What to Serve With Shrimp Boil? 20 Best Side Dishes

side dishes for shrimp boil

Do you want to enjoy veggies, meat, and seafood together? If yes, try to cook a plate of shrimp boil and satisfy your cravings. It is a perfect dish for the entire family and is enjoyed with hands.

Since this dish is a masterpiece, it is bound to spread smiles. However, if you have a large gathering, you may want to complement the shrimp boil with a few side dishes.

side dishes for shrimp boil

The best side dishes for shrimp boil are mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, coleslaw, salads, and baked beans.

If you are ready to explore more dishes, jump right in.

20 Side Dishes Served With Shrimp Boil

A good side dish can help you balance the excess carbs and proteins in your plate of shrimp boil. So, make your selection carefully.

1. Mac and Cheese

Macaroni mixed with melted cheese with parsley on top in white bowl

Raise your hands if you have always been a fan of Mac and Cheese. We all love this creation as it's cheesy, warm, and soft. What's more, you can pair it with the shrimp boil for a hearty meal.

However, ensure to serve this dish while it's fresh. The elbow macaroni tends to get soggy with time, so you may not like to consume the dish then.

2. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes in a brown bowl topped with butter

Mashed potatoes are buttery, soft, and delicious. They have a wholesome texture and flavor, making them the best side dish for any main meal. It is very easy to make mashed potatoes, and you can serve a scoop or two with every serving of the shrimp boil.

3. Corn On the Cob

With simple ingredients such as corn on the cob, water, butter, and salt, you can create this side dish for as many guests as you like. Moreover, you can also make a separate seasoning for people who prefer a spicy touch to their corn.

The best way to serve the cob is by slicing it into placing and then placing them in the same dish as the shrimp boil.

4. Deviled Eggs 

Hard boiled eggs cut into half filled with egg and mustard mixture and topped with paprika

Deviled eggs taste great, especially when served with seafood. These eggs are pretty healthy and can be made more delicious with a mayo and olive oil filling.

If you crave something special, add avocado to the mix as well.

5. Ham and Beans

Instant Pot Ham and Beans top view

If you have leftover ham in your fridge, mix it with some boiled beans and make this appetizing dish. This side dish and shrimp boil make a perfect weeknight dinner for two. The beans and shrimp pair well together, creating a comfortable dish everyone loves.

6. Potato Salad

potato salad with chopped celery, eggs and parsley leaves on top

Suppose the potatoes in your shrimp boil are not enough. In that case, you can prepare a fresh potato salad with dressing including yellow mustard, brown mustard, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. You can also include herbs in the mix for a refreshing side dish.

Additionally, mayo also helps add a creamy texture to the salad. However, ensure to add a small amount to keep the calories as low as possible.

7. Steamed Vegetables

Steamed cauliflower florets, green bean and yellow been and a bowl topped which chopped parsley

Shrimp boil can get very heavy sometimes, especially with all the potatoes, seafood, and corn. This is why you should also consider pairing the dish with steamed vegetables.

You can add your favorite spices to your vegetables when steaming for a much-needed kick. Alternatively, only season the vegetables with salt and pepper if you prefer low spice levels.

8. Chicken Salad

Bun half open filled with vegetable salad and chicken slices

This is a super delicious salad that takes on 30 minutes to get ready. The dish contains chicken breast, mayonnaise, almonds, mustard, and chives, creating a wholesome salad perfect for the shrimp boil.

Again, there are no restrictions when it comes to its ingredients. So feel free to add your favorite vegetables and herbs.

9. Vegetarian Chili

Chili with white and red kidney beans, carrot and corn topped with parsley with nachos on side

How about serving the shrimp boil with a bowl of vegetarian chili and some crackers? Not a bad idea, right?

Vegetarian chili is a wholesome side dish with beans, tomatoes, cumin, and chili powder. You can aff both pinto and black beans to create this dish and freeze the leftovers for up to four months.

10. Rosemary Bread

Whole rosemary bread with one slice cut out on cutter board topped with rosemary

Are you craving carbs and calories? If yes, you can always serve rosemary bread with a dish of shrimp boil. This bread is best when served warm and soft.

Additionally, the bread has very limited ingredients, such as yeast, water, rosemary, olive oil, salt, and sugar. Most ingredients are already available in your pantry, so you don't have to head out for these ingredients.

