If you're prepping to make a seafood boil and need some ideas on delicious side dishes, you're in the right place! I've compiled a list of 10 of the best side dishes to compliment the main event.
Whether you're making a low country boil, a crawfish boil, or a good old-fashioned shrimp boil, you'll find a bunch of delicious recipes to make with your boil!
What is a seafood boil?
A seafood boil is as big a party as it is a dish. It's a bunch of different seafood thrown into a flavorful broth and boiled until it's cooked. It's a simple recipe but the finished product is so good.
A typical seafood boil consist of red potatoes, sweet corn or ears of corn, a smoky sausage like andouille sausage, crawfish, king crab (dungeness crab legs if you're fancy), lobster, jumbo shrimp, clams, and mussels.
Use a few lemon wedges to squeeze on top and you've got a delicious dish for everyone to enjoy!
Side Dishes for a Seafood Boil
Easy Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread
Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread is a hearty sliced loaf slathered with butter, garlic, herbs, and cheese, then baked to crisp perfection. Who doesn't love a cheesy bread full of garlic and herbs?!
This creamy smoked mac and cheese recipe is the cheesy, melty, and oh so good! It has a mix 5 different cheeses for the most epic cheese pull and is topped with panko bread crumbs for a nice buttery crunch.
This classic Southern hush puppy recipe is made with cornmeal batter, diced sweet onions, and the perfect amount of sweetness. These hushpuppies are crispy and golden brown on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside and will become a new family favorite!
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans is your new favorite salad that doesn't taste like a salad. It's full of fresh fruit, tossed in a little lemon and olive oil, and garnish with candied pecans and gorgonzola cheese for a nice sweet and savory twist!
One of my favorite things to enjoy with a seafood boil is bread. In between grabbing mouthfuls of shrimp and lobster and crab, taking a bite of this sweet cornbread is heavenly. It's full of butter and vanilla flavors and will be perfect at your next boil.
I LIVE for my garlic butter seafood boil sauce where I literally melt a stick of butter (or two) and saute garlic and onions, then add old bay seasoning and cajun seasoning. It has a kick of spice, fresh herbs, lemon juice, and just too much deliciousness to even describe.
I use a similar sauce in my low-country boil recipe as well. It goes well with any type of boil/seafood honestly. However, if you're not using my garlic butter sauce, you can try using:
A seafood boil can be served with bread, mac and cheese, salads, vegetables, corn on the cob, okra, etc. The list goes on!
What do you put on the table for a seafood boil?
Typically, you place newspaper or butcher paper on the table prior to sprawling the seafood onto the table to eat. It makes clean up a lot easier. You can also use aluminum pans or just a large serving tray.
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