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11 Canned Crab Meat Sandwich Recipes

Crab meat is one of the most versatile ingredients out there.

It can be used in a variety of dishes, from salads to sandwiches.

And canned crab meat is even easier to use than fresh crab meat.

All you need is some mayonnaise, celery, and salt and pepper to make these delicious sandwiches.

Here are 11 delicious canned crab meat sandwich recipes that will have you looking forward to your next seafood dinner.

From sweet and tangy to savory and spicy, these crabmeat sandwiches are sure to please everyone in your family!

Whether you’re craving something light and refreshing for lunch or something hearty and filling for dinner, these sandwiches will hit the spot.

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Canned Crab Meat Sandwich Recipes

11 Canned Crab Meat Sandwich Recipes

When you’ve got a few cans of crab meat in your pantry, you’ve got the makings of a delicious sandwich.

Whether you’re in the mood for a classic crab cake sandwich or something a little more unique, I’ve got a recipe for you.

The Best Canned Crab Melts with Old Bay Seasoning

Old bay seasoning is a mix of sweet, salty, and spicy spices that is often used in seafood dishes.

This canned crab meat sandwich recipe uses old bay seasoning to give the sandwiches a delicious flavor.

The recipe is for crab melts, which are basically grilled cheese sandwiches with crab meat instead of the usual cheese.

To make the sandwiches, you’ll need:

  • 1 can of crab meat (drained and rinsed)
  • 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of old bay seasoning
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (softened)

Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, mix together the crab meat, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, and old bay seasoning in a bowl.
  2. Then, spread the mixture onto four slices of bread.
  3. Next, butter the outside of each slice of bread.
  4. Finally, grill the sandwiches on a lightly buttered skillet over medium heat until they’re golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted.
  5. Serve immediately!

Crab Salad Sandwich

Sometimes the simple things in life are the best and that is definitely the case with this canned crab meat sandwich recipe.

This sandwich is so easy to make and is packed full of flavor.

All you need for this sandwich is some canned crab meat, mayonnaise, diced celery, diced onion, Old Bay seasoning, and a little bit of lemon juice.

Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and then put it on your favorite type of bread.

You can use any type of bread that you like but I think that a nice hearty wheat bread or even a croissant would be perfect.

If you want to add your own personal touch to this sandwich then there are a few things that you could do.

You could try adding in some chopped-up dill pickles or even some chopped-up hard-boiled eggs.

Both of these additions would give the sandwich a little bit more flavor and texture.

Quick Crab Rolls

A mouthwatering crab salad made with celery, onions, and mayo, rolled up in a soft flour tortilla.

This is a super easy and quick recipe for crab rolls that is perfect for a light lunch or snack.

All you need is some canned crab meat, celery, onion, mayonnaise, and flour tortillas.

  1. First, chop up the celery and onion into small pieces.
  2. Mix this together with the canned crab meat and mayonnaise.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Lay out a flour tortilla and spoon the mixture onto the center of the tortilla.
  5. Roll it up like a burrito and slice in half.
  6. Serve immediately.

You could also add some chopped lettuce or shredded cheese to the mixture for extra flavor and texture.

Creamy Crab Grilled Cheese

Creamy canned crab meat sandwiched between crispy, golden brown bread is a heavenly experience.

This Crab Grilled Cheese is easy to make and can be customized to your liking.

To make the Crab Grilled Cheese, you will need:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1/4 cup canned crab meat, drained
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 slice of American cheese


  1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the crab meat, mayonnaise, and Old Bay seasoning until well combined.
  3. Spread the mixture on one slice of bread, then top with the cheese slice and remaining slice of bread.
  4. Grill the sandwich for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until the bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Hot & Cheesy Crab Melt Sandwiches

This sandwich is a great way to use up leftover crab meat, or to just enjoy a delicious and easy crab sandwich any day of the week.

All you need is some canned crab meat, shredded cheese, and your favorite sandwich bread.

  1. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Then, in a bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese with the crab meat.
  3. Next, lightly toast your bread slices and then top them with the crab mixture. Be sure to evenly distribute the mixture among all of the slices.
  4. Finally, sprinkle on the remaining cheese shreds and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  5. Serve immediately.

You can make this sandwich your own by adding in some chopped green onions, diced tomatoes, or even a dollop of mayo or mustard.

Get creative and enjoy!

Tomato Bacon and Crab Grilled Cheese

This finger-licking good Tomato Bacon and Crab Grilled Cheese sandwich is easy to make and can be on your table in less than 30 minutes!

  1. Start by prepping your ingredients. You will need 4 slices of bread, 4 slices of cheese, 2-3 slices of bacon, 1/2 a tomato, and 1/4 cup of canned crab meat.
  2. Next, cook the bacon in a pan until crisp.
  3. Once it is done, remove it from the pan and set it aside on a paper towel to cool.
  4. Now it is time to assemble the sandwiches.
  5. Start by spreading some butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  6. Then, add 2 slices of cheese to each sandwich and top with the cooked bacon and fresh tomato slices.
  7. Finally, add 1/4 cup of canned crab meat to each sandwich and close them up with the remaining slices of bread.
  8. At this point, you can either grill the sandwiches in a buttered skillet over medium heat until golden brown and the cheese is melted OR you can bake them in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately!

