Cooking crab cakes is one amazing way of eating your crabs, especially if you want them to be crunchy and crispy as you bite into them.
If you have never had crab cakes before, you might be surprised and think it is weird to deep fry your crabs while coated with breadcrumbs.
One thing you should never forget is that any recipe is possible in the culinary world, as long as it brings joy to the palate.
Now, crab cakes are delicious and an excellent way to serve them for supper or family gatherings and lunch.
Although crabs on their own are unique and delicious, there are some side dishes that you can pair with your crab cakes to get the best eating experience. We will look at some of the options available for you to serve, along with your crab cakes.
Some of the side dishes might be heavy, and some might be light. You will have to pick the ones that best suit your needs at a particular time.
1. Herbed Potatoes
If you are looking for a crispy companion for your crab cakes, herbed potatoes are some of the options you can count on. These potatoes are roasted to perfection, and they have a golden brown color, tender at the center, and crispy exterior.
These potatoes are tossed with ingredients like thyme, salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, cilantro, parsley, and olive oil. Also, accompanying your crab cakes with potatoes offers you a heavy option if you want to have a heavy meal.
These potatoes are soft, tasty, and flavorful, and it is better to use the hard potatoes so that you can get that crunchy feeling when they are roasted. The best potatoes for this side dish are Russet and Yukon Gold potatoes.
Potatoes are good sources of minerals and vitamins. They are rich in compounds like carotenoids and flavonoids, which are good antioxidant agents that help to expel free radicals from the body.
Also, potatoes contain some resistant starch that helps expel excess blood sugar from the body. Potatoes are also beneficial for your digestive health, and if you are sensitive to gluten, you could pick potatoes for your gluten-free meal. You can get a recipe for roasted herb potatoes on this blog.
2. Green Salad
If you are looking for something light and refreshing as a side dish for your crab cakes, fresh vegetables will always come to your rescue. Green salad has a combination of various vegetables that you might prefer.
It could be tomatoes, arugula, capsicum peppers, kale, spinach, or any other vegetable that comes to mind. You can top these greens with vinaigrette or mustard, and they are easy to prepare and offer you a lot of health benefits.
Green salads are perfect if you try to eat healthily or keep the meal as light as possible. The good thing is that you can use any green and vegetable of your choice. Click here to get a recipe for French Green Salad with French Vinaigrette.
3. Corn Salad
What an excellent way to put your corn to good use; this salad is a mixture of awesomeness that you cannot miss out on. This refreshing salad is one of the options you can use during the summer days. The combination of crabs with corn is impressive and tasty.
The use of sweet corn makes this salad crunchy, and you can add other ingredients to this bowl of sweetness to get a better result. Some of the ingredients you could add are grated cucumber, basil, scallions, fresh tomatoes, parsley, cilantro, or any other greeny herb. Here is a recipe that you could go to for a refreshing corn salad.
4. Grilled Vegetables
One way of taking advantage of the lovely summer’s weather is to do some outdoor cooking. You get to avoid adding extra heat to your house from the cooking, and you also get to enjoy the tasty flavor that the gill adds to dishes.
One exciting way of eating your vegetables is to grill them and top them with some grilling sauce. The charred feeling that you get on the veggies from the grill is fantastic, and it is a good combination with your crispy crab cakes.
When grilling your vegetables, cut them into tiny sizes to enable the fire to cook them better. Also, if you are mixing vegetables, it is essential to note that some vegetables take longer than others, so you have to be on the alert to make sure that you do have half-cooked or burnt veggies.
You can check out this recipe if you are thinking of accompanying your crab cakes with grilled vegetables.
5. Roasted Veggies
Still speaking of vegetables, a lot of people prefer their vegetables to be prepared in different ways. If you do not want fresh or grilled vegetables, you could consider trying roasted vegetables.
Grilling your vegetables gives them some charring which some people prefer. On the other hand, roasting your vegetables makes them caramelized, and it brings out the natural sweetness and flavor of the vegetables.
All you need to do is sprinkle your sliced vegetables with herbs or any other seasoning you use and slide them into the oven to cook. Who says you have to feel sad and bored when eating vegetables? There are many exciting options and ways of accompanying your crab cakes with vegetable side dishes.
