If you’re wondering what to serve with crab cakes, wonder no more since these incredible recipes will partner spectacularly with crab cakes of all kinds!
Crab cakes are a delicious and classic dish, but they can be a bit heavy on their own. That’s why it’s important to have a light and refreshing side dish to balance them out. In this article, we’ve gathered over 150 recipes for side dishes that are perfect for crab cakes, including sauces, salads, vegetables, and more.
Whether you’re looking for something simple like a salad or something more elaborate like roasted vegetables, we have something for you.
So next time you’re serving up crab cakes, be sure to check out our list of side dishes to find the perfect pairing.
This is a great side dish for fried crab cakes since it’s grilled. Balsamic vinegar in the glaze gives these veggies a contrasting flavor. Choose from vegetables that grill well, like bell pepper, zucchini, squash, and mushrooms. If you don’t want the added sweetness of maple syrup, you can omit it from the recipe.
Potatoes go well with almost everything. And yes, that includes your favorite crab cakes. Tweak the spices in this recipe to get the regional flavor you’re looking for. Want your taters to have that Mexican flavor? Cumin and paprika should do the trick. Looking for an Italian spin on these spuds? Oregano, basil, and parsley are your go-to spices.
You can never go wrong with a classic, and this colorful coleslaw will prove just that. Combine two types of cabbage and carrots for an eye-popping side dish. A creamy dressing completes this recipe, giving you the perfect pairing for your crab cakes. Prepare this on the same day to ensure crunch in every bite!
Salty, crunchy, garlicky, and oh-so-yummy! This is what you can expect from this recipe of roasted veggies laced with garlic flavor and sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese. Use your favorite vegetables for this dish or follow what the recipe calls for.
Gazpacho is a traditional tomato soup that hails from Spain. This recipe comes from Andalusia and features fresh tomatoes, green bell pepper, and cucumbers. And guess what? It’s a recipe that requires no cooking. Just add all the ingredients to a blender and whiz away!
Here’s another soup dish that you can make when deciding what to serve with crab cakes. This avocado soup is served warm and topped with fresh cilantro. For a smoother soup, blend the mixture in your blender, or better yet, use an immersion blender to liquify until super smooth.
This potato side dish combines fresh and dried oregano to give you an amped-up flavor! Tangy and savory, you can opt for minced garlic in this recipe or use roasted garlic instead. Lemon juice gives it the acidity it needs for a balanced dish. Top with grated parmesan or serve as is; it’s yummy either way.
If it’s freshness overload you want, it’s freshness overload you get with this salad. Another Greek recipe that you can pair with your crab cakes, this salad is quick and easy to prepare. Just chop all the choppable ingredients, put together the dressing, crumble feta on top, and you’re good to go!
9. Fruit Salsa
Colorful, sweet, and slightly sour, this fruity salsa is another dish you can try with your favorite crab cakes. Want to add some bite to this sweet dish? Add some chopped jalapenos or a sprinkling of pepper flakes into the mix.
Have some leftover French baguettes from that last Italian dinner you had a few days ago? These can be transformed into garlic bread slices that are great with crab cakes. With only 4 ingredients needed to complete this recipe, you can be done making this in mere minutes. Combine, brush, toast, and enjoy!
This is an ingenious take on smashed potatoes, but instead of potatoes, you use Brussels sprouts instead. After smashing each piece with the bottom of a mug, make sure you have enough space in between each sprout to ensure these crisp up. A little cayenne powder sprinkled on each piece gives it the right spiciness.
What do you get when you combine blanched broccoli rabe with garlic and cooked cannellini beans?You get this vegetable dish that compliments rich crab cakes perfectly. A sprinkling of red pepper flakes takes this side dish over the top, although you can choose not to add this if you don’t want it slightly spicy.
Who says a steak has to be made from a cut of meat? This vegetable steak uses a whole head of cauliflower cut into 1-inch thick pieces. Serve this topped with any sauce or a salty Parmesan crust and seasonings to combat the usual bland taste of this veggie.
If you love goat cheese and fresh herbs, this is the perfect side dish! You will use an entire log of goat cheese for this recipe. Mixing sun-dried tomatoes in with fresh herbs gives this cheese log a festive color. Spread over your crab cakes and add some pine nuts for added crunch.
15. Wedge Salad
The classic Wedge Salad gets its name from the fact that it’s a wedge of lettuce with toppings and dressing on it. As they say, classics never go out of style, and this salad proves that adage once again. Bacon slices, cherry tomatoes, and a variety of grated cheeses for toppings complete this tasty side dish.
Break away from the usual Yukon gold and Russet potato dishes you use for sides. Take a walk on the sweet side with this dish that uses garnet sweet potatoes instead. Cut these into the same-sized cubes to ensure even cooking in the oven.
This sauteed rice recipe uses a combination of spices that give it a bright color and flavor.If you’re hoping for a skosh more flavor, a sprinkling of dried thyme and oregano should be added. Long-grain rice is great for this dish, but if you don’t have some in your pantry, any type of white rice will do.
Want something Mediterranean tasting to pair with your luscious crab cakes? This salad combines roasted eggplants, yogurt, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes in a sweet, salty, and tangy dish. Complete this salad with a handful of fresh greens on top for a fresh crunch.
19. Mushroom Risotto
Earthy, hearty, and creamy is what you can expect from this side dish. Risotto can be somewhat tricky to master, so some careful attention is needed when cooking this. When you do get it right, ah, favoloso!
Withered collard greens go well with fried food, and a crab cake is no exception. These greens come with some bitterness, which is reduced by adding salt and vinegar. Serve warm and with more bacon bits on top.
