and has some additional ingredients.

It is a very sought after dipping sauce when it comes to sea food. Want to make your own?

Combine some mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, shredded horseradish, parsley, onion, capers and lime and end with your favourite seasoning. Voila! You’re done.

Check out a step by step recipe here:

9. Potato Salad

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 89
Total preparation time– 35 min

Potato salad, irrefutably, has become a staple in every household.

A rich source of vitamin C and high in carbohydrates, this healthy, creamy and crunchy salad has to be your best bet!

The secret to this side dish is the creamy sauce prepared by blending mayonnaise, buttermilk and your choice of pickle juice.

You can either go for a sweet or a tangy salad.

Compliment the smoothness of the boiled potatoes by crunchy cilantro and dried herbs.
Additionally, you can also add some fresh cilantro or turmeric.

Here’s how Fablunch prepares this refreshing salad:

10. Creamy Lemon Pasta

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 275
Total preparation time– 20 min

What can be a better side than buttery, tangy and flavorful pasta?

This luxurious dish comes together in no time and calls for ingredients that are already present in your kitchen- butter, cream, parmesan, onion, garlic and lemon.

Trust me when I say that it will go just fine with those yummy crab cakes and you will love every bite of this heavy and creamy lemon sauce!

Extra tip- Try using penne pasta for this recipe as it works great.

Here’s a Classic Lemon Pasta Recipe for you by The Pasta Queen:

11. Fried Over Medium Egg

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 230
Total preparation time– 10 min

Imagine a side dish containing over medium eggs in which you can dip those crab cakes! Heavenly, no?

Although over medium eggs can be a complicated recipe to master, it is most likely to leave your guests wanting for more!

So don’t fret and put on your chef hats!

Follow this step by step recipe and you will be on your way to the perfect fried over medium egg-

12. Confetti Slaw

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 165
Total preparation time– 50 min

Colorful, vivid and vibrant, a side of confetti slaw will complement those crab cakes not only in aesthetic but also in terms of taste.

To make the slaw, grab some bell peppers, cabbage, carrots and spring onions and dice them thin and fine.

Drizzle in some olive oil and salt and pepper to taste and you are well rounded up with a tasty and light confetti slaw!

The key to acing this slaw is lightly steamed cabbage so make sure you are on it!

Check out how Gooseberry Patch makes the vivid yet tasty coleslaw:

13. Maple Grazed Carrots

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 124
Total preparation time– 30 min

Carrots might sound boring but with the maple twist, they are interesting as ever!

Simple and refreshing, glazed carrots are pretty easy to make and only require a couple minutes.

You are free to use any kind of carrots, even baby carrots would do.

Brush the carrots with maple syrup, brown sugar, and some butter and everyone will be left tantalized!

If you want them carrots to turn out amazing with your crab cakes, try to cook them in the microwave.

Don’t miss out on this super simple recipe:

14. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 287
Total preparation time– 40 min

A low carb dish, Brussels sprouts is an excellent side dish to any kind of dinner!

The crispy bacon is delish and so is the chipotle seasoning!

Additionally, the recipe is keto and gluten free. Hence, double the goodness.

To create the most amazing flavor combination, roast the sprouts in the oven so that the garlic, olive oil and bacon flavors are all soaked up to perfection.

Nevertheless, you can also air fry them.

Check out Clean and delicious’ favorite way to roast the sprouts along with some special tips here:

15. Asparagus With Tomatoes

Total calories (per 100 gm)– 64
Total preparation time– 15 min

Last but not the least, Asparagus and tomatoes is another healthy option that perfectly pairs with crab cakes.

A drizzle of some cheese and breadcrumbs is all you need to take these stalks to a different level altogether.

Alternatively, you can throw in some fresh green jalapenos for a fun twist to the side dish!

Bottom Line

All the recipes are diverse and taste different but one thing is for sure- they all complement crab cakes perfectly and are not up for disappointment.

Moreover, they are pretty adaptable so there’s no need to fret, folks!

Do try them out and if you have any suggestions, tell us below!

Also, don’t forget to share these recipes with your friends and family.

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About Betty Ellis

Betty is a food researcher who spends most of her time analyzing the nutritional aspects of various foods. She also researches methods to enhance taste, as well as how to store certain types of foods. She enjoys cooking for herself and her three dogs even though she doesn't have a lot of free time outside work.

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