Here is a recipe that you can rely on to look for some guidance on preparing some delicious roasted vegetables.
6. Colorful Slaw
Most people do not know that the appearance of your food can either spark appetite or no appetite at all. Slaws are delicious and an excellent way to eat cabbages, but you can take this up a notch by adding other vegetables and ingredients to make it more enticing.
A good example is a cabbage and apple slaw, and it is colorful, crunchy, mouthwatering, and delicious. It is a perfect side dish you can use to accompany your crab cakes. The slaw is made with ingredients like carrots, cabbage, apple, onions, celery, parsley, pumpkin, and sesame seeds.
You can use Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, tahini, and pepper to dress this salad. You can get the recipe for this salad by checking out this blog.
You might want to eat your crab cakes with soup during summer, and you are slow because you do not want a hot soup because of the weather. Well, you can always use gazpacho in place of other types of traditional soup.
Gazpacho is a cold soup made of blended raw vegetables. This soup is cool and refreshing, and it is the perfect side dish for your crab cakes during hot summer days. This soup is smooth and sweet and has a tart flavor.
While some prefer to slice their veggies into tiny pieces, others prefer to blend their veggies; whatever option you chose will depend on your preference. This soup contains vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber, onions, mint leaves, cilantro, celery stalk, bell pepper, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and garlic.
There are many recipes that you could choose from when it comes to making gazpacho. You can check out this recipe which might be helpful to you.
8. Chickpea Salad
Chickpea salad is another crunchy, refreshing option that you can pair with your crab cakes. You can pair the chickpeas with cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, parsley, onions with a lemon herb dressing.
This salad is refreshing, crunchy, healthy, and very nutritious. This is one of the light options that you could rely on. Another advantage is that it does not take a lot of processes and time for preparation. All you need to do is slice your vegetables and mix them, and your salad is ready for consumption.
Another good thing with this salad is that you can make it ahead of time; you can store it in your refrigerator and take it out whenever you want to use it. It can last up to five days when you store it in the refrigerator.
Check out this blog for a recipe for this refreshing summer salad.
9. Grilled Avocados
If you are a lover of avocado, this is an excellent way to incorporate it into your crab meal. It is refreshing, and you et the extra smoky flavor on the avocado. Grilled avocado is easy and straightforward to prepare, and it does not take a lot of time.
You might be skeptical about this recipe until you try it out. You can add a few onions, tomatoes, and fresh herbs to enliven the taste of your grilled avocados. Also, you might need to drizzle the avocado with oil and other seasonings before placing it on the grill.
You need to cut your avocados into two equal parts, season them, and place them facing downwards on the grill. It does not take a lot of time which means that you have to keep watch, so they do not get burnt.
Click here to get a simple, delicious recipe for this refreshing side dish.
If you plan one of those simple, classy parties where you want to keep things light and simple, you can consider serving your crab cakes with a cocktail. The type of cocktail you decide to serve will decide on your taste and choice.
Some of the cocktails options you could pick from are Margherita, Bloody Mary, rum, mojito. These are some of the cocktails that pair well with seafood, and they will be perfect for your crab cakes.
11. Bread Rolls
Bread rolls are a few of those food items that will always go well as a side dish for any meal. If you love bread, you could always pick some delicious bread rolls to accompany your crab cakes, especially if you are looking for a good option for supper.
You could always make your fresh bread rolls at home, or you could get some from the supermarket. The exciting thing is that you might decide to slice your crab cakes and slide them in between your bread rolls to mimic a burger.
You can serve these bread rolls with some dipping sauce made from tomatoes or a white dipping sauce. Although you can get some bread rolls from the supermarket, making yours at home is always a good option. Here is a recipe to help you make your bread rolls at home.
12. Mango Salsa
If you love fruits, I am sure you are drooling after seeing this option on the list. I know some might also be surprised to find mango on this list, but trust me, this is a delicious and refreshing option.
Mango salsa is a good option, especially during summer days. This recipe requires you to slice the mangoes into tiny pieces mixed with other ingredients. Some other ingredients necessary for this dish are peaches, black beans, tomatoes, corn, and pineapples.