Simple is one word that best describes this dish. This recipe shows you don’t have to overcomplicate things to get a tasty side dish for your meal. If needed, make this and freeze it for later use. Just pop in the oven to crisp these back up when you’re ready to serve them.
22. Carrot Salad
It takes a few carrots, some green onions, and an Italian-inspired dressing to complete this recipe. The carrots in this dish have a fresh and crisp taste that contrasts well with the creamy and rich flavor of the crab. On the other hand, the green onions add a little spiciness and tang to this salad.
This dish is best when served chilled.
23. Saffron Rice
Saffron is said to be the most expensive spice in the world, but don’t worry. This recipe calls for only a pinch (or two) of this spice to give your rice the aroma and flavor of the threads. Make sure to use Basmati rice when you cook this to get the authentic Indian texture and taste of this side dish.
Another fruity side dish you can try with your yummy crab cakes is this one. Juicy, buttery, fruity, slightly bitter, and sweet is the combination you get here. And the best part? It doesn’t require a dressing!
Just sprinkle good-quality olive oil over the mix and season with salt and pepper to finish this dish.
If you want something more filling when contemplating what to serve with crab cakes, pasta is a good choice. This pasta salad brings penne, lemon juice, fresh basil, and Italian cheese to create a satisfying side dish. For those who don’t like penne, you can substitute it with any other pasta you like.
This sweet corn, savory avocado, and juicy tomato salad is a light, tasty, and fresh side dish that is perfect for seafood brunches that feature crab cakes. The salad features sweet corn paired with ripe avocados, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and a tangy lemon-lime dressing. For an extra special twist, you can grill the corn more before mixing it with the other ingredients.
Add other spices like cilantro and parsley for a hint of mint and to add to the freshness of the dish.
Potato Corn Chowder is a classic warm and hearty soup that will warm you up in no time. This creamy soup makes you want to curl up on your couch in pajamas. Made with sweet corn, russet potatoes, and heavy cream, the chunky texture of this creamy dish is what makes it so satisfying and delicious.
28. Mango Salsa
This salsa features ripe, juicy mango tossed with fresh and colorful vegetables for a tasty appetizer or side dish. Like Pico de Gallo, this salsa uses many ingredients you can easily reach for in your pantry. It is simple and decadent, with a bit of sweet and spicy.
This is a nice change-up from the usual guacamole or tomato-based salsa. This colorful salsa is versatile and will make every person on the table crave more.
If you want a quick and delectable way to cook up asparagus, you can try out this amazing recipe. The tomatoes add a fantastic tang to the sauce, and the sautéed asparagus gives it more flavor than the steamed ones. If you have grown up eating this vegetable steamed, you may not have enjoyed it fully as steamed ones can be a bit bland. But when you sauté it, the difference is amazing.
30. Dinner Rolls
These soft and easy Dinner Rolls are made with simple ingredients. Mix all of the ingredients and wait for the dough to rise. You’ll get baked bread that will fill your kitchen with a delicious aroma.
These rolls are the perfect side dish; brush the top with herbs, butter, and parmesan cheese to add more flavor. You can also serve them at potlucks, parties, and other special occasions.
If you are looking for a unique dish to serve to your family or guests, you’ve got to give these zucchini Fries recipes a try. The fries are crispy on the outside but soft and creamy inside. The texture is thin, long, and very crunchy, plus they are a great mixture between salty and cheesy without being overpowering.
You can eat these fries plain or dip them into your favorite sauce or melted cheese. They may look fancy, but they are easy to make.
32. Caesar Salad
Caesar salad is one of the most beloved salads in the world, and almost every restaurant offers them. The crispy lettuce is lightly coated in a creamy and tangy dressing, and it is topped with eggs, crispy bacon, crunchy and fresh croutons, and Parmesan cheese. The dressing of this extraordinary salad is easy to whip up.
Nothing beats a homemade one, even if you can use the store-bought kind. You can also tweak the recipe by adding more Parmesan cheese and bacon for a unique spin to this classic favorite.
33. Seafood Chowder
Our Seafood Chowder recipe is a comforting soup made with a variety of seafood, potatoes, corn, and a creamy broth. This soup would be an excellent side for crab cakes as it can help to balance out the rich taste of the entree.
Ingredients include: Shrimp, sea scallops, white wine, thyme, and potatoes.
These biscuits are the copycat of their famous namesake, with a moist, tender crumb that is a nearly perfect side for crab cakes. Don’t skimp on the garlic-herb butter. These biscuits have the flavor profile that made their Red Lobster counterparts famous.
Bite into one and be instantly swept away by their buttery, cheesy flavor that melts in your mouth. And with a secret touch of buttermilk and an egg, these copycat biscuits are incredibly moist and tender.
Ingredients include: All purpose flour, cayenne pepper, butter, egg, and parsley.
35. Citrus Salad
This side dish is a true show-stopper, thanks to its vibrant hues and refreshing citrus flavors. It also pairs wonderfully with crab cakes; you won’t believe how easy it is to whip up. Want to take it up a notch? Toss in some tangy grapefruit for an extra zing.
Ingredients include: Arugula, oranges, avocados, pistachios, and pomegranate seeds.
Shrimp Stuffed Avocado is a light and oh-savory recipe that is ideal for a light lunch or dinner. This dish can be served with crab cakes as the creamy avocado complement the crab meat and the pineapple add a touch of sweet flavor.
Ingredients include: Shrimp, cumin, lemon juice, avocados, and pineapple.
37. Lobster Bisque
This creamy Lobster Bisque is made with no cream, using vegetables instead for a lighter option. It is a desirable soup to serve with crab cakes, as the two flavors complement each other wonderfully.
Ingredients include: Lobster, celery, carrots, tomato paste, and thyme.
The Bloody Caesar is a famous Canadian cocktail that can be served as a companion for crab cakes. It’s made with vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and horseradish.
