Warm Crab Pie Recipe

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Some things never change.  I love crabmeat… Always have, always will.

When I was a little girl, I thought The Red Lobster was the fanciest restaurant on the planet. I mean, only a truly elegant restaurant would offer grown-ups special bibs so their clothes wouldn’t get dirty!

Every chance I got, I would plead with my parents to go there. Birthdays were a given. I would gaze in wonder at the lobsters swimming in the tanks, waiting to become someone’s dinner.

I wasn’t interested in eating something that was so alive only moments before it arrived on my plate. I wanted my dinner dead long before I got it.

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Instead I ordered snow crab legs and an extra basket of garlic cheese biscuits.  Then would tremble with excitement at the thought of my heaping plate of claws and the extra special tools with which to eat them.

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Well a lot has changed since then. One, I have discovered that the Red Lobster is not the fanciest restaurant on the planet, and that plastic bibs and shell pliers do not equal high-class.

I have also realized it is much better to eat food that is very recently dead. (Take a moment to judge me if you so desire.)

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Yet, I’m still gaga over crabmeat, and believe it to be one of the most sweet, tender, succulent proteins around.

Crab “fancies up” just about everything it graces. Even lowly party dip with crackers is taken to new heights by the addition of crab. This Warm Crab Pie Recipe is a wonderful small meal, first-course, or party dish with understated elegance.

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Buttery homemade pastry filled with glorious lump crabmeat, tarragon and spice… No shelling necessary!

Consider serving this Warm Crab Pie Recipe for your New Year’s Eve party this year. The fresh hot herby crabmeat and homemade pastry shell are a show-stopper at any event.

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Warm Crab Pie Recipe

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:35 minutes

5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
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Easy to make Warm Crab Pie Recipe, perfect for holiday parties! A simple puff pastry recipe with creamy crab and herb filling.


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 4-6 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 ounces cooked, drained crabmeat
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh chopped Tarragon
  • 1 small shallot, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. For the homemade puff pastry crust: Combine the flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times. Add the cold butter and pulse until the bits of butter are the size of peas. Add the cold water 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing in between, until the dough comes together. It will be a bit lumpy.
  2. Shape the dough into a rectangle, then wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Place the dough on a floured work surface and roll out to a 8 X 20 inch rectangle. Trim the rough edges. Then cut down the center lengthwise. Cut each strip into 5 pieces, creating 10 4-inch squares of dough. Fold each square and place them into muffin tins. Press the centers down to the bottom and press the folds into the sides. Prick the bottoms of the shells several times with a fork. Bake the shells for 15 minutes. Then cool a little.
  4. In the meantime, combine the cream and eggs in a medium sized bowl. Whisk until smooth. Then stir in the crabmeat, tarragon, shallot, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  5. Scoop the crab mixture into each shell evenly. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the filling is puffed and the edges are golden. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 10 servings, Serving Size: 10

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 254 Calories
  • Total Fat: 17.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.7g
  • Cholesterol: 52mg
  • Sodium: 467mg
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Sugar: 1.5g
  • Protein: 4.4g
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69 comments on “Warm Crab Pie Recipe

  1. Fork on the Roadposted December 31, 2015 at 7:07 am Reply

    We were just discussing what to do with the crabmeat in the freezer.  It’d not fresh, but will do in a pinch.  And this looks too good not to make right away on this cold New Year’s Eve in Dublin.

    Thanks, and all the best for 2016.


  2. Heather Christoposted December 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm Reply

    what a tasty little bite SOmmer!

    Rating: 5
  3. Mariaposted December 30, 2015 at 9:57 am Reply

    What a great little appetizer!

    Rating: 5
  4. dcposted December 30, 2015 at 7:58 am Reply

    Yum! I’m attempting them with store-bought puff pastry (I don’t have a food processor). Hope it works! thanks for sharing!

  5. Christine (CookTheStory)posted January 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm Reply

    We didn’t eat out often when I was young, but when we did, if crab was on the menu, I always ordered it too. Your tarts look delicious.

  6. Tasty Eats At Homeposted January 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm Reply

    I too thought Red Lobster was the greatest place ever. It was the fancy seafood place my dad would take my mom for birthdays and anniversaries – so it must be amazing, right? I also loved the biscuits. And while I can't say I ever ate crab there, it is one of my favorite things from the sea. While I love it simply steamed, these also look spectacular. Hope you had a great holiday.

