Hot or cold, crab appetizers ratchet up the style at any party. From crab wontons to crab dip to crab cakes, these easy crab appetizers are swimming with texture, taste, and fancy appeal.See Popular Crab Appetizers Recipes
Feeling crabby? That's a good thing! Try some of our favorite dips, appetizers, and main dishes to enjoy crab at home while it's in season.
Growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland, cooking-club member DeeAnn Budney attended all-day Chesapeake blue crab feasts organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Now that she lives on the West Coast, she makes these fantastically spicy crab cakes with sweet Dungeness crab meat, but either kind works.
Most crab dips are full of mayonnaise, but Michael Symon's lighter version is more like a salsa since it's prepared without mayo and laced with flecks of shallot, cilantro, jalapeno, and red bell pepper. "Although I love mayo," he says, "I'm not a fan of it with crab, since it tends to muddle the flavor. If I'm spending big bucks on crab, I want it to be the star."
New Orleans chefs often drown seafood in rich, spicy sauces, but here, chef Jason McCullar of Cure simply dresses sweet crabmeat (a Louisiana staple) in lemon-scented aioli. The crab salad is wonderful piled on hot dog buns like a New England lobster roll or arranged delicately on small rolls as hors d'oeuvres.
From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Serve crab cakes with a little kick. Taco seasoning and corn are the flavor boosters in this recipe.
Ready in just 30 minutes, this appetizer is sure to be a hit. Crabmeat is mixed with cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion and mustard and heated until bubbly...it's irresistible.
Homemade crab cake appetizers will be the hit at summer parties or holiday entertaining.
Serve these little fried appetizer wontons on a buffet at a party.
Try this crab cake recipe from Betty Crocker.
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For a heartier cheese dip, try adding fresh crab meat. Serve the dip as an appetizer with thick crusty bread or whole grain tortilla chips.
If fresh crab is hard to find for this appetizer, look for canned pasteurized crabmeat. Your supermarket should be able to order this product for you.
You can put together our modern version of this classic appetizer in minutes. Serve with apple slices, crackers, or grape tomatoes.
You can use fresh, frozen or canned crabmeat in this appetizer. Crab-flavored, flaked fish (surimi) makes a less expensive and tasty alternative to real crab meat.