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Start your meal off with a tantalizing crab appetizer, whether you're craving a dip for your chips, crab rangoons, a classic crab cake, or something completely different, we've got you covered. Check out some of our favorite crabby apps.

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By pikassob

Rate this recipe 4.5/5 (6 Votes)
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Servings 6
Preparation time 15
Cooking time 25

  • CRAB FILLING:
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2/3 cup crab meat (canned is fine)
  • WONTONS:
  • 12 wonton wrappers
  • 1/2 tablespoon melted butter

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Crab stuffed what?? OH, crab stuffed mushrooms

  • 2 packages fresh, whole mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
  • 1 pound crab meat (I use crab legs)
  • 24 soda crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 cup butter
4.5/5 (19 Votes)

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These Panko Crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper Chive Aioli will be awesome for your next party

  • 12 ounces shelled cooked crab
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, minced
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups panko or fine dried bread crumbs
  • Fresh chives, rinsed and cut into 1-inch lengths
4.7/5 (33 Votes)

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Crab toast with lemon aioli is a perfect brunch appetizer, main course when paired with a lightly dressed salad, or...

  • LEMON AIOLI:
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • CRAB TOAST:
  • 1 cup lump crabmeat, picked over, shells removed
  • 2 tablespoons fennel fronds, chopped
  • 1 to 2 serrano chiles, seeded, finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 4 (3/4-inch thick) slices country-style sourdough bread
  • lemon wedges (for serving)
4.6/5 (10 Votes)

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Jalapeños take the mildness of corn and crab up a notch and add heat and color to a dip so chunky, its almost a me...

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 cup red sweet pepper, chopped (1 small)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup sliced pickled jaalapeño peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans crabmeat, drained, flaked, and cartilage removed
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (4-ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Blue corn chips
4.6/5 (8 Votes)

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No need to leave the house for this easy and delicious restaurant recipe, Joe's Crab Shack - Crab Cakes!

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon blackening seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup crushed, chopped parsley
  • 2 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 pounds crabmeat
4.6/5 (114 Votes)

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Easily prepared and delicious! This Old Bay Crab Cakes recipe can be plated in less than 25 minutes from start to f...

  • 2 slices white bread, crusts removed and crumbled or bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 green onion, sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Parsley Flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
4.6/5 (87 Votes)

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Literally everyone loves crab cakes (except those with shellfish allergies!), which is why they're the ultimate par

  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seafood seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped jarred roasted red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon expeller-pressed canola oil, more if needed
4.5/5 (56 Votes)

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This delicious, addictive crab dip will have your family begging for more

  • 1/2 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, free of shells
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons minced green onions (white and green parts)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
4.3/5 (77 Votes)

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What better way to showcase this beautiful Maryland Blue Claw Jumbo Lump Crab meat, than with this Classic dish fro

  • 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat (or lump)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon old bay
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • squeeze of lemon juice
4.2/5 (79 Votes)

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Serve these awesome seafood nachos at your next party! Shrimp sautéed with garlic and cumin mixed with jumbo lump ...

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons round cumin, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, cleaned and picked
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 (9-ounce) bag corn tortilla chips, yellow, white, or blue
  • 3 cups Pepper Jack cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapeño, sliced
5/5 (1 Votes)

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This hot crab dip is one of our favorites, creamy, cheesy and loaded with flavor! Baked wonton chips or tortilla c

  • WONTON CHIPS:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans crab meat, drained
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package wonton wrappers
  • Cooking spray
  • GARNISH:
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, optional
4.6/5 (31 Votes)

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The outside of these crab cakes are crispy and the inside is filled with tons of crabmeat

  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 8 saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon greek yogurt (her recipe called for mayonnaise, I was out)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
4.6/5 (30 Votes)

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Nothing beats an East Coast favorite! These Original Old Bay Crab Cakes are a perfect summer meal with some corn on

  • 2 slices dried bread, crusts removed
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • Vegetable oil
4.7/5 (20 Votes)

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Crab cakes are everybody's favorite, and these get a refreshing pineapple cucumber salsa on top

  • 1 cup pineapple, diced small
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and diced small
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh crabmeat, drained
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 3 tablespoons green onions, minced
  • 3 tablespoons red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Lime wedges
4.4/5 (37 Votes)

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