If you’re wondering what to serve with your gumbo, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 17 of the most popular side dishes for gumbo.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with gumbo are cilantro-lime black bean rice, potato salad, french bread rolls, or healthy slaw. Try pickled jalapenos, green bean salad, quinoa salad, and roasted veggies for a healthier option. You can also try cornbread, hushpuppies, fried okras, or potato wedges.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Cilantro-lime black bean rice
White rice is the go-to dish to serve alongside gumbo.
But why not make your meal heartier by upgrading to this rice dish and adding beans?
Aside from being more filling, this rice dish also has a citrusy flavor that will cut through the heat of your gumbo.
And it only takes 20 minutes to get this cilantro-lime black bean rice on the table – around the same time as regular white rice would take.
Not feeling a rice dish to accompany your gumbo?
A classic Southern potato salad is an ideal alternative.
The cold and creamy potatoes are a delicious contrast to your gumbo’s flavorful and spicy broth.
When you bring this Southern potato salad to potlucks and parties, you’ll be everyone’s favorite person.
French bread rolls
These French bread rolls are the ultimate side for any kind of gumbo.
They’re soft and fluffy, with a beautiful golden-brown crust, just like their big brother, the French baguette.
Perfect for mopping up your gumbo’s finger-licking good broth.
They’re also easy to make at home – these rolls call for basic ingredients that are most likely in your pantry already.
You’ll feel like a pro baker when you pull these crusty French bread rolls out of the oven.
Gumbo can get heavy, so this healthy slaw is the best side dish to add a fresh, contrasting bite.
It’s a lighter version of your traditional coleslaw.
Instead of mayo, this slaw is dressed with a simple tangy lemon dressing.
Prepare a double batch of this healthy slaw if you’re bringing it for a crowd.
Think plain bread is a tad too boring for your gumbo?
Loaded with shredded cheddar cheese and jalapeno bits, this cornbread is anything but plain or boring.
And don’t worry, it doesn’t use the jalapeno seeds so it isn’t too spicy. You get a mild sweetness and earthiness from the jalapenos instead.
Whether you’re making it for your family dinner or for a party, don’t expect this jalapeno cornbread to last long.
These crunchy morsels are a delight with gumbo, especially seafood gumbo.
They are extra crispy on the outside, with soft and fluffy insides that just melt in your mouth.
Their size makes it incredibly easy to pop one in your mouth, and before you know it – you’ve already demolished half a plate.
Pop these hushpuppies alongside your gumbo for a truly indulgent meal.
Gumbo can be a complete meal on its own, so if you just want a simple side to brighten things up, these pickled jalapenos are the way to go.
They have a slight crunch and the right balance between tangy, sweet, and spicy flavors.
Mix them in with the gumbo, or dip the jalapeno slices in the broth for a quick refresh.
You can make these pickled jalapenos, and they don’t need to be canned.
Beef up your gumbo meal with a serving of these crab cakes.
These crab cakes, made with jumbo lump crab, are extra meaty – which means you won’t need to use too much filler.
They go great with any gumbo, but if you want a seafood-filled meal, serve these crab cakes before a piping hot bowl of seafood gumbo.
No seafood lover will be able to resist smothering these jumbo lump crab cakes with the gumbo’s broth.
Not a fan of okras?
Well, these fried okras might just change your mind.
The okra slices are coated with cornmeal, making them extra crunchy.
Frying them also helps eliminate the okra’s sliminess, which is a turn-off for many people.
If your gumbo doesn’t already include okra, you should definitely make these crispy fried okras for the complete Southern cuisine experience.
Add fresh and vibrant splashes of color to your gumbo with this maque choux.
It’s a classic Southern side dish made of sauteed corn and peppers.
This dish gets its bold flavors from bacon grease (YUM) and cajun seasoning. It sure packs a punch!
This corn maque choux is great for busy weeknights when you’re short on time.
Green bean salad
Craving a green salad to go with your gumbo, but don’t just want leaves?
This green bean salad may be just what you’re looking for.
It’s a fun salad filled with various crispy and soft ingredients for a nice textural contrast.
Everything is tied together with a phenomenal vinaigrette (that you can make with the ingredients from your pantry).
Aside from gumbo, this green bean salad would also be an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving spread.
Buttermilk fried chicken
Make the ultimate Southern comfort meal by making fried chicken to go with your andouille gumbo.
With the sheer amount of fried chicken recipes out there, nothing comes close to buttermilk fried chicken.
You get extra juicy and tender chicken with an ultra crunchy skin that’s simply to die for.
Plus, every bite is flavorful and delicious – no part of your chicken is left unseasoned or bland.
You’ll want to have this buttermilk fried chicken for lunch or dinner every week.
Got gumbo leftovers?
Turn it into a filling snack by serving it alongside these potato wedges.
These wedges are lightly flavored, making them the perfect base for your spicy and bold gumbo.
And the best thing about these?
They’re SUPER crispy.
Ready to go on a culinary fusion adventure?
Make these squash gnocchi to go with your gumbo for a fun Italian addition to a Southern classic.
These orange-hued dumplings have a nutty flavor amplified by tossing them in a sage brown butter sauce. It’s a warming, autumnal flavor that pairs well with gumbo.
Scoop a heaping serving of your gumbo over these squash gnocchi for a nourishing meal.
Shrimp toast is guaranteed to be a massive hit when you serve it as an appetizer or side dish to your gumbo.
Lightly crisp and with a tasty prawn mousse filling – what’s not to love about them?
I personally also love the sesame coating, which gives the toast a delectable nutty taste.
Warning: This sesame prawn toast is highly addictive.
Sweet potato quinoa salad
You can serve this sweet potato quinoa salad with your gumbo for a light meal that will still satisfy any growling stomach.
This quinoa salad, made with fresh and healthy ingredients, is an excellent alternative to rice.
And the dried cranberries add a nice crunch so it doesn’t get too mushy.
Follow Chelsea’s Messy Apron’s lead and make a simple lemon vinaigrette for your quinoa salad.
Balsamic roasted veggies
Got no more energy to make a side dish for your gumbo?
You can quickly put together these roasted veggies as a side dish.
Take whatever you have left in your fridge, chop it up, and chuck it on a baking pan. Done!
These balsamic roasted veggies make for a great last-minute dish during those hectic nights.
The best side dishes for gumbo
- Cilantro-lime black bean rice
- Potato salad
- French bread rolls
- Healthy slaw
- Jalapeno cornbread
- Pickled jalapenos
- Crab cakes
- Fried okras
- Maque choux
- Green bean salad
- Buttermilk fried chicken
- Potato wedges
- Squash gnocchi
- Prawn toast
- Sweet potato quinoa salad
- Balsamic roasted veggies
What To Serve With Gumbo
- 1 portion gumbo
- Prepare your gumbo according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: cilantro-lime black bean rice, potato salad, french bread rolls, healthy slaw, jalapeno cornbread, hushpuppies, pickled jalapenos, crab cakes, fried okras, maque choux, green bean salad, buttermilk fried chicken, potato wedges, squash gnocchi, prawn toast, sweet potato quinoa salad, and balsamic roasted veggies.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!