If you’re wondering what to serve with your oyster roast, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for an oyster roast.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve at an oyster roast are clam chowder, cornbread muffins, macaroni salad, smashed potatoes, and crostinis. You can also serve lemon pasta, hushpuppies, crab rangoon, collard greens, and broccoli casserole. For healthy options, try serving green beans, and grilled corn.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
You and your guests will definitely be standing in the cold for a couple of hours, so serving a warm, hearty soup like clam chowder with your oyster roast is a no-brainer.
Clam chowder is incredibly easy to make.
You can make the chowder thick or runny based on your preference.
I prefer to use canned clams in my chowder for extra flavor.
Damn Delicious has an excellent recipe to make you the best clam chowder.
Cornbread is always a crowd-pleaser.
It has a sweet and savory flavor combination that works with many dishes.
These cornbread muffins are just like your typical cornbread, just in muffin form. They’re easy to grab and hold, perfect for oyster roasts.
I like to mix in some cheddar and jalapeños in my cornbread muffins.
They give the muffins a slightly spicy kick that pairs well with the oysters.
Sounds good, right?
Check out The Kitchns’ recipe for tasty jalapeño cheddar cornbread.
No gathering is complete without some creamy macaroni salad.
I like that it involves minimal cooking.
I also like that it can serve many people, making it an excellent dish to serve at an oyster roast.
It’s better to make macaroni salad the night before to let the pasta soak up all the flavors from your dressing.
Try it out with Will Cook For Smile’s easy-to-follow recipe.
If you’re looking for a filling side dish to serve with your oyster roast, lemon pasta is the way to go.
It’s a pasta dish that’s quick and easy to make.
You may not even need to go grocery shopping for this dish. It only needs basic ingredients that you can find in your pantry.
This is a light yet satisfying dish.
It has a fresh, citrusy flavor that pairs nicely with roasted oysters.
Try it out with this recipe from Wellness by Kay.
Hushpuppies are a classic Southern dish that works well with most seafood dishes.
They’re great to serve alongside an oyster roast, especially for kids and picky eaters.
Regular hush puppies are already delicious, but these shrimp hush puppies are on another level.
The shrimp adds a subtle sweetness to the hushpuppies.
These little deep-fried morsels are so good that they’re bound to run out before you can even go back for seconds.
Itching to have a taste?
Head on to B Mama Sugar for a detailed guide on making these!
Saltine crackers are a classic side dish for any oyster roast.
But why not get a little fancy by serving crostinis instead?
Crostinis are slices of crusty bread that have been toasted until crisp.
They’re slightly bigger than your saltine crackers, so you can load them up with even more oysters.
Or you can even skip the oyster and just straight up dunk them in the cocktail sauce (I won’t judge, promise).
Try making them with this recipe from Valentina’s Corner.
Broccoli cheddar casserole
Broccoli cheddar is a flavor combination that will be a hit with both old and young guests at your oyster roast.
It’s warm, comforting, and filling – precisely the dish you’d like served alongside oysters on a cold winter day.
Have I mentioned this is also low-carb and keto-friendly?
Aside from cheddar, I also like to add cream cheese to this dish to make it more creamy and decadent.
Even the pickiest eaters can’t say no to this delicious casserole.
Want to get a taste of this divine dish?
Curbing Carbs’ recipe provides a detailed guide.
Roasted green beans
You might think green beans are just boring vegetables.
And I must admit that it’s true – unless we’re talking about roasted green beans.
Other than the crispy texture these green beans take on when roasted, there’s an ingredient that helps elevate this dish.
Can you guess it?
Bacon imparts a smoky flavor that pairs well with the green beans and the oyster roast.
Try this dish out with Wonky Wonderful’s ridiculously easy recipe.
Sweet potato mash
Mashed potatoes are such a common side dish.
But if you want to try something new, why not make sweet potato mash instead?
Sweet potato mash has a savory-sweet flavor combo that everyone at your oyster roast will love.
You can pile a couple of oysters on a bed of sweet potato mash for a satisfying meal.
Visit Salt and Lavender to see the recipe for this tasty, creamy mash.
Crab rangoon cups
Crab rangoon is a popular finger food because of how easy they are to pick up and eat.
They’re usually fried, but you can also bake them.
The perks of baking them?
They’re healthier, and you can even form them into cute little cups!
I think they’re handier this way, making them the perfect dish to serve at your next oyster roast.
You can easily pick one (or three) pieces and dip them in your cocktail sauce (a must).
Check out Lemon Tree Dwelling for the recipe.
Remember to make and bring plenty of these so you won’t run out.
These Southern-style collard greens are the ultimate healthy side dish for your oyster roast.
I’m going to bet even the vegetable haters will have a hard time not liking these collard greens.
The greens are cooked with bacon and country ham, infusing them with a delicious, smoky-sweet flavor.
Southern-style collard greens usually take time to make.
But this recipe from My Sequined Life uses an instant pot, so you can have this dish done in just 30 minutes.
Grilled corn on the cob
You already have the grill out for your oyster roast, so why not grill some corn?
Corn has a mild sweetness that makes it great to pair with oysters.
It’s easy to make.
Just be vigilant and check on the corn while they’re being grilled.
I like to keep things simple with corn on the cob by serving them with butter and salt.
But you can definitely play around with seasonings and seasoned butter.
Cooking Classy’s recipe features three delicious flavored butters you can serve as toppings.
Potatoes are a classic food that goes well with any virtually main dish.
Try making these smashed potatoes instead of regular fries if you want to shake things up.
They are the perfect finger food for parties.
These are ultra crispy on the outside, giving you a nice crunch in every bite.
Inside, they are buttery and soft, a rich complement to a fresh oyster roast.
This recipe from RecipeTinEats suggests flavoring your potatoes as they boil instead of adding dried herbs while they roast to prevent them from burning.
The best oyster roast side dishes
- Clam chowder
- Cornbread muffins
- Macaroni salad
- Lemon pasta
- Shrimp hushpuppies
- Broccoli cheddar casserole
- Roasted green beans
- Sweet potato mash
- Crab rangoon cups
- Collard greens
- Grilled corn on the cob
- Smashed potatoes
What To Serve At An Oyster Roast
- 1 portion oyster roast
- Prepare your oyster roast according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: clam chowder, cornbread muffins, macaroni salad, lemon pasta, shrimp hushpuppies, crostinis, broccoli cheddar casserole, roasted green beans, sweet potato mash, crab rangoon cups, collard greens, grilled corn on the cob, and smashed potatoes.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!