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What have you served alongside crab? Need recs

Hello from Sonoma! My friends' parents are taking care of the crab for dinner tonight, my friend and I are responsible for the sides. No idea what to make. Can you help? Thanks!

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  1. I always love a good potato gratin and a crisp green salad with my crab legs.

    1. Garlic bread & salad!

      1. I like cold creamy coleslaw! Something about crab and mayo (even not on the same dish) that just make me happy! (or may be it's the beer....)

        1. Guess it depends on whether the crab is hot or cold. If it's cold, hot sides seem weird to me. I'd go with a great big salad with different greens and maybe some grapefruit sections and lots of garlic bread - good sourdough or sweet batard-type bread.

          I like crab with a cayenne, lemon juice mayo with maybe a little garlic.

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          1. re: oakjoan

            Oh I hadn't even thought about cold. Anytime someone says crab to me, I see big steaming piles of crab legs and some drawn butter. (And my eyes glaze over...mmmmmm)

            1. re: oakjoan

              It's going to be hot. Thanks for the speedy responses... Definitely thinking bread, salad, potatoes sound good... others?

            2. Roasted asparagus -- (garlic) crab and asparagus is a traditional combination in Vietnam.

              1. Work some avocado into the salad. It goes especially well with crab.


                1. Old Bay dusted french fries or roasted potatoes.
                  Iceberg wedge with blue cheese, bacon and tomato.
                  And yes, another vote for coleslaw.

                  1. Finger foods--hush puppies, cold asparagus, french fries. This is another dish where I don't know how to eat the sides that require utensils because my hands are messy and it's a pain to clean them off if I'm just going to have a bite of cole slaw or whatever. I usually finish off the crabs and then have the sides but I'd rather eat them together. What do you all do?

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                    1. re: chowser

                      I was thinking the same thing - good choices. For a salad, what about using the whole leaf with added ingredients. YUM.

                      1. If you have malt vinegar, it works really well with crab.

                        1. I live on Vancouver Island, and when we say "Crab" we mean Dungeness. The only thing I serve on the side is garlic butter, lots and lots of napkins and a big old paper shopping bag or two for the shells.

                          1. Roasted potatoes
                            Roasted corn on the cob