Quick and Easy Crab Melts

Crab Melts
My Quick and Easy Crab Melts are seriously delicious and oh so versatile. They are great for a light lunch or brunch with some chips or a salad, or you can cut them into small slices or squares and serve as appetizers, on a buffet, or at a cocktail party. Perfect for warmer days when you don’t want to have the stove going for too long, in cooler weather these Crab Melts are a tasty accompaniment to a warming bowl of soup.

Crab Melts are really satisfying with the crab meat and cheese; I serve half a slice of French bread or ciabatta per person. Of course, you can easily double or triple the recipe to serve more people. I use Seafood and Eat It white crab meat, ready prepared in a little pot from the grocery store. It’s expensive, but a little goes a long way. You can also use canned white crab meat as a more frugal option.

Crab meat is relatively low in calories and very high in protein, vitamins and minerals. If I’m just making a crab melt for myself, I use wholegrain bread with chia seeds to make it more nutritious, and I just use one slice of cheese. It’s still a treat, but it’s a relatively healthy one.

You can use this cheese topped crab mixture on just about anything. I can’t get Triscuits here in the UK but I’d love to put a teaspoon of the crab mixture on top of several of them, top with cheese, grill and serve as canapés.

Crab Melt Ingredients

½ cup white crab meat
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons finely chopped red pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream (low fat is fine)
salt and pepper to taste
4 slices of Monterey Jack cheese or Swiss cheese, or use Pepper Jack if you like a bit of spice
a four or five inch slice of baguette, long French bread, or ciabatta bread, cut carefully in half lengthwise

How to Make Crab Melts

Put the French bread or ciabatta bread halves in the oven on a baking sheet at about 350°F (175°C) or under the broiler or grill for five minutes or until they are beginning to take on a bit of colour.

Meanwhile, mix the crab meat with the mustard, red pepper and celery.

Quick and Easy Crab Melts

Add crème fraîche or sour cream as well as salt and pepper to taste.

Quick and Easy Crab Melts

Mix together gently. Divide the crab mixture between the pieces of bread.

Quick and Easy Crab Melts

Top with the cheese slices.

Quick and Easy Crab Melts

Return the crab and cheese topped bread to the oven for five to ten minutes, or place under the broiler or grill, until the cheese is bubbling and brown.

Quick and Easy Crab Melts - a deliciously versatile recipe perfect for appetizers, lunch or buffets

The cheese gets very hot, so allow these to cool a bit before serving one half of the panini or ciabatta to each person, or cutting into small pieces to serve as hors d’oeuvres.

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Quick and Easy Crab Melts
 
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Serves: Serves 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup white crab meat
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream (low fat is fine)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of Monterey Jack cheese or Swiss cheese, or use Pepper Jack if you like a bit of spice
  • a four or five inch slice of baguette, long French bread, or ciabatta bread, cut carefully in half lengthwise
Instructions
  1. Put the French bread or ciabatta bread halves in the oven on a baking sheet at about 350°F (175°C) or under the broiler or grill for five minutes or until they are beginning to take on a bit of colour.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the crab meat with the mustard, red pepper, and celery.
  3. Add crème fraîche or sour cream as well as salt and pepper to taste. Mix together gently.
  4. Divide the crab mixture between the pieces of bread and top with the cheese slices.
  5. Return the crab and cheese topped bread to the oven for five to ten minutes, or place under the broiler or grill, until the cheese is bubbling and brown.
  6. The cheese gets very hot, so allow these to cool a bit before serving one half of the panini or ciabatta to each person, or cutting into small pieces to serve as hors d’oeuvres.

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Comments

  1. katrina gehman says:

    this looks really really good. i bet my family would love it. i’ll have to try it out.

  2. Those look fantastic, April! I can never get enough crab. 😉

    Shirley

  3. This is one of my favourite lunches thanks !!

  4. Ooooo, that must be heaven! I love crab and these crab melts are so easy to make! Thanks for sharing. #let’sgetrealfridayparty

  5. Oh wow. That’s the yummiest looking sandwich I’ve seen in a while. I live in Florida, so super fresh seafood is always available. I can’t wait to put some fresh crab to good use!

  6. Oh my goodness, that photo is making me drool! This looks absolutely delicious with its melty cheese goodness!

  7. Lisa Jones says:

    I Love Crab This Looks So Delicious I Must Make ASAP Thank You!

  8. That looks so delicious! Would love to have one right now! Crab is a favorite treat around here, will have to try this recipe soon.

  9. You are right – these are seriously delicious!!!!

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