By Vanessa Greaves
August 19, 2017
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You crab-lovers know what it means to crave that sweet, clean flavor of fresh crab. Here are some of our favorite ways to prep and serve fresh crabmeat -- from simply baked or steamed crabs to old-fashioned crab boils. You'll also get top picks for tempting crab appetizers, an iconic seafood salad, a lush crab soup, and the most indulgent eggs Benedict. You can get your fresh crab fix all day long.

It doesn't take any fancy moves to let the flavor of fresh crab shine through in this easy recipe. You'll simply bake crab legs with butter, lemon, garlic, olive oil, and Old Bay seasoning. "My new go-to recipe for crab legs. Very easy. I love that I can make so many at one time & we can all actually eat together." -- Becky R

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Here's an excellent roll-up-your-sleeves-and-eat recipe to wow a crowd. A traditional party dish in the Low Country region of Georgia and South Carolina, this is the ultimate one-pot summer feast.

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"These are what crab cakes are supposed to be like. They are basically a fried lump of crabmeat, held together with a minimum of filler," says Chef John. And reviewers wholeheartedly agree. Watch the video to see how to make them.

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If you're using lump crabmeat, be sure to drain it to give this delicious dip just the right consistency. "I'm born and raised just south of Baltimore so I think I know a thing or two about crabs. I made this dip for opening day Ravens game and everyone loved it." -- witzend

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You can open your own B&B with this signature dish. It's not your everyday breakfast item, so you might want to save this in your recipe box for a special occasion like Mother's Day. "LOVED IT! Made this for an early Mother's Day Brunch and it was devoured! This was the epidemy of brunch. It captured every flavor you could want and more." -- themoodyfoodie

Steve A, who submitted this 5-star recipe, says, "Atlantic Ocean Blue Crabs, steamed over a boil of Old Bay® seasoning and beer. Show your friends you have that certain craboir faire with this one." We see what you did there, Steve.

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This would be great with shrimp as well. "I ended up getting some snow crab legs on sale at the market," says Tamaralynn. "I wanted something a little different from plain steamed, boiled, or grilled crab legs, so I ended up throwing a few things together to make this awesome crab leg dish."

Go on and spoil your special someone with this surprisingly easy-to-make pasta. "Wow, this recipe is a keeper!! I was so surprised when I tasted it, I felt like I was at a fancy restaurant." -- Nida

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Not going to lie: This takes some time to make, but the results are so worth it. Here's just one of the many rave reviews: "Thank you again Chef John! I only thought I loved crab rangoons but now realize the only thing I have ever had at a Chinese restaurant were cream cheese rangoons. These were absolutely delish. They not only looked fabulous but tasted amazing." -- Sherry

If you're looking for a quick, easy, and impressive party appetizer, give this a try. "I made these for Christmas dinner (appetizer) and they were a hit." -- kayakjoan

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Wow, right? And even better than how it looks is how quick and easy it is to make. "Absolutely fantastic! As good as I can get in a restaurant and very quick and easy." -- MYANGEL6

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Chef John says, "Freshly shucked corn stars here, as does the thin, light, crispy batter. You can substitute shrimp or even ceviche for the crab." Our mouths are watering already.

No need to spend big on a seafood Louis salad in a fancy restaurant when you can make it yourself at home. BBARTLETT says, "Love this! Was so very tasty, easy to prepare and pretty on the plate."

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