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What To Serve With Croissants – 45 BEST Side Dishes

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

In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for croissants.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with croissants are orange marmalade, clotted cream and berries, homemade Nutella, or a fresh fruit salad. Try crab salad, instant pot pulled pork, BLT guacamole, or cheesy scrambled eggs for savory options. You can also enjoy croissants alongside a cafe noisette. 

Ready? Let’s jump right in.


Spreads are the easiest way to jazz-up your croissants. You can buy them ready-made or go the extra mile by making something from scratch.

And you can go sweet or savory – you can’t beat a sticky jam, but I’m partial to a chicken and mushroom pate for an elegant breakfast treat. 

BLT guacamole

If you love guacamole, this chunky version is a must-try.

The mashed avocado is studded with smokey bacon bits, juicy cherry tomatoes, and crunchy chopped lettuce.

Enjoy the guac inside your buttery croissant for a fun and tasty Mexican-inspired brunch. 

Why we love this recipe: bacon makes everything better. 

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Homemade Nutella 

Did you know you can make your own version of nutella? And it’s not complicated!

There’s no cooking involved – all you have to do is throw all the ingredients into a blender.

Psst… this recipe uses coconut oil to give the spread an extra layer of flavor.

You’ll need a high power blender or food processor. Blending nuts into a paste requires some horsepower.

Why we love this recipe: it’s great for gifting.

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Italian compound butter

Croissants are already loaded with butter, but it’s undeniable that they taste even better with an extra smear upon serving. 

I especially like this compound butter, which features a combination of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and fresh basil. 

One bite will transport your mind straight to a relaxing cafe in Italy.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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Orange marmalade

Give your flaky croissants a delectable sweet boost with a side of this homemade orange marmalade. 

You’ll need to plan ahead for this one because the orange and lemon slices have to be soaked overnight to bring out their natural pectin.

You’ll end up with very runny marmalade if you skip this step.

Why we love this recipe: it has a 4.96 rating from 588 votes.

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Chicken, mushroom, and bacon pate

Not everyone is a fan of pate, but this recipe is a game changer. 

It’s jam packed with umami flavors from the mushrooms and bacon, and uses bacon fat instead of butter which gives it a really luxurious texture.

And in case you need more persuading, chicken liver is an excellent source of Vitamin A!

Why we love this recipe: it’s gourmet but won’t break the bank.

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Pair your flaky croissants with delicious fillings for a heartier lunch or a fancy brunch. 

Stay traditional by stuffing your croissants with classic coronation chicken or make it unique with some crunchy chicken tenders. 

The possibilities are endless! 

Crab salad

The combination of mayonnaise, lemon juice, and Old Bay seasoning gives this crab salad an irresistible hint of tang and spice.

And it tastes amazing stuffed in a warm croissant. 

Psst… this recipe uses imitation crab, but you can also go for fresh crab meat if you can get some (make sure it’s high quality).

Why we love this recipe: it’s a no-cook dish that’s way better than the store bought stuff.

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Instant pot pulled pork

Who says you need twelve hours and a smoker to make delicious, juicy pulled pork?

With the help of an instant pot, you can make pulled pork in two hours with minimal effort. 

Pro-tip: use pork tenderloin to make it healthier. 

Why we love this recipe: the leftovers will taste great for days (pulled pork mac and cheese anyone?).

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Cheesy scrambled eggs 

This is a must try recipe if you like your scrambled eggs soft and gooey.

The cheesy egg mixture is cooked in butter to create moist, smooth folds that are simply irresistible. 

And croissants are the perfect vessel for scooping up those eggs!

Why we love this recipe: they’re restaurant-quality.

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Coronation chicken

Another British classic is coronation chicken.

The traditional recipe features shredded chicken dressed in a sweet-tangy curry sauce that’s loaded with raisins and nuts.

But this version strays slightly from the original by using dried apricots and adding some peppry arugula to cut through all the richness.

Why we love this recipe: it’s fun and unique.

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Ham and cheese

One summer I became obsessed with ham and cheese croissants. 

I would have one everyday for breakfast – they’re just too good!

You can use any cheese you like (as long as it gets gooey when it melts), and your favorite type of ham.

Pst tip: don’t skip the egg wash, it gets the tops extra crispy.

Why we love this recipe: most of the ingredients you need are basic pantry staples.

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Honey butter chicken tenders

If you want to go for full on indulgence, make a fried chicken croissant sandwich.

This recipe has Korean influences and the key ingredient is soda water. The bubbles give the batter a light and airy texture.

And always opt for good quality butter.

Why we love this recipe: it’s luxurious, but budget friendly.

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Nothing beats croissants and fresh juicy berries with cream for a simple but energizing breakfast. 

And if you want something different, grilled peaches are an easy addition. 

Fresh fruit salad

A simple fruit salad with a croissant and a cold glass of orange juice (or a hot cup of tea) is a great way to start your day.

And to make sure things don’t get too sweet, this recipe uses a citrus glaze to brighten up the fruits.

This version is full of summer fruits, but it will work just as well with winter fruits.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a treat for your eyes and taste buds.

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Clotted cream and fresh berries

Take inspiration from British scones and serve your croissants with clotted cream and fresh berries. 

You can easily get clotted cream in the grocery store, but if you’re up for the challenge, why not make your own?

All you need is some heavy cream, an oven, and time (around 16 hours).

Why we love this recipe: it’ll last four days in the fridge.

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Stewed cinnamon apples

Here’s a three-ingredient side dish that will turn your croissants into a delicious dessert.

All you need are some diced apples, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Plus 15 minutes spare time.

Oh and don’t forget to top the whole thing off with some vanilla custard to complete your sweet treat!

Why we love this recipe: it’s a super easy dish anyone can make.

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Take inspiration from the French and pair your croissants with a piping hot drink. 

A simple cup of Americano cuts through the richness of your croissants, but you can also try a cup of chai for something different. 

Cafe noisette

Cafe noisette is simply an espresso with a dash of hot milk.

Its name literally translates to hazelnut coffee, not because it has hazelnuts, but because of the light brown color it takes on after adding the milk. 

This isn’t technically a side dish, but its intense bitter flavor with a hint of creaminess is an excellent contrast to some buttery croissants. 

Why we love this recipe: it’ll keep you awake and focused for the whole day.

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The best side dishes to serve with croissants

  • Crab salad
  • BLT guacamole
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Homemade Nutella
  • Italian compound butter
  • Instant pot pulled pork
  • Cheesy scrambled eggs
  • Cafe noisette
  • Clotted cream and fresh berries
  • Coronation chicken
  • Orange marmalade
  • Chicken, mushroom, and bacon pate
  • Stewed cinnamon apples
  • Ham and cheese
  • Honey butter chicken tenders

45 BEST Things To Serve With Croissants

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your croissants.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British, French
Keyword: croissants side dishes, what to serve with croissants
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 406kcal


  • 1 portion Orange marmalade
  • 1 portion Crab salad
  • 1 portion Stewed cinnamon apples
  • 1 portion Mushroom and bacon pate
  • 1 portion BLT guacamole
  • 1 portion Clotted cream


  • Prepare your croissants according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: crab salad, BLT guacamole, fresh fruit salad, homemade nutella, Italian compound butter, instant pot pulled pork, cheesy scrambled eggs, cafe noisette, clotted cream and fresh berries, coronation chicken, orange marmalade, chicken, mushroom, and bacon pate, stewed cinnamon apples, ham and cheese, and honey butter chicken tenders.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 406kcal

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