Some dishes to serve with crab are corn on the cob, baked potatoes, grilled vegetables, crusty bread and fruit salad. Some other sides include risotto, saffron rice and spinach salad. Crab has a delicate flavor, so it's best to choose sides that complement rather than overwhelm the main course.
A chef should decide which dish to serve with crab by first deciding what kind of meal she wants to make. For instance, an Asian meal has different side dishes than a picnic-style meal or a traditional meal. Traditional side dishes include potatoes and corn. Chefs can combine the two sides along with the crab and sausage in a pot, creating a crab boil. For a more upscale meal, serve the crab with a side of asparagus roasted in olive oil and sea salt.
For a picnic-style meal, add spinach salad, potato salad and rolls to the menu. Possible dipping sauces for the crab include clarified butter or spicy ranch dressing. An Asian-themed meal can include a vegetable stir-fry dish. Combine crab with lettuce, herbs and vegetables and roll it up in rice paper for an Asian twist to classic crab legs. Adding shredded crab meat to stir-fry, spring rolls, dumplings or soup is another option.