Crab Rarebit

Crab Rarebit Recipe

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Vickie Parks


Welsh Rarebit originated in Wales in the 1700s as a way of pairing together two great Welsh foods--wheat bread and cheddar cheese. Despite the lack of meat, it was originally called Welsh Rabbit, but over time it became known as Welsh Rarebit. Variations cropped up over the decades that incorporated different cheeses and different breads. At one time, there was an abundance of crab along the Welsh coastline, at which time crab recipes were in high demand, and it was then that Crab Rarebit was created. It's great served for lunch, as a light dinner or as a snack anytime of the day.


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10 Min
10 Min


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup
  • 2 large
    eggs, separated
  • 2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp
    hot sauce (such as tabasco) - optional
  • 1 Tbsp
    english mustard
  • 2/3 cup
    cheddar cheese, grated (comte cheese is also good in this recipe)
  • 8 1/2 oz
    cooked crabmeat, drained (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/4 cup
    fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 medium
    lemon, juiced
  • 6 slice
    sourdough bread, lightly toasted

How to Make Crab Rarebit


  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, then stir in flour to form a roux. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon for about 2 minutes to cook out the floury taste. Gradually whisk in the milk. It will be a bit lumpy at first, but keep whisking. Once the mixture is smooth, set it aside to cool slightly.
  2. Whisk the egg whites until stiff.
  3. Preheat oven broiler.
  4. Whisk egg yolks, Worcestershire, hot sauce, mustard and cheese into the roux. Add the crab meat, season lightly with about a teaspoon or so of parsley and a generous squeeze of lemon juice. If you wish, you could add another teaspoon of black pepper. Then fold in the egg whites.
  5. Place a slice of sourdough toast on each place. Spread the crab mix on each slice of toast.
  6. Place toasts on a broiler pan, and place under the broiler for 4 to 6 minutes or until the crab mixture is puffy and bubbling and lightly browned.
  7. Garnish each serving with a generous sprinkling of chopped parsley, and serve immediately while still hot.

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About Crab Rarebit

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: UK/Ireland
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #welsh #Wales

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