Wondering What to Serve with Crab Cakes? Here Are 30 Ideas
Lobster rolls are divine. Moules-frites is our favorite alfresco dinner of all time. We’ve never met a shrimp boil we didn’t like. But crab cakes hold a special place in our heart. They’re flaky, meaty, sweet, savory and taste like summer. So, they’re basically a guaranteed homerun when it comes to your dinner party menu…but they don’t pair as well with baked beans and mac and cheese as some other barbecue mains. Wondering what to serve with crab cakes? Here are 30 ideas.
2. Light and Tangy Coleslaw
Burgers, dogs, pulled pork—this crowd-pleaser goes well with pretty much every summer main imaginable, and crab cakes are no exception. Slather each cake with a layer of tartar sauce or an aioli of your choice, then place a generous mound of coleslaw right on top.
7. Rainbow Vegetable Skewers
Brace yourself; We’re about to blow your mind. If you stick to one veggie per skewer, the pieces will cook evenly and at the same rate, meaning they won’t burn or stay raw. You’re welcome.
8. Grilled Corn with Spicy Aioli
Grilled and drizzled with sriracha mayo > boiled and drenched in butter and salt. It’s just a fact. Make sure you have enough spare aioli for the crab cakes.
13. 15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta
It’s basically a given that any citrusy side will get along great with seafood. Since this dish cooks up in 12 minutes flat, we’re predicting a whirlwind romance between it and our crab cakes. Feel free to serve the pasta cold if you’re eating outdoors.
18. One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone
Eight ingredients, one skillet, tons of flavor. All you have to do is toss everything in a pot and boil. Top each bowl of spaghetti with a plump crab cake to make it more satiating.
27. Summer Rolls
Confession: When the weather’s warm and the night is young, we could definitely scarf down a dozen of these refreshing handhelds. Might we suggest dipping your crab cake in the sweet chili sauce, too?
30. Chopped Italian Salad Pizza
When you break it down, all a crab cake is really missing is something carby and something fresh. This pie has both, in the form of easy store-bought pizza crust, Bibb lettuce, microgreens and red onion.