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Jun 10, 2007 07:24 AM

Sides with crab cakes

I would like to make crab cakes as a main course and am having a hard time coming up with complementary sides. Any ideas? Thanks!

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  1. Parmesan-pepper orzo (cook orzo, mix with a bit of parmesan, butter, cream and plenty of black pepper)
    Roasted asparagus

    1. I like to serve them with a light salad, like a spring mix tossed with a vinaigrette. Maybe a little thinly sliced fennel and tomato tossed in too. Serve a simple soup course before that, like a roasted tomato, and you've got a great meal.

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      1. re: sgwood415

        Same here sqwood. Crab cakes and a nice side salad is all I need and it pairs so well. I love corn and crab so a corn relish is something I've done.

      2. Crab cakes are so rich and slightly sweet. An astringent, fresh tomato salad would be great as a contrast. Polenta or cheese grits would really go well with both items.

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        1. re: martmurt

          I like a tomato salad, too, w/ avocados and a lime/lemon viniagrette.

          1. re: chowser

            That sounds great, I'll have to try that one. I think crab cakes need a little acidity on the side to balance the fried flavor. Plus it helps wake up your taste buds for the crab. I saw some heirlooms hitting the markets this week. A mix of colored tomatoes would look beautiful with crab cakes.

            1. re: sgwood415

              These are all great ideas, exactly up my alley. Thanks to all. In addition to a classic remoulade I've also made a curried coconut avocado puree to go on top of crab cakes before, which as strange as it sounds, goes very well. I often make tabouli, but don't think I'll have time for that, so I'll do the tomato salad. And maybe I'll start with an asparagus soup.

        2. I would try a fun asian slaw with lots of lightly marinated veggies, and black sesame seeds - rice wine vinegar base...with wilted greens. I do think the fresh tomato ideas are great, we don't have freshies yet. I might head in the direction of gazpacho if its hot where you are...

          1. Keep it simple...fresh corn on the cob, tomato salad with s&p, vinegar & oil and roasted asparagus.

            Allow that crabt to SHINE!

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            1. re: SweetPhyl

              I second this suggestion. Some kind of fresh corn--either on the cob, or off and lightly sauteed in butter with fresh herbs--as well as other bounty from the farmers' market. I like cuke salad, sliced tomatoes dressed lightly with oil and vinegar or lemon juice/zest, and a loaf of crusty bread. DANG! I wish it was corn and tomato season here in Virginia!

              1. re: SweetPhyl

                I like these ideas a lot. I'd also add that a cucumber salad is really refreshing and easy. And with crab cakes being so rich, it will make the meal feel a little lighter.