What to Serve With Shrimp Cocktail: 20 Delicious Side Dishes

Shrimp Cocktail side dishes

A shrimp cocktail is an excellent combination of tender and cold shrimp with spicy and sweet sauce. You can have the dish as an appetizer or a main dish with a side option.

If you want to go for the latter option, we have you covered. In this article, we have listed 20 amazing side dishes that go great with a shrimp cocktail.

Shrimp Cocktail side dishes

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The best side dishes to serve with shrimp cocktail are potato salad, macaroni salad, cornbread, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, asparagus soup, stuffed mushrooms, scalloped potatoes, chicken spaghetti, chicken broccoli casserole, chilly roasted potatoes, tomato cucumber corn salad, Spanish rice casserole, garlic zucchini parmesan, jalapeno corn muffins, cheesy baked grits, cloud bread, polenta with marinara sauce, watermelon and feta salad, and cheese bread. 

20 Shrimp Cocktail Sides

1. Potato Salad

Potato salad

This is a simple potato salad but tastes divine with a shrimp cocktail. The creamy sauce and the soft potato complement the shrimp and its sauce, giving you a well-sorted dish. You can make this salad more interesting by adding other ingredients like peas, carrots, or onions.

2. Macaroni Salad

Macaroni salad

A shrimp cocktail tastes delicious with a bowl of macaroni salad. This side dish ticks all the right boxes, thanks to its amazing texture, creamy dressing, and soft macaroni.

Also, we love that this is a quick and easy side option, making it perfect for a weeknight lunch. Do give the pair a try and share your views with us.

3. Cornbread


Sweet and fluffy cornbread is a wonderful treat. While you can easily get it from a store, we recommend making cornbread at home. You can use the easy and quick tagged recipe to make the best cornbread and then serve it with your shrimp cocktail.

4. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes

When it comes to listing the best side dishes for a shrimp cocktail, you can't miss mashed potatoes. This side dish tastes incredible, courtesy of its soft and buttery texture. Also, even a kid can make mashed potatoes, saving you lots of time and effort during dinner.

However, for best results, make sure that your potatoes taste good. Besides, add a small amount of honey mustard sauce to amp up the flavor.

5.  Creamed Corn Creamed corn

Have you ever tried creamed corn? If not, this is the right time to make and eat this wonderful dish at home. Creamed corn can be made in your instant pot with just a few ingredients and within a few minutes.

You can use heavy cream, butter, and cream cheese to make this cheesy corn dish and spice it up with chili powder, pepper, and salt.

6. Asparagus Soup

Asparagus soup

This creamy and flavorful soup works as a great partner to your shrimp cocktail. The soup can get ready within 20 minutes and has asparagus, chicken broth, cream, garlic and butter.

Read the tagged recipe and make a wholesome bowl of creamy soup. It is best enjoyed during winter.

7. Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms

Shrimp cocktail and stuffed mushrooms, what a delight! Stuffed mushrooms are also creamy, thanks to their filling featuring cream cheese, cheddar cheese, spinach, salt and paprika.

8. Scalloped Potatoes

scalloped potatoes

When you have few ingredients and energy left to make a side dish, cook scalloped potatoes with a shrimp cocktail. You will love having them together as flavorful potatoes add lots of warmth to your main dish.

Besides, scalloped potatoes are easy to ace. You don't have to be a professional to achieve perfection. Try the tagged recipe at home and share your feedback.

9. Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken spaghetti

This is an excellent instant pot dish, made with breast chicken, pepper, onions and small cubes f cream cheese. Serve it with your homemade cocktail and enjoy the blend of various flavors.

10. Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Chicken broccoli bake

There is nothing better than a casserole with lots of chicken and broccoli. Yes, if you love having these two ingredients in your food, you will have a great time making and eating this casserole.

In addition, the recipe also features bacon chunks, perfect for making your day.

Serve this crowd-pleasing side dish with your shrimp cocktail and impress your family.

11. Chili Roasted Potatoes

Chili roasted potatoes

Have you ever thought of making chili roasted potatoes at home? If not, now is the time to make them and serve them with your shrimp cocktail.

The roasted potatoes use a simple seasoning containing chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. Try the tagged recipe and thank us later.

