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What are the Best Seafood Sides?

Because fish and seafood do not just pair with just any side dish, it can be challenging to find one that complements your meal. Don’t worry — we have compiled the definitive list of the best seafood side dishes. So no more guesswork! Seafood Direct offer online seafood delivery throughout the UK, here are five types of sides to pair with your delicious seafood.


Potatoes are a common side dish for many protein main courses, including seafood. Crab cakes and creamy mashed potatoes are a match made in heaven. You can also serve steamed lobsters with oven-roasted/baked potatoes or crispy garlic baked potato wedges to soak up any stray butter splatters. Baked or broiled lobster tails complement creamy potato side dishes such as scalloped potatoes or au gratin potatoes.


Corn goes very well with fish, and these sides and entree pairings will undoubtedly make any meal shine. Nothing says summer like North Sea crabs on the cob! Fresh shrimp that has been grilled, simmered, or barbecued need homemade hush puppies (fried cornbread) — all of those delectable fluids need to be soaked up by something! More savoury corn side dishes such as sweet corn succotash beautifully complement crispy fried catfish or grilled salmon.


Seafood is not just a topping for great pasta dishes; you can also pair it with interesting noodle sides. No crispy cod or crab cake sandwich would be complete without a delightful creamy macaroni salad. Cocktail crab claws go well with a wide variety of pasta salads. Spicy grilled shrimp go perfectly with macaroni cheese, and we cannot forget the butter seared lobster tails!


Yes, we are aware... Potatoes and corn are also veggies. Let’s call these the other types of veggies. Grilled veggies such as zucchini, bell peppers, portobello mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, romaine lettuce, and tomatoes complement grilled seafood such as seared scallops, tuna steaks, or rockfish. Homemade coleslaw, an ever-popular veggie side dish, is a must-have for any fried fish platter or crab cakes. Lighter vegetable sides, such as German Cucumber-Dill Salad (Gurkensalat) or Mediterranean tomato salads, go well with shellfish — from salad prawns to king scallops or more delicate fillets of fish like red snapper. Healthy main dishes with Tuna, Halibut, or Mahi Mahi and popular seafood selections like steakhouse classic, shrimp cocktail, call for hearty greens like garlic sautéed spinach and kale.


Finally, there are the beans. These under appreciated sides offer a low-cost but mouth-watering option for casual seafood recipes. The traditional baked beans complement large spicy grilled shrimp or crab platters — the bigger the crabs, the better. Mediterranean-style bean salad with marinated cannellini beans, olives and/or tomatoes go well with seared scallops, lobster meat, panned oysters, and crispy calamari.

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