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Sides to serve with crab legs

paulj Dec 21, 2006 04:48 PM

I'm trying to think of side dishes that would go well with crab legs at a Christmas Eve family gathering. Others are providing the crab.

In the past I've provided hor d'oeuvres like cheese, pate, savory crepes, and salads like a Nicoise. For this meal I am trying to think of finger foods (and dips) that would go well with the crab itself.


  1. SanseiDesigns Dec 22, 2006 08:06 AM

    A really good, warmed sour dough bread; corn on the cob (the manual eating tool theme), and gougeres. And on the ABC side of wine, try a nice Viognier.

    1. AlaskaChick Dec 21, 2006 06:28 PM

      Its king crab season in Alaska! We almost never eat it with melted butter but prefer sauces such as:

      cocktail sauce - catsup, horseradish, lemon, worcestershire, pepper
      flavored mayos - add chipotle, tarragon or other sauces/herbs to mayo
      green goddess - mayo, garlic, parsley, anchovies

      For sides, I like veggies or salad to offset the richness of the crab. Artichokes, green beans, brussels, sauted spinach, warm spinach salad.


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      1. re: AlaskaChick
        paulj Dec 21, 2006 06:39 PM

        That reminds me of a nouvo-Japanese topping for mussels - mayo flavored with hon-dashi, sriracha and fish roe. It might make a good dip for crab.


      2. scoobyhed Dec 21, 2006 05:29 PM

        Any kind of steamed green vegetable seems to go well with crab, especially one that goes well with the melted butter you're presumably dipping it in. I second artichokes, but green beans, peas, maybe spinach would all work too.

        1. DanaB Dec 21, 2006 05:04 PM

          I was going to suggest artichokes, too. My all-time favorite meal is a whole cracked crab and an artichoke, served with a dipping sauce made with a mix of dijon mustard, mayo, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a tad of dill.

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            alliebear Dec 21, 2006 05:03 PM

            A friend and I just ate crab legs this weekend and we made twice-baked potatoes to go with it. I always seem to end up eating potatoes or artichokes when I eat crab legs.

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              Sherri Dec 21, 2006 04:57 PM

              When we have cracked crab, artichokes seem to go particularly well - a whole eat-with-you-hands meal. Ditto for crusty bread, deviled eggs.

              You might think of an antipasto platter along the lines of your Nicoise salad. If you live in a very cold area, a pot of hot soup simmering on the back burner could also be welcome.

              Merry Christmas. Have a lovely meal.

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