What to Serve with Gumbo (30+ Appetizers & Sides)

Gumbo is a delicious and flavorful meal that can be enjoyed as a main course. But what should you serve with gumbo to make the meal even more special? I’ve got you covered! From appetizers to classic sides, here’s some perfect side dishes for gumbo.

Whether you’re looking for classic sides, fun appetizers, or healthy veggie sides, you’ll find something to enjoy to accompany your gumbo on this list of 30+ tasty side dish recipes!

The BEST Sides & Appetizers for Gumbo

Deviled eggs on grey plate sprinkled with paprika.
Easy Peel Instant Pot Deviled Eggs are a perfect appetizer. With variations to make bacon deviled eggs, deviled eggs with relish or spicy deviled eggs. 
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Overhead close up of zucchini fries on platter.
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries with Lemon Tarragon Aioli are perfect for snacking. Strips of zucchini, coated in panko cook up perfectly crispy in the air fryer. Dip them in an easy-to-prepare creamy aioli flavored with tarragon and lemon. 
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Grilled Oysters are amazing! This grilled oyster recipe details which types are best for grilling and an easy white wine butter sauce for topping.
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Stuffed crab deviled eggs on dark background topped with sesame seeds, avocado, radishes and cucumber.
Crab Deviled Eggs are an eay, delicious variation of the classic recipe. It’s like your favorite California Roll in deviled egg form. The creamy yolks are combined with wasabi for a spicy kick, then they’re topped with crab, avocado and cucumber. 
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Ears of corn on the cob in a grey serving dish with a pat of butter and sprinkling of parsley.
Learn how to make the BEST Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. This pressure cooker corn on the cob recipe uses a simple, secret ingredient to guarantee that your corn is sweet, tender and delicious! 
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Black eyed peas in white bowl topped with scoops of rice.
{No Soak} Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas cook up quickly with the help of your pressure cooker. Serve this traditional side dish on New Year's for good luck!
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Serving spoon in bowl of tomato cucumber salad.
This Tomato Cucumber Salad features fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and crisp red onion. Dressed in a tangy homemade red wine vinaigrette, every bite is bursting with refreshing Mediterranean flavors!
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Bowl of rice and small bowl of soy sauce next to instant pot.
With these tips you’ll see it’s simple to learn how to cook perfect rice in the Instant Pot . The result is fluffy & flavorful rice that’s easy to prepare with minimal measuring.
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Sauteed zucchini and squash in skillet.
You can serve Sauteed Zucchini and Squash with practically anything! It’s a simple side dish that showcases sliced and seared summer squash and savory Italian flavors.
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a salty, crispy, savory, and slightly sweet side dish you can pair with almost anything! Lightly spiced and so simple, this easy recipe is a total crowd pleaser and a must-have for weeknight dinners.
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Sauteed spinach in white bowl.
Add a healthy boost of nutrients to your dinner with this easy Sauteed Spinach. Baby spinach is added to a skillet along with garlic and olive oil, then sauteed gently to create a simple side dish that pairs with any meal!
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Overhead close up of combined vinegar slaw in large white mixing bowl.
Red Cabbage Slaw is a super simple side dish recipe made without mayo. It’s tangy, delicious and crunchy. 
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Peppers with grill marks scattered on counter.
Learn how to make perfectly tender and blistered Grilled Bell Peppers at home! It’s one of the best and easiest side dishes you can add to burrito bowls, fajitas, or pair with grilled meats.
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Over head shot of cooked brussels sprouts in grey bowl with spoon.
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic cook up crispy and delicious with minimal oil with the help of your air fryer! Dressed simply with balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of salt. You'll love these!
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Overhead shot of instant pot quinoa in white bowl with spoon.
With these easy tips, you’ll see it’s simple to cook perfect quinoa in the Instant Pot with minimal measuring. The result is fluffy and flavorful quinoa that’s super simple to prepare.
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Overhead shot of mac and cheese in speckled bowl with spoon and grated cheddar scattered about.
This is the BEST Instant Pot Mac and Cheese! Made extra creamy with a secret ingredient plus delicious cheddar & parmesan cheese. It can be made in just 4 minutes with your electric pressure cooker.
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Hand scooping into spoon bread.
Spoon Bread with Cheddar Cheese combines the savoriness of cornbread and the softness of a souffle in one delicious dish! Made with savory scallions and sharp cheddar cheese, you won’t be able to get enough of this classic Southern recipe.
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These hushpuppies are super crunchy on the outside, yet light and fluffy on the inside.
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This fried okra recipe is fresh sliced okra coated in buttermilk and a seasoned cornmeal mixture, then deep fried until golden brow and crispy.
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These exceedingly tall and fluffy cheddar-scallion biscuits are flaky and flavorful and so easy to make thanks to a few simple techniques.
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Dirty rice is a classic New Orleans dish with bold flavor. This Cajun rice recipe is simple to make and perfect for a Mardis Gras dinner!
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The only recipe you’ll ever need for Corn Maque Choux! A delicious Cajun side dish from Louisiana that pairs perfectly with so many meals!
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Southern collard greens broken down into bite-sized pieces that slowly simmer away and tenderize in a rich, meaty, and flavorful pot likker!
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These Southern Green Beans are rich and flavorful with hearty pieces of smoked meat throughout. The best southern-style green beans, y’all.
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Are you ready for the absolute best tasting cornbread? This Brown Sugar Cornbread recipe is golden on top, fluffy in the middle, and tastes amazing with hints of molasses.
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Easy Creamed Spinach does not get easier! This simple homemade side dish is so much better than store bought, and is ready in no time!
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Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas is a healthy, quick and delicious side dish to go with any main. Ready in 5 minutes, you’ll love the simplicity!
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This vegetarian succotash recipe is fresh, vibrant and bacon-free. It features seared corn, plump lima beans, fresh peppers and butter!
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Creamy and Rich Corn Pudding made from scratch with brown butter, heavy cream and corn. No boxed jiffy corn mix or canned corn needed!
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Stewed Okra and Tomatoes is a classic Southern dish. Flavored with bacon, onion, garlic and vinegar, you know the veggies are delicious!
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ℹ️ How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these gumbo side dish recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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What to Serve with Gumbo: 30+ Sides

Wondering what to serve with gumbo? I've got you covered! From appetizers to classic sides, here's some perfect side dishes for gumbo. Try this Spoon Bread. It combines the savoriness of cornbread and the softness of a souffle in one delicious dish!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • 4 tablespoons butter (divided, plus more for dish)
  • 1 bunch scallions (white and light-green parts, thinly sliced)
  • 2 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 1/3 cups cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs (separated)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated Cabot Sharp Cheddar Cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly butter a 1 1/2-quart souffle dish, or 8 6-ounce individual ramekins.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet, add the scallions and cook until just wilted. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Slowly add the cornmeal and salt, whisking until it begins to thicken, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining 3 TBSP butter and the scallions.
  • Lightly beat the egg yolks in a small bowl.
  • In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Once the cornmeal mixture has cooled a bit, stir in the egg yolks and cheese. Next, gently fold in the egg whites.
  • Pour the mixture into your prepared dish(es) and bake for 40 minutes (30 minutes for individual ramekins). The middle should be soft, but not liquidy, and puffy and golden brown on top. Serve immediately.
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Souffle Dish or Ramekins


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 416mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg

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