  7. Hyosun Roposted January 4, 2011 at 2:25 am Reply

    These little ones look beautiful and delicious. I am saving the recipe for my next party.

  8. Sprinkled with Flourposted January 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm Reply

    My first comment was, "oooooh, crab." These would be a perfect party appetizer, and I love the flavors here, especially the tarragon:)

  9. Magic of Spiceposted December 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm Reply

    These tarts are gorgeous and most definitely perfect for a New Years celebration :)

  10. briarroseposted December 30, 2010 at 8:58 pm Reply

    So precious. An excellent appetizer for any party. Mini food is just so appealing. ;)

  11. A Canadian Foodieposted December 29, 2010 at 11:49 pm Reply

    What a beautiful read and recipe. I appreciate the tutorial as it helped me understand your process so clearly.

  12. Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Parisposted December 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm Reply

    I loved the way you wrote this, and the crab cakes!!
    Happy New Year!!

  13. 5 Star Foodieposted December 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Your warm crab tartlets sound so delicious, perfect appetizers for sure!

  14. shamanaccountposted December 29, 2010 at 3:32 am Reply

    Thats soooo deliciously looking! Perfect for this cold weather! Yay! Love this one. Bookmarked!

  15. Rickposted December 29, 2010 at 12:36 am Reply

    Crab is soooooo good.

  16. Monetposted December 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm Reply

    This post made me laugh…and crave crabmeat. I used to think the same thing about Red Lobster. I do still love those biscuits! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. Here's to a great week with lots of good eats and laughter!

  17. Lawyer Loves Lunchposted December 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm Reply

    I agree- Red Lobster may not be fancy but it sure is delicious! Although these little tarts could give RL a run for their money. I'm going to try them out this weekend :)

  18. Peggyposted December 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm Reply

    This sounds like a perfect appetizer for a dinner party! I definitely would have a hard time keeping my hands off of them!

  19. sweetlifeposted December 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm Reply

    happy holidays, sommer
    I love your story I always thought the same, how funny when we realize we can achieve better at home, how funny about two months ago, down the street they opened a new red lobster, it was SOOOOO BUSY, i laughed each time I passed by..


  20. lauraposted December 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm Reply

    These are so pretty, Sommer! I also loved the snow crab legs at RL – we always went when we visited my g-pa's in AL and I actually miss going there when we visit now (no longer a tradition and I haven't been in years). Who knows what is in those biscuits, and they are greasy, but somewhat addictive if fresh. ( :

  21. Rosa's Yummy Yumsposted December 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Terrific! Those tartlets must be very tasty and so enjoyable!

    Happy New Year!



  22. apiciusapprenticeposted December 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm Reply

    These look delicious! And I sympathize with the Red Lobster comment ;) I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas, Sommer!

  23. The Food Houndposted December 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Very elegant and DECADENT!! I love crab, too!! Goes so well with cream and pastry :) But wait… anything goes well with cream and pastry… :)

  24. Indie.Teaposted December 28, 2010 at 11:43 am Reply

    Awww, those look SO good! And elegant, and tasty, and very presentable. They make me wish that the boy wasn't so severely allergic to crustaceans, or I'd hop over and make those tomorrow!

  25. Gitteposted December 28, 2010 at 9:51 am Reply

    That's excatly what I was thinking, these would be perfect for New Years Eve. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Wishing you and your family and very Happy New Year!

  26. thelonelyradish.composted December 28, 2010 at 5:13 am Reply

    Crab does not get used enough! It's not any more expensive then a good steak, or organic chicken for that matter. Lobster gets all the glory, and often crab has all the flavor. You rarely can go wrong with a good tartlette, but you can only go right if their is crab in them. Hope you are having a great holiday!

  27. Trixposted December 28, 2010 at 4:19 am Reply

    Well, as a Maryland girl, I can absolutely relate to your feelings on crab meat! I thought Bonanza steak restaurant was the fanciest place on the planet, lol!! Yes, much had changed … but these crab cups look fab.

