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Crab Imperial

Crab Imperial
Growing up on the East Coast, we'd go crabbing several times a Summer. Of course, we'd have feasts of boiled blue crabs, but some were always spared for Crab Imperial. Less trouble than a crab cake (no frying or worrying about binders), this recipe for crab imperial is very elegant. On a recent trip back home to Mom's, she lovingly parted with her set of scallop-shaped ramekins, which make the presentation of this crab imperial recipe even more special.

Submitted by: Jim from North Aurora, IL
Yield: 4 servings


Preparation Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine all Crab Imperial Ingredients-except for the crab meat-in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Add crab meat and fold gently until combined, taking care not to break up lump crab meat. Divide mixture equally among 4 ramekins (or natural crab shell). Place on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for Imperial Sauce and whisk until smooth.

In another small bowl, add remaining melted butter to bread crumbs and stir until combined.

Top each ramekin (or natural crab shell) of crab imperial with imperial sauce, then the bread crumbs and a good sprinkle of paprika. Place in broiler until golden brown.

Helpful Hints

Great by itself but also delicious with butter flavored crackers and a fresh green salad.

Based on 4 reviews

Customer Reviews


Grew up on eastern shore has some flavor but still can’t match some the restaurant quality and taste it definitely is missing something I added parmesan cheese for a little more flavor which helped.

Lisa and Steve

Excellent recipe. I followed it to a tee and wouldn’t change a thing.


I have lived in Ocean City Maryland most of my life. I have Eaten at most of the restaurants. This crab imperial is delicious. As good if not better then you would get out. Very easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy H

This is as good as a top restaurant.I have paid a very high price for this crab inperil when I dine out and this taste the same or even a little better. GO FOR IT ……

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