Chesapeake Crab Crackers Recipe

Chesapeake Crab Crackers Recipe

Top crackers with a bright crab salad for an easy appetizer inspired by Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Yield:makes 14 crackers
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time:1 hour 15 minutes


  • 14 crackers, such as Ritz
  • 4 ounces jumbo lump crab meat, picked over
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Frank's
  • 1 medium stalk celery, minced
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. 1.

    Place crab in a medium bowl and lightly shred with a fork.

  2. 2.

    In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, Worcestershire, lemon juice, paprika, and hot sauce. Pour over crab.

  3. 3.

    Stir crab and dressing to combine. Mix in celery. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. 4.

    Let crab sit in refrigerator for one hour for flavors to blend.

  5. 5.

    Top each cracker with one tablespoon crab salad.