Looking for mouth-watering crab recipes you can make from scratch? Here is a roundup of easy-to-cook crab recipes that can be the perfect addition to your seafood recipe collection!
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Tasty Crab Recipes the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Introduction to Crabmeat
Crabmeat is a popular and versatile type of seafood. It is an excellent addition to a healthy eating plan, as it contains many nutrients, coupled with low-fat content.
While crabmeat does contain some fat, it is generally unsaturated fat which is typically considered heart-healthy. It is also a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are absolutely good for our body.
With all that said, we still haven't even got into the flavor of crabmeat. It combines spicy, tart, sour, and sweet flavors in every refreshing and tender bite.
Like much of the ocean’s bounty, fresh-off-the-boat crabmeat is best, as it's sweet and tender with a hint of saltiness. Crab can be prepared in many different ways, so it’s easy to include in regular meals.
You should also be mindful that crab may also easily cause food poisoning if it is not treated and prepared correctly. The crab must be fresh, without a strong odor, and should be kept cold or frozen if not eaten immediately!
How to Store Fresh Crabs Overnight
Now that we've got all the pleasantries out of the way, let's get to the recipes!
1. Crab Soup
This quick soup recipe is one of the best and simplest things you can create in the kitchen. Seriously, it's so easy to whip up— in just 30 minutes you can have this comforting soup, chock full of flavorful crabmeat.
Pair it with some crackers and lemon zest and voila! You've got yourself a delicious and hearty crab soup!
2. King Crab Legs with Spicy Aioli Sauce
For the most part, this king crab leg recipe isn't anything to get excited over, until you get to the dipping sauce. A homemade aioli sauce with a hint of spiciness will surely get everyone's attention!
3. Party Crab Bites
Ready for an addicting holiday appetizer? These ultimate crab bites consist of creamy cheesy crabs, stuffed inside a crispy fried outer breadcrumb shell.
Packed with lots of crabmeat goodness, you know these won't last long at your next party.
4. Crab and Artichoke Dip
One of the things I love about crab recipes is that they're extremely quick and easy to prepare, all without having to compromise the taste and flavors.
This crab and artichoke dip baked into cheesy perfection is just that and so much more!
5. Crab BLT Sandwich
This amazing crab sandwich is made of crunchy Texas toast, lettuce, tomato, garlic mayo, bacon, and tempura crab that was deep-fried to perfection.
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6. Crab Rangoon (Cream Cheese Wontons)
Cream cheese wontons with tiny bits of crabmeat, deep-fried to golden perfection. These are excellent finger food during parties, game days, and family gatherings.
7. Crab Macaroni & Cheese
A warm, creamy, filling crab mac and cheese plate is the perfect meal to end your day, giving you the comfort you need to get a good night's sleep.
8. Chili Crab (Crab in Sour & Spicy Sauce)
Digging into this satisfying crab dish smothered with eggy, sweet, sour, and spicy sauce will automatically transport you to the tropical climate of Singapore, where the dish is traditionally from. Every bite is like a sweet escape!
9. Caesar Parmesan Crabmeat Pasta
One of the more simple recipes here, this Caesar parmesan crabmeat pasta comes with gluten-free noodles to make a great and healthy pasta dish.
10. Sriracha Crab & Cucumber Salad
This is a simple crab and cucumber salad with a delicious homemade mayo dressing, rice vinegar, and Sriracha for that spicy hint. It's pretty easy to put together, but the flavor is absolutely incredible.
11. Steamed Blue Crabs
Served with vinegar and melted butter for dipping, this steamed crab recipe is the perfect meal to enjoy on a hot summer day, especially if it's paired with an ice-cold beer.
Perfect for a picnic, barbecue shindig, and family get-together!
12. Sriracha Crab Salad Rolls
Spiced with Sriracha sauce and jazzed up with lemon juice, this crab salad is not only delicious but comes together in less than 20 minutes.
Best of all, this recipe is versatile, you can substitute the crab with poached shrimp, lobster, or even scallops. But really, why substitute when you can have delicious crab in every bite?
13. Soft-Shell Crabs
Deep-fried crab meat can be as tasty as the usual crabmeat you used to eat. Sometimes, it can be tastier and way better. Try these crunchy soft-shell crabs and thank me later!
14. Crab Cakes
These melt-in-your-mouth crab cakes are the absolute best. They're loaded with crabmeat, as well as several other ingredients such as Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and more. It's rich and extra flavorful!
15. Crab Chowder
This lovely bowl of crab chowder is a great meal whenever you crave something creamy, tasty, and comforting. It's the best crab recipe for chilly weather and colder months.
Watch this video by Spice N' Pans on how to choose and clean live crabs for cooking:
Crab is a versatile ingredient to any home-cooked meals. It's great as an appetizer, some snacks, or dinner. This weekend, cook for your family and impress them with these flavorful crab recipes.
Not only that, but these recipes are also perfect to feed a crowd!
Which of these mouth-watering crab recipes are you planning to try? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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