Curried Crab Spread Recipe
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Curried Crab Spread Recipe

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At holiday time, I always have cream cheese and crabmeat on hand. In case of drop-ins, mix up an easy spread by adding mango chutney and spices. —Jennifer Phillips, Goffstown, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Sriracha Asian hot chili sauce, optional
  • 1 can (6 ounces) lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup mango chutney
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro or chives
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without crackers): 78 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, lemon peel, curry powder, salt and, if desired, chili sauce; gently fold in crab. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer bread crumbs to a shallow bowl.
  3. Unwrap disk and press all sides into bread crumbs; place on a serving plate. Spoon chutney over top; sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with crackers. Yield: 24 servings.
Originally published as Curried Crab Spread in Simple & Delicious December/January 2015

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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