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What to Serve with Crab Boil? 12 BEST Side Dishes

Crab boil nights are our favorite. Picture this: mounds of crabs, pots of boiling water, and that intoxicating seafood aroma.

Sounds like a party, right? We know the struggle of finding the perfect sides to go with all that delicious crab. Sure, the crab is the star, but the sides make the meal.

Let’s talk cornbread, coleslaw, and maybe something a little different. There’s nothing better than a crispy cornbread to soak up all that juicy goodness.

Don’t forget the tangy coleslaw to add a fresh crunch. What else do we love? A good avocado salad can never go wrong.

Top 12 Side Dishes for Crab Boil

Here are our top 12 picks for side dishes to serve with your crab boil:

Side DishMain IngredientsFlavor ProfileDifficultyTime
CornbreadCornmeal, flour, honeySweet, savoryEasy30 min
ColeslawCabbage, carrots, mayoTangy, creamyEasy15 min
Garlic Butter ShrimpShrimp, garlic, butterGarlicky, butteryEasy20 min
Tomato Avocado SaladTomatoes, avocado, limeFresh, tangyEasy15 min
Jalapeño Cheddar BiscuitsFlour, cheddar, jalapeñosSpicy, cheesyMedium25 min
Cajun FriesPotatoes, Cajun seasoningSpicy, savoryEasy40 min
Watermelon Feta SaladWatermelon, feta, mintSweet, saltyEasy10 min
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Green BeansGreen beans, garlic, ParmesanSavory, garlickyEasy25 min
Lemon Herb RiceRice, lemon, herbsZesty, herbyEasy20 min
Grilled PineapplePineapple, honey, limeSweet, tangyEasy15 min
Black Bean and Corn SalsaBlack beans, corn, cilantroFresh, tangyEasy15 min
Garlic BreadBaguette, garlic, butterSavory, garlickyEasy15 min

1 – Cornbread

Cornbread is our favorite sidekick for a crab boil! Its crispy edges and tender insides are divine. We love adding a touch of honey for sweetness. For a savory twist, toss in some jalapeños and cheddar.

Dishing out cornbread that’s moist and bursting with flavors? Just mix cornmeal, flour, eggs, milk, and butter. It’s the best!

2 – Coleslaw

Coleslaw is our crunchy, tangy favorite. It’s super easy to whip up. We mix shredded cabbage and carrots with a zingy dressing of mayo, vinegar, and a pinch of sugar.

We sometimes swap mayo for Greek yogurt if we feel fancy. Coleslaw adds that fresh crunch to every crab boil feast. We’ve tried adding raisins once, and it was weird but awesome.

3 – Garlic Butter Shrimp

Love shrimp? Garlic butter shrimp is a true gem. We sauté fresh shrimp with garlic, butter, lemon juice, and parsley.

The combo is rich, garlicky, and zesty. Perfectly pairs with crab boil for extra seafood goodness. Here’s a tip: use fresh, minced garlic. Tastes a million times better than the jar stuff we tried once.

4 – Tomato Avocado Salad

Tomato Avocado Salad is a flavor bomb. Fresh tomatoes and creamy avocados create the perfect balance. Add chopped red onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. The freshness of tomatoes with the richness of avocados is divine.

We love tossing in some feta cheese for extra tang. This salad is always a hit at our crab boils.

5 – Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits

Who doesn’t love biscuits? Our Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits are a flavorful twist. We mix flour, butter, milk, jalapeños, and cheddar. These biscuits hit the spot with their spicy kick and cheesy goodness.

The cheddar melts into tiny pockets of happiness, while the jalapeños add just enough heat. We sometimes mix in a bit of garlic powder for a savory punch.

6 – Cajun Fries

Cajun fries are straight-up addictive. We love their crispy texture and spicy kick. These fries are seasoned with paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. They’re the perfect blend of crunchy and zesty. We make ours super crispy by double frying them. The spicy flavor is exactly what a crab boil needs.

Our secret tip? Soak the potato slices in water before frying. This helps them get extra crispy.

7 – Watermelon Feta Salad

This salad is a summer dream. Juicy watermelon cubes, tangy feta, and fresh mint leaves come together perfectly.

We sprinkle a bit of lime juice and olive oil for zestiness. It’s crunchy, sweet, and savory all at once. We’ve even tossed in some red onion for an extra kick, and it’s amazing.

Try adding some cucumber slices for an extra refreshing crunch. This salad is always a hit at our gatherings, providing a cool contrast to the crab boil’s heat.

8 – Roasted Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

We’re huge fans of roasted garlic parmesan green beans. They bring a crispy bite with a cheesy touch. Fresh green beans are coated in olive oil and garlic, then roasted until tender.

Parmesan gives a savory edge that’s unbeatable. This side dish is a simple yet delicious addition to any meal. We’ve found sprinkling a bit of lemon zest adds a fresh zing.

For the best flavor, use freshly grated parmesan.

9 – Lemon Herb Rice

Lemon Herb Rice is fresh, tangy, and light. We cook fluffy rice, add lemon zest, herbs like parsley, and a hint of garlic.

Bold citrus flavor complements the crab’s sweetness. Herbs add an aromatic touch. We’ve tried adding a bit of butter for richness.

Perfect balance of flavors. Asian or Mediterranean, it works with everything.

10 – Grilled Pineapple

We grill pineapple slices until they caramelize perfectly. The sweetness gets even more intense. Besides, that lovely smokiness from the grill? Divine!

Super easy: just need pineapple slices, a little oil, and a touch of cinnamon. We sometimes sprinkle some brown sugar for extra sweetness.

It’s juicy, with a crispy edge. Pairs amazingly with crab!

11 – Black Bean and Corn Salsa

We’re all about Black Bean and Corn Salsa. It’s fresh, colorful, and just the right amount of zest.

Mix black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro. Squeeze some lime juice for that tangy kick.

We like adding a touch of cumin for warmth and depth. This salsa pairs great with tortilla chips or straight on the crab.

Super easy, tastes amazing.

12 – Garlic Bread

Garlic bread’s always a crowd-pleaser. Fresh baguette, slathered with butter, minced garlic, and parsley. Crunchy outside, soft inside. Toast till golden.

We add a sprinkle of Parmesan for a cheesy kick. The aroma is irresistible. Great dipping in crab juices. Once, we swapped parsley for basil. It was sensational. Quick, easy, unbeatable.