To honor everything that is the crab, March 9 marks the unofficial food holiday National Crabmeat Day. To celebrate this holiday (which we truly wish was every day), we reached out to our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers to see how they prepare this delicious crustacean.
You can’t even think about a crabmeat recipe roundup without crab cakes, and Cherry on My Sundae’s are pretty much perfect. A crisp, sweet apple slaw cuts through the acidity of a lemony, lumpy crab cake and a spicy sauce, giving you a little bit of everything.
For the Crab Cakes With Curry Aïoli recipe, click here.
Forget egg rolls or dumplings — crab Rangoon puffs are the real star of any Chinese takeout menu, and A Chick Who Can Cook knows it. She deconstructed this popular appetizer into a creamy, satisfying dip. And you won’t find any imitation crab here — this recipe features the real thing.
For the Crab Rangoon Dip recipe, click here.
If you’re tired of the same old deep-fried zucchini flowers, Mission: Food has a luxurious solution for you straight from Eric Ripert’s cookbook. The delicate blossoms and just a touch of acidity from the truffle vinaigrette allow the sweet, meaty lump crab to truly shine.
For the Crab-Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with Black Truffles recipe, click here.
Crabmeat is so tender and sweet on its own that you don’t need much to doctor it up. Mess of Greens understands this, and her simple crabmeat salad features just a few light ingredients to let this crustacean be the star it truly is.
For the Jo Russell's (Not) West Indies Salad (But Kinda) recipe, click here.
The lobster roll may get all the notoriety, but No Spoon Necessary makes an incredible case for a luscious crab roll. “Fresh, light, and seriously satisfying, these rolls are handheld, portable seafood salad scrumptiousness. Essentially, they are summer stuffed in a bun,” she writes, and we can’t argue with that.
For the King Crab, Mango & Avocado Salad Rolls recipe, click here.
Boil your crabs whole with some Old Bay seasoning and the fresh (yet spicy) flavor is unparalleled, at least according to Coley Cooks. And while picking the meat from the crabs may be intimidating and messy, you won’t care.
For the Steamed Maryland Blue Crab recipe, click here.
Soft shell crab season is incredibly short, so when the time comes, take advantage and whip up this dish from This Is How I Cook. A light beer batter seasoned with turmeric and cayenne pepper is the perfect accompaniment to this delicate dish. And if you happen to miss soft shell crab season, this batter will work wonderfully with any seafood.
For the Vietnamese Soft Shell Crab recipe, click here.