Sides for Crab Cakes – For Your Next Summer Party!

Crab cakes are not a complete meal. Therefore, if you plan to serve crab cakes for a party or a family meal, they must be accompanied with delicious sauces, salads, soups and pasta dishes. Here are some fabulous sides dishes that you can serve with crab cakes.

Originated in the Southern part of the USA, crab cake is now a popular and delicious main dish not only in the USA, but also in many other countries. Crab cakes are prepared by mixing fresh crab meat with breadcrumbs, eggs, mayonnaise and other seasonings and frying until they become golden brown and crispy. While crab cakes top the list of party menus as a great appetizer to start your meals with, they are also ideal for usual lunch and dinner with your family. If you have access to fresh lump crab meat, you can make delicious crab cakes at home very easily.

Fresh Green Salads to Serve with Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes and a fresh green salad is a combination that everyone loves to have in a hot summer evening. Salads are also easy to prepare. Since crab cakes are buttery and deep-fried, you need a healthy dish to accompany it. Here is a list of some green salads to serve with crab cakes.

1.         Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salsa

This salsa prepared with fresh vegetables and fruits is also great with tortilla chips. You just have to mix sliced mangoes, avocados, tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, red onions with a blend of garlic, lemon juice, salt and olive oil. You can prepare this ahead of time and, refrigerate and take out when it’s time to eat.

2.         Grilled Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing

This juicy tomato salad would be the go-to dish of any tomato lover. First, marinate the cherry tomatoes, green tomatoes and mozzarella cheese with minced garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Then, prepare the salad dressing mixing basil, balsamic vinegar, mayonnaise, sour cream, olive oil, salt and pepper. Finally, grill tomatoes and toss the tomatoes, marinated mozzarella with the creamy salad dressing. This salad is also great with toasted French bread.

3.         Quinoa, Corn and Mint Salad

This is a very simple salad made with a less number of ingredients. Cooked quinoa is combined with fresh corn, chopped green onions, fresh mint leaves, lemon juice and zest and extra-virgin olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper to prepare this tasty side salad.

4.         Coleslaw

The traditional coleslaw goes perfectly with crab cakes. Finely sliced cabbage, red and yellow bell peppers, carrots and jalapenos are tossed with a scrumptious blend of vinegar, oil, lime juice, sugar, mustard, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and kept in the refrigerator for several hours before sending to the table.

Corn Side Dishes that Go with Crab Cakes

Corn is ideal to serve with crab cakes especially when you host an outdoor party. Here are some side dishes made with corn that go well with crab cakes.

1.         Corn Chowder with English Peas

Corn kernels, shallot, peas and sugar sautéed in butter are added to the heated cream and cooked potatoes to make this chowder dish. Finally, some bacon and basil leaves are added and the dish is well-stirred. Salt and pepper are added to enhance the taste.

2.         Corn Sautéed with Bell Peppers

 This is a very easy dish to make. You just have to boil the corn, separate the corn from kernels and sauté them with some butter and chopped bell peppers, onions and garlic.

3.         Sweet Corn Salsa

Grilled sweet corn combined with tomatoes, green onion, chopped garlic and mixed with champagne vinegar, mayonnaise, salt and pepper is a heavenly side dish to pair with spicy crab cakes.

Crab Cakes with Vegetable Side Dishes

Vegetable side dishes are a must when you serve either meat or seafood. Here are some vegetarian side dishes you can prepare to serve along with crab cakes.

1.         Roasted Vegetables

This is an extremely healthy dish and would be ideal for your health-conscious family members and guests. The nutritional value of the vegetables is preserved because the preparation doesn’t involve adding creamy sauces and too much oil. To make this dish, vegetables like baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, asparagus and bell pepper are cut into slices, drizzled with a little olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper and Italian herbs and roasted in the oven.

2.         Veggie Kebabs

Sliced bell pepper, red onion, baby eggplant, garlic, zucchini, cherry tomatoes are threaded onto wooden skewers, brushed with a marinade of balsamic vinegar, salt, olive oil and pepper and grilled until the vegetables become tender. You can mix the vegetables as per your preference. This is a great side dish for an outdoor summer party

3.         Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes cut into small chunks are drizzled with some olive oil, seasoned with a generous amount of herbs, spices, garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric powder, dried parsley, salt and pepper and baked into perfection until they become golden brown on the outside and moist in the inside. The taste of this dish lies in the fragrant herbs you use to season the potatoes with.


Crab cakes are a delicious variety of fishcakes high in calcium. People all around the world serve crab cakes as a main dish in outdoor gatherings held during the summer and for day-to-day lunch and dinner. As crab cake is not a full meal, they often serve delicious side dishes that enhance the flavours in crab meat. Fresh green salads, dishes made with corn, grilled vegetables, soups, sauces, pasta dishes and bread are often accompanied with crab cakes as side dishes. This review which talks about the different varieties of side dishes will help you plan out your menu if you desire to serve crab cakes as the main dish for your next outdoor party or family dinner.

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