If you’re wondering what to serve with your shrimp boil, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for a shrimp boil.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes for shrimp boil are hush puppies, coleslaw, jalapeno cornbread, and mac and cheese. You can also serve baked sweet potato fries, sourdough dinner rolls, and garlic rice pilaf. Try serving watermelon salad, vegetable skewers, or roasted green beans for healthier options.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Hushpuppies are a classic side dish for any southern meal (and shrimp 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.
Coleslaw is a must-have at potlucks and summer parties.
It’s easy to whip up and will bring some color to your meal.
The crisp shredded cabbage provides a crunchy bite that will complement the soft texture of your shrimp boil.
Traditionally, coleslaw is dressed with a mayonnaise-based dressing.
But I prefer to use Greek yogurt. It adds a tangy flavor without compromising the creaminess.
Plus, Greek yogurt is a lighter and healthier alternative!
She Likes Food has a great coleslaw recipe with a zesty Greek yogurt dressing.
Cornbread is great all on its own, but it’s even better once you’ve used it to mop up the broth from a shrimp boil.
The quickbread has a delightful sweetness that complements the spicy and buttery flavors of your shrimp.
Sounds good, right?
This recipe from Will Cook For Smiles adds cheddar cheese and jalapenos to amp up the cornbread’s flavors.
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 help cool your mouth down after a hit of heat.
The best part?
You can prepare this in a matter of minutes, so it’s perfect if you’re short on time.
Recipe Runner has a delicious watermelon and cucumber salad recipe with feta cubes for creaminess, and a splash of lemon juice for a citrusy kick.
Baked sweet potato fries
Sweet potato fries are naturally sweeter than regular potato fries, and I think they pair better with the flavors of shrimp boil.
However, one problem with sweet potato fries is that sometimes they can be soggy.
But Gimme Some Oven’s recipe will solve that issue.
They have some great tips on how you can get crispy sweet potato fries every time.
Be warned: they’re super moreish, so make sure you cook enough.
Sourdough dinner rolls
Shrimp boil is typically drizzled with warm, melted, seasoned butter.
The butter adds decadence and flavor to the whole dish, so you don’t want to leave any behind on the plate.
That’s where sourdough dinner rolls come in.
They’re the perfect side for soaking up the butter sauce, and they’ll fill everyone up so no one will leave hungry!
Bread by Elise has a fantastic sourdough dinner roll recipe that uses the tangzhong technique to make unbelievably soft, melt-in-your-mouth dinner rolls.
Roasted potato salad
Like coleslaw, potato salad is a staple at summer parties and barbecue cookouts.
It’s a creamy side dish that will add substance without being too heavy or overshadowing the shrimp boil.
Potato salad is normally made with boiled potatoes.
But have you ever tried it made with roast potatoes? It’s delicious!
I like adding in some small chopped-up onions or pickles for a bit of extra crunch too.
The Dish On Healthy recipe suggests swapping out full-fat mayo for the lighter avocado oil mayo.
Vegetable skewers are a fun way to make sure everyone gets one of their 5-a-day.
They’re easy to make ahead of time, and you can make a variety of different options to cater to all the fussy eaters.
They’ll look great on the plate next to your seafood medley too.
Tip: drizzle your skewers with some of the butter you’re using for the shrimp boil before serving (YUM).
Ready to get grilling? Check out Whitney Bond’s recipe for these easy-to-make kabobs.
Roasted green beans
Are you looking for a healthier alternative to crispy fries?
Roasted green beans are the perfect dish to serve up when you want something crunchy to contrast with the tender texture of the shrimp and sausage in your shrimp boil.
Not a fan of green beans? Try asparagus or sugar snap peas instead.
Want to get started with this dish? Check out Eatwell 101’s quick and easy recipe!
The addition of garlic and parmesan jazzes the beans up.
Garlic rice pilaf
Shrimp boil could be considered a full meal already.
But if you want a side dish to help fill you up, a nice bowl of rice should do the trick.
And rice doesn’t have to be boring.
Instead of cooking it in plain water, cook it in a broth with some additional flavors (like garlic) and you have a simple, but super tasty side.
Sprinkle and Sprouts has an easy-to-follow recipe for making delicious pilaf.
Mac and cheese
Shrimp boil is all about indulgence, and what’s more indulgent than a bowl of creamy, cheesy mac and cheese?
It’s a crowd-pleasing dish, so don’t bank on having any leftovers.
And to marry the two dishes together, why not add a sprinkle of old bay seasoning to the cheese sauce?
Any basic mac and cheese recipe will work great with your shrimp boil, but I like this recipe from Damn Delicious.
The addition of broccoli somehow makes you feel better about indulging in these decadent dishes.
The best shrimp boil side dishes
- Creamy coleslaw
- Jalapeno cornbread
- Watermelon salad
- Baked sweet potato fries
- Sourdough dinner rolls
- Roasted potato salad
- Vegetable skewers
- Roasted green beans
- Garlic rice pilaf
- Mac and cheese
What To Serve With Shrimp Boil
- 1 portion shrimp boil
- Prepare your shrimp boil according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Sides include: hushpuppies, creamy coleslaw, jalapeno cornbread, watermelon salad, baked sweet potato fries, sourdough dinner rolls, roasted potato salad, vegetable skewers, roasted green beans, garlic rice pilaf, and mac and cheese.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.