There’s nothing quite like a crab feast. Yet, even as satisfying as it is to crack open a steaming, delicious king crab leg, you still might find yourself looking for something a little…extra. After all, even the biggest star needs a supporting cast.
That’s why today we’ve rounded up 10 of the best sides to eat with your Alaskan king crab legs. Add one of two of these to your crab feast menu and you won’t be disappointed.
Whether roasted, baked, mashed or fried, potatoes are a classic go-to side with crab legs. Add a little garlic and butter and you’ll have yourself the ultimate complementary flavors.
Corn on the Cob
And speaking of butter, we can’t forget the most commonly seen side with crab legs: corn on the cob. While we don’t know why this duo became the traditional go-to side to eat with crab, we certainly aren’t mad about it.
Even though coleslaw is generally seen on the side of barbecue, we think this creamy cabbage dish provides the ideal crunch and flavor alongside succulent crab meat.
The salty sweetness of cornbread works well to both compare and contrast with your crab meat. Plus, with all the protein of the crab legs, adding in some carbs is never a bad idea.
Hear us out. This may sound like a weird suggestion, but steamed artichoke petals are best dipped in butter before scraping the meat off. If you’re already dipping your crab in melted butter, you may as well enjoy the extra vitamins and tart flavor of an artichoke alongside it.
Sometimes the simple option is the best one. A nice, crunchy green salad on the side can help fill in the gaps of your meal without taking too much away from the star of the show. Or, if you’re feeling creative, pair your crab legs with a Caesar salad for more garlicky goodness.
If you’re planning on eating a substantial amount of crab, you may want to keep the sides light with just some roasted vegetables. Drizzle a little olive oil over broccoli, asparagus or Brussels sprouts and put in the oven on 400 degrees F until crispy.
We know, we know. Steak isn’t necessarily a side. But can we really have a list of the best foods to eat with crab legs and not mention surf and turf? No, we cannot.
Macaroni and Cheese
While it’s generally lobster that gets combined with everyone’s favorite cheesy noodles, crab meat also goes exceptionally well with this savory side.
Does melted butter count as a side? We’re going to say yes. Plus, you can even fancy your butter up and infuse it with garlic and herbs for an extra punch of flavor. Or, if you’re not interested in butter, try another dip well suited for crab meat — like this brandy mayonnaise.
Luckily, when it comes to pairing your Alaskan king crab legs with a side, you really can’t go wrong. Just pair one delicious food with another — then enjoy!