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The best ever crab casserole recipe! This easy crab bake is a delicious seafood dinner for the whole family.

Buttery Crab Bake Casserole

You'll love this delicious crab casserole with ritz crackers as a topping! Dripping with flavorful chive butter and a secret ingredient that makes the crust slightly sweet, this is an easy crab meat recipe you'll want to eat again and again! Great for the whole family.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Dairy Free Option, Egg-Free, gluten free option, Nut-Free
Keyword crab bake recipe, crab casserole, crab meat, crab recipe, easy crab recipe, hot crab meat recipe, ritz crackers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 653 kcal


For the casserole filling:

  • 1 lb jumbo lump crab meat picked through for shells
  • 1 cup salted butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chives chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the crust:


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Spread crab meat evenly across the bottom of a 3.5 quart dutch oven or a medium baking pan.

  3. Pour 1 cup melted butter on top of the crab meat. Mix well, so that crab is evenly coated.

  4. Add the chives to the crab. Stir well.

  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Stir well.

  6. Add butter crackers and graham crackers into a food processor. Process on high until small, even crumbs form. 

  7. Put the cracker crumbs into a bowl. Add the 6 tablespoons of melted butter and mix until well combined.

  8. Using a spoon, carefully spread the cracker mixture evenly over the crab.

  9. Cover with foil and put it in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes until bubbly around the edges.

  10. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes until the crust is golden brown.

  11. Divide among four plates and garnish with chives, if desired. Enjoy hot!

Recipe Notes

If you want to make this crab casserole truly Maryland-style, feel free to add some Old Bay Seasoning to the crab mixture. 


To make this recipe gluten free, simply use gluten free butter crackers (like these) and gluten free graham crackers (like this this one).  Another alternative is to use 1.5 cups unseasoned gluten free breadcrumbs (not panko, just regular breadcrumbs) with 1/2 teaspoon of light brown sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon.  This will replicate the taste of the butter cracker and graham cracker combo.


Nutrition Facts
Buttery Crab Bake Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 653 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Fat 53g82%
Saturated Fat 31g194%
Cholesterol 172mg57%
Sodium 1608mg70%
Potassium 284mg8%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1505IU30%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 106mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.