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What to Serve with Gumbo

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Wondering what to serve with gumbo? No need to overthink it—I’ve got the down-low on easy, delicious picks that’ll make your gumbo even better.

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Gumbo is a top-notch comfort food. It’s a bowl full of love for most of us (unless spicy isn’t your thing, and that’s okay!). It’s a knockout on its own, but to take it from great to legendary, you need a side that’s equally delicious.

Best Side Dishes to Pair with Gumbo

Whether you’re a fan of rice or a cornbread lover at heart, I’ve got the perfect side dishes to suit your fancy. These recipes are all super good and just the thing to balance out the bold flavors of gumbo.

Rice Sides to Serve with Gumbo Soup

Rice and gumbo are like peanut butter and jelly—they just belong together. Here are some rice sides that you’re absolutely gonna love with your favorite gumbo recipe.

1. Plain White Rice

A spoon is being used to scoop rice out of a bowl.
Plain White Rice
No muss, no fuss—this Plain White Rice is my go-to for a quick, fluffy base for gumbo. Just wash the rice, add the right amount of water, and let your Instant Pot work its magic.
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2. Tender Brown Rice

A bowl of brown rice with green onions.
Tender Brown Rice
Don’t like white rice? Don’t worry, brown rice works well with gumbo too. Nutty, chewy, and wholesome, it’s a guilt-free addition to your gumbo feast.
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3. Savory Cajun Red Beans and Rice

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Savory Cajun Red Beans and Rice
Bring a little Mardi Gras to your table with these spicy, savory red beans and rice. It's great on its own, or you can serve it with gumbo to make your meal even more filling.
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4. One Pot Brazilian Dirty Rice

A bowl filled with rice and herbs on a wooden table.
One Pot Brazilian Dirty Rice
Travel to Brazil with your spoon! This one-pot wonder packs a carnival of flavors and is sure to impress.
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Potato Side Dishes for Your Favorite Seafood Gumbo Recipe

If rice isn’t hearty enough, try these potato sides:

5. Baked Loaded Potato Salad

Cheesy potato salad on a plate.
Baked Loaded Potato Salad
This isn’t just a potato salad; it’s a fiesta in a bowl! It's creamy, flavor-packed, and downright irresistible.
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6. Quick and Easy to Make Potato Croquettes

Two white bowls with fried calamari on them.
Quick and Easy to Make Potato Croquettes
Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, these potato croquettes are little bites of heaven. They’re so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried them sooner!
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7. Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries with ketchup.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries are a hit in my house. They're nice and crispy, just the right amount of sweet, and much healthier than regular fries.
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Best Sides Dishes Featuring Corn

Corn’s not just for popping; it’s a versatile veggie that can bring some serious oomph to your table.

8. Instant Pot Fluffy Cornbread

Instant Pot Fluffy Cornbread
What’s gumbo without this classic recipe? This Instant Pot version is fluffy, slightly sweet, and oh-so-easy to whip up. It’s the perfect sponge for all that gumbo goodness.
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9. Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies
Little golden nuggets of joy, hush puppies are the ultimate southern comfort food. Serve them warm for a meal to remember.
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10. Grilled Polenta Loaf

A plate with two pieces of bread and a side of salsa.
Grilled Polenta Loaf
Grill marks, golden crust, and a whole lot of yum! This grilled polenta loaf is a rustic, flavorful side that’s just perfect with any sausage gumbo recipe.
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11. Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Grilled corn on the cob and potatoes on a plate.
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
Looking for a quick and easy side dish for gumbo? Air Fryer Corn on the Cob is your answer. You only need very basic ingredients and 18 minutes to prep and cook this one.
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12. Southern Corn Pudding

Corn casserole on a plate with a spoon.
Southern Corn Pudding
Corn Pudding is another delicious side dish that goes great with gumbo. It’s a little sweet, a little savory, and totally irresistible throughout.
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13. Maque Choux

A bowl of corn salad with peppers and onions.
Maque Choux
This classic is a colorful, flavorful Louisiana favorite. If there’s one gumbo side dish that just might upstage your main, it’s Maque Choux.
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14. Cream Cheese Grits

A spoonful of mashed potatoes in a pot.
Cream Cheese Grits
Cheesy, creamy, and utterly comforting. These cheese grits are the kind of side you’ll want to eat straight from the pot.
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Bread Side Dishes to Serve with Gumbo

Here’s a lineup of bread sides that will make your heart (and stomach) happy.

