If you’re wondering what to serve with your fried oysters, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for fried oysters.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with fried oysters are corn nuggets, a simple salad, cheesey grits, and clam chowder. Try pickled red cabbage, roasted asparagus, or sauteed zucchini and corn for healthier options. Another idea is to make a sandwich with the fried oysters.
Ready? Lets get started.
A simple salad
You can’t go wrong with serving a fresh salad with your fried oysters.
This orange and arugula salad has a bright, slightly peppery flavor that goes well with fried food.
It also features a lip-puckering lemon dressing for extra citrus flavor.
This helps undercut the fattiness of fried oysters.
Try tossing your fried oysters in this vibrant orange & arugula salad to get that perfect, citrusy, and crunchy bite.
Tip: in a rush? A simple green salad will work too. Or maybe you want something a little milder? Try a watermelon salad.
Turn your oysters into the ultimate comfort food by serving them with cheesy grits on the side.
Reminiscent of the classic shrimp and grits, this combination is guaranteed to leave you satisfied.
Plus, the addition of jalapeno gives this dish a spicy kick that’s sure to wake you up.
As for the cheese, I like to keep it simple and use cheddar. But you can get creative and pick any cheese you like.
Don’t forget to serve this jalapeno cheddar cheese grits with a knob of butter to make it even more indulgent.
Add a fun British twist to your fried oysters by making some fries (or chips, as the Brits say) to go with them.
These oven-baked fries are easy to make but take some time to cook, so have patience.
The result is worth it – healthy, extra crispy fries that aren’t oozing with grease.
Make a tartar sauce to go with your fried oysters and fries, and you’ve got a winning meal.
The best part?
These extra-crispy oven-baked fries don’t lose their crunch even when they cool. No soggy fries here!
Sauteed zucchini and corn
Keep things nice and simple with this sauteed corn and zucchini side dish.
It’s a quick dish you can whip up in minutes to go with your fried oysters.
Corn kernels and diced zucchini pieces are sautéed in lemon zest and brown butter.
The brown butter enhances the sweetness of the vegetables and imparts a pleasant, nutty flavor to the dish. If you want to go all out, add some bacon grease to the pan as well.
It will taste AMAZING. I use frozen corn kernels for this sautéed corn and zucchini in lemony browned butter.
Pickled red cabbage
Anything pickled – from cabbages to radishes and cucumbers– pairs great with fried food like oysters.
The fresh acidic flavors help cleanse your palate of any grease.
Pickled red cabbage is my favorite because of its vibrant pink color. It will look great alongside your golden brown fried oysters.
If you don’t want to serve it on it;s own, try mixing it into a coleslaw mix.
This quick pickled cabbage can be made ahead of time, so you can have a jar on hand to serve whenever you have fried oysters.
Green bean casserole
Are you serving the oysters at a Thanksgiving feast?
The quintessential thanksgiving side of green bean casserole goes perfectly with fried oysters.
Throw your fried oysters on top of the casserole, and you’ll have a winning dish.
Tender green beans, crunchy oysters, and crispy fried onions make for one superb, heavenly bite.
You won’t regret making this easy green bean casserole. It will be a massive hit at your dinner party.
Clam chowder is typically eaten with oyster crackers.
But you can make it even more special by serving it with fried oysters instead?
The crispy, salty oysters will go great with a creamy soup-like clam chowder.
Just imagine dipping your fried oysters in your chowder’s thick, rich broth – yum.
Don’t worry if you can’t get fresh clams for this soup.
You can make this New England Clam Chowder with canned clams. Take it to another flavor level by adding a secret ingredient – clam juice!
Roasted asparagus with hollandaise
In a time crunch?
Roasted asparagus is a classy and versatile side dish that you can whip up at a moment’s notice.
Roasting the asparagus brings out their natural sweetness, making them an excellent side dish to the meaty fried oysters.
As for the hollandaise, this is optional, but it really elevates the dish (especially if you’re serving it at a brunch).
You only need 25 minutes to get this recipe from Foodie Crush (yes, hollandaise included) on the table.
New Orleans-style French bread
Fried oysters are good on their own, but have you tried them in a po’boy sandwich?
A po’boy sandwich is a traditional New Orleans dish and consists of fried seafood inside New Orleans-style French bread?
If you use fried oysters, the sandwich becomes an oyster loaf.
Add your favorite salad and some mayo to complete the meal. And if you’re really hungry, add some fries!
Remember to use New Orleans Po’Boy rolls for your bread for that authentic feel.
You might need to google this dish if you’re not Southern!
Corn nuggets are small little morsels of delight. They’re filled with creamed corn and deep-fried.
Kids love them!
Another similar finger food you could serve are hushpuppies – there’s no such thing as too much fried food… right?
The gunny snack serves her corn nuggets with a drizzle of maple syrup (but I’m not sure how that would go with oysters!).
Tomato and pepper gazpacho
Fried oysters can get pretty heavy, so I like to serve them with a bowl of gazpacho.
It’s a light, cold soup that provides a refreshing contrast to the fried oysters.
Bonus: the soup can replace your dipping sauce!
Usually, gazpacho is made with raw vegetables, but using roasted tomatoes and peppers will take your soup up a notch.
They will give your gazpacho a nice smoky flavor.
This roasted tomato and pepper gazpacho is served as a thick and chunky soup, but you can blend it to a thin and smooth consistency if you like.
Best side dishes for fried osyters
- A simple salad
- Cheesy grits
- Oven-baked Fries
- Sauteed zucchini and corn
- Pickled red cabbage
- Green bean casserole
- Clam chowder
- Roasted asparagus with hollandaise
- New Orleans-style French bread
- Corn nuggets
- Tomato and pepper gazpacho
- Watermelon salad
- Tex mex cous cous
What To Serve With Fried Oysters
- 1 portion fried oysters
- Prepare your fried oysters according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: a simple salad, cheesy grits, oven-baked fries, sauteed zucchini and corn, pickled red cabbage, green bean casserole, clam chowder, roasted asparagus with hollandaise, New Orleans-style French bread, corn nuggets, tomato and pepper gazpacho
- Serve immediately and enjoy.