What To Serve With Crab Cakes – 30 Sides

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Looking for the best side dishes to serve with a scrumptious seafood feast? Once you take a peek at this collection, you’ll never wonder what to serve with crab cakes again! From casual classics like potato salad or slaw to tasty bites like sweet potato fries to exciting twists like ramen salad or mango salsa, the hardest part will be narrowing down which ones you want to make first!

Corn salad, rice, baked potato, and mac and cheese.


Is there anything better than sinking your fork into a patty of fresh lump crab meat that’s been fried to crispy, golden perfection? It’s hard to beat! So you may be wondering what to serve with crab cakes that could complement such an irresistibly delicious dish.

That’s why we’ve gathered all the best side dishes to round out your savory seafood experience. Indulge in casual classics like potato salad and slaw, whip up a few crowd-pleasers like Texas Roadhouse copycat rolls and sweet potato fries, or take your tastebuds to new heights with ramen salad, mango salsa, and more!

The beauty of crab cakes is that they’re just as great for a casual lunch on the deck as they are for an upscale dinner party. And thanks to this collection of complementary sides, you’ll be able to whip up the perfect spread for any dining occasion!

1. Potato Salad

The secret to the easiest, most delicious potato salad you’ve ever had is knowing exactly how long to boil your potatoes! Add your mayo, mustard, vinegar, green onions, hard boiled eggs, and seasonings for a classic side.

2. Corn Salad

This summertime staple features corn off the cob mixed with chopped basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, and red onion all tossed in a vibrant lemon dressing for a delightful jumble of fresh flavors! The perfect dish to serve with crab cakes.

3. Slaw

Is there anything as versatile as red cabbage slaw? You’ll love the vibrant color of the cabbage with the satisfying crunch of the carrots and sunflower seeds topped in a creamy dressing that brings it all together.

4. Salad

You can’t go wrong with a fresh salad. A simple green salad loaded with crunchy veggies and topped with a delicious dressing.


5. Roasted Vegetables

This healthy method for roasting veggies can be dressed up or down and adapted to fit any veggies you have on hand! Best of all, it’s ready in just 20 minutes and can also be made ahead of time.

6. Corn Chowder

If you love the cozy comfort of clam chowder or potato soup, you’re going to fall head over heels for this summery twist! It’s made with pantry staples, but the addition of tender corn and bacon makes this soup one you’ll come back to again and again.

7. Avocado Salad

The fresh flavors in this summer salad are absolutely crave worthy! With tomatoes, creamy avocados, red onion, and a few seasonings, it’s like a cross between a salsa and a salad. The lime and cilantro really make the flavors pop!

8. Air Fryer Asparagus

Unbelievably easy air fryer asparagus only requires 3 ingredients and cooks in about half the time it would take in the oven! This versatile veggie can be served on an elegant platter or eaten with your fingers for a more casual gathering.

9. Air Fryer Corn

Who can resist fresh corn on the cob in the middle of summer? And while boiling or grilling gets the job done, making corn on the cob in the air fryer means it’s cooked to perfection in just 15 minutes.

10. Seasoned Rice

Copycat Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice is even easier to make than you think. This rice pilaf is toasted in butter and then cooked with broth and spices for a simple side that’s bursting with flavor.

11. Mango Salsa

It’s hard to know what’s brighter: the colors or the flavor of this vibrant salsa! The combination of ripe mango, avocado, red bell pepper, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, and fresh lime is ultra-scoopable.

12. Sweet Potato Fries

Have a bag of sweet potato fries hanging out in the back of your freezer? Ditch the hit-or-miss oven method and try making them in the air fryer instead! They’re hot and crispy in just 8 minutes with no extra oil needed.

13. Roasted Potatoes

Crisp and delicious seasoned potatoes are a classic. Simply toss with oil and spices, then roast until they’re golden on the outside and perfectly soft on the inside. Don’t be surprised when this side disappears FAST!

14. Baked Potato

Want to learn how to get that wonderful, crispy skin on your baked potato every time while keeping the center tender and fluffy? The trick is to brush them with oil and then bake at 400 degrees F.

15. Cucumber Salad

Treat your tastebuds to a refreshing and tangy side! A simple 4-ingredient apple cider vinaigrette really brings out the flavors of the cucumber and red onion. Top with fresh parsley or dill if desired!

16. Pepper Salad

You’ll love the refreshing zest this marinated three-pepper salad adds to your meal! Best of all, it’s super easy to throw together and packed with nutritious ingredients. Just be sure to leave a little time for everything to marinate!

17. Tomato Salad

For a speedy side dish that can be ready in about 10 minutes, try this delightful jumble of cherry tomatoes, onion, and fresh parsley tossed in oil and red wine vinegar. Bonus points if you add a little cucumber and some feta on top!

18. Rolls

Everyone loves a soft dinner roll, but absolutely no one will be able to resist these fluffy and sweet copycat Texas Roadhouse rolls! They’re so light and buttery, they practically melt in your mouth.

19. French Fries

Craving Wingstop’s tasty seasoned French fries? Now you don’t have to leave your house to get your hands on them! The secret is to add a pinch of sugar with the other spices for that incredible combination of smoky, salty, and sweet.

20. Green Beans

The best part of this recipe is that it works with either fresh or frozen green beans. Talk about convenient! The trick to the best taste and texture is to blanch the beans first, then saute, then finish with butter mustard and lemon juice.

21. Chickpea Salad

This combination of Mediterranean flavors is an absolute treat for your tastebuds! Hearty chickpeas, fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and sharp red onion tossed in a simple dressing is sure to be a hit.

22. Ramen Salad

If you’ve never tried crunchy ramen noodles, cabbage, carrots, and seeds tossed together in a simple Asian dressing, then one bite of this salad will have you wondering where it’s been all your life!

23. Lemon Pasta

Creamy lemon pasta is a simple yet elegant dish that’s perfectly suited for any occasion. The zesty sauce and touch of Parmesan cheese make it the kind of savory, tangy side you won’t be able to stop eating!

24. Buttered Noodles

Have you ever tried cooking egg noodles in broth and butter? There’s no draining required, and the noodles absorb all that amazing flavor as they cook! This one-pot dish is the perfect combination of simplicity, comfort, and a great side dish.

25. Macaroni And Cheese

Creamy, cheesy, easy baked macaroni and cheese is the perfect crab cake side dish. Made with Velveeta cheese, this is a delicious mac and cheese recipe.

26. Tropical Fruit Salad

Fresh fruit combined with a delicious lime glaze makes the perfect side dish for crab cakes. Filled with pineapple, kiwi, strawberries and more, this fruit salad could even be served as a light dessert.

27. Baked Tennessee Onions

Baked onions and cheese is a great side dish to make. Only a few ingredients are needed to make this simple casserole recipe.

28. Pineapple Casserole

Sweet, savory, this pineapple casserole has it all. Cheese and pineapple tidbits are topped with a buttery cracker crust for an amazing dish.

29. Party Potatoes

Party potatoes, or funeral potatoes, is a cheesy potato casserole that goes well with just about anything. This hot casserole can be served alongside crab cakes for a delicious meal.

30. Pea Salad

Cool and creamy, this pea salad is a great side. Pea salad can be made ahead of time so that it’s ready to serve with your crab cakes.

Sauces for crab cakes

Need a delicious sauce to use for a crispy crab cakes dip? Try one of these sauces:

Which one of these side dishes will you be making for your crab cake dinner?


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