12. Tomato Cucumber Corn Salad

tomato cucumber corn salad

This is a simple and healthy salad to serve with your cocktail. All the flavors, freshness, and crunchiness remind you of summer in a bowl. Since the salad is easy to make, you can treat yourself to it every day.

13. Spanish Rice Casserole

spanish rice casserole

If you fancy a hearty meal, serve a shrimp cocktail with this Spanish rice casserole. The dish features ground beef, onion, rice, bell peppers, chili sauce, brown sugar, and cumin.

This casserole is a favorite dish of anyone looking for wholesome food to try.

14. Garlic Zucchini Parmesan 

Garlic zucchini parmesan

If you want to enjoy zucchini with a shrimp cocktail, try this amazing recipe. Parmesan and fresh garlic add lots of flavor to this simple dish and want you crave more. You can make this wholesome dish within ten minutes by pan-frying your zucchini slices.

To elevate your overall food experience, serve the duo with a cold drink and enjoy your meal.

15. Jalapeno Corn Muffins

Jalapeno corn muffins

These are spicy and soft muffins, giving your shrimp cocktail a new flavor and texture. To make these sweet, cheesy and buttery corn muffins, you require ingredients like egg, milk, butter, oil, flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder.

These muffins add the perfect heat to your meal. So, try them on our recommendation.

16. Cheesy Baked Grits

Baked cheesy grits


Give yourself a break and bake cheesy grits at home. This recipe uses lots of cheese, but is it worth the calories? Oh, yes!

You will love the grits with your serving of shrimp cocktail and forget all the other options.

17. Cloud Bread

Cloud bread

You can also pair your shrimp cocktail with the most fluffy cloud bread. As the name suggests, this is one of the softest bread to have. With just four ingredients, egg whites, sugar, cornstarch, and food coloring; you can make the best bread at home and impress your tastebuds.

18. Polenta With Marinara Sauce

Polenta with marinara sauce

We love this combination courtesy of its uniqueness and flavor. This is a meatless side dish, complementing your shrimp cocktail quite well.

Marinara sauce is rich in flavor, while polenta has a creamy texture. Both components come great together, serving you a treat like no other.

How to make this side dish? Just explore the tagged recipe and read all the instructions.

19. Watermelon and Feta Salad

watermelon feta salad

This refreshing salad is perfect for summer. It blends well with the cocktail sauce, giving you all the reasons to serve it with shrimp.

Make a bowl of this salad and enjoy each component to your heart's content.

20. Cheese Bread

Cheese bread

Enjoy this cheese bread for its cheesy flavor, crusty exterior, and warm taste. You can make this cheese bread within a few minutes using the tagged recipe. Once the bread is ready, enjoy it with the cocktail.

There is nothing better than a scrumptious main dish and a delicious side dish. So, if you want to make a flavorful combo for dinner or lunch, we have got you sorted.

Pick your favorite side dish from the list above and serve it with a shrimp cocktail. Share your feedback and suggest more side options, if possible.

Best Side Dishes For Shrimp Cocktail

  1. Potato salad
  2. Macaroni salad
  3. Cornbread
  4. Mashed potatoes
  5. Creamed corn
  6. Asparagus soup
  7. Stuffed mushrooms
  8. Scalloped potatoes
  9. Chicken Spaghetti
  10. Chicken broccoli casserole
  11. Chili roasted potatoes
  12. Tomato cucumber corn salad
  13. Spanish rice casserole
  14. Garlic zucchini parmesan
  15. Jalapeno corn muffins
  16. Cheesy baked grits
  17. Cloud bread
  18. Polenta with marinara sauce
  19. Watermelon and feta salad
  20. Cheese bread

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Shrimp Cocktail side dishes

What To Serve With Shrimp Cocktail

Looking for the perfect sides to pair with your hearty and flavorful Shrimp Cocktail? We have 20 delicious ideas for you.
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Course: dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Shrimp cocktail, shrimp cocktail side dishes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


  • 1 shrimp cocktail


  • Make shrimp cocktail using your favorite recipe.
  • Make a side dish from the list above. You can choose between cheese bread, scalloped potatoes, chicken broccoli casserole, mashed potatoes, asparagus soup, stuffed mushrooms, watermelon feta salad, creamed corn, tomato cucumber corn salad, macaroni salad, Spanish rice casserole and potato salad.
  • Serve and enjoy a perfect meal 🙂
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