Crab Appetizers

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.

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Cooking with Crab: Delectable Soups, Appetizers and Main Dishes

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.

Crisp Cayenne-Spiced Crab Cakes

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Pesto Crab Cakes

Total: 2 hrs 20 mins

Crab Rolls with Lemon Aioli

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 20 mins

Lump Crab Salsa

Food & Wine

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."

Total: 1 hr 40 mins

Corn 'n Crab Cakes

Betty Crocker

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Serve crab cakes with a little kick. Taco seasoning and corn are the flavor boosters in this recipe.

Total: 1 hr

Crab Melt

Pepperidge Farm

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's irresistible.

Total: 30 mins

Miniature Crab Cakes

Better Homes and Gardens

Homemade crab cake appetizers will be the hit at summer parties or holiday entertaining.

Crab and Pork Wontons

Ladies' Home Journal

Serve these little fried appetizer wontons on a buffet at a party.

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Crab Cakes

Betty Crocker

Try this crab cake recipe from Betty Crocker.

Total: 25 mins

Crab Cocktail

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Total: 10 mins

Warm Crab Dip

Hidden Valley®
Total: 15 mins

Warm Jalapeno-Crab Dip

Ladies' Home Journal

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.

Total: 50 mins

Creamy Crab and Clam Dip

Family Circle

The slow cooker will keep this cheesy seafood dip warm for the duration of your whole party.

Crab Cocktail with Lemon Aioli

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Remoulade Sauce

Taste of the South
Total: 15 mins

Curried Crab Dip

Ladies' Home Journal

You can put together our modern version of this classic appetizer in minutes. Serve with apple slices, crackers, or grape tomatoes.

Total: 25 mins
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