5 Great Crab Starters

We love catching our own crabs, and the kids help!
We love catching our own crabs, and the kids help!

We love seafood! Most of our friends do, too, so I often serve it at parties in the form of appetizers or starters. We sometimes catch our own crabs, and these dishes are a great way to utilize fresh crabmeat. If you're not so fortunate, use canned refrigerated crabmeat.

Below are five of my original crab recipes. I think you’ll like them!

Holle’s hot crab dip

1 pound refrigerated crab meat, flaked

8-ounce block cream cheese

1 stick butter, melted

1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced

1 cup grated cheddar

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

Tabasco sauce to taste

Directions: Soften cream cheese in microwave. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Heat in microwave until the cheese has melted and mixture is smooth. Keep the dip hot in a chafing dish. Serve with crackers, bagel chips, or toasted baguettes.

hot crab dip
hot crab dip

Holle's mini crab cakes

1 pound refrigerated crabmeat

¼ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup finely chopped onion

¼ cup diced bell pepper

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon OldBay seasoning

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/3 cup crushed buttery crackers (like Ritz)

Flour

Peanut oil

Directions: Flake crab meat and mix with mayonnaise, onion, bell pepper, garlic salt, and Old Bay. Set aside.

Mix together egg, Worcestershire, and lemon juice. Add crackers and allow to soften for 10 minutes. Add mixture to crab and blend well.

Form mixture into one-inch balls and dredge in flour. Press balls gently with the bottom of a glass to make small cakes.

Fry the cakes in ¼-inch of oil over medium-high heat until both sides are brown.

Serve with remoulade sauce. Need that recipe? Click here.

 

mini crab cake
mini crab cake

Holle's fried crab claws

1 pound blue crab claws

1 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 egg, beaten

¼ cup cream

Flour

Peanut oil

Directions: Sprinkle claws with red pepper. Mix together egg and cream and pour over crab claws. Remove the claws from the egg wash and shake in flour. Fry at 350-360 degrees until golden brown. Drain and serve with remoulade sauce, tartar sauce, or cocktail sauce.

If you want a thicker coating of breading, dredge the claws in flour first, then into the egg wash, then back into the flour. You can actually repeat this process if you want really thick breading!

fried crab claws
fried crab claws

Holle's tropical crab salad

1 pound refrigerated lump crabmeat

¼ cup mayonnaise

½ cup diced red and/or green bell pepper

½ cup sliced green onion

1 tablespoon lime juice

paprika to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

1 large pineapple

Directions: Squeeze crabmeat in paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible. Toss with remaining ingredients except for pineapple. Split and core pineapple and cut edible fruit into small chunks. Add the pineapple to the crab mixture. Serve in the pineapple shell.

 

tropical crab salad
tropical crab salad

Holle's crab spread

1 pound refrigerated crab meat, well drained

2 blocks cream cheese, softened (8 ounces each)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 packet dry spicy or fiesta ranch dressing mix

2 tablespoons cocktail sauce

Directions: Mix everything together and refrigerate. Once the spread is firm, you can shape it into a ball or log. If we’re having a big party, I often double or triple the recipe and form it into a crab shape. Serve with crackers or sliced baguettes.

 

crab spread
crab spread

More crab starters?

 If you'd like more recipes for crab appetizers and starters, check out the following videos!

Crab-artichoke dip

Crab-stuffed mushrooms

Crab-stuffed wontons

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Comments 47 comments

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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

Living in Ohio, I don't get much fresh anything, but we love seafood! I'll have to give these a try with some of the refrigerated/canned stuff. Thanks Habee!


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Great is right! And the photo is, too!


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Love the pineapple touch. Great recipes.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Funny I had Crab Rangoon tonight. Nice hub.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I love, love, love CRAB! Great recipes here and I'm going to try them out this summer for sure! Thumbs up. :)


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for all these very tasty starters. Mustn't say great hub.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Thanks for the terrific recipes. Crab is my favorite shell fish, especially since I gave up shrimp and lobster. Woe is me!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I just wanted to say- Hmmm!


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Angela Harris 6 years ago from Around the USA

Oh my gosh, I'm hungry now!


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

It is a good lesion for the right person. Thanks.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

you really amaze me habee, I like to go and taste all your hub recipes, you sure rock, Beautiful of course, Maita


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

Great recipes - you sure know your way around the kitchen :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Habee, I adore crab meat and am bookmarking this hub. Everything looks great.


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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

The Old Bay seasoning is terrific in seafood. I buy big cans of it!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I haven't tried Old Bay but I've seen it and wondered about it - now I have to try it. I'm still trying to decide if I can eat crab or not but you are making it seem like I almost HAVE to! Wonderful recipes, Spanky!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

What to choose....mmmm... the artichoke crab dip today thanks Habee.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I've done the crab and artichoke dip, but will have to try some of the others. Old Bay seasoning... yes!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Wow, habee, what a lot of interesting methods you have postulated to dispose of the crab population. I'm partial to crab cakes myself so will try them ... some day.


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

I envy all of you who can get fresh seafood. We don't get much of that around here. This looked absolutely scrumptious.


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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

oh Habee, I hadn't seen this yet. Oh my gosh, I am dying to try these. Thanks for sharing, and love your pictures too. That top one is precious!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

One of my favourite foods.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

So many great things to try. I'll start with the salad and then the dip!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Some great sounding recipes here! Having fresh crab would make them all the better. Thanks for sharing them with us. We would happily be dinner guests at your home anytime! :-)


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thanks for the recipes. They look and sound delicious.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Rkhy, sorry you live so far from the ocean!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Aww, thanks, sheila!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Suzie, the taste combination is surprisingly good!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Sandy, I read your mind!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Steph! We love it, too!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

HH, I don't mind if you say great hub! lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Bpop, WHY did you give up shrimp and lobster??


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Mickey, was that hmmm or mmm??


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Angela, I made myself hungry!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

HP, thanks for reading!

Maita, you're always so sweet!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

V, that's why I'm fat! lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Pam, thanks for reading!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Judy, Old Bay is a must!

Buckie, go buy some!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Billy, always good to see you!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yay, Steph - another Old Bay fan!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, drbj, it's not that I have anything personal against crabs - they just taste so darn good!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Sam! I'm so thankful that I can get really fresh seafood here!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Sunny. That's my grandson and niece!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yay, Eth! Another crab lover!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Ah, Mulberry...so many great foods, so little time!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

right, Peggy - fresh makes all the difference!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Nancy, thanks for stopping by!

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