Crab Imperial

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Crab Imperial

Crab Imperial is a simple, classic Maryland seafood recipe that allows the fantastic flavor of crab to shine through. The rich, creamy sauce is combined with the crab meat and then baked to golden perfection.

Servings: 4 people

Keywords: Crab

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. can Super Lump crab meat
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Coleman's Dry Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • ½ Lemon, zested
  • 1 tablespoon Wondra flour
  • Sprinkle of Paprika, for topping Imperial

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients, except Crab Meat, and reserve chilled until ready to cook.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F
  3. In a large bowl, gently fold crab meat into ½ of the imperial sauce base, being careful not to break up the crab meat.
  4. Add more sauce until you have a loose, but not soupy, consistency. *This may not require all the sauce*
  5. Allow to chill for 15 minutes. Then divide into small buttered casserole dishes.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Remove and allow to cool slightly (so you are not serving Molten Crab Lava).
  8. SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Go old school and serve with warm toast points (crust removed of course). OR: Serve with an Italian Tricolore salad with shaved parmesan cheese.