When the temperature rises and the season gets sizzling, a fresh seafood meal tastes like summer itself. Rich, tender crab meatworks in a variety of versatile recipes, so grab a whole bunch of crustaceans, bust out the crackers, and get ready to dine in style. Add a few of these delicious crab dishes to your regular rotation and even professed seafood haters will come around.
Grilled Dungeness Crab
Grilling Dungeness crabs give them a sweet, slightly smoky flavor and spicy ginger, jalapeño, and garlic baste adds a little kick. If you use live crabs, look for lively, alert specimens for the best taste. You can also go with frozen but thaw them completely in the refrigerator before tossing them on the grill.
Simple Crab Salad
A light and fresh crab salad showcase the tender meat’s, natural sweetness. Spiced with Old Bay and dressed with mayonnaise and lemon juice, diced celery and bell peppers add color and crunch. This salad makes a lovely lunch or starter when paired with greens or spooned over avocado halves.
Start off a summer get-together with these crunchy crab rangoons with cream cheese. A little steak sauce gives flaky cooked crab an earthy kick and the cheese lends a nice creamy texture. They fry up in just a couple of minutes, so watch them carefully when cooking. Serve with sweet and sour sauce for dipping.
Crab Quiche With Cheese
Easy and versatile quiche tastes great hot and fresh from the oven or chilled as a light make-ahead lunch or dinner. Crab and Swiss cheese go perfectly together, and a dash of nutmeg and sautéed shallots give it a little spice. Use either a homemade or store-bought pie crust or make it crustless for a lower-carb option.
For an elegant-looking summer appetizer, try deviled crab. Zesty Worcestershire sauce, minced onion and green pepper, a little Tabasco and cayenne, and fresh lemon juice give them a delightful flavor. You can also make them ahead and store them in the fridge before serving, to make party prep even easier.
Thai Chili Crab
Pair your crab with a hint of spice in this zesty Thai chili crab recipe. King or snow crab tastes great this way, or you can use crab legs alone. Try the crabs steamed, baked, or deep-fried; whatever suits your fancy. Serve it with nutcrackers to break the shells and a stack of finger wipes, as this classic finger food gets messy.
So, which one will be your summer opening dishes? Crab is a perfect food for summer with various recipes that you can make. Combine with a healthy side dish like a salad for better taste. Ask your friends to join!