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Culinary Arts: Crab Newburg

Updated on April 14, 2011

Culinary arts - crab recipes

Today in my online cooking school, we’re going to cook a seafood favorite, crab Newburg. This is part of my online cooking classes. Many people are intimidated by this dish, but it’s really not that difficult to make! And like most crab recipes, it's awesome!

I love this dish, especially on cold nights. For many years, I usually ordered it when we went out to a nice seafood restaurant. Some of the best crab Newburg I ever ate was that served at Bennie’s Red Barn on St.Simons Island, off the Georgia coast. Their crab Newburg is rich, creamy, and slightly sweet.

After one of our trips to the island, I experimented until I achieved a Newburg that’s as good as Bennie’s, and I’m sharing it with you in my online cooking school.

Crab Newburg

What you’ll need:

One pound crabmeat (lump works best)

½ cup salted butter

¼ cup thinly sliced shallots

3 tablespoons plain flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon white pepper

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 – ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

1 ½ cups cream

3 egg yolks, beaten

2 tablespoons sherry

Directions:

The most important ingredient in your crab Newburg, or in any crab recipe, is the crab itself. Do not use canned crabmeat from a grocery shelf. Use either fresh picked or refrigerated canned crabmeat. Another option is to use any leftover meat from crablegs, including snow crab legs and king crab legs, although the results won't be quite as good as it would be with blue crabs.

Pick through the crabmeat, removing all bits of shell and cartilage. Leave the crab in chunks, as much as possible.

Melt the butter in a large skillet, over medium-low heat. Cook shallots in butter until soft.

Slowly add flour and blend well. Add salt, paprika, white pepper, nutmeg, and red pepper. Make sure there are no flour lumps in the sauce.

Gradually add cream, stirring well. Turn heat up to medium and cook until mixture is thick.

Add crabmeat and cook until crab is hot. Stir in beaten egg yolks and stir well.

Remove from heat and add sherry. Stir gently.

Serve mixture over toast, toast points, patty shells, or rice. Sprinkle a dash of paprika on each serving.

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Learn to make crab Newburg in my online cooking school! For the very best crab recipes, catch your own crabs!
Learn to make crab Newburg in my online cooking school! For the very best crab recipes, catch your own crabs!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by, Nancy!

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for sharing your recipe. It sounds really delicious.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Deb, glad you enjoyed online cooking classes with Holle!!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Habee, Yum! Yum! Yummie! Girlfriend! So glad I did not let this one slip buy! Class was Great! Peace & Blessings!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Katie, you are too kind!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Pam, eating in restaurants is what got me on the quest to create my own crab Newburg and start my online cooking school! lol

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      habee, you are an amazing chef, cook and culinary dream, thanks for the fab tutorial on crab newburg, rock on girl. Peace :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Habee, We love crab and eat it mostly at restaurants but your recipe sounds wonderful. I am bookmarking it.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I don't really have many cookbooks. I like to experiment and create my own recipes. Mom rarely used recipes at all, and she was a wonderful cook! My oldest daughter loves cookbooks, though!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      That's a super idea - that is what I shoot for on my hubs on the cooking jazz; I just can't seem to quit! I literally have 200+ cookbooks and still I order more! I think OCD comes to mind....

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Audrey, when I was pregnant with Mandy, we went to an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. There were huge crab claws that had alread been peeled - just a big hunk of meat on the claw. I ate so many I got sick! I couldn't eat crab for several years.

      As for my online cooking school, I love "teaching" the classes. It combines my love for teaching with my love for food!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Veronica, lobster is my fave, but shrimp and crab are close seconds!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Mulberry and Bpop, let me know how you like it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Mine either, HH!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Funny, Sam! Ol' Newt is a GA boy. No seafood at your house?? That's grounds for divorce! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Eugene, I love to fish, too!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Dinkan, aren't the crabs great when fresh??

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Prasetio! I love crab, too!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      What a great idea - I love your online culinary school! I should try crab again because I really, really loved it - until I got sick twice after eating it. I can eat all shellfish though so I don't think that is it - just a bad case of the crabs (so to speak). I will bookmark this and try to talk myself into trying crab again...I know I can do it!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yummy! I love seafood, crabs and shrimp are my fave!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      I love crab and I will definitely try this recipe.

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      That sounds simple enough and delicious as well. I think I may need to give it a try.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Another great recipe. You don't do my waistline any good.

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      Crab Newburg, wasn't he the speaker of the house? No wait, my bad. His name was Newt.

      This sounds delicious, but my wife doesn't like seafood so this will probably never be found in my house.

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      eugene90 7 years ago

      i am good to catch fish

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      dinkan53 7 years ago from India

      MMMM...Crabs, one of my weakness. 'catch your own crabs', last week me and my friends were renting a house near sea. We spent some 3 hours catching those tasty things!! still paining all the leg muscles. great sprinters!!!! Any way we caught some 10 crabs and made it with coconut. I think it will be super with paprika, butter etc. Next time surely make it with this recipe. bookmarking it and rating it up. thanks for sharing.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Crab is one of my favorite seafood menu. And I found delicious recipes from you. I think it looks easy to practice this recipes. Thanks for share, this hub very useful for me. Thumbs up for you, habee. Prasetio :)