Crab Appetizer Recipes

Find healthy, delicious crab appetizer recipes including crab cakes and crab dip. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Shrimp & Crab Cakes

Rating: 4.5 stars
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These are delicious with Spicy Cucumber Dipping Sauce.

Crab Cake Burgers

Rating: 4.58 stars
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These burgers have a true crab flavor that isn't masked by fillers or strong seasoning. Serve on a bun with tartar sauce or with a lemon-juice-dressed salad of greens, sprouts and sliced peaches. This recipe works best with convenient pasteurized crabmeat, usually found in the refrigerated case near the fish counter. If you prefer lump crabmeat, cut it into small, uniform pieces.

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 5 stars
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This crab-stuffed mushroom recipe is perfect for Christmas, New Year's Eve and other holiday parties or any other time you need a quick and easy appetizer. The filling is light and fresh thanks to hearts of palm, a tender vegetable with a mild flavor (similar to artichokes) that doesn't mask the rich, sweet flavor of fresh crabmeat.

Crab Bisque with Avocado, Tomato & Corn Relish

Rating: 3.82 stars
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Our light version of classic crab bisque gets its creaminess from a combination of low-fat milk plus pureed vegetables and potatoes. The tangy, chunky relish provides a textural and flavor contrast to the smoky, rich-tasting bisque. Serve with crusty whole-grain rolls and some extra wedges of lime for squeezing.

Crab Cake Stuffing

Rating: 4 stars
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This crab-cake-meets-stuffing recipe gets a double dose of crabby goodness--little bits of claw crabmeat add flavor throughout the stuffing while pieces of higher-grade “jumbo lump” crabmeat contribute big bites of crab. Shape the stuffing into cakes or bake in a casserole dish. Look for crab in the seafood department of large supermarkets. The recipe that's included for Bay Spice Blend makes 1 cup, but you'll only need 1 teaspoon for the stuffing. Try the extra spice blend in a turkey brine, sprinkled on almost any type of seafood and/or in recipes calling for Old Bay Seasoning.

Crab Wontons with Brie

In this riff on crab Rangoon, we bake this wonton recipe instead of frying to lighten things up. Preheating the pan and coating the bites with cooking spray ensures they still get crispy.

Crab Quesadillas

Rating: 3 stars
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These quesadillas have an irresistibly creamy filling. They also make great appetizers. Make it a meal: Serve with your favorite salsa on top and a cup of black bean soup topped with chopped avocado.

Crab Cakes

Rating: 4.33 stars
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Flecked with scallions and bell pepper, these healthy crab cakes are as flavorful as their higher-fat counterparts. We brown them first on the stovetop and then finish them in a hot oven--no need for frying.

Singapore Chile Crab with Spinach

Rating: 2 stars
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Restaurants all over Singapore have chile crab on their menus--it's one of the national dishes. Usually made with whole crabs swimming in a spicy chile sauce, this streamlined version is much simpler--and less messy to eat. Although a little more expensive, this dish looks the most beautiful and tastes the best when made with “colossal” lump crabmeat. Make it a meal: Serve over instant brown rice. cool off with mango sorbet for dessert.

Spicy Black Bean Crab Cakes

Crab cakes get a Mexican-inspired treatment when the traditional crab and bread crumbs are combined with black beans and topped with lime-flavored sour cream cream. Serve as an appetizer or a light meal.

Crab & Pea Cakes with Sesame-Ginger Aioli

In this healthy crab cake recipe, the subtle sweetness of crab and peas is complemented with a pop of ginger and sesame oil in the aioli. Crab is available in a range of grades. For a sweeter flavor and more toothsome bite in this appetizer, choose lump or jumbo. Most crabs from the U.S. and Canada are considered good choices for the environment.

Toasted Crab & Scallion Ravioli with Sweet-&-Sour Dipping Sauce

This Asian-inspired toasted ravioli appetizer is served with a yummy sweet-&-sour dipping sauce. It may seem time consuming to make this recipe from scratch but it takes just under an hour. You'll be so proud to serve these homemade filled wontons to your guests that you won't even fret about the prep time.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Outer Banks Crab Gratin

Rating: Unrated
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Our crab gratin is rich with a whole pound of crabmeat and topped with golden-brown breadcrumbs. Serve with brown rice or whole-grain toast points.

Wasabi Crab on Endive

Spicy wasabi mayonnaise makes crab sing in these easy appetizers.