Easy Crab Pate Recipe

My Easy Crab Pate is a go-to starter or appetizer, an easy lunch, the perfect canapé topper and a great entertaining all rounder.

My Easy Crab Pate is a go-to starter or appetizer, an easy lunch, the perfect canapé topper and a great entertaining all rounder
To be fair, this recipe isn’t actually a paté, but it acts like one. You can serve it as a salad if you prefer – and when I do that I often add some of those lovely baby pasta shells cooked just to al dente along with a bit more mayonnaise. Or pile it on a piece of baguette, top with a nice slice of Swiss cheese and broil it until bubbly for amazing crab melts. Seriously there isn’t much you can’t do with my Easy Crab Paté from a culinary point of view.

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For canapés, just put small spoonfuls of this lovely paté on slices of cucumber or crackers. You can top them with a sprig or parsley or a thin slice of olive if you like. Or use my Easy Crab Paté to fill those ready prepared canapé shells you can buy in your local delicatessen. It also works really well in patty shells. The possibilities are pretty much endless.

Do you love crab as much as I do? Don’t miss all my tasty crab recipes! And if you are a fan of other seafood, I’ve got lots of easy seafood recipes for you to try too.

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I’ve based this on my late mom’s recipe for a seafood pasta salad. It always tasted amazing and I figured her seasonings would work well with crab too. I was right! It always makes me happy to be able to use one of mom’s recipes. I just wish I could tell her about it!

My Easy Crab Pate is a go-to starter or appetizer, an easy lunch, the perfect canapé topper and a great entertaining all rounder

Easy Crab Pate Hints and Tips

Our local grocery store stocks packages of ready prepared crabmeat year round so I always keep them on hand in the refrigerator. If you are not as lucky as I am, a good fish seller (or fishmonger as we call them here in the UK) can always prepare some fresh crab meat for you. You can also use the crab meat you can buy in cans – just be sure it is all white meat. It isn’t quite the same as fresh but it is a tasty, frugal alternative.

You can make my Easy Crab Paté a few hours ahead of time and assemble your dish or canapés at the last minute, making entertaining (almost) stress free. However you choose to serve my Easy Crab Pate, you’ll be delighted by the compliments you receive when you do!

Easy Crab Pate
  • ¾ cup white crabmeat, drained if from a can
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • generous squeeze of lemon
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons mayonnaise (I use Hellman's Extra Light)
  • parsley, paprika or any other garnishes you like
  1. Put the crabmeat, celery and red pepper in a bowl.
  2. Add the Dijon mustard, lemon, a good pinch of salt and a grinding of black pepper.
  3. Stir lightly together.
  4. Add the mayonnaise, a bit at a time, just until the mixture clings together nicely.
  5. Taste for seasoning.
  6. Serve as desired as a paté, in canapés, salads and sandwiches garnished with a bit of parsley or paprika if liked.

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  1. This sounds great! I love that it’s based on a family recipe. We often have friends who give us fresh crab, and now I know what to do with it. Yummy! I’ve pinned this for later. Thanks!

  2. Perfect for a light meal especially now that temperatures are high here!

  3. What a lovely recipe this is.

  4. I love how easy this is. Great for quick meals or feeding unexpected guests.

  5. Light and lovely, your crab pate would make the perfect starter for Easter dinner or a light spring luncheon. Pinned, tweeted and shared…

  6. Hi April,
    I just pinned your awesome Crab Pate, this looks delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  7. This looks so delicious April!

  8. Pinning! Love that the dish is tweaked from your late-mother’s recipe <3 Food always tastes better when fond memories are involved.

  9. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and we have pinned it to our features board. Enjoy your new Red Plate and thanks so much for sharing with us!
    Miz Helen


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