  28. baking.serendipityposted December 28, 2010 at 3:52 am Reply

    These would make a great New Years Eve appetizer! I love why you thought Red Lobster was a fancy restaurant when you were a kid-too cute! I hope you had a great Christmas and are still enjoying the holiday season :)

  29. Diethood.composted December 28, 2010 at 3:41 am Reply

    LOL! I also thought that Red Lobster was as fancy as they come – then I grew up! :) Your tartlets sound sooo good!

  30. Eileenposted December 28, 2010 at 2:56 am Reply

    Your crab tarlets are beautiful. I really wished I liked seafood :( Isn't if funny how we see thing so differently as adults.

  31. Chocolate Frecklesposted December 28, 2010 at 2:37 am Reply

    I love crab! these are gorgeous!!!

  32. Jeanposted December 28, 2010 at 2:27 am Reply

    You can't go wrong with crab in my book, especially when they're in season. Love the idea of the tartlets!

  33. Julie M.posted December 28, 2010 at 1:54 am Reply

    I love crab! these look delicious Sommer. Red Lobster used to be a favorite of mine when I was a kid too.

  34. Reeniposted December 28, 2010 at 1:08 am Reply

    I was laughing while reading because my Mom loves Red Lobster – she's easy to please! These tartlets look insanely good – I'll take these over Red Lobster anytime

  35. Lizzyposted December 28, 2010 at 12:37 am Reply

    Oh, YUM! I adore crab as well…these look like fabulous appetizers!

  36. Kristenposted December 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm Reply

    Yum! I was the same way when I was little, thinking that Red Lobster was fancier than it was. Seafood was always a treat, so Red Lobster had to be something special! Your tarts sound amazing.

  37. Carolynposted December 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm Reply

    When I was a kid, going to Swiss Chalet (a roasted chicken chain restaurant in Canada) was beyond exciting. But it's laughable now! Your crab tartlets are gorgeous, though. I am so saving this recipe!

  38. [email protected]posted December 27, 2010 at 9:52 pm Reply

    These look awesome! Perfect party food! Would it be terrible to cheat and use store-bought pie crust? Oooh, or maybe wonton wrappers would be fun pressed into the tins in place of flaky dough – they would crisp up at the edges and make a crab rangoon sort of thingy.

  39. All That's Left Are The Crumbsposted December 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm Reply

    I love crab too, especially crab cakes. These crab tarts look great and I might just have to make them for New Year's Eve.

  40. Gourmet Gadget Galposted December 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm Reply

    Seriously Sommer – ME TOO about the Red Lobster as a child!! I was just telling Paul about how that was "the" place to go for birthdays when I was little and the height of sophistication with a Shirley Temple cocktail. Great post! Doesn't it make you wonder what our babies will think looking back? The recipe looks perfect for New Years Eve.

  41. Kitaposted December 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm Reply

    Yes. Please.

    These look and sound great. Ill have to make them soon!

  42. The Mom Chefposted December 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm Reply

    Oh Sommer, those look fantastic. I love crab too. I'd probably finish off the whole pan by myself!

  43. Winelady Cooksposted December 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Seems that crab meat is a perfect appetizer food. Your recipe looks fantastic. I'll have to give it a try this upcoming weekend.

    Happy Holidays!
    Thanks for sharing,

  44. Cake Duchessposted December 27, 2010 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Red Lobster was so fancy for me too!lol. These look amazing and I can't wait ton try your tasty recipe.

  45. Roxanposted December 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm Reply

    Ha ha, I thought that red lobster was high class too, along with black angus! These crab tartlets look delicious! I will have to make them for my next get together. My husband will love them…

  46. Stellaposted December 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm Reply

    You're so cute, Sommer! I used to love Red Lobster too, and I still love crab meat: snow and blue being my favorites. In fact, this type of meat is what I eat when I cheat. Ooh, that rhymed (smile).
    These crab tartlets look wonderful by the way, and I'm sure they're better than what most restaurants would serve up these days;-)

  47. Jennifurlaposted December 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm Reply

    Me too! LOL, that and Olive Garden. These look to die for.

  48. [email protected]posted December 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm Reply

    OMG, crab's my recent favorite! I mean I've recently fallen in love with it and 'm not sure why I never tasted it before. This recipe looks great. I was looking for one such tried n tested crab recipe that doesn't scare me, to try!
    P.S: I too used to think until recently that Red Lobster is the fanciest restaurant :-)

  49. Claudiaposted December 27, 2010 at 6:17 pm Reply

    Yes, love crab for New Years. Always. I love the rustic look of these and really they're not hard- and would certainly win hearts in my home.