15. Homemade French Bread

Sliced bread with butter on a baking sheet.
Homemade French Bread
Nothing beats the smell of Homemade French bread. Crusty on the outside, super soft on the inside, it’s the perfect side dish for mopping up all that gumbo goodness.
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16. Garlic Bread

Garlic bread on a white plate with parsley.
Garlic Bread
The garlicky taste of Garlic Bread perfectly complements the flavors of gumbo. It’s so good, you might need to make extra!
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17. French Cheese Puffs

Cheesy biscuits in a bowl next to a wicker basket.
French Cheese Puffs
Light, airy, and cheesy, these French cheese puffs are little bites of heaven. Pop one in your mouth and let the magic happen.
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18. Air Fryer Bread Pudding

plate of bread pudding topped with butter
Air Fryer Bread Pudding
Got some leftover bread? Don't throw it—toss it in the air fryer and make this awesome Bread Pudding. This works as a dessert, but you can serve it as a sweet side.
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19. Quick and Easy Biscuit

Air Fryer Biscuits
No time? No problem. These Quick and Easy Biscuits are a snap to make. They’re fluffy, buttery, and absolutely great for dipping.
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20. Homemade Crackers

Rosemary crackers in a blue dish with sprigs of rosemary.
Homemade Crackers
Why buy when you can DIY? These Homemade Crackers are surprisingly simple and way better than what you get at the store.
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Vegetable Sides That Go Well with Gumbo

Want something light and healthy? These veggie sides are the way to go.

21. Simple Coleslaw

Coleslaw in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.
Simple Coleslaw
This Simple Coleslaw is a fresh, crunchy side that balances out the gumbo’s bold flavors. It’s easy to whip up and never fails to impress.
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22. Grilled Seasoned Okra

Fried okra in a skillet with a wooden spoon.
Grilled Seasoned Okra
Fire up the grill for some Grilled Seasoned Okra. It’s smoky, it’s tasty, and it plays super nice with the equally fiery gumbo.
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23. Southern Fried Okra

A plate of fried okra with dipping sauce.
Southern Fried Okra
If you enjoyed Grilled Okra, try this one. When okra is fried, it gets a crispy, golden exterior that’s just plain good.
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24. Green Bean Almondine

Green beans with almonds on a white plate.
Green Bean Almondine
Fancy up your gumbo night with some Green Bean Almondine. It’s simple, has a nice crunch, and incredibly easy to whip up.
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25. Easy Green Salad Recipe

A bowl of salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and croutons.
Easy Green Salad Recipe
Sometimes, you just need something fresh to balance it all out. A simple green salad does the trick.
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❓ FAQs

Looking for ideas on what to serve with gumbo? Look no further! Explore some delicious options to complement your flavorful bowl of gumbo and enhance your culinary experience. From classic Southern sides to traditional accom

What to Serve with Gumbo

Corinne Schmitt
Wondering what to serve with gumbo? No need to overthink it — here are 25 easy, delicious picks that’ll make your gumbo even better.
5 from 2 votes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


Rice Sides

  • Instant Pot White Rice
  • Tender Brown Rice
  • Savory Cajun Red Beans and Rice
  • One Pot Brazilian Dirty Rice

Potato Sides

  • Baked Loaded Potato Salad
  • Potato Croquettes
  • Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Corn Sides

  • Instant Pot Fluffy Cornbread
  • Hush Puppies
  • Grilled Polenta Loaf
  • Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
  • Southern Corn Pudding
  • Maque Choux
  • Cheese Grits

Bread Sides

  • Homemade French Bread
  • Garlic Bread
  • French Cheese Puffs
  • Air Fryer Bread Pudding
  • Quick and Easy Biscuit
  • Homemade Crackers

Vegetable Sides

  • Simple Coleslaw
  • Grilled Seasoned Okra
  • Southern Fried Okra
  • Green Bean Almondine
  • Green Salad


  • Select your favorite side.
  • Gather all of the ingredients you need.
  • Prepare the recipe and enjoy!
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