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What To Serve With Crab Boil – 11 Delicious Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your crab boil, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for crab boil.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with crab boil are spicy potato wedges, Southern cornbread, or garlic knots. For something light, you can serve a simple tossed green salad, or a greek yogurt coleslaw. You can also serve something filling like a grilled potato salad or a creamy mashed turnip.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Spicy potato wedges

If you’re sick of the usual potato fries, you’re in for a treat.

These fiery potato wedges are seasoned with cayenne pepper, paprika, and onion and garlic powder. 

Potato wedges are great for a crab boil because the more potato there is – the more sauce your wedge can soak up!

Don’t forget the dipping sauce either. Garlic aioli is my sauce of choice. 

Creamy greek yogurt coleslaw

It’s time to take your regular coleslaw up a notch by taking a mayo-free approach.

But don’t worry, no-mayo doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice creaminess. 

Greek yogurt works just as well, and adds a nice tang. You’re guests will all be asking for the recipe!

Plus it only takes five minutes put together, so you can spend more time entertaining. 

Pair this creamy greek yogurt coleslaw with your crab boil and you’re in for a delicious supper.

Southern cornbread

Looking for something to mop up all the juices from your crab boil?

A classic Southern cornbread is the way to go. 

This recipe is packed with flavor because it uses bacon grease and butter (seriously yum). 

You wont need more than a slice or two because it’s pretty rich, but crab boils are all about indulgence.

Lemon garlic roasted asparagus

Lemon garlic asparagus is a great side dish to welcome in the summer season.

Roasting has to be one of my favorite ways to cook asparagus because you get a deep, earthy flavor. 

And the zesty lemon dressing will give your crab boil a refreshing feeling.

This recipe from thebusybaker is top draw.

Garlic knots

Garlic knots are a unique fluffy alternative to garlic bread.

These buttery little bites of heaven are super addicting, so don’t let your guests eat too many or they might be full up when it comes to the crab boil!

They look like they’re hard to make, but they’re actually really easy. 

Just remember to brush the garlic knots before and after you cook them to lock in all the garlicky goodness in.

Creamy mashed turnip

Mashed turnip is a creamy side dish that’s just as delightful as mashed potatoes. It’s a great low-carb or keto alternative. 

This rustic mashed turnip recipe is flavored with low-fat cream cheese and chives. 

Tip: when you’re picking your turnips, go for the smaller ones because they tend to be sweeter than the big ones.

Greek tossed green salad

You can whip up this simple tossed green salad in no time at all, so it’s perfect if you’ve only just realized you need something extra to serve at your crab boil. 

It’s light, crunchy, and tasty. And it won’t overshadow the main event (the crab). 

Your diet and your belly will jump with joy at the sight of this scrumptious side. 

Feel free to add chickpeas or navy beans to increase the protein content of this easy greek green salad.

Grilled potato salad

This side dish is a healthier twist on your usual potato salad. It’s perfect when you want something a little different for your pot luck. 

The grilled potatoes add a smoky flavor and a bit of char, which will work well with the sweet crab meat.

And for those of you who love mayo, don’t be alarmed. There’s still some of mayo in this recipe!

This grilled potato salad is crispy, crunchy, and creamy all in one.


Hushpuppies are a classic side dish for any southern meal (and crab boil is no exception). 

You’ll have to bring out a large, deep saucepan to fry them up. 

But the result – savory, sweet dough balls with a flakey texture – is worth it. 

Hushpuppies are sure to be a great hit with any kids you’re feeding too. 

Excited to taste one? Try out this easy recipe from Rasa Malaysia. She pairs them with a siracha dipping sauce.

Watermelon salad

Watermelon salad is a popular side to serve at barbecues, and it can help brighten up a crab boil too.

Watermelon salad is a popular side to serve at barbecues, and it can help brighten up a shrimp boil too.

The fresh, light flavor will act as a palate cleanser and cool your mouth down after a hit of heat. 

Head on over to recipe Runner for his instagram worthy watermelon and cucumber salad recipe.

Roasted beets and carrots

Crab is your protein, so now you need vegetables.

With a touch of honey, your roasted beets and carrots will scream perfection. 

And, the intense fuchsia color of the beets and the vibrant orange of the carrots match the bright red crabs so stunningly.

Tip: don’t add the honey too soon, or it can overcook and become bitter.

The best side dishes for crab boil

  • Spicy potato wedges
  • Creamy greek yogurt coleslaw
  • Southern cornbread
  • Lemon garlic roasted asparagus
  • Garlic knots
  • Creamy mashed turnip
  • Greek tossed green salad
  • Grilled potato salad
  • Hushpuppies
  • Watermelon salad
  • Roasted beets and carrots

What To Serve With Crab Boil

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your crab boil.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: side dishes for crab boil, what to serve with crab boil
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 101kcal


  • 1 portion crab boil


  • Prepare your crab boil according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: spicy potato wedges, creamy greek yogurt coleslaw, southern cornbread, lemon garlic roasted asparagus, garlic knots, creamy mashed turnip, greek tossed green salad, grilled potato salad, hushpuppies, watermelon salad, and roasted beets and carrots.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 101kcal

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