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Crab Recipes

Fresh Dungeness Crab preferred!

Crab Bisque

1  tbsp minced shallot (substitute garlic or onion)

2  tbsp butter

2 tbsp flour

2 cups chicken broth - canned or home made

1/4 cup tomato paste

2 cups heavy cream - substitute canned or whole milk

1 pound crab meat

2 tbsp sour cream and/or grated parmesan

1 tbsp chopped parsley

In a stock pot over medium heat, sauté the shallot in the butter for 2 - 3 minutes or until soft. Remove from heat and whisk in flour until smooth.  Return to heat and cook until bubbly, 1 - 2 minutes. Gradually add the chicken broth and then the tomato paste. Whisk until smooth.

Add the  cream and the crab. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook 3 - 4 minutes.

Serve hot with a teaspoon of sour cream and/or grated parmesan  and a sprinkle of parsley.


Crab Cakes

2 cups fresh crab meat

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup of either: flour, bread crumbs, cracker crumbs (I prefer bread crumbs)

2 scallions thinly sliced

1 clove garlic minced

pinch of cilantro or dill

1/2 tsp lemon pepper

mix all the above together,  you may then deep fry  by the spoonful, or form into patties and pan fry in hot oil.

Drain on absorbent paper. 

Serve with lemon wedges.

For clam fritters sub. 2 cups drained chopped clams, and use crushed saltine crackers.



Hot Crab Sandwiches

1  cup cooked crab meat

3 green onions finely chopped

1/3 cup mayonnaise OR cream cheese softened

1  1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice -  cheddar, Swiss etc

optional additions:  chopped black olives, ground nuts

Mix all ingredients together and spread on the sliced roll of your choice. Our favorite is a split English muffin, lightly toasted, spread with mixture and cooked under the broiler. If using a croissant or kaiser, wrap in foil and bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. 



Hot Crab Dip

1 lb. Fresh crab meat

1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tsp. Worcestershire

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 tsp. fresh chopped dill

1/4 cup green onions chopped

Fold all ingredients carefully together.  Pour into a lightly greased baking dish and bake uncovered  at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Let stand 10 mins. before serving. Top with green onions.

Serve with crackers or toasted sourdough bread.


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