What Goes With Crab Cakes?

If you love seafood and are looking for something different, why not try crab cakes? A typically American dish, crab cakes can be made into patties with crab meat, mayonnaise, seasoning, bread crumbs and eggs. You may add in veggies or not.

You can have them for any meal–breakfast, lunch or dinner or serve them at a party, event or a company meeting. They are absolutely delicious and can be teamed up with a variety of side dishes, sauces and salads. Let’s see what goes with crab cakes best:

What goes with crab cakes?

There are a number of dishes on the side that go with crab cakes. Here are the most popular among them:

Crab cakes for breakfast:

If you prefer to start your day with crab cakes, you do have some exciting options as accompaniments. For instance, you could team up your crab cakes with Eggs Benedict, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, or with an over easy egg and cornmeal pancake. No matter which of these you choose, your breakfast is going to give you a head start to a hectic day.

Crab cakes for lunch:

If you like digging into crab cakes over lunch, why not choose interesting dishes on the side? If you’re thinking about what goes with crab cakes, choose from any of the alternatives given below and have a great lunch.

  1. Coleslaw: Americans prefer to eat coleslaw with crab cakes for its refreshing and mild taste and is a perfect foil to the spicy taste of crab cakes.
  2. Fresh vegetables: Make a fresh salad that can bring down the spicy flavour of crab cakes. Try spinach, broccoli or beans or any veggies of your choice.
  3. Asparagus and tomatoes: Yet another healthy option, asparagus and tomatoes provide you with health benefits and make your dish very colourful and appealing.
  4. Bread rolls: If you have no time before your guests can arrive, just serve bread rolls on the side. They will go complement your crab cakes. You can also make garlic bread or biscuits, if you wish.
  5. Jalapeno pepper: To add a little freshness to your dish, add jalapeno pepper on the side. Don’t go in for the fiery red ones, instead choose the green and striped that aren’t as hot.
  6. French fries: You can add French fries to your crab cake and make it a burger meal. You do this by putting the cake in a bun, as if the cake were a patty. Now, add some sauce to it and voila! you have a crab cake burger.
  7. Horseradish cream: Serve horseradish cream with crab cakes for a good crunch and punch. Make punch with sour cream, horseradish and mayonnaise.
  8. Potato salad: If you have crisp crab cakes, potato salad would be great for an accompaniment. Make the salad creamy so that it blends well with the crab cake.
  9. Over corn soup: You can either make a sweet and creamy pureed corn soup or you can top the soup with crisp crab cakes.
  10. Veggies: If you don’t know what goes with crab cakes, don’t worry. You can never go wrong with vegetables, so choose colourful veggies like summer squash and zucchini. Cut them into strips and and saute them with garlic and onions. Alternatively, you can team them up with Alfredo noodles.

Crab cakes for dinner:

Perhaps, you want to have a quiet dinner with family or are having some friends over. Choose from any of these accompaniments to go best with your crab cakes:

  1. Twice-baked potato and grilled asparagus: This is a great combination, but in the absence of asparagus, why not add some goat cheese, arugula, roasted grape tomatoes and red onions?
  2. Grilled corn, mango and pineapple: Add a green salad with a light dressing or a salsa along with grilled corn, mango and pineapple and some spicy remoulade on the side.
  3. Couscous: Don’t just add couscous as an accompaniment, but a good seasoning and olive oil too.
  4. Rice: Choose whether you want white or brown rice and complement your crab cakes with it. Or, have a rice jambalaya on the side and have cheesy scalloped potatoes too.
  5. Stuffed mushrooms, penne and vodka sauce: To these ingredients, add baked mac and cheese and garlic spaghetti and enjoy the result.

Crab cakes for dessert:

Serve crab cakes for dessert along with a berry pie, creme brule, custard or tapioca pudding, mixed fruit or a light cake.

Sauces that go well with crab cakes

You aren’t restricted to the above accompaniments when you serve crab cakes, but there are a few sauces too that complement crab cakes well. Here they are:

  1. Tartar sauce and cocktail sauce: These are everyone’s choice of sauces to go with crab cakes. Here are some others too.
  2. Lemon-herb sauce: Don’t just mix lemon and herbs to make a delicious crab cake sauce. Go the whole hog by adding fresh parsley, chives, thyme, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise.
  3. Chipotle mayo: Looking for something hot and spicy? Then, this is the right one for you. Use smoked and dried jalapeños and add to it a sweet and interesting puree of garlic, tomato and vinegar, apart from a few other spices.
  4. Mango puree: Here’s a sauce that comes to you from Asian cuisine. Sweet and spicy, it is made with ripe mangoes, pureed with oil and chilli sauce and seasoned with salt and pepper.
  5. Smoky Onion Remoulade: Made with smoked and charred onions, the sauce has smoked salt too. The perfect accompaniment to crab cakes.
  6. Russian Dressing: This dressing is placed on a slice of toast, with sliced tomato and cold crab.
  7. Roasted Pepper Coulis: If you don’t want any creamy accompaniment to crab cakes, how about a tangy and roasted red pepper sauce? It’s great-tasting and certainly different. 


Don’t ever think you’d be stuck for accompaniments when serving crab cakes. You can find any number of interesting options to eat it with, or just use your imagination. You’re sure to come up with something great.

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