Shake up your weekly meal game with these 32 Yummy Crab Recipes! Whether you’re a bonafide crab lover, or if you’ve never cooked with it before, these tasty and easy crab dishes are sure to please.
Crab is enjoyed all over the world, in home kitchens and seafood restaurants alike. If you’re a longtime crab fan, or if you’ve never tasted it before, there’s a recipe for that – and we’ve rounded up 32 of them!
Bringing crab into the mix is an easy way to embrace one of the freshest ingredients there is. From pastas to appetizers, dips to salads, discover the best ways to cook with crab with the recipes below.
Is Crab a Fish or Meat?
Crabs aren’t fish. Crabs are crustaceans, and in the States they’re considered shellfish. This puts crabs in the same category as shrimp, oysters, lobster, and clams.
Now, here’s where it gets a little fishy. The flesh inside a crab is sometimes called crabmeat, or crab marrow. Since crab is an animal that’s eaten for food, technically, this can fall under the definition of “meat”. Meanwhile, some experts and pescetarians define shellfish (or any fish) as distinct from other types of meat. This is why pescetarians will consume fish for protein, but not beef or chicken.
What Part of a Crab Do You Eat?
When you crack open a crab, you’ll find two kinds of crab meat: white meat in the legs and claws, and brown meat inside the shell. Crab leg meat is often milder and firmer, while the shell meat is richer and softer. Like the chicken leg vs. chicken wing debate, just about every crab lover has their preference!
Of course, if you happen to crack open a crab that has a nasty smell, or mushy meat, then none of that crab should be eaten. Chances are it wasn’t fresh before it was cooked, and could lead to food poisoning (ick!). If you’re not sure, the best thing to do is discard the crab and find yourself a fresh one.
What Does it Taste Like?
Crabs are loved by many seafood aficionados for their delicate, sweet taste. Most would describe the flavor as mild, with a soft and tender, almost buttery mouthfeel.
32 Yummy Crab Recipes
A roundup of delicious and easy crab recipes fit to satisfy any summertime seafood craving! From hot crab dip to crab rangoon, salad to pasta dishes, to how to cook crab legs, plus more yummy ways to use crab.
Maryland-Style Crab Cakes
Homemade crab cakes are the perfect summertime meal, whether you serve them for lunch, dinner, or as an appetizer. These easy crab cakes are paired with a lightened-up garlic yogurt sauce for a totally munch-able treat!
Hot Crab, Corn and Bacon Dip
This recipe is what happens when hot corn dip and hot crab dip come together. The result is something truly next-level delicious! Especially when bacon is involved. You’re going to love this cheesy, spicy appetizer dip!
Crispy Crab Balls with Chipotle Tartar Sauce
From the holidays to game day, revelers are going to get a kick out of this crispy crab ball appetizer. Figuratively because they’re delicious, and literally thanks to the spicy kick of chipotle tartar sauce!
How to Cook Alaskan King Crab Legs
If the thought of cooking whole crab legs gives you the heebie-jeebies, you’ll be a seasoned pro in no time thanks to this simple how-to. Everything you need to know about grilling Alaskan King Crab to tender, sweet perfection.
Sweet Potato soup with seafood and pancetta
A fresh take on your average seafood chowder, this sweet potato soup is ultra creamy and filled with the likes of crabmeat, seared scallops and jumbo shrimp. Crispy pancetta rounds out the flavors for a truly luxurious bowlful.
How to Select Crab at the Grocery Store
So, you’re standing in front of the live crab tank at the fish market or grocery store. Claws are waving at you behind the glass. Now what? There are a couple of things to remember when choosing crabs from the store:
- Fresher crabs will have sweeter meat. Crabs must be alive before they are cooked in order to be fresh and safe to eat. So, make sure you select a live one.
- Pay attention to the crab’s movements. Look for crabs that are alert and moving around the tank. A healthy crab will move its claws when it’s picked up.
On the other hand, if you’re buying frozen crab, you can still take note of certain points when choosing your portions. Look for meat that’s white, with no gray spots or signs of freezer burn.
How to Store it Before Cooking
Live crab shouldn’t be kept for longer than a day or two before you cook it. You can store crab briefly in an open container in the fridge, or in a cooler. Line the container with wet newspaper to keep the crabs moist and cool until you’re ready to cook them.
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