What to Serve with Crab Cakes

If you are trying to figure out what sides goes well with homemade crab cakes for dinner, this list is exactly what you are looking for.   Crab cakes are a fancy show-stopping delicacy.  They really need something that is the right crab cake accompaniment and doesn’t take away from them being the main entree star. Therefore, you will want to pick the best simple side dish to go with your crab cakes. All of these suggested sides work great for all your crab cake meal ideas, including parties, intimate dinners, or any crab cake dinner party.

The best sides to serve with crab cakes are all right here.  Many fellow food bloggers have shared some of their quick and easy side dish recipes to eat with crab cakes.  If you want a salad, baked goods, vegetables,  or pasta, we have you covered with so many choices on what to enjoy with your crab cakes.  Whether you make them homemade with lump, Dungeness, blue, fresh, frozen, canned, or imitation crab – all these pair good with crab cakes.   In reality, most of these side dishes also can be served with crab legs, crab sandwiches, or other fish and seafood too.

 

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What to Serve with Crab Cakes

This is a tasty list of what to offer with crab cakes.  To help you decide what to serve with crab cakes, I have broken down the list into some subcategories. So based on your mood, preference, or diet, there is something for everyone.  There are healthy salads, mayo-based salads, baked goods, low-carb, vegetable, and fancy sides.  This list of what to make with crab cakes includes:

  • Salad Side Dishes
  • Keto / Low Carb or Gluten-Free Side Dishes
  • Vegetable Side Dishes
  • Fancy Side Dishes

 

 

Side Dishes by The Short Order Cook

 

Deep-Fried Sweet Potato Fries
Homemade deep-fried sweet potato fries are a quick and easy family favorite recipe. This fantastic method to deep fry & season them makes the best appetizer or side dish.
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Deep Fried Sweet Potato Fries featured overhead of plate of fries and dipping sauce

 

Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw
If you want an easy peanutty coleslaw recipe, this Asian avocado peanut coleslaw is the best. This chopped slaw recipe is bursting with fresh vegetables that are dressed in a homemade Asian-inspired dressing that is salty, sweet, and spicy. This slaw is vegan and gluten-free and sure to be one that everyone loves.
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Low-Carb Keto Creamed Spinach Casserole
Creamed spinach is a tasty low-carb steakhouse restaurant favorite. This easy keto recipe is the best spinach casserole side dish.
Check out this recipe
Low-Carb Keto Creamed Spinach Casserole featured overhead

 

Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
Sweet, creamy, and rich butternut squash soup is comfort in a bowl.
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Easy Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

 

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
Instant pot steamed broccoli is a healthy and easy recipe that comes out perfect every time. In just a few minutes fresh broccoli is cooked and ready to enjoy.  This method works in any electric pressure cooker with or without a steamer basket and results in fresh steamed broccoli that is not mushy. 
Check out this recipe
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Salad Side Dishes

 

Marinated 2 Bean and Green Salad
When avocados are just ripe, there is nothing better than this easy marinated 2-bean and green salad.
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plate with salad greens, beans, avocado and dressing

 

Southern Potato Salad
Southern Potato Salad is creamy, starchy, and a little crunchy. It is the perfect side dish.
Check out this recipe
potato salad in a bowl

 

KFC Coleslaw - Best Copycat
This easy KFC Coleslaw recipe tastes just like the original! It's made with Miracle Whip and without buttermilk, just like the classic version!
Check out this recipe
Colelsaw in a bowl with tongs serving it

 

 

Keto / Low Carb or Gluten-Free Side Dishes

 

Air Fryer Hush Puppies (gluten-free & vegan)
A classic Southern side dish, these Air Fryer Hush Puppies give you a healthier twist! They're gluten-free, vegan, and don't need oil or deep-frying!
Check out this recipe
A bowl with hush puppies

 

Zucchini Gratin
An easy gratin recipe that’s keto-friendly and takes just minutes to prepare. It’s a healthier alternative to the high carb potato au gratin recipes.
Check out this recipe
Baking dish with zucchini gratin covered in cheese

 

Oven-Roasted Rutabaga (keto & paleo)
A delicious and healthy low carb keto side dish – this oven-roasted rutabaga recipe is ready in 20 minutes.
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Blue ceramic bowl filled with roasted rutabaga

 

 

Vegetable Side Dishes

 

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
A dash of chipotle powder adds a kick to this crispy bacon wrapped brussels sprouts recipe.
Check out this recipe
pile of bacon wrapped brussels sprouts

 

Maple Glazed Carrots
Prepared carrots are brushed with maple syrup, brown sugar, and butter then gently roasted in the oven for a slightly sweet and spicy carrot recipe that everyone will love.
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plate with maple glazed carrots and a large serving fork

 

Roasted Vegetables
A combination of oven-roasted vegetables topped with parmesan makes a delicious and colorful side dish.
Check out this recipe
Baking sheet with roasted vegetables

 

Fancy Side Dishes

 

Cheddar Bay Chive Popovers
Cheddar cheese and Old Bay seafood seasoning combine to make the perfect fancy and tasty popover.
Check out this recipe
popovers cooling in the pan

 

Easy Cheese Souffle with Brie Cheese
Butter, flour, milk, egg, and Brie cheese baked until puffed and golden. A gorgeous side dish for that special occasion.
Check out this recipe
A white ramekin with baked cheese souffle and a spoon scooping out a bite

 

Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Peas
Tender pasta with a creamy and silky lemon ricotta sauce; this recipe is a special pasta dish.
Check out this recipe
A plate of ricotta pasta piled up and dusted with green parsley

 

More Side Dish Ideas 

Crab cakes have been around since around 1891 and are Baltimore and Maryland staples.  If you have ever wondered where they originated find out more about WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CRAB CAKES. For additional side recipes that go well with any kind of seafood, check out these other articles. All the amazing recipes are shared by the best food bloggers and include a wide variety of side dish ideas to serve with fish, shellfish, and more.  

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What to Serve With Crab Cakes

Angela
If you are trying to figure out what goes well with homemade crab cakes for dinner, this list is exactly what you are looking for. If you want a salad, baked goods, vegetables,  or pasta, we have you covered with so many choices on what to enjoy with your crab cakes. 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 0 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Salads, Keto/Low-Carb, Vegetable & Fancy Side Dishes

  • Ricotta Pasta w Peas
  • Sweet-Potato Fries
  • Chive Popovers
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Hush Puppies
  • Cheese Souffle
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Avocado Coleslaw

Instructions
 

  • Make your favorite Crab Cake Recipe.
  • Choose one or more wonderful sides from the lists above.
  • Enjoy!


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