You can prepare this dish ahead of time, but it would be advisable to eat it immediately after preparing it not to become too watery and mushy. You can spice up your mango salsa by adding jalapeno peppers, salt, lime juice, cilantro, and red bell pepper.
Here is a recipe that you can check out for more guidance.
13. Corn Chowder
Corn chowder is a thick and creamy way of eating your corn. If you are looking for a heavy side dish to accompany your crab cakes, you can use corn chowder. This meal is creamy, hearty, delicious, and filling.
This soup is a good choice for a chilly day, and it is easy to make. Some of the ingredients for this dish include creamy potatoes, sweet corn, garlic, onions, and smoky bacon. You can add other veggies to make it rich, and it satisfies your hunger.
The fantastic thing is that you can make it ahead of time and warm it up when it is time to serve it with your crab cake. You can check out this recipe for this creamy, delicious corn chowder.
There are those days when you want to eat your crab cakes with a simple sauce that you can dip from. Remoulade is a delicious cold sauce made from mayonnaise. This sauce usually has a yellow outlook because of the curry that is added to it.
This sauce is creamy, and you can add other ingredients to it if you want to flavor and spice it up. You can add papaya, anchovies, horseradish, and capers. This is the perfect sauce for seafood, such as crabs.
If you plan a romantic dinner at home or go to a restaurant, wine is one option to pair with crab cakes. It is classy, light, and fits the romantic atmosphere you might be trying to create with your partner.
Also, if you are looking for something very light and are not a fan of vegetables, pairing your crab cakes with a glass of wine might be the best option for you. The best type of wine is one with light flavors, which will balance well with the crabs.
Preferably it is best to go with wines like Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Champagne. White wines are the best options for crabs compared to red wines.
16. Grilled asparagus
Asparagus is delicious and an exciting vegetable to use as a side dish. They are light, green, crunchy, and healthy. Before grilling your asparagus, you can season them with some herbs and spices to improve the taste and flavors.
This is the perfect side dish for a light supper and if you are trying to eat more healthy meals. You can even add feta cheese to your asparagus to make it more exciting to the palates. You can find an exciting recipe for grilled asparagus on this blog.
17. Watermelon and Feta Salad
I get really excited whenever I hear or see watermelon, and this is because this fruit is so delicious, sweet, and amazing that you would want to eat it all the time. Watermelon and feta salad is a combination of sweet and salty flavors.
Feta cheese is a Greek cheese, and it is creamy and salty, and it sits well with the sweet, refreshing taste that watermelon offers. This is a perfect side dish for your crab cakes during summertime.
You can add other ingredients like spinach, berries, herbs, fresh mint with olive oil, and lime juice dressing. The mere sight of this salad can excite you and awaken your appetite. Here is a recipe for this deliciously refreshing salad.
18. Avocado Soup
If you love avocado, this could be another way of incorporating it into your meal. If you were not impressed with the grilled avocado, I guess this might be the option for you. This soup is refreshing and straightforward and seems like a good sauce for you to dip and drink with your crab cakes.
You can decide to serve this soup cold or hot depending on the weather and what your body needs. We all know that spices can awaken and make a dish more exciting; it is good to season your avocado soup with any spices that you see fit.
You could add garlic, cinnamon, ginger, pepper to spice things up. You could also decide to sprinkle some neatly sliced fresh herbs on your soup to give it extra flavor. Here is a simple recipe for you to take some hints on how to prepare this soup.
19. Roasted Red Pepper Soup
If you are more of a person that loves spicy food, you might decide to pair your crab cakes with something spicy, something that delights your taste buds. This soup has a bold flavor, and it is very tasty.
The main ingredient is red pepper, and you need to roast them in the oven as the first step. After roasting them, put them in the food processor to make a paste, after which you can add other spices and herbs to improve the taste of this soup.
This soup is also creamy thanks to the sour cream, which is part of the ingredients used. As I said earlier, this soup is for those who like spicy things, and you can get the recipe for this soup on this blog.
20. Potato Salad with Dijon and Scallions
If you are feeding a large group of friends or family, you need a side dish that will cater to the needs of everyone. Potato is always one of those items that you can rely on to give you satisfaction.
