My love for crab cakes knows no bounds! Similarly, my love for the plethora of side dishes that go perfectly with crispy and juicy crab cakes is another story altogether, which deserves all the attention possible!
So, if you are wondering what to serve with crab cakes, then you, my friend, have come to the right place!
These tiny little cakes pack the delightful taste of crabs combined with a hint of mayo and a bit of tanginess. You bite into the crunchy exterior expecting a magical taste and the smooth and creamy texture doesn’t disappoint at all.
This is why I simply love to devour crab cakes.
With that said, I was always plagued with this question, “What to eat with crab cakes?” This is because although I love this delicious dish, I’m well aware that on their own, crab cakes don’t make a hearty meal that’s enough to satisfy my hunger pangs!
So, I tried lots and lots of different food combinations, until I had compiled a list of 11 glorious side dishes that go so well with crab cakes that you’d think it was a match made in heaven!
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what to serve with crab cakes.
What To Serve With Crab Cakes
Crab cakes are an incredibly versatile dish, which you can serve and devour with various side dishes ranging from refreshing salads and slaws to creamy gazpachos and soups!
Here are my absolute favorite dishes that you can serve with crab cakes:
1. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Craving for a fancy appetizer to go with crab cakes? There’s arguably nothing better than asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto! The saltiness of the Prosciutto perfectly offsets the mild sweetness of roasted asparagus.
This beautiful combination makes this dish the perfect finger food that you can imagine and an ideal crab cake side dish!
Looking for a quick and delicious veggie side dish to go perfectly with crab cakes? Look no further than blackened broccoli! It’s the perfect combination of smoky and garlicky flavors!
If you want an additional kick of flavor, make sure to squeeze some lemon juice right before serving your charred broccoli.
3. Mad Hatter Salad
Who wants boring old coleslaw, when you can have this incredibly refreshing and colorful variation! The mad hatter salad includes broccoli, green onions, ramen noodles, and sunflower seeds tossed in a tangy soy sauce and apple cider vinegar dressing.
It’s the ideal crunchy and tangy salad to have with subtly-flavored crab cakes. If you want to add a touch of sweetness to the salad, then do toss in some chopped mandarin oranges.
4. Grilled Veggie Kebabs
Although grilled veggies tend to complement a large variety of main dishes, this dish is truly a perfect fit for a summer crab cake party. The best thing about veggie kebabs is that you can use as many different combinations of veggies as you want whenever you choose to make them!
What’s more is that the deliciously tangy marinade made with balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper enhances the flavors of the grilled vegetables perfectly.
5. Roasted Potatoes
For me, nothing, I repeat, nothing can ever compare to the magical goodness of roasted potatoes! After all, it’s such a versatile dish that you can cook in various delicious ways.
You can add lots of herbs and garlic or even cheese to make the perfect roasted potatoes. If you like to keep things simple, then you can season your potatoes with just salt and pepper and roast them.
However you choose to roast potatoes, they are going to taste divine with creamy and sweet yet tangy crab cakes. This is why they are such an ideal crab cake side dish!
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6. Confetti Slaw
Another variation of the traditional coleslaw, this dish is perfect for all the bell pepper lovers out there! The confetti slaw is pretty easy to make; you just have to chop and dice all the veggies and peppers including carrots, cabbage, red and yellow bell peppers, and jalapenos.
You can season them with a large variety of seasonings including various dried herbs, crushed red pepper, and vinegar.
7. Tomato Gazpacho
If you are looking for a hearty and wholesome dish that’s packed with flavor, then this is it! Tomato gazpacho is made using tomatoes, green pepper, onions, cucumber, water-soaked bread, and more.
This dish hardly takes 15 minutes to cook; you have to add the different ingredients into a food processor and voila, you’ll have a flavorful sidedish for your crab cakes!
If you want an extra bit of crunchy texture, then don’t forget to throw some chopped green onions, fresh mint, and cilantro on top of your tomato gazpacho.
Wondering what to eat with crab cakes? Look no further than glazed carrots! A solid tip to prepare deliciously sweet and tender glazed carrots is to cook them in the microwave.
Perhaps, the best thing about this dish is that it’s super easy and quick to make and tastes divine with crab cakes!
This dish is a true favorite in my household and why wouldn’t it be – we all love watermelons! The juicy sweetness of the watermelon, combined with the crunchiness of the spinach and arugula, and topped with the salty and slightly tangy flavor of feta make this salad an undeniably wholesome dish.
You just have to combine the ingredients in a bowl and drizzle some vinaigrette on them and you will have prepared the ultimate salad to have with crab cakes.
10. Chilled Avocado Soup
This rich and creamy avocado soup is uber-simple to make; you simply have to puree all the ingredients including avocados and chicken broth together. This also makes the soup pretty thick.
However, if you like your soups to have a thinner consistency, then you can add more broth in it. The hints of fresh lemon juice in this velvety soup add some much-needed boost of flavor which perfectly offsets the somewhat sweet yet tangy flavor of crab cakes.
11. Mango Salsa
Mango salsa is a delectable combination of juicy and sweet mangoes with fresh cilantro and lime juice. It goes perfectly with creamy and crunchy crab cakes, plus, it’s super easy to make.
You simply have to cut all the ingredients, mix them in a bowl, and add seasoning to the dish! If you want to add a spicy element to this winner side dish, then dice some jalapeno and throw it into the salsa. Trust me, it works wonders!
How to Serve Crab Cakes
The best way to serve crab cakes is with any of the side dishes that I’ve mentioned above along with a complementary sauce. You can use a nice platter to serve the cakes along with a sauce or condiment of your choice.
Some of my favorite sauces and condiments that go perfectly with crab cakes include tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, mango puree, horseradish cream, roasted red pepper sauce, and spicy and tangy mayonnaise.
Additionally, you can serve piping hot crab cakes with the aforementioned dishes, cold crab cakes with toast and Russian dressing or chopped crab cakes with salads.
The Bottom Line
I hope you enjoyed reading this guide on what to serve with crab cakes. I am pretty sure that once you try all of the mouth-watering side dishes that I have listed above, you will find your ultimate favorite crab cake side dish!
With that said, whether it’s the refreshing watermelon and feta salad, the juicy mango salsa, the fancy prosciutto-wrapped asparagus or the tomato gazpacho, you will surely love all of them!
This is because all of these dishes bring their unique textures and blend of flavors to complement the deliciousness of crab cakes.
So, what are you waiting for? Go and try these dishes out!
- Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
- Blackened Broccoli
- Mad Hatter Salad
- Grilled Veggie Kebabs
- Roasted Potatoes
- Confetti Slaw
- Tomato Gazpacho
- Glazed Carrots
- Watermelon and Feta Salad with Arugula and Spinach
- Chilled Avocado Soup
- Mango Salsa
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