Crab Appetizers Recipes

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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Maryland Crab Cakes

From Better Homes and Gardens

This Maryland specialty, pan-fried patties of crab meat coated with bread crumbs and flavored with lively seasonings, is quick to make.

Maryland Crab Cakes

Warm Jalapeno-Crab Dip

From 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.

Warm Jalapeno-Crab Dip

Crab Cocktail with Lemon Aioli

From 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.

Crab Cocktail with Lemon Aioli

Mushroom-Crab Puffs

From Better Homes and Gardens

For warm from the oven appetizers, stuff marinated mushroom caps with crab meat, bake, and serve immediately.

Mushroom-Crab Puffs

Crab Cakes

From Betty Crocker

Try this crab cake recipe from Betty Crocker.

Crab Cakes

Classic Maryland Crab Cakes

From Fine Cooking Magazine

This crab cake is the real deal--no fussy stuff, no flavor disguises. Just pure, sweet crab meat, and lots of it. You add in just enough egg and fresh bread crumbs to bind the crabmeat together. White sandwich bread yields the absolute best cakes--soft and flaky at the same time. Use just enough Old Bay seasoning to give a hint of its presence or it will overpower the crab.

Classic Maryland Crab Cakes

Crab Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Standard crab dip gets perked up with fresh dill, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Try it on crackers or in phyllo cups.

Crab Dip

Creamy Crab and Artichoke Dip

From Keebler

Creamy Crab and Artichoke Dip

Crab, Avocado and Watercress Sandwiches

From Midwest Living

Serve these fresh crab salad sandwiches as an appetizer or serve them with fruit to make a light meal.

Crab, Avocado and Watercress Sandwiches

Lump Crab Salsa

From 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."

Lump Crab Salsa

Maura McEvoy
Remoulade Sauce

From Taste of the South

Remoulade Sauce

Stuffed Portabellas

From Family Circle

The stuffing for these giant mushroom appetizers looks and tastes like crab cakes. Budget-minded cooks can use imitation crab.

Stuffed Portabellas

Cucumber Bruschetta with Grilled Shrimp & Crab Salad

From Better Homes and Gardens

Grilled shrimp adds irresistible smoky flavor to this vibrant blend of delicate crab meat, sweet peppers, bright citrus, and rich, buttery avocado. Serving the bruschetta atop cool and refreshing cucumber enhances the experience even more. Most of the avocado sold in supermarkets is still in its unripened stage. To ripen, place avocados in a paper bag and set aside at room temperature for 2-4 days. When the fruit is soft to the touch, it is ready for use.

Cucumber Bruschetta with Grilled Shrimp & Crab Salad

Crab Rolls with Lemon Aioli

From 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.

Crab Rolls with Lemon Aioli

Paul Costello
Crab and Vegetable Roll-Ups

From Better Homes and Gardens

These sushi-like appetizers use zucchini ribbons to wrap up a crab-filled package of flavor.

Crab and Vegetable Roll-Ups

Muffin-Tin Crab Cakes

From EatingWell

We've taken the frying and fuss out of crab cakes by shaping and baking them in muffin tins. For the best taste, look for pasteurized crabmeat in the refrigerator case at your market's fish counter, a better choice than canned varieties. Make It a Meal: Try these cakes with some tangy tartar sauce and coleslaw.

Muffin-Tin Crab Cakes

Maryland Crab Cakes with Horseradish Sauce

From Better Homes and Gardens

This bite-size version of an East Coast classic makes a terrific appetizer for any party.

Maryland Crab Cakes with Horseradish Sauce

Crab Melt

From 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 bubbly...it's irresistible.

Crab Melt

Mini Crab Cakes

From Ladies' Home Journal

Lump or jumbo crabmeat is combined with lemon juice, mayonnaise, hot pepper sauce, celery, and red sweet pepper for these tasty little appetizers.

Mini Crab Cakes

King Crab Dip

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King Crab Dip

Creamy Crab Dip

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Creamy Crab Dip

Chipotle-Sauced Crab Cakes

From Better Homes and Gardens

The smoky flavor of chipotle chile peppers gives the stir-together sauce gusto that complements the subtly seasoned crab cakes. To tame the spiciness of the sauce, remove the seeds from the pepper before you add it.

Chipotle-Sauced Crab Cakes

Crab and Horseradish Havarti Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Crab and Horseradish Havarti Dip

Hot Crab Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Hot Crab Dip

Crab, Avocado, and Watercress Sandwiches

From Diabetic Living

Serve this mini crab salad sandwich recipe for an appetizer or at a spring party with a variety of side salads.

Crab, Avocado, and Watercress Sandwiches

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