Imperial Crab Casserole

Pat Duran Recipe

By Pat Duran kitchenchatter

6 servings
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This spicy crab casserole is a specialty of Sting-Ray's in Cape Charles, Virginia.
Great baked until lightly browned and bubbling in the center and served hot with toast on the side. A winner in our house.


1/2 c
unsalted butter, melted
3 Tbsp
all purpose flour
2 c
heavy cream or evaporated milk
1 lb
jumbo lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
1 c
panko bread crumbs
1/2 c
red bell pepper, chopped fine
1/4 c
yellow onion, chopped fine
1/4 c
finely chopped parsley
2 Tbsp
each sherry and fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp
1 tsp
each paprika and ground mustard powder
1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper, optional
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 400^. Butter 6 shallow 6 oz. ramekins or a 2 quart casserole. Set aside.
Heat 5 Tablespoons of the butter in a 2 qt. saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add flour, and cook, stirring until smooth, about 2 minutes;making a roux.
Whisk in the cream and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring until thickened, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in crabmeat, half the bred crumbs, bell pepper, onion, half the parsley, sherry, lemon juice, worcestershire, half the paprika, cayenne, mustard salt and pepper.
Divide mixture into prepared ramekins or casserole dish; place ramekins on a baking sheet set aside.
In a small bowl, mix remaining butter, crumbs, and paprika until evenly coated; sprinkle on top of casserole or ramekins.
Bake until lightly browned and bubbling in the center, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle any remaining crumb mixture over each serving if any is left. Serve hot with toast if desired on the side. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Asian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom

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Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Jan 6, 2015
Thank you so much Sue I am glad you gave it your family and friends approval..this is my special companys' coming to dinner entrae.hugs to you and your family for the coming year....
sue smith suesmith1
Jan 6, 2015
Tripled this recipe and it was terrific! I fed 10 people all the crab imperial they could eat and boy did they eat!!!! I did substitute old bay for the dried spices, but it didn't seem to bother anyone!!! Will definitely use it again and pass it on!!!
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Mar 28, 2014
Would you be able to give it you family approval vote?