Ingredients include: Celery, clamato juice, horseradish, cucumber, and lime wedge.
These crispy Asian BBQ Brussels sprouts are a quick side dish that can be made in the oven or air fryer. They have a sweet and savory flavor that pairs with the rich taste of crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Brussel sprouts, avocado oil, rice vinegar, BBQ sauce, and cilantro.
This Bacon Mac & Cheese is a classic comfort food that’s easy to make and the best choice for a special occasion. It makes a fantastic side for crab cakes as it helps to balance out the rich flavor of the seafood dish.
Ingredients include: Macaroni noodles, bacon, all purpose flour, rosemary, and whole milk.
This filling New England Clam Chowder is made with bacon, potatoes, and tender clams. The recipe is straightforward, which means you can focus on making the crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Bacon, celery, flour, sprig thyme, and heavy cream.
Garlic Parmesan Orzo With Spinach is a quick and easy side that’s packed with flavor. It’s good to serve with crab cakes as the orzo provides a hearty base for the crab dish.
Ingredients include: Orzo pasta, butter, spinach, heavy cream, and parsley.
This creamy and tangy Caesar Salad calls for fresh romaine lettuce, crispy croutons, and parmesan cheese. Anchovy-free and without raw eggs, the dressing adds a light, refreshing zest that blends with the rich flavor of crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Romaine lettuce, croutons, ground pepper, mayo, and red wine vinegar.
With just a few ingredients, this Tartar Sauce can elevate your crab cakes. The recipe is simple to assemble and can be customized to your taste.
Ingredients include: Mayonnaise, dill pickles, lemon juice, onion powder, and dill pickle juice.
This light and refreshing salad mixes grilled peaches, shredded rotisserie chicken, pecans, goat cheese, and a champagne vinaigrette. It’s a tasty summer side dish and can be a good accompaniment for crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Lettuce, peaches, pecans, corn oil, and lemon juice.
This versatile Lemon Pepper Sauce is a great way to add flavor and zest to your crab cakes. The sauce is made in a small skillet and takes about 5 minutes to prepare.
Ingredients include: Butter, lemon juice, pepper, garlic, and thyme.
This Grilled Broccolini has a slightly smoky flavor that pairs well with the sweet note of the crabmeat. The broccolini also provides a nice contrast in texture to the crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Broccolini, avocado oil, and salt.
These scrumptious homemade French fries are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They are seasoned with fresh garlic and dill, and make a splendid side dish for crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, peanut oil, dill, garlic, and salt.
The creamy texture of these mashed potatoes contrasts nicely with the crispy crab cakes. The truffle flavor also adds a touch of luxury to the dish.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, sour cream, butter, cream, and truffle oil.
The Salty Dog is a refreshing cocktail with just three ingredients: grapefruit juice, gin, and a salted rim. It’s a good accompaniment with crab cakes, as the tart grapefruit juice and the salty rim complement the bold flavor of the crab meat.
Ingredients include: Grapefruit juice, gin, salt, and grapefruit slice.
To balance out the rich taste of crab cakes, serve this Loaded Baked Potato Soup. The soup features a complex flavor from potatoes, bacon, cheese, sour cream, and chives.
Ingredients include: Bacon, leek, celery, flour, and potatoes.
This straightforward cocktail sauce calls for basic ingredients. It’s a superb side pair for crab cakes, as the combination of flavors enhances the sweetness of the crabmeat and the richness of the sauce.
Ingredients include: Ketchup, lemon juice, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce.
53. Hush Puppies
These hush puppies are a delicious and easy way to add some Southern flavor to your crab cakes meal. They are subtly sweet, made with cornmeal, flour, eggs, milk, and buttermilk, and they are fried until golden brown.
Ingredients include: Cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and egg.
54. Garlic Aioli
This creamy Garlic Aioli is a versatile condiment that can be used with a variety of foods, but is a real standout with crab cakes. It is made by blending garlic, olive oil, and egg yolks together until it resembles a loose mayonnaise.
Ingredients include: Mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, garlic, and paprika.
Move over ranch dressing; this sauce is here to steal the spotlight with its bold, versatile flavor. Simple and straightforward, it delivers a tangy and spicy kick that balances the taste of your crab cakes. If you crave an extra fiery kick, just double the sriracha.
Ingredients include: Mayonnaise, thai chili, rice vinegar, sriracha sauce, and garlic.
With this chef-inspired recipe, even beginner cooks can create a stunning side dish. No need for fancy ingredients—just grab the basics and prepare to wow everyone.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, olive oil, ground pepper, garlic, and parmesan cheese.
This recipe takes inspiration from Portuguese flavors, featuring a tomato-based broth with clam juice. Unlike its thicker Boston counterpart, this chowder embraces a lighter and more delicate consistency.
Ingredients include: Canola oil, clam juice, celery, thyme, potato, and tomatoes.
The Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes recipe is easy to make and highly customizable, with recommendations to experiment, suggesting a playful, exploratory approach to cooking. The creamy, fluffy texture of these mashed potatoes, garnished with parsley and butter, beautifully complement the flavor of crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, whole milk, butter, sour cream, and black pepper.
Don’t miss out on the incredible flavor of these Fried Green Tomatoes as a side for crab cakes. The frying process works its magic, mellowing the unripe tomatoes without sacrificing their firm texture.
Ingredients include: Tomatoes, buttermilk, eggs, black pepper, and cornmeal.
This homemade recipe brings the elegance of a fancy restaurant to your table without breaking the bank. You’ll be amazed by its velvety smooth texture, generously studded with hearty chunks of luscious lobster tails.
Ingredients include: Lobster tails, tarragon, cornstarch, white wine, and carrots.
