Don't Serve Crab Cakes Without One Of These Sides

Crab cakes are a delightful indulgence thanks to their creamy interior and crispy, crunchy outer layers after being fried. Cooking up the tender cakes has to be one of the easiest ways to enjoy crab meat. But when it comes to serving them as a meal, you need to consider what sides will enhance the delicate flavor of the crab meat. No one wants the star of the show to be overpowered. Luckily, there are some classic pairings, as well as some updated takes, that'll help you choose your sides. 

According to Kitchenistic, crab cakes should be served with remoulade sauce. While it certainly will make the crab cakes pop, you'll likely want other, more substantial side dishes. Coleslaw is another classic, but Allrecipes suggests adding new and fun flavors that are bright and sweet, like mandarin orange slices and green onions. Roasted vegetables are another great option that pairs well with almost any dish. Roasting high-sugar vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, and bell peppers will make them all the sweeter, which will perfectly complement the crab cakes.

Try pairing these sides with crab cakes, too

Herb-roasted potatoes are another absolute hit. If you follow the recipe from J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's The Food Lab, he tells you to boil the pieces of potato until they are fork-tender. Then he tosses them in oil and herbs and bakes them off until they have the perfect golden brown color. With a creamy middle and crisp exterior, just like the crab cakes, they're a mouthwatering side that's sure to be a crowd favorite. 

Lighter sides include a simple green salad with a mild vinaigrette or even some soup options. Kitchenistic suggests tomato gazpacho. While this sounds delicious and like a great option, make sure the tomatoes are on the sweet side so that the dish isn't too acidic. Allrecipes alternatively suggests corn chowder made with freshly roasted corn, which sweetens the flavor. Roasted red bell peppers add complexity and a depth of flavor as well.

So, consider which flavors you enjoy most and serve them up with your crab cakes. You really can't go wrong with your favorite salad or roasted vegetables. They're perfect accompaniments.