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21 Best Crab Meat Recipes

Updated September 14, 2017

Crab meat is such an easy way to make any recipe--appetizer, lunch, or dinner--seem that much fancier! Our collection of 21 Best Crab Meat Recipes covers a wide range of seafood favorites from crab cakes and dinners to crab appetizers, salads, and more. You'll have a blast with these under-the-sea favorites that are sure to impress company and earn you plenty of raves.

Dips & Appetizers

Cheesy Crab Cups

Cheesy Crab Cups are the open-faced version of crab rangoon. These creamy little Cups are great for sophisticated seafood lovers and snack aficionados alike. Make 'em for your next party - it's sure to be one of your best crab meat recipes ever.

Dilly Crab Dip

Using only four simple ingredients, this homemade dip recipe is a real winner. Served up hot 'n' bubbly, our Dilly Crab Dip is a restaurant-quality dish you can make right at home. Serve it with a side of fries or potato chips for a crab meat appetizer the whole family can enjoy.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Our tempting East-meets-West Crab Stuffed Mushrooms get their flavorful crunch from the popular Asian panko bread crumbs. It's a dish worthy of Confucius himself!

Crab Spread

We hate to admit just how easy this recipe is to make. It’s amazing how 4 ingredients and less than 30 minutes can produce such a hot and bubbly crab spread, perfect for last-minute entertaining.

Creamy Crab Wontons

Creamy Crab Wontons are crowd-pleasing easy appetizers that are crispy outside and creamy inside. Made with versatile wonton wrappers, every bite is pure heaven, and no one will believe you made homemade wontons yourself!

Cheesy Crab Poppers

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.

Salads

Lighthouse Tortellini Salad

Here's a pasta dish that doesn't need a beacon to attract attention. Our Lighthouse Tortellini Salad is fresh, easy, and perfect for warm weather picnics by the sea (or lake!). We just love how all the ingredients come together to make it taste so creamy and flavorful.

Confetti Crab Salad

The next time you're asked to bring something to a party or potluck, tell 'em you'll bring the confetti...that is, the Confetti Crab Salad! This super simple crab salad gets its fun and festive party look from the different-colored bell peppers. It tastes like a party too!

Crab Tortellini Salad

Crab Tortellini Salad makes a scrumptious snack or lunch. It's very creamy and rich, and a squirt of lemon injects some tang.

Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are some of our most popular crab meat recipes. Below, we've got lots of different ways to prepare these, so that you've got some different options every time!

Deviled Crab Cakes

Our Deviled Crab Cakes are great for folks who love crab cakes, but don't like the high cost of crab meat. They're made with imitation crab meat and baked, not fried, for great flavor that won't challenge your waistline, or your budget!

Maryland Crab Cakes

You don't have to travel to Maryland to get a taste of their authentic crab cakes. Our recipe will have you in and out of your kitchen in no time and leave your gang full and satisfied.

Mouthwatering Crab Cakes

Soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside...these are exactly the way we want 'em!

Hotel Crab Cakes

The last time we were at a fancy hotel, we were shocked to see how expensive the crab cakes were! Our Hotel Crab Cakes have the high-quality taste without the high-quality cost.

Bite-Sized Crab Cakes

No need to pull out the forks and knives for this one! They're gonna go so fast, you're gonna think these Bite-Sized Crab Cakes just walked off on their own! Truth is, they're just THAT good.

Crab Potato Cakes

Get the taste of crab cakes without the hefty price tag! This recipe uses imitation crabmeat and frozen shredded hash brown potatoes to create a crab potato cake that'll become a regular on your dinner, lunch and brunch menus!

Dinner Recipes with Crab Meat

Homemade Crab Ravioli

If you thought it was difficult to make homemade ravioli then you're in for a real treat. Our Homemade Crab Ravioli is such a breeze, you won't even break a sweat getting dinner ready!

New England Cheesy Crab Melt

A sandwich popular with fishermen and landlubbers from coast to coast, this crab meat recipe is sure to earn you raves from sea to shining sea.

Creamy Crab Casserole

If, as they say, "imitation is the highest form of flattery," then this comforting recipe for Creamy Crab Casserole will win you genuine raves! Enjoy the best tastes of the sea in every bite!

Seafood-Stuffed Fish Fillets

Don't forget to stop at the market fish counter and pick up your favorite white-fleshed fish to make these awesome stuffed fish rollups. Our Seafood-Stuffed Fish Fillets taste restaurant-fancy, but they're a cinch to make! 

Baked Overstuffed Shrimp

You won't believe how easy it is to whip up this fancy-looking and fancy-tasting dinner recipe. Our Baked Overstuffed Stuffed Shrimp recipe is a great way to treat yourself to a restaurant-style meal without spending hours in the kitchen!

Crabmeat Stuffed Salmon

No need to head out to a restaurant and blow your food budget for the week, when this restaurant-worthy recipe for the best homemade Crabmeat Stuffed Salmon ever can be on your table for a lot less. Try it once and we know youll be hooked.

Lump Crab Meat vs. Imitation Crab Meat

You may have noticed that some recipes call for lump crab meat, while others call for imitation crab meat (also known as surimi). Many times, these can be substituted for one another in the same amounts, with some minor differences in taste and texture (depending on the recipe). Cooking times may also vary if making a substitution, so if you decide to make a swap, we suggest leaving us a comment on the recipe and we'll let you know if any adjustments need to be made. (Be sure to check the comments first, as someone may have already asked your question!)

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