Grilled mixed vegetables are a light and flavorful side dish that perfectly complements the richness of crab cakes. The vegetables are grilled until tender and slightly charred, and they are tossed in a simple vinaigrette dressing.
Ingredients include: Parsley, balsamic vinegar, zucchini, summer squash, and tomatoes.
62. Corn Nuggets
Cheesy Corn Nuggets, a delightful mix of flavors and textures, are crispy on the outside and filled with creamy, melted cheese and corn on the inside, making them an irresistible appetizer or side dish for crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, corn kernels, sugar, and eggs.
Twice-Baked Lobster Stuffed Potatoes are made with simple ingredients, but they taste like a million bucks. These are potato skins filled with creamy mashed potatoes and fresh lobster chunks, baked to perfection, creating an elevated loaded potato recipe ideal for date nights at home or holiday indulgence.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, sour cream, butter, parsley, and chives.
This Truffle Mac and Cheese is a creamy, flavorful dish made with a blend of Gruyère and cheddar cheeses, buttery garlic, thyme, and truffle oil. It can be easily portioned into 4 (6-ounce) ramekins or an 8×8 dish.
Ingredients include: Ditalini, shallot, milk, sherry, and all-purpose flour.
These crisp Skillet-Fried Potatoes are a delicious and easy side dish for crab cakes made with russet potatoes, onions, and seasonings. They can be enjoyed immediately or stored in the refrigerator for breakfast the next day.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, onion, oil, salt, and ground black pepper.
Our Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe is delectable and ideal alongside crab cakes. The sweet potatoes are mashed with butter, cream cheese, and half-and-half, and then seasoned with thyme, cinnamon, and allspice.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, cream cheese, thyme leaves, cinnamon, and allspice.
67. Dirty Rice
This Dirty rice recipe is a hearty and flavorful Creole dish made with ground beef, vegetables, and spices. It can be served as a spicy side dish for crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Cayenne, grapeseed oil, all purpose flour, celery, and amber beer.
Smoked cream cheese is an easy, fast side dish for crab cakes. With just a few pantry ingredients like liquid smoke, the creamy, smoky flavor complements the seafood perfectly (if you like it spicy, a pinch of cayenne will do the trick). Remember to let the flavors meld together in the fridge.
Ingredients include: Cream cheese, smoke, milk, herb seasoning, and table salt.
This Cranberry Sauce recipe is a refreshing way to add a touch of sweetness and acidity to your meal. It works well with crab cakes as the tart flavor of the cranberries complements the crabmeat.
Ingredients include: Cranberries, pears, ginger, rosemary leaves, and maple syrup.
70. Cucumber Gimlet
This Cucumber Gimlet is a refreshing drink made with gin, lime juice, and cucumber. The recipe isn’t just a great choice for a summer day, but also an excellent pair for crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Cucumber, lime juice, syrup, soda water, and cucumber vodka.
71. Confetti Corn
This Confetti Corn is an easy-to-make side dish that features grilled corn garnished with scallions. It’s delicious alongside crab cakes as the grilled corn adds a smoky flavor that enhances the seafood.
Ingredients include: Onion, bell peppers, corn, scallion, and olive oil.
72. Saffron Rice
This Saffron Rice is an aromatic and fluffy recipe that complements crab cakes, thanks to its delicate flavor. The dish comes together in less than 30 minutes and is prepared with a few core ingredients.
Ingredients include: Saffron, basmati rice, vegetable broth, bay leaf, and olive oil.
Tender shrimp, seasoned with a spicy blend, are the stars of these yummy tacos. But you’ll also like the crisp slaw, which adds a crunchy and balanced touch to the seasoning. And for extra flavor, a smoky garlic lime sauce drizzle.
Ingredients include: Mayonnaise, honey, red wine vinegar, coleslaw mix, and paprika.
These Bacon-Wrapped Dates offer that sweet-savory factor to your meal. They are a great smoky side for crab cakes as they offer a contrast of flavors and textures.
Ingredients include: Medjool dates, bacon, feta cheese, pecan pieces, and maple syrup.
This creamy mashed potato dish is made with fresh Dungeness crab meat, known for its sweet and delicate flavor. Seasoned with simple pantry spices like garlic powder, pepper, and salt, this is a rich side dish that doubles up on the crab, and I am totally fine with that.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, milk, butter, crab meat, and onions.
76. Avocado Salad
This refreshing salad offers cool and herby flavors. The light and tangy dressing of the salad helps to brighten the rich taste of the crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Avocados, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, and oregano.
77. Crab Alfredo
This recipe for Crab Alfredo is easy to follow and only requires a few simple ingredients. Best served with crab cakes, the dish is packed with tender crab meat and Old Bay seasoning.
Ingredients include: Fettuccine, light cream, butter, crab meat, and parsley.
This Lemon Butter Broccoli provides flavors and textures that work nicely with crab cakes. The broccoli is steamed until tender and then tossed in a lemon-butter sauce.
Ingredients include: Broccoli, butter, lemon juice, black pepper, and garlic powder.
This colorful Roasted Beet Salad is an ideal accompaniment to crab cakes, as the flavors of the two dishes complement each other. The recipe combines hazelnuts, goat cheese, and a citrusy vinaigrette.
Ingredients include: Beets, goat cheese, hazelnuts, microgreens, and black pepper.
This side dish can stand up to the rich taste of the crab cakes. The cornbread is moist and flavorful, with a hint of heat from the jalapeños and a mild tang from the cheddar cheese.
Ingredients include: Cornmeal, all purpose flour, sugar, egg, and buttermilk.
This tangy coleslaw is made with colorful veggies, marinated in a sweet-tangy dressing. It can be served immediately, but it’s best to marinate it in the fridge for at least one hour.
