These easy crab meat recipes are full of flavor and sure to satisfy your seafood cravings! Being from Maryland, I grew up eating many of these delicious dishes. Now you can enjoy them, too!
Many of the recipes are healthy without sacrificing taste. You will enjoy making these crab meat recipes for snacks, appetizers, lunches, and dinners.
Crab is a versatile food that is high in protein and low in carbs. It’s great during the summer for a light meal and during the winter months as comfort food.
You can use crab to make dips, cakes, bowls, soups, and salads. It’s easy to cook and has the right amount of seafood flavor without being overpowering.
Crabmeat doesn't need much to bring out its flavor. A touch of Old Bay seasoning and some lemon juice is a great base. Sprinkle on some green onions for a mild onion taste and pretty garnish.
Why We Love These Recipes
There are so many yummy, easy, and healthy recipes on this list. I love to incorporate crab recipes into my weekly meals because it’s a great way to get in some good protein. You can make crab in so many different ways too!
These crab recipes offer something for everyone, whether you are keto, gluten-free, or just trying to eat healthier in general. Crab tastes great fresh, but can also be tasty from a can as long as you doctor it up a little bit.
These recipes will show you how to bring out all the great crab flavor and what ingredients compliment it!
Authentic Maryland Crab Dip Recipe
Italian Crab Cakes
Air Fryer Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Salmon Poke Bowls with Crab Salad
Gluten-Free Crab Cakes (Grain-Free)
Keto Crab Mac and Cheese
Maryland Style Crab Imperial
She Crab Bisque
Air Fryer Crab Cakes
Risoni Salad with Hot Smoked Salmon and Crab
Crab Cake Sliders With Basil-Avocado Aioli
Seafood Pasta Salad (with Crab and Shrimp)
Spicy Crab and Corn Bisque
Uramaki Sushi with Chilli Crab
Chilled Old Bay Crab Salad Low Carb Stuffed Mushrooms
Healthy Crab Meat Salad with Lime
Thai Style Grapefruit and Crab Salad
Tasty Thai Crab Fried Rice
Hot Crab Artichoke Dip Recipe
Steamed Crab Legs - Give This Authentic Crab Recipe From Norwegian Fishermen A Go
Creamy Crab Pasta with Chili and Basil
Crab Pasta Recipe with Pesto, Mushrooms & Tomatoes
Easy Roasted Tomato Soup (Crab Bisque)
Crab Cheese Ball
Top Tips for Making Recipes with Crab Meat
Crabmeat is delicate seafood and can be easily overseasoned. I would recommend tasting as you go and watching how much salt you put on it. I often will taste test after each seasoning that I add in crab recipes.
If you can get fresh local crab meat, it will always be better! Lump is our favorite, but it can be very expensive. Fresh lump crab meat from blue crabs or fresh Dungeness crabs is the best.
Keep in mind if you opt for canned crab meat, the flavor will be different compared to fresh crab meat. That being said, you can soak the canned meat in ice water for 10 minutes, rinse, then dry. This will help get rid of some of the tin taste from the metal. Also, if you are using fresh crabs, be sure to use the meat within two days after purchase or catch.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are so many different flavors that complement crab outside butter and garlic. Some great side dishes for crab are potatoes, artichokes, Brussel sprouts, zucchini, corn, and caesar salad. If you're looking for an adult beverage to go with your crab, try a sweet, dry Rose. It pairs very well with the saltiness from the fresh crab.
My personal favorite is to steam crabs with Old Bay and beer. Another popular way is to season crab legs with butter, garlic, parsley, and lemon, then bake in the oven for about 5 minutes. They turn out perfect every time!
Crab will have a distinct rancid and sour smell when it has gone bad. Fresh crabs will smell like the ocean, but they shouldn’t smell overly fishy. This is an indication that it’s past its expiration date. Rancid-smelling crabs can also mean shellfish poisoning. Always be cautious while eating shellfish and don’t eat raw crab meat.