This crab roll recipe is easy to follow and makes a fresh-tasting lunch that's full of flavor.
Do you love the taste of lobster roll but find it a hassle to prepare? Then this crab roll recipe is for you!
It is much easier to prepare than lobster roll but every bit as tasty. The juicy, sweet crab meat contrasts beautifully with the zesty mayonnaise dressing, creating a filling and wholesome lunch or a centerpiece at your next BBQ!
What sort of crab do I need?
This recipe is versatile and you can use either fresh, frozen or canned crab to prepare it. If possible, go for fresh - it has an unbeatable flavor and texture.
It calls for lump crab meat, which is white. Lump crab meat is made up of small, broken pieces of jumbo lump meat, plus other small pieces of body meat. Its flavor is delicate, so it's just perfect for dishes like this, or for seafood salads.
You may also come across jumbo lump crab meat in the store. It tastes wonderful and has a fabulous meaty texture, but it is more expensive than lump crab meat and is best appreciated by itself. Since this recipe involves coating the crab with a mayonnaise dressing, the basic lump crab meat works perfectly well.
In a pinch, you could use backfin, which is cheaper still. It doesn't include any leg meat and is made up of flakes of body meat.
We would recommend avoiding claw meat for this recipe. As the name implies, this is sourced from the fin and claws of the crab and is dark in color. It also has a very strong flavor. Whilst that strong taste is great for dishes like crab soup or bisque, it doesn't work as well in this crab roll recipe, which should have a light, fresh flavor.