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Wondering what to serve with crab cakes? Here are the best side dishes for crab cakes to make this delicious appetizer into a meal.

What to serve with crab cakes
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What’s better than a golden, crispy-on-the-outside, savory bite of crab cakes? These seafood patties are one of life’s great pleasures, and a tasty appetizer that graces the menus of many restaurants. You can serve them as an appetizer, but when we make them homemade, we like to make them into a light meal! What to serve with crab cakes? We’ve got a list of easy side dishes that are quick to whip up and complement the flavors perfectly. First up, though: let’s talk sauces!

What to serve with crab cakes: 5 sauces

When you serve crab cakes, a creamy, savory sauce is a must. What are the top crab cake sauces? The first two are the most common, and then we’ve got a few more unique ideas:

  1. Remoulade sauce: A tangy, mayo-based sauce from France that’s often served with seafood. Try Homemade Remoulade Sauce.
  2. Tartar sauce: Another mayo-based seafood sauce popular in American cuisine. Try Easy Tartar Sauce.
  3. Aioli: A creamy garlic sauce common in French and Spanish cuisine. Try Classic Aioli, Garlic Mayo (Mayo Aioli), Basil Aioli, Lemon Aioli, or our favorite: Pesto Aioli.
  4. Russian dressing: The key sauce in a Reuben…or a Big Mac. Try this Easy Russian Dressing.
  5. Chipotle ranch dressing: A spicy, smoky creamy dip. Try Chipotle Ranch Dressing.

Simply place the crab cakes on a pile of baby greens, then serve with the sauce of your choice! To make it a heartier meal though, add 1 or 2 of these side dishes for crab cakes to round out your plate. Ready to get cooking?

And now… the best side dishes for crab cakes!

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What to serve with crab cakes

What to Serve with Crab Cakes: 15 Sides!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ¼ cups 1x


Here’s how to make tartar sauce for crab cakes! This easy homemade recipe takes just a few minutes and results in incredible flavor. For all the sides to serve with crab cakes, scroll up.


  • 1 large shallot, finely minced (1/3 to 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon capers, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons dill relish (or finely minced pickles)
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise


  1. In a bowl, stir together all ingredients. Serve immediately or allow to chill for 1 to 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld. Store refrigerated for up to 3 weeks. 
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free

More sides to go with…

Need more side dish ideas? We’ve got you covered:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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