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20 Best Easy Crab Appetizers
Looking for an appetizer that will be the hit of the party? Look no further than these easy and elegant crab appetizers!
Crab is super easy to work with and perfect for appetizers because it’s readily available cooked and cleaned so it’s ready for crispy crab cakes, bubbling hot or cold dips or as filling for crab rangoon, puff pastry, phyllo cups or deviled eggs.
Although all the crab sold worldwide is wild-caught, I advise sticking with crab from U. S. waters. In some parts of the world, the crab is caught in ways that are illegal, not environmentally friendly or use unfair labor practices.
“Imitation crab” is usually Alaskan pollack. If that’s what your budget dictates or you have a shellfish allergy, all these crab appetizer recipes can be made with that instead of real crab.
Enjoy these easy yet elegant crab appetizers!
Deviled Crab-Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms
Deviled Crab Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms are a divine twist on a classic dish made into an easy elegant appetizer!
Crab and Artichoke Beignets with Jalapeno Remoulade
Big Easy-inspired Crab and Artichoke Beignets with Jalapeno Remoulade are super easy and will be the hit of any get-together! Sweet crab and artichokes with a buttermilk batter fry up crisp and golden on the outside and tender and delicious on the inside. They pair perfectly with a spicy remoulade!
Almost too good for words! Creamy, cheesy, Hot Crab Dip is the perfect starter for your next get-together or game-day celebration. You’ll love the sweet crabmeat blended with two types of cheese, sour cream and the perfect combination of seasonings.
Cold Crab Dip comes together in just a few minutes with a handful of ingredients. With a cream cheese base, cocktail sauce, and lots of crabmeat, this easy party dip makes a great appetizer for holidays, special occasions and game day!
When you need a quick appetizer or party snack, these Air Fryer Crab Rangoons are the way to go! Surprisingly easy to make, these bite-sized treats taste so much better than takeout. Serve them with a sweet chili dipping sauce for an instant crowd-pleaser.
Quick and Easy Fried Crab Claws – Grits and Pinecones
Fried Crab Claws are a quick and easy appetizer or main dish. This simple recipe features blue crab claws soaked in buttermilk, dredged in seasoned corn flour then deep-fried until golden brown, crispy and delicious!
Ready in 20 minutes, creamy Crab Toast is a decadent little bite that is perfect as an appetizer! Topped with a sprinkle of cheese, tomatoes and parsley, this easy recipe will be the star of the table at your next party!
Crab-Stuffed Shrimp is the perfect double dose of seafood to impress at any occasion and will be the first thing gone at a party! This elegant shrimp has a crunchy breadcrumb topping and savory, flavorful crab stuffing! It is simple to make and will truly make you shine like a professional chef!
These Maryland-style Air Fryer Crab Cakes are easy to make and done in 15 minutes! This is an easy recipe packed with fresh crab meat that will delight your guests. These can be made ahead and cooked when you need them. Serve with lemon juice or your favorite sauce.
This Maryland-Style Crab Cakes recipe is a recipe handed down several generations so they're the REAL DEAL! Crispy on the outside and moist and flaky on the inside, they're also freezer-friendly and easy to reheat!