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    What to Serve with Crab Cakes (25 BEST Sides)

    If you’re wondering what to serve with crab cakes, you’ve come to the right place!

    This collection of easy Sides for Crab Cakes includes a big variety of side dishes, from classics like coleslaw and salads to some new ideas you may not have thought of.

    Plus, we’ve included some great dipping sauces that go way beyond your basic tartar.

    So whether you like your crab cakes Maryland or Louisiana style, you’ll find the perfect side dish on this list.

    Go through all of these sides for crab cakes, they’re all sure hits!

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    What to Serve with Crab Cakes:

    1. Roasted Asparagus

    These easy Roasted Asparagus are an essential veggie side dish you need in your repertoire. They’re the perfect accompaniment to crab cakes, and they’re so easy!

    While asparagus are great any way, be it steamed, blanched or sautéed, something special happens when you roast them. So good!

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    2. Cheese Grits

    Cheese Grits… the ultimate Southern side dish! This creamy and comforting corn-based delight is a staple in the south.

    This one deserves a spot in every cook’s collection. It’s one of our favorite sides for crab cakes!

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    3. Louisiana Style Remoulade

    Louisiana style remoulade… If you need a new condiment, here it is!

    Go beyond your basic tartar sauce, this Cajun classic is the BEST sauce for dipping your crab cakes.

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    4. Coleslaw

    Coleslaw is one of the top picks to serve with just about any fried food, and crab cakes are no exception.

    Bring this to your next get together and guests will be asking for the secret to your slaw!

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    5. New England Clam Chowder

    New England Clam Chowder is a classic seafood restaurant side dish. Once you make your own homemade clam chowder, you’ll never bother ordering it in restaurants, because yours is better!

    We love a cup of it with our crab cakes.

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    6. Dirty Rice

    Dirty Rice is a famous side dish in Creole and Cajun cuisines. White rice gets a “dirty” color from bits of meat and a generous dose of seasonings.

    It’s a super delicious recipe that’s packed with flavor. Try it and see!

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    7. Mango Salsa

    When you get your hands on some juicy, ripe and sweet mangoes, don’t forget to make this easy homemade mango salsa in minutes.

    All you need to do is some chopping and mixing. The sweetness goes beautifully with crab cakes.

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    8. Squash Casserole

    Mildly flavored sweet squash folded into a creamy, cheesy sauce and topped with buttery cracker topping.

    People will be going for seconds and thirds!

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    9. Caesar Salad

    If you want to master your salad game, this easy Caesar Salad recipe is a MUST!

    Perhaps the most famous and popular salad on the planet, Caesar is so simple, yet so tasty. All you need is lettuce, crotons, parm cheese, and an awesome dressing. So good!

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    10. Green Beans Almondine

    Green Beans Almondine is a beautiful side dish where vibrant French style green bean are tossed with brown butter, almonds, shallots, garlic and a squeeze of lemon.

    Once you try it, you’ll be coming back again and again.

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    11. Macaroni Salad

    Macaroni Salad is another one of the staple sides for fried foods. This version is extra creamy and extra tangy.

    Make a big batch, and enjoy the leftovers for days!

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    12. Succotash

    Succotash is a classic side dish with corn kernels and lima beans, but regional variations include other vegetables and meats such as bacon.

    It’s a great blend of sweet and salty, and it compliments crab cakes wonderfully.

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    13. Creamed Spinach

    This Creamed Spinach is going to be the new star of your side dish spread. It’s creamy, cheesy, and oh so comforting.

    With just a few simple ingredients you can easily whip up this recipe, which is so much better than store bought.

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    14. Garlic Aioli

    This Garlic Aioli is going to be your new favorite condiment. You’re going to slather it on sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and especially hot dogs.

    We especially love it as a dipping sauce for crab cakes and other fried seafood.

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    15. Rainbow Pasta Salad

    You can’t get easier than this Rainbow Pasta Salad. It’s loaded with colorful veggies and has a bright homemade dressing.

    Make a big batch, you’ll love the leftovers!

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    16. Easy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    These healthy and tasty alternatives to your basic French fries are sweeping restaurants across the country.

    Now you can make them in your own home with this easy recipe!

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    17. Peach Salsa

    This fresh peach salsa is one of the delights of summer. It’s a perfect sweet side dish.

    If you want a good balance to go with those savory and salty fried crab cakes, here it is!

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    18. Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread

    Cornbread is one of our all around favorite side dishes, and it goes great with crab cakes.

    This is cornbread taken to the next level, and then some. Bacon, cheddar and jalapenõs… best cornbread recipe ever!

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    19. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

    We just love this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. It’s a great alternative to the usual old pasta or potato salads.

    Give this one a try tonight, and see how easy these flavors come together.

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    20. Creamed Corn

    Skip the canned stuffed, and make your own homemade creamed corn. Made with fresh corn, it’s so creamy and full of flavor.

    This side dish is addictively good.

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    21. Arroz con Gandules

    This Arroz con Gandules recipe may be my new favorite rice dish!

    Tender rice with pigeon peas, generously flavored with salted pork, sofrito, olives, tomato sauce and some great Latin seasonings.

    You’ll be amazed by how well it goes with crab cakes!

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    22. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto

    Spring and summer demand colorful, light, refreshing salads. So here it is our Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad, but with major flavor bender… delicious basil pesto dressing.

    It will be one of your new favorite salads to serve with crab cakes.

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    23. Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes kind of go with everything, don’t they? Crab cakes are no exception!

    This easy recipe is an essential side dish that everyone needs to master. Give them a try!

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    24. Sriracha Mayo

    Another great dipping sauce is this easy Sriracha Mayo recipe!

    Just four simple ingredients is all you need to make this tasty sauce, which is a great dipping sauce for crab cakes, and for an assortment of other things as well.

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    25. Mexican Street Corn Salad

    Our Mexican Street Corn Salad is a great way to wrap up this list of crab cake side dishes.

    It’s sweet and savory, creamy and cheesy, and even a little bit spicy. Once you try it, you’ll be making it again and again!

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    So there you go, twenty five great sides for crab cakes. Which ones caught your eye?

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    What to Serve with Crab Cakes (25 BEST Sides)

    This collection of Sides for Crab Cakes includes a huge variety of dishes that all go perfectly with crab cakes. We love these simple roasted asparagus:


    • 1 pound asparagus
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • salt, to taste
    • pepper, to taste
    • red chili flakes, for garnish
    • freshly grated parmesan cheese, for garnish


    1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
    2. Cut or break off the fibrous bottoms of the stalks, about 1.5-2 inches. Lay them out on a lightly oiled baking sheet and drizzle on olive oil, along with salt and pepper.
    3. Bake the asparagus until they can be easily pierced with a fork. This can range from 8-10 minutes for thinner stalks to 15-20 minutes for thick stalks.
    4. Garnish with red chili flakes and parmesan cheese.

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