Ingredients include: Red cabbage, carrots, bulb fennel, parsley, and honey.
This roasted Butternut Squash offers a sweet, slightly nutty taste that blends well with crab cakes. Customize the recipe with various seasonings, such as brown sugar, maple, or rich, golden-brown butter.
Ingredients include: Butternut squash, butter, maple syrup, sugar, and cinnamon.
This recipe is a simple way to create classic stuffing without all the hassle. Thanks to the slow cooker, the stuffing is moist, and the combination of ingredients works wonderfully with crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Bread cubes, celery, eggs, sage, and thyme.
This Seafood Fondue will add a layer of rich and creamy flavor to the crab cakes. It has a creamy cheese sauce, flavored with chicken stock, white wine, and herbs. Add your favorite seafood as desired.
Ingredients include: Mushroom, chicken stock, heavy cream, shrimp, and parsley.
With a few pantry staples, you can make this complementary dish for your crab cakes. These robust greens are cooked on the stovetop with onions, garlic, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
Ingredients include: Turnip greens, apple cider vinegar, sugar, black pepper, and olive oil.
This seafood-based side dish is easy to prepare yet excellent for special gatherings. The flounder is stuffed with a creamy spinach mixture and baked until flaky and tender.
Ingredients include: Flounder, lemon juice, onion, garlic cloves, and heavy cream.
87. Stewed Tomatoes
This Stewed Tomatoes recipe shines on its own, but it makes something exceptional when served with crab cakes. To serve, simply spoon the stewed tomatoes over the crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Tomatoes, green pepper, cornstarch, sugar, and pepper.
88. Carrot Soup
This soup uses simple ingredients like carrots, onions, garlic, and vegetable broth, laden with a bold, rich flavor. Best served with a drizzle of cream and fresh parsley.
Ingredients include: Carrot, heavy cream, parsley, ginger, and vegetable broth.
89. Beer Cheese Dip
This bold dip calls for lager-style beer, garlic, and smoked paprika. The creamy flavor of the dip helps to balance out the rich note of the crab meat.
Ingredients include: All purpose flour, whole milk, butter, cheddar cheese, and paprika.
90. Fresh Oysters
Explore different oyster variations, from French-style to Lebanon-style. Each version is lightly dressed to complement rather than overpower the delicate taste of the oyster.
Ingredients include: Oysters, champagne, shallot, lemon juice, and cucumber.
This Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp can be made in just minutes. The crispy bacon provides the tempting outer layer, giving way to the tender, flavorful shrimp within.
Ingredients include: Shrimp, bacon, honey, dipping sauce, and garlic.
92. Lemon Rice
The lemon juice and zest in this rice dish help to brighten and lighten the flavor of your crab cakes. It also includes garlic powder and butter, responsible for the taste.
Ingredients include: White rice, vegetable stock, lemon zest, salt, and garlic powder.
These Southern-style green beans are cooked low and slow with bacon, salt, pepper, and a hint of red pepper for a healthful, flavorful side dish for crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Bacon, green beans, chicken stock, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers combine smoky bacon and the creamy cheese with the spicy jalapenos to please everyone at your next gathering. Wear kitchen gloves to protect your skin from spicy oils when cutting jalapenos.
Ingredients include: Jalapeno peppers, cream cheese, onion, bacon, and garlic powder.
These thick and crispy sweet potato wedges are made simple with salt, pepper, and cornstarch. They are oven-baked to perfection and garnished with fresh parsley.
Ingredients include: Sweet potato, avocado oil, cornstarch, black pepper, and parsley.
Grilled broccolini with garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds is a delicious and healthy side dish that is perfect with crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Broccolini, olive oil, ginger, rice vinegar, and sesame seeds.
97. Seafood Salad
This quick and easy seafood salad recipe is perfect for a light lunch or dinner. Use your favorite seafood and customize the flavors to your liking.
Ingredients include: Crab, mayonnaise, celery, dill, and old bay seasoning.
These crisp and tender green beans suit well alongside your crab cakes. The veggies are flavored with garlic and air-fried until lightly browned.
Ingredients include: Green beans, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt.
These mushrooms are filled with crabmeat, mayo, breadcrumbs, cheese, and garlic then baked to perfection. They complement to crab cakes as they have a similar flavor profile.
Ingredients include: Mushrooms, spinach, cream cheese, parsley, and olive oil.
The kale in this vibrant salad provides a crunchy contrast to the rich crab cakes. The citrus fruits add a bright flavor, and the dressing helps bind all ingredients together.
Ingredients include: Kale, jalapeno, tangerines, orange juice, and sugar.
If you haven’t tried our Grilled Whole RealSweet Onions, you’re missing out. This recipe demands both your oven and grill, but the payoff is delish. The onions turn out great with crab cakes and some extra melted butter on the side.
Ingredients include: RealSweet vidalia onions, bacon, garlic, butter, and salt.
102. Steamed Mussels
This dish includes juicy mussels dressed in garlic, butter, and lemon, then cooked with fragrant parsley and white wine. Jazz it up with cooked bacon, or add a robust flavor with Spanish-style chorizo.
Ingredients include: Butter, red chili flakes, mussels, lemon juice, and white wine.
103. Coconut Shrimps
These morsels are coated in a golden batter and rolled in shredded coconut and crispy Panko breadcrumbs. Their crispy texture provides a nice contrast to the soft crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Shrimp, all purpose flour, baking powder, egg, and garlic powder.
104. Seafood Cheese Ball
This Seafood Cheese Ball is a fancy-looking yet simple side pairing. The crab meat and shrimp in the cheese ball go well with the crab cakes, and the Creole seasoning adds a touch of heat.
Ingredients include: Cream cheese, crab meat, shrimp, green onions, and cocktail sauce.
