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crab balls

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Melissa Turner

These baked crab balls are fun and super easy to make. This recipe could be enjoyed as an appetizer or even a light dinner.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We fell in love with these easy-to-make crab balls. Super moist and tasty, they are similar to a crab cake in flavor and texture, but rolled and baked instead of flattened and fried. Add a squirt of fresh lemon juice and melted butter and you have a lovely appetizer or entree.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 4 -6 as an appetizer
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For crab balls

  • 1 lb
    backfin crab meat
  • 1 c
    crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1 tsp
    Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1
    egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp
    yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • saltine crackers, for serving

How To Make crab balls

  • Crab meat in a mixing bowl.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the crab meat in a mixing bowl and pick out any stray shell fragments.
  • Crushed crackers, Old Bay seasoning, and parsley added to the bowl.
    Add the crushed crackers, Old Bay seasoning, and parsley to the crab.
  • Egg, mustard, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.
    In a separate bowl, combine the egg, mustard, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Whip with a whisk until smooth.
  • All ingredients mixed together.
    Pour the egg mixture over the crab meat and crackers. Gently mix, being careful not to break up the large lumps of crab meat.
  • Crab mixture formed into balls.
    Mold into golfball-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Crab Balls baking in the oven.
    Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Three baked Crab Balls with lemon.
    Drizzle with melted butter and allow to cool. Serve with saltine crackers.