Deviled Crab

Rich & tasty, Deviled Crab is an easy yet special entrée or appetizer. Full of delicious crab, it’s perfect for a beach lunch, date night or even game day!

Deviled Crab

How do you argue with a dish that’s a beautiful combination of elegant and casual. Yes, Deviled Crab is  fun and easy enough to make for a special game day (like maybe the Super Bowl!).  And when it comes to date night (think Valentine’s Day), well anything with crab automatically scores points on the romance scale.

I got this recipe from one of my regular blog reads, Back Road Journal, with wonderful recipes and travel photos.   Yes there are so many excuses to eat it coming up soon.  Hooray!

Deviled Crab

What is Deviled Crab?

The first thing you might notice about Deviled Crab is its resemblance to crab cakes.  And that’s because they are closely related.  Which means, if you like crab cakes, well, pull up a fork, you’re going to love this too!

Per Southern Living deviled crab is  “fresh crabmeat mixed with seasonings, spices, some mayo, and breadcrumbs before being spooned into crab shells and baked.”  It differs from crab cakes in that it tends to be more intensely seasoned and baked in a container like a ramekin, crab shell, or in my case, a mini frying pan.

And the term deviled?  It refers to a food with some spicy heat.  So think of these as deviled crab cakes. Yum!

Deviled Crab

Why You’ll Love ThisIt’

Tasty.  Yummy crab with savory seasonings and a little heat, this is a delicious entree or appetizer!

Easy.  Mix and bake–how do you beat that!

Versatile.  Equally at home for a nicer beach party or a date night dinner, you’ll have lots of options for when to serve.  It even works as a tasty appetizer!

Step by Step Overview

Happily, the dish was not at all difficult to prepare.  You start by sautéing vegetables

Preparing the binding ingredients

Mix everything together

Top with buttered bread crumbs Rich & tasty, Deviled Crab is an easy yet special entrée or appetizer. Full of delicious crab, it's perfect for a beach lunch or date night!

Bake until goldenRich & tasty, Deviled Crab is an easy yet special entrée or appetizer. Full of delicious crab, it's perfect for a beach lunch or date night!

Then enjoy!

How to Serve  

Since this dish has a casual elegance, you can serve it for many occasions!  It’s perfect as an entree for an outdoor event and will also be lovely at a romantic dinner like date night or Valentine’s Day.  Sides might include roasted veggies, cole slaw or salad like Kale Brussels Sprout salad. But the entrée is rich and more filling than it looks so I recommend going easy on the extras. 

It also makes a tasty and popular appetizer, served alone or as a dip.  How do you beat that!

Often you will see deviled crab served right in a crab shell. I didn’t have shells, but I had these cute little frying pans.  I bought them ages ago figuring one day they’d come in handy. Ramekins would work beautifully as well–or it can be made in a larger casserole and served family style.

I added an easy homemade remoulade (recipe here) that I heartily recommend. The creamy heat was a perfect complement!

Rich & tasty, Deviled Crab is an easy yet special entrée or appetizer. Full of delicious crab, it's perfect for a beach lunch or date night!


If you’d a finger food that is similar, take a look at my mini crab cakes.  I froze trays of these for my daughter’s garden party wedding!

Of course if it’s date night recipes you’re looking for, consider one of these tasty dishes:

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Deviled Crab

Deviled Crab

Deviled Crab

Rich & tasty, Deviled Crab is an easy yet special entrée or appetizer. Full of delicious crab, it’s perfect for a beach lunch or date night!
Author: Inger
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 475 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 stick celery diced
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper diced (any color)
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce or ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 8 ounces crab meat lump style
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs lightly toasted
  • 1 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup panko or Italian breadcrumbs, for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Melt 2 Tablespoons butter and sautee the onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic and cook until softened but not brown. Remove from the heat and let cool. Move to refrigerator (or even freezer if you watch carefully) for faster cooling.
  • Whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, hot sauce or cayenne, salt and pepper in a bowl. Adjust the seasonings as desired. Add the egg, crab, parsley, breadcrumbs and cooled onion mixture. Fold together gently to keep crab lumps intact.
  • Spray baking dishes with non-stick spray or spread with butter. Divide the crab mixture into prepared baking dishes (or larger casserole). Prepare the topping by mixing the melted butter into the panko breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over the crab mixture.
  • Set into a rimmed baking sheet and bake until warmed through and golden, 15 to 18 minutes.


Serves two as a generous main course or 4-6 as an appetizer in smaller ramekins


Calories: 475kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 28gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 1518mgPotassium: 511mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1534IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 134mgIron: 3mg
I am not a health professional and nutrition data is calculated programatically. Accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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Updated from Jan 21 2021.

13 thoughts on “Deviled Crab

  1. Christie

    You really can’t go wrong with any kind of seafood for date night. And this crab dish looks oh so delicious! I love that it’s either an appetizer or dinner.

  2. David Scott Allen

    I really love deviled crab, make it whenever I can get good crab meat. (As you probably know from your daughters experience, and your experience for visiting her, good crab is not something we find often in Arizona!) I am bookmarking this for future cooking fun!

    1. Inger Post author

      Yes, definitely an import in Wisconsin too. Sadly enough, we have taken such poor care of our beautiful Great Lakes that many of those fish are not safe to eat on a regular basis.

    1. Inger Post author

      I’ve always told myself, that if things are not right in the world/my world at least if I can eat good food, something will be right!

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