105. Garlic Shrimp Dip
This indulgent dip combines succulent shrimp, cream cheese, garlic, and seasonings. It offers a velvety texture that balances out the crispy exterior and tender center of the crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Shrimp, cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and olive oil.
Because it has a similar flavor profile to crab cakes, this cheesy and creamy dip goes perfectly with them. The recipe takes convenience to a new level by preparing everything in a cast iron skillet.
Ingredients include: White wine, spinach, artichoke, red pepper flakes, and sour cream.
107. Clams Casino
Clams Casino is a classic American seafood dish known for its eye-catching presentation and unique combination of ingredients. What it sets apart from other clam recipes is the inclusion of bacon, which adds a smoky flavor to the whole dish.
Ingredients include: Clams, white wine, butter, lemon, and bacon.
108. Sauteed Mushrooms
This recipe has a handful of ingredients—water, olive oil, butter, and mushrooms. Every bite has an earthy flavor and a slightly chewy texture, bringing out the best of your crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Water, olive oil, butter, and mushroom.
109. Asparagus Quiche
This quiche dish has tender asparagus spears, tangy feta, and mozzarella, baked in a flaky pie crust. It’s versatile and can be prepared ahead of time, and is easily reheated.
Ingredients include: Pie crust, asparagus, eggs, whipping cream, and feta cheese.
110. Crab Toast
Don’t settle for just crab cakes when you can savor the best of both worlds with Crab Toast! Combine just a few simple ingredients: shallots, delectable crab meat, creamy mayo, and parsley. Whether you pick the delicate, sweet flavor of fresh crab or the convenience of canned crab, it’s up to you.
Ingredients include: Shallot, crab meat, mayonnaise, parsley, and butter.
111. Steak Oscar
This recipe is all about making it your own and savoring the flavors that suit you best. Mild crab, rich steak, and tender asparagus come together in this truly decadent meal.
Ingredients include: Steaks, asparagus, crab meat, flour, and butter.
These bite-sized rolls are light and refreshing, which balances out the bold taste of the crab cakes. The recipe combines cream cheese and salmon wrapped in cucumber slices and seasoned to taste.
Ingredients include: Cucumber, salmon, cream cheese, arugula, and dill weed.
Ready in under 10 minutes, these effortless Microwave Cooked Carrots add a touch of sweet and fresh flavor to your meal. Adding garlic and smoked paprika introduces an appealing complexity to the dish.
Ingredients include: Carrots, butter, sugar, garlic powder, and paprika.
This easy side dish features fresh green beans broiled to perfection and tossed with garlic, chili, and caper oil. Feel free to adjust the amount of heat and spice to your liking.
Ingredients include: Capers, olive oil, red pepper flakes, green beans, and garlic.
Our Oven-Roasted Zucchini & Tomatoes recipe tastes straight out of an Italian restaurant. It highlights roasted zucchini and tomatoes with a slightly sweet flavor and caramelized exterior.
Ingredients include: Zucchini, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, onion powder, and olive oil.
116. Hot Crab Dip
Dunk your crispy crab cakes into this creamy Hot Crab dip. The dip’s creaminess helps to balance out the savory flavor of the crab cakes, while the crab meat adds a touch of luxury.
Ingredients include: Sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, crab meat, and paprika.
Our Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp recipe bursts with zesty flavors, thanks to the tequila-lime marinade. The shrimp are grilled until cooked and slightly charred, giving them a smoky flavor.
Ingredients include: Shrimp, shallot, tequila, lime juice, and honey.
118. Avocado Toast
This is no ordinary avocado toast. It includes unexpected ingredients that work well with crab cakes. Consider using ripe avocados, which will be soft to the touch and have a slightly green hue.
Ingredients include: White vinegar, cashews, avocado, lime juice, and red onion.This is no ordinary avocado toast. It includes unexpected ingredients that work well with crab cakes. Consider using ripe avocados, which will be soft to the touch and have a slightly green hue. Ingredients include: White vinegar, cashews, avocado, lime juice, and red onion.
119. Lemon Vodka Cocktail
This classic drink has a combination of tartness lemon and sweet vodka, both refreshing. Serve over ice, garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves to enhance its visual appeal.
Ingredients include: Vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water.
This is the crispiest calamari you’ve ever had. The secret lies in the dry breaded method, in which the squid is coated with flour, semolina, and cornmeal.
Ingredients include: Squid, vegetable oil, all purpose flour, semolina flour, and cornmeal.
121. Crab Quiche
Served hot or cold, this underrated Crab Quiche highlights the flaky pie crust and creamy custard. As a companion to crab cakes, the quiche adds a luxurious texture to the meal.
Ingredients include: Eggs, crab meat, parsley, cayenne pepper, and half and half cream.
122. Cape Cod Cocktail
The Korean-inspired Cape Cod Cocktail is a refreshing drink that mixes cranberry juice and soju. It’s an inventive way to add a Korean flair to your table.
Ingredients include: Soju, cranberry juice, syrup, ice, and lime juice.
These scallops are pan-seared and mixed in a tomato-based sauce with linguine pasta. The sauce binds everything together and offers enough acidity to offset the crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Linguine, avocado oil, scallops, butter, and tomatoes.
124. Cucumber Sandwiches
These Cucumber Sandwiches are a light side dish that pairs well with heavier foods like crab cakes. They can be made ahead of time, which makes them a convenient option for parties or gatherings.
Ingredients include: White bread, cucumber, mayonnaise, paprika, and salt.
The recipe showcases bite-sized delights filled with chunks of succulent lobster meat. They are baked to perfection, resulting in a crispy exterior and a creamy interior.
Ingredients include: Macaroni, lobster meat, flour, whole milk, and nutmeg.
