crab cocktail recipe

This Crab Cocktail Recipe is an easy-to-make dish that allows the fresh crab to shine. Crabmeat Cocktail is similar to Shrimp Cocktail, but it's made with lump crab meat instead.

Lump Crabmeat Cocktail is a delightful and refreshing seafood appetizer that perfectly combines the sweetness of succulent crab meat with tangy flavors and refreshing ingredients. This classic dish is not only visually appealing but also incredibly simple and easy to prepare. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or simply craving a light and flavorful snack, this crabmeat cocktail recipe is sure to impress your guests or satisfy your seafood cravings.

Crab Cocktail Ingredients:

For the Crab Cocktail Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Crabmeat Cocktail:

  • 1 pound fresh crab meat, cooked and chilled
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Garnish:

  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Start by preparing the cocktail sauce. In a medium bowl, combine the ketchup, prepared horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, hot sauce, celery salt, and black pepper. Whisk everything together until well combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning as desired. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chilled crab meat, diced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, red onion, and chopped cilantro. Gently toss the ingredients together to ensure even distribution.

  3. Drizzle the freshly squeezed lime juice over the crab mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss the ingredients once again to incorporate the lime juice and seasoning.

  4. Retrieve the cocktail sauce from the refrigerator and give it a quick stir. Add a generous amount of the cocktail sauce to the crab mixture, reserving some for serving. Gently fold the sauce into the ingredients until well-coated.

  5. Divide the crab cocktail mixture among individual serving glasses or bowls. Make sure to leave some space at the top for garnishing.

  6. To garnish, top each serving with a sprig of fresh cilantro leaves and a lemon wedge for squeezing over the crab cocktail just before enjoying.

  7. Serve the crab cocktail immediately, accompanied by extra cocktail sauce on the side for those who prefer a stronger flavor.
Crab Cocktail Recipe
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