What would you serve with crab cakes?

  • Posted by: Estelle
  • April 15, 2014


Aliwaks April 22, 2014
I think shaved vegetable salad would be lovely (fennel,zucchini, radish, asparagus, a red carrot if you could find it) with lots of lemon & mint & black pepper (edible flowers??) would really off set the richness of crab & compliment the flavor as well.
or Shaved Fennel & Pink Grapefruit salad, or just a Herb, Pansy & Radish Salad or Pink Grapefruit & Avocado- Rich but delicious.

I've seen then served with Mashed Potatoes and a Buerre Blanc,if you are looking for a warm dinner kind of side, I'd puinch that up with a herb & radish salad.
ChefJune April 22, 2014
I tend toward a slaw, but any vegetable dish or salad with a lot of acid is a good counterpoint to the rich crab cakes.
Alexis April 22, 2014
davidwh April 19, 2014
Corn! In any form.
je M. April 18, 2014
One of my crabcake sides that I've been served is a corn and edamame sauté. I guess you could think of it as a really refined succotash, also a great pairing I think. It was served in a lobster emulsion and uni butter which may be a bit more difficult for the home chef to pull off.
Bevi April 16, 2014
This: http://lapadia.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/apple-jalapeno-slaw/
Pegeen April 16, 2014
p.s. It offers a nice crunch in contrast with the softness of the crab.

I also like asparagus (tender-crisp) or something crunchy like pea pods, with any kind of light, lemony vinaigrette with crab cakes. You can skip the tartar sauce if you're lightly saucing the veg with a lemon vinaigrette.

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Pegeen April 16, 2014
Celeriac remoulade, or celeriac and fennel remoulade.
There is also just plain old remoulade sauce:
nashama April 16, 2014
I usually serve a combination of the above answers: a simple green salad with bright flavors: arugula, grapefruit, walnuts with a light vinaigrette.
Nico S. April 15, 2014
I'm a big fan of having a chunky, citrus-y gazpacho with crab cakes. The clean acidic flavors from the vegetables compliment the sweet richness of the crab meat really well. Incidentally, my favorite local place to order a crab cake serves a mean Bloody Mary, which I would recommend as a "side dish" to crab cakes if you're a sassy sort of hostess.
Maedl April 15, 2014
Cole slaw is typical, but you could serve it with just about any vegetable. I had a crab cake for dinner on Sunday night along with asparagus and tomatoes.
Greenstuff April 15, 2014
Depends on what you want. Just a green salad and crabcakes can be a perfect meal.
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