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Easy Crab Appetizer

Updated on January 29, 2016

Easy Party Crab Appetizer-My Most Requested Recipe

Are you looking for a party appetizer that your guests will rave about? Would you like one that is also easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time and frozen?

I have found this Crab Puff Delight to be the perfect answer to both of these questions.

I keep lots of these handy little appetizers in my freezer, ready and waiting for guests to arrive. All I have to do is pop them in the oven and I have a yummy appetizer that my guests rave about.

Ingredients Needed

1 package English Muffins (6 muffins)

1 stick butter

1 jar Old English Cheddar (6 oz.)

1 can crab, drained

Garlic salt to taste

1 glove garlic

1-2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (grated)

2 tablespoons mayo (I use Miracle Whip)

Make Ahead Crab Appetizer

easy party recipe

The best thing about this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and always have some available in the freezer.

I make 3-4 batches at a time and freeze them in bags of a dozen crab puffs each.

Then whenever I'm having a party or even when unexpected guests drop by, I can pull a bag out of the freezer and have hot appetizers in a very short time.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 12--Makes 48 Appetizers


  • 1 can crab meat drained
  • 1 package English Muffins
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 jar Old English cheese
  • garlic salt to taste (I use 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 -2 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 T Mayo (I use Miracle Whip)


  1. 1. Melt butter in microwave
  2. 2. Warm opened jar of Old English in microwave to soften. This takes about 30-40
  3. seconds.
  4. 3. Put all ingredients except the english muffins in a bowl and mix together.
  5. 4. Break the english muffins in half and spread on cookie sheet.
  6. 5. Spread the mixture on the english muffins.
  7. 6. Place cookie sheet with muffins in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  8. 7. Remove from freezer and cut each muffin half into quarters.
  9. 8. You can now place the quarters of english muffins into bags to freeze. I put a
  10. dozen quarters in each plastic freezer bag.

It's Party Time

Serving the Crab Puffs

Now the guests are arriving and it's time to serve the Crab Puff Delights .

All you need to do is take a bag of the frozen crab puffs from the freezer and put them on a cookie sheet. I usually spray the cookie sheet with Pam for an easier cleanup.

Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or till slightly browned.

Carefully remove crab puffs and put on your favorite serving dish.

Enjoy your guests praises and be ready to give out the recipe.

Wonderful Non Stick Baking Mat - perfect for baking your Crab Puff Delights

This great flexible silicone mat is one of the best inventions for baking. I just put it on the top of any of my baking sheets and it makes for great baking and easy cleanup. It has a no stick surface that works wonderful for these crab puffs. If some of the filling spills over while baking it will easily come off with a bit of water and dishwashing soap.

Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, Half Sheet Size, 11-5/8" x 16-1/2"
Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, Half Sheet Size, 11-5/8" x 16-1/2"

This mat is fantastic! Easy to use! You will love not having to scrape and scrub your baking sheets!


Christmas Tree Serving Platter - great for serving appetizers

I love to use different serving plates for my appetizers. This Christmas Tree design plate would be great for serving crab puffs!

Stop by and tell me about your favorite appetizer - I'd love to hear from you

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    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      I just know my husband and son will love this easy crab appetizer recipe! I simply must refresh my blessings here today!

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      6 years ago

      Well, now you've done it! I'm hungry for your crab appetizer which means I will need to make it very soon!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Yum - delicious sounding crab appetizer! I love crab meat.

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      6 years ago

      I know this make-ahead crab appetizer recipe of yours will soon become a favorite of mine!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      It is definitely that time of the year! I need to gather all of the great recipes like this one that I want to make for Thanksgiving!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      6 years ago

      Party time, indeed with this crab appetizer!

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      Tony Bonura 

      6 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I believe I have had these delicious treats before, and I'm afraid I may have made a pig of myself. That's OK since it was at home with only me and my wife who was also putting them away.


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      Anthony Altorenna 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      The English muffin crab appetizer recipe is one of our favorites! It is easy to make, easy to take to parties and really tasty. Nicely done!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Sounds good --- an easy. Thanks for the recipe

    • sherridan profile image


      7 years ago

      Really like the sound of this for an evening snack - all items readily available in the cupboard, too

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      7 years ago

      I love crab.. great recipes! Thanks! Blessed!

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Can't wait to try this. I have several parties to attend and this will be my new favorite take-along. Angel blessed.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 

      7 years ago

      OK - I came back today to print out the recipe. I am making these for a family get together this weekend!

    • straw-hut profile image


      7 years ago

      This crab appetizer will be good to try. Thanks

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana

      It is always good to know something like that. Have you tried some other kind ofmeat (white fishor even chicken, maybe)? Thank you for the idea:)

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      lemonsqueezy lm 

      7 years ago

      I live in Maryland where crab apps are a must. It is great to find a make-ahead recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • elyria profile image


      7 years ago

      Yummy and I love crab, definitely would try this one!

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      Nathalie Roy 

      8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Looks almost similar to the crab spread I make, the difference is that I use cream cheese instead. It is pretty good :)

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      8 years ago

      I love crab and I love cooking so this recipe lens is right up my street! I'd use the famous Cromer Crabs from the North Sea here in the UK.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thank you for sharing this recipe! I know several people in my family who would love Crab appetizer and I love easy! LOL

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      Liz Mackay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      As you are so adept with your camera, may I suggest you take a photo of your crab appetizer. Would love to see some.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      Well, anything with crab is my favorite

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      8 years ago

      Love anything crab, this would be wonderful I am sure.

