How to Make Crab Imperial-
This classic presentation of a timeless favorite is so easy to make it almost makes itself.
I wish I could say that I enjoyed the holiday weekend, I wish I could say I Barbecued every day and spent lots of time outside in the sun enjoying the spectacular weather……sigh. But I’m sorry to say that I spent most of the weekend sleeping. I don’t know if my allergies just went into overdrive, or I caught a bug of some sort, or if my body knows the school year is all most over and started its shut down early…..but anyway you look at it, it was a wasted weekend.
I don’t know if my allergies just went into overdrive, or I caught a bug of some sort, or if my body knows the school year is all most over and started its shut down early…..but anyway you look at it, it was a wasted weekend.
I did go shopping on my way home Friday, since we had an early dismissal with no lunch, and was home fairly early. But after putting the groceries away I started my sleepathon.
I did score a pound of Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab meat while shopping, and after a very much needed two-hour nap, I got up to make dinner. I admit I did have some grand plans for the crabmeat, but feeling the way I did, I decided a simpler route was in order.
I admit I did have some grand plans for the crabmeat, but feeling the way I did, I decided a simpler route was in order. Usually, I make a batch of crab cakes, but for some reason, my mind went to days gone by and an old favorite, Crab Imperial.
You don’t see Crab Imperial on the menu very often anymore, and it’s a shame. Besides being a classic dish, it’s a delicious way to serve up that lovely jumbo lump crabmeat. So I thought what better way to showcase this delicious crabmeat than with this timeless classic, especially since Crab Imperial is so easy to make. It also works well as stuffing for Lobster, Shrimp or Mushrooms.
This was Lisa’s first time having Cab Imperial, which made the event even more memorable. We had a tomato salad with hot house Jersey tomatoes and a loaf of artisan bread that I had picked up at a local market. I used the bread for an oh so aromatic and tasty garlic bread. A very simple dinner, but definitely the taste of summer.
If you’re looking for an easy meal for a special occasion, or if you just want to treat yourself, do try this classic dish, you’ll be very happy you did!
- 1 lb jumbo lump crabmeat or lump
- 1/2 cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp old bay
- 1 tsp finely chopped Italian parsley
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- squeeze of lemon juice
- Mix mayonnaise, egg, sugar, old bay, lemon juice and parsley together and blend well, this is your imperial sauce.
- Gently fold crabmeat into imperial sauce, being careful not to break up crab meat.
- place portions in baking dish using ramekins or small casserole dishes*
Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes (top will turn golden brown) or until a thermometer gets an internal reading of 165 degrees
- Allow to cool just a few minutes before serving, it will set and be more flavorful as it cools slightly.
Depending upon what you serve as a side dish you can get 3 portions out of this. You really don't want to make it any smaller than 1/3 of a pound per person though. If you want to stretch this, think about making stuffed shrimp with the filling, that could easily serve 4 people.