Cheesy Crab Poppers


Cheesy Crab Poppers

Cheesy Crab Poppers
30 Min

When you're craving the cheesy-fried goodness of a popper, but want something a little different from the average jalapeno popper, make these Cheesy Crab Poppers. They're crispy, cheesy, and have just a light kick to 'em, making them the perfect party appetizer.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (8-1/2-ounce) package corn muffin mix
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) container lump crab meat, drained well
  • 2 cups vegetable oil

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, combine corn muffin mix, bread crumbs, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, butter, egg, milk, scallions, salt and cayenne pepper; mix well. Gently stir in crab meat until combined. Form mixture into 1-1/2-inch balls.
  2. In a deep skillet or soup pot over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot. Add several crab balls to oil, making sure not to overcrowd. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Place on paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining crab balls. Serve warm.


Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 30

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 124
  • Calories from Fat 64
  • Total Fat 7.1g 11 %
  • Saturated Fat 3.8g 19 %
  • Trans Fat 0.1g 0 %
  • Protein 7.4g 15 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 45mg 15 %
  • Sodium 237mg 10 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 7.6g 3 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2 %
  • Sugars 2.0g 0 %

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Can I substitute canned salmon for the crab?

Can these be cooked in an airfryer? If so time and temp please.

Hi ther! Crab poppers can be cooked in air fryer. I would cook at 380 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden on all sides and cheesy in center. Plus spray with cooking spray first before air frying.

How fun this's kinda like a deluxe version of a traditional hushpuppy minus the onion. (which might also work in this recipe) Crab goes so well with cream cheese but I've never thought to have it with cheddar as well...I'll definitely have to give it a try because I really love everything about cheddar and the sharper it is, the better in my book! You can probably even make little patties out of the mixture and garnish them with a salad or coleslaw to lighten it up a touch.

can you bake them

Hi there! These can baked at 350 degrees for 15 -20 minutes or until golden and heated in center. Enjoy! :)

Can imitation crab be used. Real crab is so expensive.

Imitation crab can definitely be used in place of real crab. Enjoy and Happy New Year! :)

Please, please, please put nutritional information with every recipe.

Hi there! We're currently in the process of adding Nutritional Information to all of our recipes. If you're looking for recipes that already include this information, head on over to our other website, :) Enjoy!

Can these be made ahead and reheated in oven?

Hi there! Yes, these can be made ahead and reheated in the oven. Enjoy!

Would have been a bonus if they would've included the recipe for the dip "they" used.

Hi there! In this recipe, we used Joe's Stone Crab Mustard Sauce for dipping. :) You can find that recipe here: Enjoy!

sorry, didn't mean to click on your comment, just the one above, They didn't make It and rated it NOT useful

These sound amazing. My sister would love these. I'll have to make them for her!


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