Spicy Crab Salad Tapas

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling


about 2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I served these at a party and everyone went wild! These delicious morsels have a crispy flaky outside filled with creamy sweet crab that has a little kick. I used scalloped-edge cookie cutters to cut my pastry, but you can use a small biscuit cutter. —Vanessa Mason, Summerdale, Alabama
Spicy Crab Salad Tapas Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 can (16 ounces) lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet yellow pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Optional: Minced fresh parsley and seafood seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Combine the first 12 ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, on a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry. Roll each pastry into a 10-in. square; cut each into twenty-five 2-in. squares. Using a round 1-1/2-in. cookie cutter, cut out the centers of half the puff pastry squares. Whisk egg and water; brush over pastry. Place cutout squares on top of solid squares; transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets.
  3. Bake until golden brown, about 18 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Once cool, spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of crab salad into center of each cooked pastry. If desired, top with minced parsley and seasoning. Serve immediately.

Test Kitchen tips
  • If you want to boost the heat, sprinkle each one with a little cayenne pepper.
  • The puff pastry shells can be made a few hours ahead of time and filled as your guests are walking up to the door.
  • To keep your pastry from bending over while baking, make sure you cut them straight up and down without twisting the knife.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 appetizer: 145 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.