The good thing with potatoes is that you can prepare them in different ways to serve as a side dish. This potato salad with Dijon mustard and vinegar dressing is a refreshing and delicious combination for your crab cakes.
Red potatoes are perfect for this recipe, and you have to cook the potatoes with the skin on. This recipe also requires other ingredients like bell peppers, scallions, garlic, pepper, salt, and chopped parsley.
It is a delicious and flavorful dish that will give you the satisfaction that you need. Here is a recipe that you could check out for more guidance on how to go about it.
21. Zucchini Rice Gratin
This list will certainly not be complete if we left out any rice dish at all. Rice is one food item that goes with crabs any time any day, and I am sure it is one of those options that you quickly run to when you are preparing your crab cakes.
This recipe requires you to cook the rice with zucchini, grated parmesan cheese, butter, and milk. It is a creamy and flavorful way of enjoying your rice dish together with your crab cakes. Here is a recipe to guide you through preparing this delicious creamy dish.
22. Carrot Soup With Carrot Top Pesto
If you are more of a soup person, you could consider pairing your crab cakes with this delicious healthy soup made from carrots. This creamy soup is made from carrots, vegetables, and cream.
Many people do not like carrots, and this could be an excellent way to serve carrots to your kids and friends at home. Also, if you are looking for a vegan soup option, this could be a good choice for you to pick from.
Other ingredients for this soup include butter, freshly ground black pepper, bay leaf, and olive oil. You can serve this soup either cold or hot depending on your preference; also, you can save the leftover soup in the refrigerator for next time.
Here is a recipe that you can refer to if you are interested in making this creamy, delicious soup.
23. Baked Zucchini Fries
This is another vegan option prepared excitingly. Zucchini is a healthy veggie that we should all add to our diet, and making zucchini fries is the best way to serve it to your children who might not be interested in eating their veggies.
The zucchini plant is sliced into slim slices that resemble French fries; they are coated with bread crumbs and deep-fried to get that exciting crunchy feel. You can decide to season the zucchini fries with other spices to improve the flavor and make it more interesting.
You can also coat your zucchini fries with parmesan cheese and garlic to give them extra flavor. I promise you that if you serve your zucchini this way, your children will not be able to resist these delicious fries. These fries are also very healthy, which is an exciting way to add them to your meal plan.
Here is a recipe for you to get more information and guidance on preparing these delicious crunchy fries.
24. Toasted Couscous and Tomato Salad
Couscous is small ball-like crushed durum wheat, and most people refer to it as a type of pasta. It is one of the fastest and easiest past to prepare, and because of its versatile nature, you can prepare it in several ways.
It is commonly prepared with stew and sauce dishes, and you will usually find it toasted before it is cooked. It is important to toast the couscous before cooking it to bring out the slightly nutty flavor of the couscous. It is a light meal, and you can serve it together with your crab cakes at lunch or supper time.
To get a mixture of unique flavors, you will have to cook the couscous and asparagus in a chicken broth, as this recipe prescribes. When you have finished cooking it, you can mix it with the tomatoes, and other spices stated in the recipe.
This dish does not require a lot of time, and it is easy to prepare. It is an excellent way of preparing your pasta and vegetables together. This dish goes well with your crab cakes by the side or on top of the dish. Here is a recipe to help you prepare this fantastic meal.
What To Serve With Crab Cakes
- Herbed Potatoes
- Green Salad
- Corn Salad
- Grilled Vegetables
- Roasted Veggies
- Colorful Slaw
- Chickpea Salad
- Grilled Avocados
- Bread Rolls
- Mango Salsa
- Corn Chowder
- Grilled asparagus
- Watermelon and Feta Salad
- Avocado Soup
- Roasted Red Pepper Soup
- Potato Salad with Dijon and Scallions
- Zucchini Rice Gratin
- Carrot Soup With Carrot Top Pesto
- Baked Zucchini Fries
- Toasted Couscous and Tomato Salad
Many side dishes can make you enjoy your crab cake meal, and you do not have to settle for less. You might begin with one option on this list and try some other option next time. I hope that this helps you to have an enjoyable and lovely meal.