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Crab recipes: Succulent and low in carbs

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Low-carb crab recipes

Tender, juicy, succulent crab is often a treat saved for special occasion dinners where professional chefs expertly - and impressively - prepare them. If you are leery about cooking whole crabs at home, the available array of cooked crab products at your local supermarket give you a tasty opportunity to savor this delicious gift from the sea. Best yet, you can sink your teeth into a delectable array of satisfying crab recipes and reap the crustacean's lean protein and minimal carbs.

Crab Meat

Crab recipes

The following recipes call for cooked crab meat. You can cook your own crab or opt for convenience and use Phillips Crab Meat or another cooked crab meat of your choice.

Crab Ceviche

Serves 4

Tasty and easy to prepare, crab ceviche is an elegant and unusual spin on the traditional raw seafood based dish.

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces cooked claw crab meat
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice and 1 teaspoon zest of a lemon
  • Juice and 1 teaspoon zest of two limes
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 seedless cucumber, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato juice or vegetable juice of your choice
  • Sea salt to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, toss all ingredients together, taking care not to break up crab meat too much.
  2. Refrigerate for an hour for flavors to blend.
  3. Serve in margarita glasses with a cocktail fork for a showy treat.

Crab and Artichoke Spread

Serves 16

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces cooked lump crab meat
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (green and white parts)
  • 1 (4-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 2 cups shredded jack cheese
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Juice and minced zest of a small lemon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and transfer to a 9-inch square baking dish or casserole dish of your choice.
  3. Bake until top is lightly browned and crab mixture is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Serve warm with your choice of cocktail party toasts or whole grain crackers.

Crustless Crab Quiche

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped roasted red bell pepper
  • 8 ounces cooked crab meat of your choice
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter a 9-inch pie plate or quiche dish.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, cream, salt and pepper. Stir in onion and roasted pepper. Fold in crab meat.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until egg is set and top is lightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

More crab recipes that are worth the catch

Scrumptious Crab Cakes
Avocado Stuffed Crab Cakes
Hollowed Bagel Crab Salad Sandwich
Easy Crab Quiche

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