This pasta alternative offers a creamy and garlicky flavor with a balance of firmness from zucchini. It provides a pleasant contrast of textures with the crunch of the zucchini noodles and the smoothness of the sauce.
Ingredients include: Zucchini, olive oil, cashews, lemon juice, and black pepper.
127. Sauteed Apples
If you want a no-fuss side dish for crab cakes, this is it. These apples are sautéed until soft and tender with butter, sugar, and spices.
Ingredients include: Apples, butter, cinnamon, cornstarch, and nutmeg.
This dish combines juicy shrimp, tender scallops, and angel hair pasta, all bathed in a flavorful garlic sauce. Each bite offers a delicious blend of seafood and garlicky flavor.
Ingredients include: Shrimp, scallops, angel hair pasta, white wine, and parsley.
129. Jiffy Corn Casserole
Jiffy Corn Casserole is a classic American dish that is easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser. Even though it is made with simple ingredients, the mixture of flavors is unbeatable.
Ingredients include: Jiffy cornbread mix, cream corn, kernel corn, sour cream, and egg.
130. Shrimp Etoufee
This hearty dish is made with plump shrimp, tomato-based sauce infused with onions, garlic, and Cajun seasoning. It’s traditionally served over rice but also goes well with crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Butter, all purpose flour, celery, thyme, and scallions.
This entree begins with shrimp and ends with creamed spinach with cream cheese sauce. Take control of the flavors by adding as much shrimp and spinach as you like.
Ingredients include: Butter, shrimp, onion powder, heavy cream, and spinach.
This tasty Italian dish unites charred octopus, a warm salad, and a special dressing made from cured pork fat. Even though it seems fancy, you can make this recipe easily at home.
Ingredients include: Octopus, guanciale, tomatoes, cannellini beans, and parsley.
133. Grilled Pineapple
This side dish offers a sweet and slightly smoky taste due to the caramelization process that happens when the pineapple is grilled over high heat. Eat it plain or serve with crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Pineapple, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
This Chew side dish combines two of my favorites: garlic and parmesan. It requires a simple garlic powder, but you can also use garlic powder, minced garlic, or even finely chopped garlic.
Ingredients include: Green beans, olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and salt.
135. Stewed Okra
The key to the tender texture of this Stewed Okra recipe is salting and soaking it in lemon and water. As it simmers in olive oil and tomato sauce, the okra stays nice and firm, not gooey.
Ingredients include: Okra, lemon juice, tomatoes, parsley, and sugar.
136. Collard Greens
These Brazilian-inspired collard greens are irresistible; they’re cooked quickly in hot oil with garlic and chili flakes. If you want an Asian twist, reduce the salt and swap the garlic for grated ginger.
Ingredients include: Collard greens, lemon wedges, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and garlic.
The jambalaya recipe calls for chicken, plump shrimp, and spicy Andouille sausage, but it is customizable. Garnish with sliced green onions, fresh parsley, and tangy lemon wedges.
Ingredients include: Sausage, celery, tomatoes, thyme, and okra.
138. Creamy Tuscan Shrimp
This Creamy Tuscan Shrimp is a quick and easy dish to make, which is great if you are short on time. The shrimp are cooked in a creamy sauce with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach.
Ingredients include: Shrimp, butter, tomatoes, all purpose flour, and spinach.
139. Beans & Greens
This is a regional specialty dish packed with savory and garlicky flavors. The sweetness of the beans balances the bitterness of the escarole, and the garlic and pepper flakes add a bit of heat.
Ingredients include: Escarole, olive oil, red pepper flakes, cannellini beans, and Romano cheese.
These crispy rice balls are coated in a crisp breadcrumb shell, which is golden and tempting. The contrast between the crispy exterior and the creamy interior is addicting, and the flavors complement the crab cakes perfectly.
Ingredients include: Breadcrumbs, eggs, saffron, carrot, and celery.
141. Grilled Tomatoes
The smoky flavor of these Grilled Tomatoes adds an extra layer of complexity to your crab cakes. Remember to use ripe tomatoes to make them more flavorful and juicy.
Pro tip: Instead of cutting from the stem, slice them in the middle. This helps them keep their shape on the grill while getting tender.
Ingredients include: Tomatoes, olive oil, black pepper, parsley, and garlic powder.
Avocado ice cream is known for its vibrant green color and subtly sweet taste, distinctively different from other fruit-based ice creams. It is also easy to make and adaptable.
Ingredients include: Avocados, sugar, milk, lime, and heavy cream.
143. Firecracker Shrimp
This recipe features fresh shrimp coated in a sweet and spicy sauce and then cooked until crispy and tender. It will be a visually stunning side and helps to make your crab cakes look even more impressive.
Ingredients include: Shrimp, cornstarch, sweet chili sauce, honey, and sesame seeds.
This one-pot wonder brings together succulent shrimp, tender rice, and Cajun seasoning. It is simple to prepare and can be made beforehand, which is helpful if you’re throwing a party.
Ingredients include: Chicken broth, grain white rice, shrimp, paprika, and oregano.
145. Crab Balls
These savory bites are stuffed full of crab meat and veggies and then deep-fried until golden brown. Pair them with brown gravy AND crab cakes.
Ingredients include: Crab claw meat, butter, eggs, bread crumbs, and bell pepper.
146. Rainbow Sorbet
This frozen dessert has a fruity blend of oranges, limes, and raspberries that’s so refreshing. It is not only a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes.
Ingredients include: Orange sherbet, lime sherbet, and raspberry sherbet.
These green beans are tender and tasty, cooked with zesty lemon and fragrant garlic. They’re a winner in simplicity, texture, and taste.
