Hot Crab Spread Recipe
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Hot Crab Spread Recipe

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After my mother and sister described the hot crab sandwiches they had eaten at a San Francisco restaurant, I developed this recipe. It's become a family favorite, especially during vacations to the Oregon coast, where we can catch fresh crabs.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 8 cups (32 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 cans (6 ounces each) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 79 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute onions in butter until tender. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker; add mayonnaise. Stir in cheese. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in crab; cover and cook 1 hour longer or until heated through. Serve spread warm with crackers. Yield: 6 cups.
Originally published as Hot Crab Spread in Country April/May 2004, p51

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fredaevans User ID: 6360805 132372
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"Do a very similar one, and it's drop dead DE-lusush! (Spelling intended.)"

Rockamama User ID: 1263362 67534
Reviewed May. 19, 2011

"I would love to make this recipe, but 4 cans of crabmeat around here would cost $20.00! ($5 a can)."

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