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Crab Imperial
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Crab Imperial

Crab Imperial is a simple, classic Maryland seafood recipe that really lets the flavor of the crab shine through. It's warm, creamy, and delicious.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Southern
Keyword crab dip
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 242kcal


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coarsely crushed Ritz crackers
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pound fresh lump crab meat, picked over to remove any pieces of shell


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a shallow 1 1/2-quart baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, egg, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay, salt, dry mustard, and cayenne pepper.
  • Stir in parsley, shallot, and crab. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, stir together Ritz cracker crumbs and melted butter. Scatter on top of crab mixture.
  • Sprinkle paprika on top. Bake for 20 minutes. 
  • Serve with crackers or toasted baguette.


Stir the crab in gently so you don't break it up too much.


Calories: 242kcal