If you’re wondering what to serve with your crawfish boil, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for a crawfish boil.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with a crawfish boil are cornbread, cheddar biscuits, hushpuppies, or coleslaw. You can also try a green goddess salad, a macaroni salad, or some onion rings. Cocktail sauce is a must, and you can serve beignets if you’re looking for a good dessert.
Ready? let’s jump right in.
What goes better with a crawfish boil than a good ol’ cocktail sauce (otherwise known as seafood sauce)?
If you’re in a pinch, then, by all means, go ahead and buy the store-bought stuff.
But if you’ve got a little time and want to impress your guests, definitely make your own cocktail sauce.
You can make this cocktail sauce recipe as spicy or as mild as you like. And it lasts for up to 6 months in the fridge, so make a big batch.
Baby red potato salad
A crawfish boil tends to already have some potatoes in the mix.
But a bit of extra potato on the side isn’t going to hurt anyone! And potato salads are great for feeding a crowd.
Everyone has their go-to recipe, but I’m a big fan of this baby red potato salad.
The potatoes are tossed in a creamy dressing made with mayo, mustard, and herbs. Some chopped green bell peppers and red onions are added, and that’s it.
Quick and easy.
A crawfish boil is a party in a pot, and everyone from kids to grandparents can enjoy the fun.
So you need a side dish that’s universally loved by everyone.
Enter: some fluffy, flaky cheddar biscuits.
The buttery biscuits are the perfect way to soak up all the delicious broth from the boil. And they’ll make sure no one leaves the party hungry.
Classic macaroni salad
Some people like to get fancy with their macaroni salad, adding all sorts of strange ingredients.
But I say, why mess with a good thing?
The classic combination of elbow macaroni, mayonnaise, mustard, celery, and peppers is hard to beat.
It’s a tried-and-test side dish that tastes delicious with the soft crawfish flesh.
Save yourself the hassle and stick to the classics with this recipe!
Jalapeno hush puppies
Hush puppies are a classic Southern dish usually enjoyed with seafood dishes just like crawfish boils.
They’re always tasty, but this recipe takes them to the next level.
Adding jalapenos and smoked cheddar cheese packs them with a touch of heat and a delicious smoky, savory flavor.
Make a double batch of these jalapeno hush puppies to make sure you don’t run out.
Psst… onions rings would be great too.
Crawfish boils are big hearty meals for people who love food.
So what better to pair them with than another celebration of flavor and food – a jambalaya.
Stuff your jambalaya full of shrimp, chicken, and sausage, and don’t hold back on the Cajun seasoning!
People will be talking about your cookout for weeks after they leave.
Gimme Some Oven has a recipe that you can prep in just 15 minutes.
Green goddess salad
Surprise the young’uns at your crawfish boil with this tik tok inspired Green goddess salad.
It’s made with cabbage, cucumber, chives, and green onions, and also has a creamy green dressing.
The salad’s bright color is a perfect match for the vibrant red of boiled crawfish.
And the fresh ingredients make it a healthy option for those looking to keep things light.
Psst… this recipe is also good as a side for salmon patties or crab cakes.
Cornbread is super airy, giving it the perfect texture to help you mop up every last bit of seasoning from your plate.
And it’s just plain delicious – especially when slathered with butter and served hot out of the oven.
Just make sure to serve the cornbread in generous slices – otherwise, you might find yourself fighting your friends and family for the last piece.
And, of course, you’ll need plenty of ice-cold beer to wash the cornbread down.
Another party-safe side dish to pair with crawfish boil is a refreshing bowl of coleslaw.
Typically, when you think of coleslaw, you think of a mayonnaise-based dish that can be heavy and greasy.
But did you know that you can make a delicious coleslaw without any mayo?
Made with a simple lemon dressing, this slaw is light and refreshing. All the traditional coleslaw flavors are still present, but this version emphasizes the tangy flavor.
Looking for another sauce option?
This remoulade sauce has an impressive 11 different ingredients that come together to make a creamy, tangy dip.
It’s a staple in southern cuisine, and almost every region has its own take on the recipe.
But in my opinion, this version is by far the tangiest I’ve tasted.
After a big meal of crawfish, the last thing you might want is more food.
But trust me, you’ll want to make room for these New Orleans beignets.
Deep-fried, crispy, and slightly chewy, they’re the perfect way to finish off a Cajun feast.
And you don’t have to worry about running out of beignets with this recipe.
The best side dishes for a crawfish boil
- Cocktail sauce
- Baby red potato salad
- Cheddar biscuits
- Classic macaroni salad
- Jalapeno hush puppies
- Green goddess salad
- No-mayo coleslaw
What To Serve With Crawfish Boil
- 1 portion crawfish boil
- Prepare your crawfish boil according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: cocktail sauce, baby red potato salad, cheddar biscuits, classic macaroni salad, jalapeno hush puppies, jambalaya, green goddess salad, cornbread, no-mayo coleslaw, remoulade, and beignets.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!