Crab and Avocado Rolls

Mayonnaise, finely chopped celery, finely minced shallots, freshly grated lemon zest, and whatever else you like in your crab salad get mixed together with some lump crab meat.

Season to taste.

Slice an avocado in half, remove the pit, and then slice it into thin strips.

Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap.

Place six slices of smoked salmon on top of the plastic wrap, slightly overlapping each slice.

Spread an even layer of the crab salad over the smoked salmon.

Arrange the avocado slices on top.

Roll everything up tightly in the plastic wrap, making sure to tuck in the ends as you go.

Refrigerate for at least an hour so that it can firm up.

To serve, cut each roll into six pieces.

Avocado, Mango & Crab Rolls

Tropical mango and creamy avocado come together with succulent crab meat in these easy and elegant avocado, mango & crab rolls.

This is a great recipe for a light lunch or as an appetizer for a dinner party.

The best part is that it’s so simple to make!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced mango
  • 1/4 cup cooked crab meat (I used canned)
  • 4 sushi rolls or 8 small rolls
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional)
  • Sriracha sauce (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the avocado, mango and crab meat.
  2. Slice each roll in half lengthwise and spread with mayonnaise, if using.
  3. Divide the avocado mixture evenly among the rolls and drizzle with Sriracha sauce, if desired.
  4. Serve immediately.

Creamy Crab Grilled Cheese

If you want something very simple and easy for lunch or dinner, you cannot go wrong with a canned crab meat grilled cheese sandwich.

This dish takes almost no time to make and can easily be tailored to your own liking.

To make this sandwich, you will need:

  • 1 can of crab meat (drained)
  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 8 slices of bread
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese.


  1. First, mix together the crab meat, mayonnaise, and lemon juice in a bowl. Set this mixture aside.
  2. Butter each slice of bread on one side.
  3. On the unbuttered side of 4 slices of bread, evenly distribute the crab mixture.
  4. Top each slice with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese shreds then place a slice of buttered bread on top, making 4 sandwiches total.
  5. Grill each sandwich on medium heat until both sides are golden brown and the cheese has melted completely.
  6. Serve immediately!

You could also try adding other herbs or spices to the crab mixture for extra flavor.

Open-Faced Crab Salad Sandwiches

Colorful, cool, creamy, and crunchy, these open-faced crab salad sandwiches are a fun and easy way to show off lump crab meat.

They make a great appetizer or light lunch.

  1. The first step is to mix together the dressing ingredients: mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning, and salt. Set this aside.
  2. Next, pick through the crab meat to remove any shells or bits of cartilage. Gently fold the crab into the dressing until coated.
  3. Now it’s time to assemble the sandwiches! Start with a slice of bread (ciabatta or another sturdy loaf works well), then top with a few leaves of lettuce.
  4. Spoon on a generous portion of the crab salad, then top with diced avocado and chopped fresh chives.
  5. Drizzle with a little more lemon juice and serve immediately.

These sandwiches are best enjoyed right away, but you can make them ahead of time and store in the fridge for an hour or two before serving.

Spicy Crab Club Sandwich

Empire sriracha mayonnaise is delicious when mixed with canned crab meat to make a Spicy Crab Club Sandwich.

This sandwich is easy and fast to make, and can be tailored to your liking.

  1. First, start by mixing the canned crab meat with some of the Empire sriracha mayonnaise.
  2. Add as much or as little as you like, depending on how spicy you want the sandwich to be.
  3. Then, add in some chopped celery and green onions for crunch and flavor.
  4. Once everything is mixed together, start assembling your sandwiches on some toasted bread.

Be sure to add plenty of lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado for extra flavor and creaminess.

If you really want to kick things up a notch, add some bacon strips to the sandwich as well!

This Spicy Crab Club Sandwich is easy to make and can be customized to your liking – enjoy!

canned crab meat salad sandwich recipes

11 Canned Crab Meat Sandwich Recipes

I love sandwiches, especially when they're easy to make and full of flavor.
Canned crab meat is a great option for a quick and tasty sandwich.
These recipes are all about making the most of canned crab meat, whether it's paired with fresh vegetables or a zesty sauce.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 398 kcal


  • The Best Canned Crab Melts with Old Bay Seasoning
  • Crab Salad Sandwich
  • Quick Crab Rolls
  • Creamy Crab Grilled Cheese
  • Hot & Cheesy Crab Melt Sandwiches
  • Tomato Bacon and Crab Grilled Cheese
  • Crab and Avocado Rolls
  • Avocado, Mango & Crab Rolls
  • Creamy Crab Grilled Cheese
  • Open-Faced Crab Salad Sandwiches
  • Spicy Crab Club Sandwich


  • Pick your favorite sandwich recipe from this list to use up your canned crab.
  • Prepare the rest of your delicious meal.
  • Enjoy in no time!
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