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      8 years ago

      Your crab appetizer recipe sounds really....appetizing.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Yummy ~ I want to try your recipe!

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      Jimmie Quick 

      8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Planning ahead is a great holiday survival tip. I need to restock my freezer. It's getting low.

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      8 years ago

      This is a great idea to prepare ahead of time, thanks!

    • piedromolinero profile image


      8 years ago

      A great recipe and a wonderful idea preparing them ahead of time. It takes out a lot of stress when expecting guests. I will think of it next time I invite some people around. Thank you for sharing this. Thumbs up.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      These sound delicious and easy - and I love that you can freeze them and heat them up when needed!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @puzzlerpaige: I use the 5 oz size can for this recipe. I hope you enjoy them.

    • puzzlerpaige profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi again,

      For the can of crab, what size can is that? About the size of a tuna can? I usually buy the 16 oz can when it's on sale (and it's on sale this week hallelujah!), but I can simply use what I need out of that larger can. My hubby will LOVE these. I'm following this thread.


      Paige aka puzzlemaker

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      Your crab dip sound like just what I need for my next party. Thank you so much for the recipe.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      Just thought I'd let you know that these were a BIG hit at our family Christmas party. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :-)

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      9 years ago

      This is really a beautiful page you created,Nicely done! 5*

    • greenerme profile image


      9 years ago

      This looks delicious! I hardly ever have crab, I should cook with it more often. Nice work!

    • ZenandChic profile image


      9 years ago

      I love crab! Crab cakes are my favorite. I am going to lensroll this to my homemade bread recipe. I want to find it so I can make your recipe soon.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      M-m-m! Just made the Crab Puffs and boy are they good! I made them ahead to use for Christmas, but had to try some, of course. This recipe is so easy and I love that it can be made ahead. Thanks for sharing it with us...I'll be thinking of you on Christmas Eve when we have our family get together.

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      9 years ago

      I love crab for soup and appetizers -- like the idea of freezing and having handy should company drop in.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Do come by and see the new and revamped Culinary Favorites from A to Z group! Your lens is now being featured under C is for Crab.

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      I'm trying your crab puffs this Christmas! I've been looking for something different and these sound great! I'm also going to do the Red Pepper Jelly...I've had that before, but had forgotten about it. Thanks for some fresh ideas!

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      9 years ago

      I am going to make this. It's quick, easy and sound delicious. Thanks for the great recipe.

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      momto4 lm 

      9 years ago

      I love that you can prepare this and freeze it. I can't wait to try it! 5*'s! Thanks for the blessing on my Fun Halloween Recipes lens!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      This sounds great! I have to try it.

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Yum, yum, yum! That Old English Cheese is too die for, I could just eat it by the spoonful, so to add it in this recipe is right up my alley ;)

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Your lens is being featured in the new section, 'A is for Appetizer.' Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

    • puzzlerpaige profile image


      9 years ago

      I'm lensrolling this to my Man Cave Food lens. It sounds soooooooo good. I love crab and all sorts of crab dips and crab cakes. I'm going to try this one for sure!

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      These are so yummy - I had a friend who made these and she called them "Crabbies" - delish no matter what the name!

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      9 years ago

      I really need to learn CSS for Squidoo. You all make such lovely borders and such for your lenses. Mine feel so plain and BLAH.

      I posted this recipe up on my Facebook profile because it's perfect for summer!! A lot of parties and such going on and I think is the perfect simple recipe. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      [in reply to Treasures-By-Brenda] Thanks Brenda. I appreciate your comments and the blessing. i have submitted to the Culinary Favorites from A to Z group.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      We generally don't do appetizers...unless you count salad. Wait, a salad is an appetizer, isn't it. I'm going back to your list to add my new 'appetizer' lens. I wasn't thinking of my garden salad recipe in that way but it sure could be used before a meal.

      Another nicely done lens, blessed. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to submit it to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. I am running behind but my goal is to get all the new lenses processed by the weekend!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I don't like crab, but I do like the way you put this all together. Very nice!

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      9 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      9 years ago

      Wow, this sounds awesome.. perfect for entertaining! Great lens!

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      9 years ago

      Beautifully done!

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      Oh I love crab! I can't wait to try this. Beautifully done.

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      Carol Goss 

      9 years ago

      sounds great crab is so good :)

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      This looks delicious!

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I want to try it tonight! Nicely done!

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      9 years ago

      What an easy recipe and it sounds sooooo good. I love crab!

      Thank you so much for share this, I'm going to try it!


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      9 years ago

      HI ! I have never eaten crab with cheese .I had some crab appetizer last time with dill sauce at a party .It was wonderful .

      My favorite appetizers ? caviar sandwiches with small lemon slices , foie grass slices cold with Hungarian paprika ,ham rolls filled with horse radish cream , HUngarian cottage cheese cream with paprika(korozott) , egg mayo ..I love appetizers more than the main course !

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      9 years ago from London, UK



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