With one bite of a flaky, tender, and sweet crab cake, you are instantly transported back to the days of digging your toes in the sand, feeling the ocean breeze play with your hair, and hearing the tickling laughter of your loved ones floating in the wind. Everyone enjoys being reminded of simpler times while igniting their taste buds. This is just one reason why crab cakes are the perfect dish for anniversary dinners, graduation celebrations, and dinner parties. Whether you are serving the cakes as an appetizer or main dish, you can elevate your menu by pairing the crab cakes with one or more of these side dishes.
The perfect dinner menu serves up a plate covered in foods varying in color. You can make your dinner pop by placing grilled or roasted vegetables next to the crab cakes.
The smoky flavor of the grilled corn on the cob, squash, asparagus, bell peppers, or green beans will pair wonderfully with the sweet and savory bursts of the tender crab meat. Not a fan of the charred flavor of vegetables? You can roast them in the oven instead! Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness, highlighting the crab’s sweetness.
Potatoes go with pretty much anything, and their soft texture and versatile flavor pair well with the cakes from your crab cakes delivery. We recommend using Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes to get a nice crunch.
To make roasted potatoes, start by cutting the potatoes into small chunks. Then, spread the pieces on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil over them. Sprinkle the potato chunks with salt and pepper and your favorite herbs, then roast them in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
If you’re a fan of classic Southern dishes or traditional backyard barbeque sides, coleslaw is the perfect side dish for your crab cakes. The tangy flavor of the slaw draws out the sweetness of the crab meat. You can go the traditional route with mayo-based coleslaws, or you can mix up a slaw with vinegar and dijon mustard for a lighter dish.
Want to pair your crab cakes with something light, fresh, and sweet? Try a mango salsa! This dish can be enjoyed with salty tortilla chips or placed on your crab cakes for an explosion of flavor. If you like your side dishes to have a kick, you can add jalapeno to the salsa.
If you’re enjoying the crab cakes as comfort food, you’ll want to pair them with a chilled Spanish soup. Gazpacho enhances the flavor of any seafood and warms the soul (even if it is served cold!). The smoothness and tartness of the soup contrast the crispiness of the crab cakes nicely, creating a meal you’ll want to have again and again.
If your mouth is watering from the thought of all these delicious pairings, it’s time to get cooking, no matter the occasion! First, place your order for fresh crab cakes online. Then, while you wait for them to be delivered, start planning the rest of your menu and shopping for side dish ingredients. Before you know it, you’ll be chowing down on one of the best meals ever!
Shop for high-quality crab cakes and hard shell crabs at Harbour House Crabs today.