Side Dishes

What to Serve with Crab Legs: 18 Tasty Side Dishes

Feeling crabby? Enhance your dinner with awesome sides!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated January 9, 2023

For what to serve with crab legs, check out this extensive list! I’ve compiled some awesome recipes that will round out your seafood meal.

what to serve with crab legs

Crab legs are a popular delicacy — something you can find in luxe restaurants or at receptions. Luckily, you can also enjoy this dish when dining at home!

There are many species of crab in the ocean, but chefs prize certain ones for their legs, so that’s what fishermen catch. Therefore, the ones available in supermarkets are the ones you want to eat.

So, it’s a lot easier than picking out fish or a cut of meat!

Many times, you’ll see king crab legs at the market or buffet restaurants. That’s because they’re enormous.

In fact, some king crabs are 5 feet wide! And that means they have very long legs too.

When compared to lobster, king crab meat is very similar: it’s firm and comes out of the shell easily. Unfortunately, this also means it can be expensive.

You can serve crab legs hot or cold, but my favorite way is with melted butter! And for sides, you can choose between favorites like potatoes, corn on the cob, cheddar biscuits, garlic bread, or healthy salads.

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01. Green Beans

Health nuts and food connoisseurs alike will adore this simple side. With this recipe, you can whip up delicious veggies in minutes.

For soft beans, blanch fresh ones quickly before sauteeing. Or, to make prep even easier, you can use frozen beans!

I love the hint of heat that the dijon mustard brings to this side. But if you’re not a fan, just leave it out.

02. Cajun Remoulade Sauce

While cooks often serve seafood with tartar sauce, I like to spice up my crab leg dinner! It’s creamy like tartar sauce, but the seasonings pack a punch.

Cajun spice mix is the most important flavoring in this sauce. And you can either buy it or make your own.

The other ingredients include Worcestershire sauce, mustard, creamed horseradish, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika. Together, they become a spicy mixture that’s flavorful but won’t blow your head off.

03. French Fries

Who doesn’t love golden, fast-food French fries? Well, they’re even better when they come out of your own kitchen!

There are a few important steps in this recipe, so it takes a little more time than putting frozen fries in the oven. But it’s worth it!

First, make sure you soak the potatoes in the cold sugar brine. Then, double-fry them so they get extra crispy.

04. Coleslaw

This is one of my favorite classic side dishes for a picnic. It’s fresh, crunchy, creamy, sweet, and sour.

I like to make coleslaw with this mix of mayonnaise and sour cream because it makes it extra tangy. Then, I add a little bit of white sugar to balance the flavors.

If you can’t find celery seed, just leave it out. Or sub caraway seeds for a German touch.

05. Twice-Baked Potatoes

Master a comforting classic! These twice-baked potatoes are seasoned to perfection.

Twice-baked potatoes are like a cross between a regular baked potato and mashed potatoes. After baking the potatoes, you scoop out the inside, mix it with cheese and seasonings, and then stuff it back into the skins to bake once more.

You can even add crab meat to the leftover potatoes the next day. It’s a luscious lunch!

06. Roasted Vegetables

With this easy side, you can spend more time with your family and less time in the kitchen. Simply prep the veggies, toss them in the oven, and voila!

This recipe includes a nice variety of vegetables including broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower. But you can use any mix of veggies that you like, such as bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, or cherry tomatoes.

07. Potato Salad

Ina Garten writes consistently delicious recipes, and this one for potato salad is no different.

In her dressing, she uses a mix of buttermilk and mayo for both creaminess and tang. And the pickle adds a pop of sourness.

Also, the fresh dill is important! It helps lift the dressing.

However, you can use dried herbs in a pinch if you can’t find fresh ones.

08. Corn on the Cob

You might think crispy corn on the cob is impossible without starting up your grill. But you can do it!

All you need is an air fryer to ensure your tender corn gets a light char on the outside.

For the healthiest side dish, use olive oil like the recipe says. But for a hit of flavor, I like to use garlic butter.

09. Mashed Potatoes

No dairy? No problem!

These mashed potatoes are vegan, so you make them creamy by blending soaked cashews into a silky sauce. As well, you season them with veggie broth, garlic, onion, and rosemary.

For extra-fluffy potatoes, whip them in a stand mixer for just a few seconds. But don’t beat them for too long because they can turn gluey.

Also, you can always mash them by hand instead.

10. Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Butter

If you really want to impress someone, make Alaskan king crab legs and these steamed artichokes. They’re both finger food, but elegant!

The artichokes are easy to make in an Instant Pot, but you can also steam or boil them if you don’t have one. You’ll just need to budget a little more cooking time.

And don’t forget the garlic sauce! It’s delicious on both the artichokes and the crab legs.

11. Almond Caesar Salad

Nothing beats a crunchy Caesar salad as a healthy, delicious appetizer. And this simple recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare — including the homemade dressing!

You only need a few ingredients for the dressing, including olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. And then the Parmesan cheese and almonds add body to the sauce.

For that hit of salt, this recipe uses capers instead of anchovies. So, any vegetarian guests can enjoy this salad, too!

12. Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Piping hot biscuits pair well with any seafood dish. And, they are so much simpler than making rolls from scratch.

In fact, you can get them on the table in under half an hour.

You can season them any way you want, including changing up the herbs. But keep the melted butter on top — it makes them extra decadent!

13. Deviled Eggs

Eggs and Bloody Marys: it sounds like brunch. Actually, it’s a fancy side dish you can serve any time!

While these are similar to regular deviled eggs, they have so much more flavor.

First, you coat the egg with chili lime seasoning. Then, you stuff them with extra ingredients, including tomato paste and pickle juice.

And, finally, you stack them high with celery leaves, gherkins, and crispy bacon!

14. Air Fryer Garlic Bread

Garlic bread always brings me back to childhood parties, and every bite makes me happy. With this easy recipe, you can feel the joy too!

All you need to do is season the butter, spread it on the bread, and then air fry it for a couple of minutes. And if you want to get really fancy, you can add other spices, such as fresh black pepper or red pepper flakes.

15. Lemon Cheesecake

Always leave room for dessert! After a dinner of spectacular crab legs, you need an equally elegant dessert.

This cheesecake isn’t too heavy or too light. And the crust is crispy, but the inside is perfectly silky!

For extra lemon flavor, this recipe uses both lemon juice and lemon zest.

16. Mandarin Orange Salad

Fruit and nuts are classic salad toppings because they add both flavor and texture. In this salad, there’s a combination of fresh, dried, and canned fruit, as well as sliced almonds, to satisfy all your tastebuds.

While you can use bottled dressing, I love this simple sauce. And for a tangy twist, add a dash of fresh lime juice instead of lemon in the dressing.

17. Creamy Lemon Squares

Don’t just squeeze lemons on your crab legs — save some juice for these bars! They’re the perfect complement to a seafood dinner.

Light and fresh, these squares are so good you can’t stop eating them. And they’re very simple to make because you use a can of sweetened condensed milk in the filling.

18. Lemon Meringue Pie

This is yet another lemon dessert, and it’s just as delicious as the others! It’s also a show-stopper when you pipe the meringue on top.

The filling for this pie is a little more complicated than in the previous recipe, but it has a more complex flavor. And whipping the egg whites takes a little practice, but it’s worth the effort.

This type of meringue doesn’t need to be baked, so the pie is ready to eat once you assemble it. But I love to torch the meringue peaks because it looks pretty!

What to Serve with Crab Legs: 18 Tasty Side Dishes

Directions


  1. Boil your crab legs.

  2. Select your sides.

  3. Throw a fancy party!

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