Crab Crostini


I’m all about crostini.  What’s not to love about it?  Bite-sized portions of endless possibilities?  Sign me up!


I came across this recipe while searching for something completely different.  I thought that this would be something that I could tackle for a little appetizer before a semi-fancy dinner I was preparing for my family.  Not only is this a snap to throw together, but it seemed to impress my “guinea pigs”.  I like my food a little bit more spicy, so I added the cayenne pepper liberally-feel free to get crazy here.  You could also throw in any kind of seasoning-crab seems to be a completely forgiving food.  I used fresh chives from my mom’s garden-oh my.  Nothing beats fresh herbs/veggies from the garden.




Crab Crostini

Servings: 8 crostini



8 slices French bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices

1/2 pound fresh crab meat, or 6 and 1/2-ounces canned meat

3 tablespoons minced green onion

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 teaspoons garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Cayenne pepper, to taste

Ground white pepper, to taste

Salt, to taste

1 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated

Fresh chives, for garnish (optional)




1. Preheat the broiler on your oven.

2. On a baking sheet, line the French bread pieces about 1-inch apart.

3. In a large bowl, combine the crab meat, green onions, lemon juice, mayonnaise, garlic, mustard, cayenne pepper, white pepper, and salt.  Mix well.

4. Lightly toast the bread slices under the broiler until lightly golden, about 4-5 minutes.

5. Remove the bread from the oven, and flip all the bread slices over to the other side.

6. Top each bread slice with about 1-2 tablespoons of the crab mixture (your desired amount).

7. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of each crostini evenly.

8. Broil the crostinis until the cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 4-5 minutes (depending on your broiler temperature).

9. Garnish with fresh chives and serve immediately.



Source: Adapted from Williams-Sonoma.


April 25, 2011 - 5:54 am

Gwenevere - I haven’t been reading your blog long enough to know what “guinea pigs” are…never mind, I just got it….I’m a little slow. These look terrific. I think my kiddos would go for these. Since my kids get out of school so lat (they don’t get home until 4:00) It is a challenge getting them an after school snack that isn’t going to kill their appetite for dinner. My solution…I serve appetizers. This will be great addition.

April 25, 2011 - 8:00 am

Blog is the New Black - Great recipe! I can’t wait to make this for company!

April 25, 2011 - 11:07 am

Yuri - I love crostinis too! Great recipe 🙂

April 25, 2011 - 11:39 am

Marianne - Try Old Bay instead of salt and cayenne. Old Bay is the original crab seasoning.

April 25, 2011 - 12:23 pm

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April 25, 2011 - 1:17 pm

An Alaskan Cooks | Alaska Food and Wine - These look delicious – quick, easy, and elegant – and you can’t beat that trifecta. I can’t wait to try these crostini made with Alaskan crab.

April 25, 2011 - 2:44 pm

Jen of My Tiny Oven - All I can say is YUM! I am going to be making these asap! Thanks!

April 25, 2011 - 11:00 pm

Jennifer - These look delicious. What sort of dinner did you serve them with? Me and my girlfriends do a monthly dinner night and I have been on the lookout for different recipes. This is going on my list. I don’t host until June so please share more of your dinner party ideas! Thanks!

April 25, 2011 - 11:45 pm

srlacy - Hi Jennifer!

I actually served these with an Onion Riesling soup (post will come soon, I promise!)…which also happened to have some garlicky crostini in the soup itself. It was a little bit of crostini overkill-but I actually used up all of my French bread for once! (And it was very simple to make, as well)


April 27, 2011 - 5:48 am

Adriana - Crab and cheese are one of my favorite combinations; these are fantastic! I also agree with the Old Bay recommendation.

April 27, 2011 - 10:26 am

Dee - These are so pretty. Congrats on top 9!

April 27, 2011 - 12:44 pm

anna - oo these are very pretty! mmm the crab and chives look wonderful together. thanks for sharing!

April 27, 2011 - 1:45 pm

alyce - Yum. Love crab.

May 1, 2011 - 12:01 pm

Annie - I’ve been wanting to make crab crostini for so long. These look great!