  50. Tiffanyposted December 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm Reply

    I attempted some crab cakes a few weeks ago, total disaster, but I love crab, I think I will try these tartlets, thank you for sharing!

  51. Torviewtorontoposted December 27, 2010 at 6:05 pm Reply

    flavourful tarts looks fabulous

  52. NANA Scrivposted December 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm Reply

    This is so funny because I recently blogged about Red Lobster not being what it use to be:
    But I love crab too. The best place I've ever visited for crab is the Crab Shanty in Ellicot City, MD. I could eat there daily if I lived close by. I will definitely make your warm crab tartlets. Love your blog.

  53. Angie's Recipesposted December 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Those tartlets make great party finger food. I love the addition of fresh tarragon.

  54. Mother Rimmyposted December 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm Reply

    Lovely appetizer. I love the combination of crab and fresh tarragon!

  55. sara @ CaffeInaposted December 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm Reply

    my hubby is sitting next to me saying "oooh that looks good!" and he is so right! I love that you use crab meat in tartlettes…I love savory tartlettes and these look so chic!

  56. Sommer Jposted December 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm Reply

    This looks absolutely divine! I loooooove crab meat, too, and used to think Red Lobster was class. Then I visited home and was sadly disappointed. I love this creative recipe!! Will have to try this out in 2011 for sure! Nice to meet you fellow Sommer J ;-)

  57. Emily Zposted December 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Your tartlets look delicious. If we were hosting a New Year's party, I would totally make these. But we're not. So I will have to bookmark them for a later day! Your Red Lobster story was cute. :)

  58. Evan @swEEtsposted December 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm Reply

    Well we'll be skiing for New Years but you best bet that these will be making an appearance at some dinner party we'll have! I LOVE crab.. and I used to love Red Lobster too :) Their biscuits are soo good.

  59. claireposted December 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm Reply

    I am also gaga over crab meat… These look precious!

    I am going to a party about 3 hours away… do you think the filling would travel okay, if i made the pastry and baked when I arrived?

  60. Dinners and Dreamsposted December 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm Reply

    Sommer, these crab tartlets look very accessible with this easy recipe. Hope you had a great holiday!


  61. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted December 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm Reply

    I also like crab and the tartlets would be a hit at my New Years Eve party. Recipe will be bookmarked. Thanks for sharing!

  62. Lori Lynnposted December 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm Reply

    I love the free-form shape of your tartlets. Very pretty. Oh I bet this would be perfect on New Year's especially with some bubbly!
    Happy Holidays Sommer!

  63. Maryposted December 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm Reply

    These really look luscious and I need recipes for warm appetizers. This has just moved to my must try list. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  64. Kateposted December 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm Reply

    I'm with you on the crab meat. Wish we could have it weekly!! Those tarts look fantastic. Now the best part is that we have a seafood feast on New Year's Eve. Just the two of us and seafood and a bottle of Prosecco. These may just have to show up :-)

  65. Lea Annposted December 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm Reply

    I agree, crab is pretty special. We used to have a restaurant here that served all you could eat legs for Sunday brunch. I ate them like a starved wild animal. These tarts look wonderful and I'm saving the recipe.

  66. [email protected] quickies on the dinner tableposted December 27, 2010 at 8:19 am Reply

    Hey Sommer – hope you had a beautiful Christmas! These tarts look lovely! I've never done anything dainty and poncy with crab before – just chillied or curried crab or boiled and eaten caveman(woman?) like with some buttery, lemony dip LOL

    Maybe I will do this for New Year's after all!!

  67. Cherineposted December 27, 2010 at 7:47 am Reply

    I love crab meat too. Those tartlets look really tempting!

  68. Katerinaposted December 27, 2010 at 6:30 am Reply

    First time I tried crab meat was in the US and i loved it ever since. These little treats are great idea for a party.

  69. She's Cookin'posted December 27, 2010 at 5:43 am Reply

    I want one or two or three! Crab is my all time favorite, too and I used to eat at Red Lobster as often as I could when I was in college (my hometown did not have one) – I loved the crab stuffed shrimp. You made your dough, too. So delicious!