If you’re wondering what to serve with your low country boil, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for low country boil.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with a low country boil are jalapeno hushpuppies, dill pickle coleslaw, macaroni salad, and cucumber mango salad. For more filling options, try popovers and black bean rice. For fun and tasty dishes, you can also try crunchy okra, bacon-wrapped scallops, and steak kabobs.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Jalapeno hush puppies
Hush puppies are a classic Southern dish usually enjoyed with seafood dishes like a low country boil.
They’re excellent, but this recipe takes them to another flavor level.
Adding jalapenos and smoked cheddar cheese packs them with a touch of heat and a delicious smoky, savory flavor.
Serve these jalapeno hush puppies in the tray with your low country boil so you can easily pick them up.
Pssst… You can dip these in melted butter or make a creamy Cajun dipping sauce.
Dill pickle coleslaw
Jazz up your traditional coleslaw recipe with a simple addition – dill pickles.
This dish features chopped dill pickles and dill pickle juice in the coleslaw’s mayo dressing.
These add a slight herby and tangy note to your coleslaw.
Dill pairs superbly with seafood, so you’re guaranteed a delicious flavor pairing.
Plus, the crisp vegetables of this creamy dill pickle slaw are an excellent contrast to the soft, tender shrimp, sausages, and potatoes of your low country boil.
Planning to make a low country boil for a summer party?
A creamy pasta salad is always a welcome addition to the party spread.
Classic macaroni salad is usually made with mayo, but this recipe features a Greek yogurt-based dressing.
It’s lighter and healthier, but you’ll still get that creamy, tangy pasta salad we all know and love.
Your guests will be standing in line up to get second helpings of this vibrant creamy macaroni salad.
If you want to keep the spotlight of the meal at your low country boil, these popovers are the best dish for the supporting role.
These golden-brown, lightly crispy treats have a soft, custard-like center just waiting to be torn open.
Their buttery taste is the ideal complement to the seafood in your low country boil.
Want to try your hand at baking these rolls?
The Suburban Soapbox has an easy, detailed recipe for the best popovers.
With these grilled steak kabobs, you can turn your low country boil meal into a surf-and-turf-esque feast.
The steak pieces are marinated in a soy sauce-based marinade loaded with lime juice, garlic, and seasonings.
The marinade makes these steak pieces oh-so-delicious and tender.
These grilled steak kabobs are guaranteed to disappear as soon as you serve them.
These crispy okras are the perfect accompaniment if you want to keep your low country boil feast simple and fuss-free.
These bite-sized treats are ultra crunchy, courtesy of their coating made with Parmesan cheese, panko breadcrumbs, and cornmeal.
And the best part?
These are made in the oven, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of deep-frying.
You won’t be able to resist these crunchy oven-fried okra bites.
Black bean rice
Looking to make your low country boil a more filling meal?
This rice dish is exactly what you need.
Steamed rice is taken up a notch by adding a spritz of lime juice, cilantro, and black beans.
This combination makes your rice the perfect side for seafood dishes like a low country boil.
This cilantro-lime black bean rice is a quick and easy dish to make your meals heartier.
Grilled corn on the cob
If you want to switch things up, leave out the corn from your low country boil and grill them instead.
You’ll get that smoky charred flavor, plus you get to season your corn the way you like.
You can keep it simple by just slathering it with salted butter…
… Or follow Aberdeen Kitchen’s lead and whip up a chili-lime honey butter to spread on your corn.
Either way, grilling your corn separately is an easy way to jazz up your low country boil.
If you’re intent on serving your low country boil spread out on a picnic table, these bacon-wrapped scallops are an excellent dish to go with it.
They’re just the perfect size for picking up with your hands.
Plus, no serious meat-eater can turn down anything bacon-wrapped!
These scallops also have that irresistible sweet and savory flavor combination we all love.
Make your low country boil extra fancy with a serving of these char-grilled oysters.
The oysters are filled with a lemon garlic butter sauce, topped with cheese, then char-grilled until golden brown.
It’s a simple dish packed with buttery seafood goodness that’s hard to resist.
The great thing about these char-grilled oysters is though they may be fancy, they’re still straightforward to make.
Pico de gallo
Add a fresh bite to your low country boil with a serving of this pico de gallo.
This dish is usually made with equal parts tomato and onions, flavored with zesty lime juice and cilantro.
Still, you can spice it up by throwing in some chopped jalapenos.
Pico De Gallo is a great make-ahead dish because the longer you let it sit, the more your flavors develop.
Cucumber mango salad
Searching for a refreshing and fun salad to go with your low country boil?
This cucumber mango salad might just be what you’re looking for.
It features a zingy Asian dressing that offsets the sweetness of your cucumbers and mangoes.
Looking for a spicy kick?
Add chili oil to your dressing – a small amount goes a long way.
This cucumber mango salad is a phenomenal side dish to meats and virtually all seafood dishes.
Add a classic Southern seafood dish to your low country boil with this fried catfish recipe.
The fish is dredged in seasoned cornmeal breading, ensuring you get a crunchy and crisp coating.
Inside, the catfish is flaky and tender.
Serve your fried fillets with a side of tartar sauce for extra flavor.
Get the full fried catfish recipe here.
The best side dishes for a low country boil
- Jalapeno hush puppies
- Dill pickle coleslaw
- Macaroni salad
- Steak kabobs
- Crunchy okras
- Black bean rice
- Grilled corn on the cob
- Bacon-wrapped scallops
- Char-grilled oysters
- Pico de gallo
- Cucumber mango salad
- Fried catfish
What To Serve With A Low Country Boil
- 1 portion low country boil
- Prepare your low country boil according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: jalapeno hush puppies, dill pickle coleslaw, macaroni salad, popovers, steak kabobs, crunchy okras, black bean rice, grilled corn on the cob, bacon-wrapped scallops, char-grilled oysters, pico de gallo, cucumber mango salad, and fried catfish.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!