Ingredients include: Olive oil, red pepper flakes, green beans, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
This salad is refreshing, with the tangy lemon vinaigrette as the star of the show. Customize it with your favorite vegetables, from juicy tomatoes to vibrant peppers.
Ingredients include: Fennel bulbs, radishes, salad leaves, cucumber, and avocado.
149. Oysters Rockefeller
This 30-minute recipe highlights plump oysters topped with creamy spinach and breadcrumbs. It’s a rich and delectable side dish that’s excellent for any special occasion.
Ingredients include: Oysters, shallots, spinach, half and half, and panko crumbs.
With just a few basic ingredients, you can make these savory fritters in no time. Served hot or cold, these morsels are light and fluffy with a slightly crispy crust.
Ingredients include: Zucchini, eggs, flour, sour cream, and sugar.
The bottom line
The choices for side dishes you can serve with your favorite crab cakes are virtually endless! Take your pick from a wide variety of salads, a long list of rice options, and a cornucopia of roasted vegetable possibilities.
- Veggie Kebabs With Maple Rosemary Glaze
- Oven Roasted Potatoes
- Classic Coleslaw
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Vegetables
- Authentic Gazpacho
- Crema De Aguacate (Colombian Creamy Avocado Soup)
- Buttery & Crispy Greek Lemon Potatoes
- Watermelon Feta Salad
- Fruit Salsa
- French Baguette Garlic Bread
- Crispy Smashed Brussel Sprouts
- Sauteed Broccoli Rabe With White Beans
- Cauliflower Steaks
- Herb Marinated Goat Cheese
- Wedge Salad
- Baked Sweet Potato Cubes
- Texas Roadhouse Seasoned Rice
- Roasted Eggplant Salad
- Mushroom Risotto
- Southern Collard Greens With Bacon
- Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
- Carrot Salad
- Saffron Rice
- Grapefruit & Avocado Salad
- Lemon Basil Pasta Salad
- Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad
- Potato Corn Chowder
- Mango Salsa
- Sautéed Asparagus & Cherry Tomatoes
- Dinner Rolls
- Baked Zucchini Fries
- Caesar Salad
- Seafood Chowder
- Cheddar Bay Biscuits
- Citrus Salad
- Shrimp-Stuffed Avocado
- Lobster Bisque
- Bloody Caesar Cocktail
- Crispy Asian BBQ Brussels Sprouts
- Bacon Mac & Cheese
- New England Clam Chowder
- Garlic Parmesan Orzo With Spinach
- No-Anchovy Caesar Salad
- Homemade Tartar Sauce
- Grilled Peach Salad With Champagne Vinaigrette
- Lemon Pepper Sauce
- Grilled Broccolini
- French Fries With Fresh Garlic & Dill
- Truffle Mashed Potatoes
- Salty Dog Cocktail
- Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- Homemade Cocktail Sauce
- Hush Puppies
- Garlic Aioli
- Easy Bang-Bang Sauce
- Air Fryer Hasselback Potato
- Manhattan Clam Chowder
- Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- Classic Lobster Bisque Recipe
- Grilled Mixed Vegetables
- Corn Nuggets
- Twice Baked Lobster Stuffed Potatoes
- Truffle Baked Mac & Cheese
- Skillet Fried Potatoes
- Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Dirty Rice
- Smoked Cream Cheese Dip
- Cranberry-Pear Sauce With Ginger & Rosemary Recipe
- Cucumber Gimlet
- Confetti Corn
- Saffron Rice
- Blackened Shrimp Tacos
- Bacon-Wrapped Dates
- Dungeness Crab Mashed Potatoes
- Avocado Salad
- Crab Alfredo
- Lemon Butter Broccoli
- Roasted Beet Salad
- Jalapeno Skillet Cornbread
- Apple Cider Vinegar Coleslaw
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Slow Cooker Stuffing
- Seafood Fondue
- Skillet Turnip Greens
- Crab Stuffed Flounder
- Stewed Tomatoes
- Carrot Soup
- Beer Cheese Dip
- Fresh Oysters
- Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
- Lemon Rice
- Southern Green Beans
- Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
- Baked Sweet Potato Wedges
- Charred Broccolini
- Seafood Salad
- Air Fryer Green Beans
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Kale Salad With Citrus
- Grilled Whole RealSweet Onions
- Steamed Mussels
- Coconut Shrimp
- Seafood Cheese Ball
- Garlic Shrimp Dip
- Spinach & Artichoke Dip
- Clams Casino
- Sauteed Mushrooms
- Asparagus Quiche
- Crab Toast
- Steak Oscar
- Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rolls
- Microwaved Cooked Carrots
- Blistered Garlic Green Beans
- Oven-Roasted Zucchini & Tomatoes Recipe
- Hot Crab Dip
- Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp
- Avocado Toast
- Lemon Vodka Cocktail
- Homemade Fried Calamari
- Crab Quiche
- Cape Cod Cocktail
- Pan Seared Scallops With Pasta
- Cucumber Sandwiches
- Lobster Mac & Cheese Bites
- Zoodles With Creamy Garlic Cashew Sauce
- Sauteed Apples
- Shrimp & Scallops Scampi
- Jiffy Corn Casserole
- Shrimp Etouffee
- Shrimp & Spinach Cream Sauce
- Charred Octopus With Warm White Bean
- Grilled Pineapple
- Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
- Stewed Okra
- Collard Greens
- Creamy Tuscan Shrimp
- Beans & Greens
- Grilled Tomatoes
- Homemade Avocado Ice Cream
- Firecracker Shrimp
- Cajun Shrimp & Rice Skillet
- Crab Balls
- Rainbow Sorbet
- Pan Fried Lemon Garlic Green Beans
- Easy Side Salad With Lemon Dressing
- Oysters Rockefeller
- Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fritters
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