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Homemade baked Crab Balls are delicious mini crab cake bites made with high-quality crab meat. This recipe is easy to prepare and makes tasty hors d'oeuvres or can be used as protein in a salad or wrap.
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Easy Crab Balls Recipe

Homemade baked Crab Balls are delicious mini crab cake bites made with high-quality crab meat. This recipe is easy to prepare and makes tasty hors d'oeuvres or can be used as protein in a salad or wrap.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Crab Balls
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 62kcal
Author Izzy

Ingredients

  • 1 pound crab meat
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ½ tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons parsley finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • optional melted butter

Instructions

  • In a large bowl add the eggs, mayo, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning, celery, parsley, and salt. Mix well.
  • Add the crab meat and panko. Gently fold everything together with a rubber spatula. (Make sure not to shred the crab meat).
  • Take about 1/4 cup of the mixture and shape it into a ball. Then place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat this process with the rest of the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Brush the balls with optional melted butter.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the balls become lightly browned. Serve with tartar sauce and enjoy!

Notes

  • The fresh or refrigerated lump crab meat tastes the best. If you need to use canned crab meat, look for the ones in the refrigerated section in the store.
  • You can freeze the un-baked crab balls for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed.
  • You can also freeze the baked crab balls for 3 months. Warm them up in the oven at 350°F for 10-12 minutes.
  • Homemade Tartar Sauce Ingredients:
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 ½ tablespoons sweet pickle relish
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon minced onion
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • salt and pepper, to taste
  • How to Make Tartar Sauce: Mix all the tartar sauce ingredients above in a mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until you’re ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 442mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg