Make Spicy Deviled Crab

Deviled crab


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  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
272 Calories
11g Fat
36g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 272
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 157mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Protein 9g
Calcium 128mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Deviled crab is one of those classic recipes that never really gets old. A similar dish – deviled clams -- is common in New England. The concept is seasoned seafood, mixed with mustard and breadcrumbs, stuffed back into its shell and baked. This recipe is Spanish-inspired, with a little fino sherry for flavor.

The derivation of this recipe’s name is from the fact that “to devil” a food means to combine it with hot or spicy seasonings rendering it a “deviled" dish. In this case, serrano or jalapeno chiles are used to achieve the desired heat level.


  • 1 pound crabmeat
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon oregano (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (smoked Spanish style or you can substitute regular paprika)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon mustard (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 finely chopped chile (serrano, or for less heat, use a jalapeno)
  • 1/2 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 2 tablespoons sherry (fino or amontillado)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Mix all the ingredients together and let rest for 10 minutes.

  3. Stuff the mixture loosely -- do not pack it -- into crab shells, or if you don't have them, single-serving ramekins. You could also simply use a casserole dish, too.

  4. Bake for 40 minutes, then serve hot with a fruity white wine such as an off-dry Riesling or a Gewurztraminer.

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