How to Cook Raw Crab Meat

By Meredith Burgio

Crab meat can be used to make a variety of dishes. After purchasing raw crab meat, refrigerate it immediately. Keep the crab meat refrigerated until ready to use. The crab meat should be cooked within 24 hours of being purchased. This will ensure that no matter what recipe the meat is used in, the crab meat will be fresh. If the crab meat is not used immediately it can spoil and ruin any dish it is used in.

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There are a variety of ways to cook raw crab meat.

Crab Bisque

Step 1

Add the butter to the pot and saute the onions until they are translucent.

Step 2

Stir in flour. Stir for one minute.

Step 3

Pour in broth and half and half. Stir until all the ingredients are mix together. Stir for at least five minutes.

Step 4

Add crumbled crab meat to the pot. Cook until the meat is heated through. Add salt to taste.

Step 5

Serve in bowls and sprinkle parsley on top as garnish.

Crab Cakes

Step 6

Add the crab meat, crackers, green onions, bell peppers, mayonnaise, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper to a large bowl.

Step 7

Mix the ingredients until well blended.

Step 8

Form the mixture into patties. The patties can be as small or large as you want, but try to keep them the same size. This will ensure they are cooked thoroughly.

Step 9

Place the patties on a platter and dust both sides with flour.

Step 10

Fill the pot with the peanut oil. Set the heat to medium high. Once the oil is warm when you place your hands over it, the oil is ready. The crab cakes should sizzle when placed in the oil.

Step 11

Cook the crab cakes for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. The crab cakes should be golden brown on the outside.

Step 12

Place a few sheets of paper towels on a plate. Remove the cooked crab cakes from the oil and place on the paper towels to drain.

Crab and Shrimp Bake

Step 13

Grease the casserole dish. Be sure to the the sides as well as the bottom of the dish.

Step 14

Add the crab meat, shrimp, celery, green onions, mayonnaise, Worcestshire sauce, hot sauce, and lemon juice to a large bowl. Mix well.

Step 15

Add the mixture into the casserole dish. Cover with bread crumbs.

Step 16

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 17

Allow to cool before serving.