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5 Great Crab Starters

Updated on June 16, 2010
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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    • rkhyclak profile image

      rkhyclak 7 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. 7 years ago

      Great is right! And the photo is, too!

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Love the pineapple touch. Great recipes.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Funny I had Crab Rangoon tonight. Nice hub.

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 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, 7 years ago from London, UK

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

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      breakfastpop 7 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 7 years ago

      I just wanted to say- Hmmm!

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      Angela Harris 7 years ago from Around the USA

      Oh my gosh, I'm hungry now!

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

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

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      prettydarkhorse 7 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 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

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

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

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

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 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 7 years ago

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

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 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 and sherry 7 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 7 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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      Paula 7 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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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      One of my favourite foods.

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

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

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      Peggy Woods 7 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 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the recipes. They look and sound delicious.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Rkhy, sorry you live so far from the ocean!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Aww, thanks, sheila!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Suzie, the taste combination is surprisingly good!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sandy, I read your mind!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Steph! We love it, too!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Mickey, was that hmmm or mmm??

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Angela, I made myself hungry!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HP, thanks for reading!

      Maita, you're always so sweet!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Pam, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Judy, Old Bay is a must!

      Buckie, go buy some!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Billy, always good to see you!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yay, Steph - another Old Bay fan!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yay, Eth! Another crab lover!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      right, Peggy - fresh makes all the difference!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Nancy, thanks for stopping by!

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