Rating: 4.05 stars
115 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 6

A tangy, rich crab dish that will be enjoyed by the family or by guest. Incorporate scallops and tiny shrimp to dress up the dish.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • In a medium bowl, combine crab meat, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, salt, cayenne pepper, dry mustard, and beaten egg.. Mix thoroughly.

  • In an 8" pie dish, spread mixture and lightly coat the entire dish with bread crumbs. Then sprinkle the top with paprika. Dot the dish with the butter.

  • Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

450 calories; protein 28.4g; carbohydrates 8.1g; fat 33.7g; cholesterol 166.1mg; sodium 1086.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (120)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2007
My husband made this for dinner tonight. It was AWESOME!! The only thing he changed was instead of using bread crumbs, he used Ritz crackers for a richer crust on the bottom and he used clawmeat because it was on sale. Definitely a make again!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/21/2007
Not like imperial crab to me. This was more like a crab cake pie but overly salty spicy and to dry. Not one I'll make again. Sorry. Read More
(20)
115 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2007
My husband made this for dinner tonight. It was AWESOME!! The only thing he changed was instead of using bread crumbs, he used Ritz crackers for a richer crust on the bottom and he used clawmeat because it was on sale. Definitely a make again!! Read More
(425)
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2011
It really is bizarre that some people modify the recipe then give it 2 or 3 stars. I found the most helpful suggestions coming from those who simply stated use less salt b/c Old Bay is salty. And, cut back on the Cayenne if you don't want it real spicy. Ritz Crackers I have found always taste good with dishes requiring bread crumbs. Crabmeat has a strong flavor all on its own. This recipe is very easy to adjust to your palate by simply going by what your tastes are. This was an awesome recipe for us and the phyllo cups I put mine in were heavenly. Read More
(290)
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2009
Nice and spicy. I used the mixture to fill little phyllo dough cups, baked them in the oven and served them as an appetizer. Everyone loved them and asked for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2012
Dear God in heaven, instead of writing a completely new recipe and an entire how-to manual, my 5-star rating is based on THIS recipe as written. A tweak here or there is one thing; but, please submit your total revamp as an original recipe with a photo of your creation. This recipe is delicious over chicken breasts or a filet. It is the absolute best over rockfish. Looking forward to the many NEW recipes to be submitted, rather than finding them in the reviews. Tiny rant over. Enjoy this dish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2003
This recipe made a very nice crab imperial with quite a "spice" wallop. Those who prefer less spice should throttle back on the peppers and perhaps the mustard pwd. ---- I varied the recipe by skipping the old bay (didn't have any) and substituting fresh chopped parsley. I also substituted crushed low carb wasa bread for the bread crumbs.I added a crisscrosss of grated cheese on top. Overall a very good recipe quick and easy! and my 15 yr. old ate it! Read More
(85)
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2003
DEEEEE-licious! Easy and quick to make. I portioned this into four 6-oz ramekins instead of the pie tin, and it was great. This is very spicy, so I think I will cut the cayenne in half next time. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2005
This is one great recipe - pan grilled some boneless chicken breast and then topped it off with the crab imperial in individual dishes before baking. Not too spicey for my group. Great dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2011
I am born and raised in Maryland and currently live on the eastern shore of MD. This recipe will stand up to any crab imperial recipes out there. Bravo and thanks for sharing!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2005
god, i love my crab imperial. people in the UK just don't get crab like us folk from the mid-atlantic coast of the U.S. thankfully, i can still get good white crabmeat here, although it's very pricey. so worth it tho. we ate this guiltlessly while doing the low carb thing. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/21/2007
Not like imperial crab to me. This was more like a crab cake pie but overly salty spicy and to dry. Not one I'll make again. Sorry. Read More
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