11. Coleslaw

Coleslaw new

Coleslaw helps to add vibrant colors to your food table. Additionally, coleslaw is delightful and healthy.

This creamy side dish serves sour and sweet with a unique crunchy texture. When paired with the shrimp boil, coleslaw elevates the taste and texture of your meal.

When preparing a coleslaw, you can add your favorite cabbages, carrots, and onions to the mix. Also, apple cider vinegar and mayonnaise make your dressing tasty and rich.

Here is another tip. If you want to pair coleslaw with your well-cooked shrimp boil, freeze it for an hour or so before serving it. Nothing is better than cold coleslaw, so ensure you follow this tip.

12. Brussel Sprouts

If you find creating a Brussel Sprouts main dish hard, try making a side dish instead. Pan-roast the sprouts using vegetable oil and place the dish in an oven.

Roasting takes about 30 minutes, and the results are always fantastic. You can top these sprouts with seasoning and cheese and serve them with a plate of shrimp boil.

Brussels sprouts are also relatively healthy, so having them as a side dish increases the nutritional value of your food.

13. Avocado Cucumber Salad

Avocado Cucumber Salad

A shrimp boil is excellent summer seafood, and there is no better way to enjoy it than with a healthy and refreshing salad. This is why a bowl of avocado cucumber salad makes a perfect match.

Both avocado and cucumber help elevate your salad game and make it fulfilling. Also, it prevents stomach acidity when consumed with a heavy meal.

14. Garlic Parmesan Asparagus

Parmesan roasted asparagus

Imagine enjoying oven-roasted asparagus with lemon, parmesan, and garlic. This side dish is healthy, light, and refreshing. What's more, it complements a shrimp boil pretty well.

It is one of the quickest side dishes to serve urgently. Also, asparagus is low carb and low fat, meaning you can enjoy this side dish as often as you want.

You can also add two or more garlic cloves to your recipe. Cloves add a comforting flavor and excellent richness.

15. Baked Beans

baked beans

The baked beans recipe uses your favorite beans cooked slow and low. You can season the beans however you like. But we recommend using onion and garlic powders, turmeric, and salt for a tasty flavor.

Alternatively, spice up your baked beans with cumin, chili powder, and barbecue sauce. This baked bean recipe is pretty sweet and saucy.

16. Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Take a bowl and mix a few thinly sliced onions, cucumbers, watermelons, and cheese. Then add a few herbs, spices, salt, and pepper for a nice kick.

Pair the salad with your plate of shrimp boil and gain praise from your family and guests.

17. Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder

A warm bowl of clam chowder with a plate of shrimp boil is surely a hard-to-resist combination. When serving this soup with your main meal, ensure that it is warm, has the correct thickness, and contains all the fantastic ingredients to make you feel full and content.

18. Buns


Have you tried eating a shrimp boil with homemade buns? If not, this is your chance.

Buns are soft and warm. They taste great with all types of dishes, including seafood. Dip your bun in the main dish and experience a fulfilling meal.

Alternatively, you can eat the shrimp and buns separately and enjoy them with your favorite beverage.

19. Crisp Apple Salad

Crisp Apple Salad

This salad is healthy, sweet, and delicious. With ingredients like apples, pomegranate seeds, cinnamon-spiced pecans, goat cheese, and also walnuts, you can create a side dish that gets along with every seafood recipe.

20. Caesar Salad

You can't go wrong with a caesar salad. It is healthy, delicious, creamy, and very easy to make. Besides, this salad is a favorite of many, so even if you don't like vegetables, it might be hard to resist this side dish.

Shrimp boil is an excellent dish that can elevate your mood easily. It can fill your stomach with all the goodness and has flavors to make your taste buds dance with joy.

We have shared some amazing sides above if you don't want to experience this seafood alone. So take a pick and enjoy your meal.

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side dishes for shrimp boil

What to Serve With Shrimp Boil

Shrimp boil is a great one pot meal, but adding one of these side dishes will make your dinner even better!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Low Country Shrimp Boil, what to serve with shrimp boil
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Corrie


  • 1 shrimp boil


  • Prepare your favorite shrimp boil recipe.
  • Select and make a side dish such as mac and cheese, ham and beans, buns, deviled eggs, corn on the cob, potato salad, steamed vegetables, coleslaw, clam chowder, apple salad, potato salad or mashed potatoes.
  • Serve together and enjoy 🙂
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