Deviled Crab #FishFriday

Similar to crab cakes, deviled crabs are seasoned breaded crab stuffed into shells, baked  until golden,  and eaten as a first course or light supper.

Deviled Crab

Deviled Crab

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day is with Fish Friday Foodies,  it being the third Friday of the month, when a group of food bloggers gets together to post recipes on a theme.

This month the theme is for Seafood Appetizers. So I chose deviled crab, which can be great as an appetizer, or combined with other foods to be a part of a larger seafood supper. Some ideas for a bigger meal include adding fried fish or shrimp, plus things like cole slaw, hush puppies, and french fries.

Handy Disposable  Cups

Deviled crab  are often stuffed right back into their own shells. But if you are making these with lump crab, you can  use the baking shells sold for food service to put these in. Or if you can’t locate those, shaping a double layer piece of aluminum foil into a crab shell shape works effectively. Then you  don’t have to worry about guests objecting to real eyes on the crab shells, and with foil,  especially as a patio dinner, you can just dispose of the shells afterwards  for easy cleanup.

My  Love of Deviled Crab goes Way  Back

I first had freshly made deviled crab when visiting my Aunt Eudocia back in the  1970’s down  in  Baytown Texas. I went crabbing with my cousins  and we caught buckets full. After bringing them back to  the house, my aunt cooked those up and we spent the time before dinner picking crab. And then she proceeded to make the most delicious deviled crab.

It’s a  bit fun  to go  crabbing, providing they don’t latch onto your finger as one did to my cousin. I heard words fly out of his mouth I didn’t  know he knew. And picking crab is a bit tedious- so you might want to consider using lump crab. But either way, the end result is so worth any amount of effort.

Similar to  Crab Cakes

Deviled Crab is  very similar to crab cakes except generally has a bit more breading, especially if they are shaped without  the shell, more like croquettes or hush puppies. I like these in the shell so there is a  bit less breading.  But I can see adding crab to hush puppies–but I would just serve those as hush puppies,  more a bread course than anything really.

Deviled Crab

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Deviled Crab

Sue Lau
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10 deviled crab


  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 ounce jar pimientos drained
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup clam broth
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 pound lump crab meat any bits of shell removed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons soft bread crumbs
  • Serve:
  • Lemon Wedges


  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Heat butter in a small skillet and saute the onion and garlic until soft.
  • Combine with remaining ingredients (except for toppings) in a bowl.
  • Spray shells or foil shells with nonstick spray and mound crab filling in them.
  • Toss bread crumbs for topping with butter and sprinkle over the top.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, then place under the broiler a couple of minutes more (if needed) to become golden brown on top.
  • Serve hot with fresh lemon wedges as needed.


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8 responses

  1. I’ve never had Deviled Crab, and I may just need to rectify that, especially if I follow your recipe. It looks great.

    • It’s not as breaded as most deviled crab- also mot as unbreaded as top of the line crab cakes, but a nice midway. 😁

  2. My mother had these oven safe mini casseroles shaped like scallop shells that she would bake this in for dinner parties in the 60s. Yours sounds delicious and the foil solution is genius. Love your crab plate too!

    • I think you can get the fool shells at Gordons foodservice and there are lots of places with scallop shells- although its easy to have a mundane solution. I saw more expensive reusable crab shell shaped bakers but they cost a ton! And I spend too much on props as it is. 🤣

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