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    The 25 BEST Crab Recipes

    If you’re looking for some great Crab Recipes, you’ve come to the right place! Crab is such a versatile seafood, with its mild, yet sweet flavor.

    We’ve compiled this great collection of recipes, so you never have to think “what to cook with crab?” again.

    From simple light dishes, to soups and appetizers, pastas and more, you’ll find plenty of interesting new ways to prepare your favorite seafood.

    Cook your way through all these delicious and easy crab recipes, you’re sure to find a new favorite. Have fun…

    The 25 BEST Crab Recipes.

    1. Crab Cakes

    We’re starting this list with a real classic, Maryland style crab cakes. This recipe uses very little filling, allowing the great crab flavor and texture to really stand out!

    Get the Recipe @ sallysbakingaddiction

    2. She-Crab Soup

    If you’ve ever been to the Carolina Lowcountry, you’ve surely had she-crab soup. This creamy and flavorful soup only takes about 25 minutes, but tastes as good as and fancy restaurant.

    Get the Recipe @ biscuitsandburlap

    3. Fried Soft Shell Crabs

    If it’s softshell season, from about May through November, you don’t want to miss out on these treats. Freshly molted crabs fried right in the shell. They go great in sandwiches, or just on their own!

    Get the Recipe @ carolynscooking

    4. Crab Imperial

    Crab Imperial is a classic east coast dish featuring crab meat, mayo and other flavor enhancers topped with parmesan cheese and baked to perfection. YUM!

    Get the Recipe @ theseasonedmom

    5. Deviled Crabs

    Deviled crabs are a treat you’ll find in many seafood restaurants. Now you can make them at home! They are kind of like crab cakes, but are stuffed in shells and baked.

    Get the Recipe @ spicysouthernkitchen

    6. Seafood Boil

    If you’re hosting a big feast, you can’t go wrong with a seafood boil! This recipe featured crab legs, shrimp, corn and andouille sausage, perfect for feeding a hungry crowd!

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    7. Crab Mac and Cheese

    Everyone’s favorite comfort food… enhanced with crab meat! This homemade baked mac and cheese recipe is loaded with crab and topped with a butter breadcrumb topping. So good!

    Get the Recipe @ melissassouthernstylekitchen

    8. Crab Legs with Garlic Butter

    These crab legs with garlic butter are simply divine! This recipe works great with king, snow or dungeness legs. Be sure to bring a bib!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    9. Hot Crab Dip

    This hot crab dip will be the star of your appetizer spread! It only takes a few minutes of hands on time, and can be prepared up to two days in advance!

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    10. Crab Linguine

    This crab linguini is an easy weeknight dinner idea. It’s bursting with fresh flavors from cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. You’ll be coming back to this one again and again!

    Get the Recipe @ nospoonnecessary

    11. Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

    For an easy, yet elegant appetizer, try these crab stuffed mushrooms. They’re as good as you would get in any fancy restaurant, and only take a few minutes of hands on time!

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    12. Crab Rangoon

    Here’s your favorite Chinese restaurant appetizer… in homemade form! Though they may look intimidating, they’re surprisingly easy to make. Plus, they use real crab meat!

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    13. Crab Stuffed Avocado

    These crab stuffed avocados are amazing! They have a slightly spicy, light mayo base and are topped with sesame seeds and soy sauce for some Asian flavors. Great option for a lunch or light dinner!

    Get the Recipe @ skinnytaste

    14. Tomato Crab Bisque

    This rich and creamy tomato crab bisque is a perfect winter warmer. The tomatoes are roasted for added flavor, and the soup also gets enhanced by a touch of basil pesto. YUMMM.

    Get the Recipe @ littlespicejar

    15. Singapore Chilli Crab

    If you’re a big fan of big flavors, and you know I am, this Singapore chilli crab recipe is a MUST! The sauce is savory and sweet, spicy and complex. This one is not for the “salt and pepper” crowd!

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    16. Mushroom Crab Risotto

    Mushroom crab risotto is a great side dish to impress guests. It looks and tastes super fancy, but is surprisingly easy to make!

    Get the Recipe @ sweetcsdesigns

    17. Garlic Butter King Crab Rolls

    These garlic butter king crab rolls are PHENOMENAL! Brioche rolls are absolutely stuffed full of sweet, tender meat, which is slathered in garlic butter. Everything is quickly broiled at the end to give to rolls a bit of crisp. WOW!

    Get the Recipe @ tatyanaseverydayfood

    18. Kerala Crab Curry

    For some authentic South Indian flavors, try this curry from the state of Kerala. It’s well seasoned, and the spices are perfectly balanced by the sweetness of coconut. Perfect over a pile of hot rice!

    Get the Recipe @ whiskaffair

    19. Crab Alfredo

    Seafood and alfredo are such a great, comforting combination. This crab alfredo is no exception. It features a simple to make homemade alfredo sauce and all comes together in about 20 minutes!

    Get the Recipe @ cookiesandcups

    20. Grilled Crab Legs

    Craving crab legs, but don’t want to heat up the kitchen with a big pot of boiling water? Grill them instead! The recipe works with snow, king or Dungeness legs, and they come out great every time. Great recipe for a cookout!

    Get the Recipe @ skinnytaste

    21. Chicken, Crab and Andouille Gumbo

    Gumbo – one of the quintessential dishes of Cajun and Creole cuisine. This version features crab, chicken and andouille sausage. Make a big batch and enjoy leftovers for days!

    Get the Recipe @ foodiecrush

    22. Crab Salad

    Crab salad is a classic, mayonnaise based salad that goes great over lettuce, cold pasta or on a sandwich. So many of the recipes out there call for imitation crab, but we found one for you using the real thing!

    Get the Recipe @ pinchandswirl

    23. Crab Stuffed Shrimp

    If you love combining seafoods like we do, you just have to try these stuffed shrimp! It’s an elegant appetizer that’s sure to impress!

    Get the Recipe @ spicysouthernkitchen

    24. Crab Fried Rice

    This crab fried is a super easy dinner you can whip up in a flash. It has great Asian flavors and is enhanced by chunks of pineapple.

    Get the Recipe @ honest-food

    25. Crab Cake Benedict

    We’re wrapping up this list where we started, with crab cakes… this time in benedict form! This is a super impressive breakfast or brunch featuring a homemade crab cake topped with avocado relish and a poached egg. This is as good as any breakfast you’ll find in an expensive restaurant!

    Get the Recipe @ skinnytaste

    So there you go, twenty great ways to cook crab. The only question now is, which to try first?

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    The 25 BEST Ways to Cook Crab

    This collection of easy Crab Recipes will give you plenty of new ways to cook your favorite flaky, sweet seafood. For starters, here's a recipe that shows you how to boil blue crabs:


    • 6 blue crabs
    • 1/2 cup salt
    • 3 Tbsp old bay seasoning
    • 2 lemons, sliced


    1. Fill a large stock pot 3/4 full of water. Stir in salt, old bay and lemon slices. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat.
    2. Using tongs, add blue crabs to the pot. Cover, and cook 15-20 minutes, until the crabs have turned orange.
    3. Remove crabs and place in ice bath.


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