What to Serve with Crab Cakes
A High-End Meal That’s Easy To Make
Crab cakes sound and taste like something you’d find in a high-end restaurant, but they’re actually one of the easiest foods to make, and you can make them cheaply. All a crab cake is, is a deep fried mixture of crab meat, egg, mayonnaise, green onion, Panko crumbs, and whatever seasonings you like to use.
However, you might be wondering what to serve with crab cakes. After all, they present a complex and exotic flavor profile, and you might not know how to match those flavors with sides that compliment them perfectly.
To help you out a little bit, we’ve picked our top 5 sides for crab cakes. They’re all pretty simple to make, and they’ll make the flavor of your crab cakes pop excitingly.
If you want a dish that pairs beautifully with crab cakes and is simple to make, then you have to try pairing them with a classic coleslaw recipe. It’s a cool, fresh, and creamy addition to your crab cakes, and it has just enough zesty flavor to spice up your crab meat. This is perfect for a light crab cake meal, and it shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to make it.
- Green and red cabbage
- Apple cider vinegar
- Celery seeds
- Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper
To start it off, you’ll want to cut your veggies into thin strips. If you cut them thicker, you’ll have a crunchier coleslaw, and thinner cuts will make it feel more smooth and creamy in your mouth.
Once you’ve done that, all you have to do is mix the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl, and then pour the mixture over the veggies while you stir them gently. You can store your fresh coleslaw in the refrigerator until you’re ready to chow down on it.
If you want a more filling side dish, you can have a hearty crab cake dinner by adding roasted potatoes to the mix. They’re easy to make, and their heavy starch content and savory herbs will pair extremely well with your crab cakes.
- Potatoes. We recommend picking your favorite.
- Olive oil
- Substitute our seasonings for whatever flavors you prefer, but don’t pick anything too strong, or you’ll overpower your crab cakes
As with any vegetable, you want to wash your potatoes before you cook them. Blot them dry with a paper towel, or they won’t get crispy in the oven. Then, cut your potatoes. If you’re using a larger variety, we recommend cutting them into quarters. miniature potatoes can be kept whole. After that, you just have to lightly coat them in olive oil, sprinkle your seasonings on, and bake them until they’re cooked entirely through.
A good salad is the perfect side dish for crab cakes at lunch time. Crab cakes are fairly unhealthy, and you might want something light to go with them. We assume that the average person knows how to make a salad, but we have a delicious recipe that’ll goes with crab cakes better than anything else we’ve tried.
- Romaine lettuce
- Fresh spinach
- Cherry tomatoes
- Feta cheese
- Red Onion
- Favorite dressing
This is easy to throw together, and it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. Just roughly chop your leafy greens, slice the onion into rings, and mix it all together. If you don’t mind a higher fat content, you can substitute feta cheese with blue cheese crumbs. For your dressing, you can use any dressing that you prefer, but we recommend mixing olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper to make your own vinaigrette. It’s healthier, and it won’t overpower your crab cakes like ranch or Italian dressing.
If you want something that’s just as exotic and easy to make as your crab cakes, you’ll love mango salsa. It’s one of the few crab cake accompaniments that can turn a relatively basic meal into an explosion of different flavors, and you don’t even have to cook anything.
- Red bell pepper
- Red onion
- Red chili flakes
- Lime juice
This is extremely easy to make, and you shouldn’t have any problems figuring it out. Just chop your whole ingredients into small bits, and add your seasonings. Mix them all together until it’s an even mixture, and you’ll be ready to eat the most flavorful crab cake meal you’ll ever have.
Remoulade sauce might have been invented in France, but Louisiana perfected it as a seafood dip, and it’s our preferred crab cakes side. In fact, it should probably be on any crab cake menu. It’s not a side that counts as a separate dish, but it is an amazing dip, and it’ll add a whole new layer of flavor to your crab cakes.
- Minced garlic
- Lemon juice
- Grated horseradish
- Cajun seasoning and hot sauce
Start by chopping your dry ingredients into relatively small morsels. This is a dipping sauce. So, you don’t want anything to be too chunky, or it won’t stick to the crab cakes. After you’ve done that, mix your wet ingredients in a separate container.
Finally, combine all of your prepared ingredients, and add a few pinches of Cajun seasoning and a splash of hot sauce. If you’re ever wondering what to eat with crab cakes, this recipe is the first one you should turn to.
We hope that this simple list has given you a good idea of what goes with crab cakes, and we hope you take some time to try our favorite crab cake sides. Side dishes for crab cakes can be extremely varied, and if you get a little creative, you’ll never be left wondering what to serve with crab cakes ever again.