Crab Brulee recipe

Crab Brulee Recipe: Ingredients, Preparation, and Tips

Are you looking for a luxurious crab meat recipe loaded with cream? In this, I will share the famous crab crème brûlée recipe that you can try at home.

The recipe is perfect for someone hosting a dinner party and can be enjoyed as an appetizer. I am sure your guest gonna enjoy the richness and texture of the recipe.

It is a unique combination of traditional brûlée’s creaminess and crab’s delicate flavor.

The crab is the main ingredient topped with a touch of sweet caramelized crust.

If you are eagerly waiting for the recipe, let me start with the ingredients, and later will share the preparation method.

Toward the end of the article, I will share with you some important tips that you can incorporate while making this recipe.

Let’s get started.

How to make Crab crème brûlée?

Note: You will need some basic equipment to make this recipe at home. So, arrange these pieces of equipment before starting to prepare the recipe.


  • Ramekins (small bowls or cups that are oven-safe)
  • Culinary torch


  • Heavy cream: 1 cup
  • Crab meat (finely shredded): 1/2 cup
  • Egg yolks: 2 large
  • 1 whole egg
  • Nutmeg (freshly grated): 1/4 teaspoon
  • chives (finely chopped): 1 tablespoon
  • Parmesan cheese (grated): 2 tablespoons
  • Sugar: 1 teaspoon
  • Butter
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • White pepper: 1/4 teaspoon

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Take only heavy cream to bring out the real taste. Also, it is important to use only fresh crab meat and if possible use freshly grated nutmeg.

We are using sugar here which is optional and will be used for brûlée topping.

Alternatively, you can use fine sea salt for a savory flavor. The butter will be used for greasing ramekins.

You can keep some extra chopped chives for garnishing the recipe.

Preparation Method

  • To start you need to preheat your oven to 325°F. So, keep your oven ready at this set temperature.
  • Next, you need to prepare the Ramekins. For this, take four small ramekins and start buttering them with a little quantity.
  • The butter greasing will prevent the crab brûlée from sticking to the sides of the ramekins.
  • Now it is time to mix the base. For this, take a mixing bowl and add egg yolks and whole egg. Whisk them together until well combined.
  • Keep whisking in the heavy cream
  • Next add salt, white pepper, and nutmeg. Mix them properly for a smoother texture until well combined
  • It is time to add shredded crab meat, chives, and grated Parmesan cheese one by one in the mixture. Make sure the crab is evenly distributed.
  • Next, bring the ramekins and transfer the mixture evenly to all the ramekins.
  • Now take a large baking dish and put the ramekins into it.
  • Next, pour water into the baking dish so that the ramekins are dipped in half
  • Now it is time to bake them in a preheated oven for about 25 to 30 minutes
  • Make sure to cook until the centers are set and at the same time slightly wobbly.
  • Next, take out the ramekins from the water and let them cool down
  • Now put them in a freeze for at least two hours so that they are chilled well
  • Finally, before serving just sprinkle a little sugar to top the recipe
  • Next, bring your culinary torch to caramelize the topping so that it turns golden and crispy
  • Finally, garnish with chives. You can also use a light sprinkle of extra Parmesan cheese

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Tips for Crab Brulee

Crab Brulee requires attention to detail to get the authentic flavor.

Here are some tips that you can follow to enhance the taste and at the taste same time enjoy the luxury of the crab recipe.

  • To start with it is always advisable to use fresh and good quality crab meat to make the Crab Brulee. And, it will taste even better if you choose to get lump crab meat. But in case it is not available, having a jumbo lump can also work well.
  • It is always recommended to season the egg and cream mixture with a light hand to maintain the flavor of the crab.
  • Make sure not to break the crab meat too much by putting more than the recommended quantity of ingredients. For a good texture, you need to maintain the consistency of the pieces of the crab.
  • Try to make a smooth cream base by putting good effort into whisking and selecting ingredients in the required quantity. Do not over or underbake the brulee. So, maintain the consistency of the custard mixture.
  • Also, make sure not to splash the ramekins with water while putting and removing them from the oven Water helps maintain the consistency and even cooking of the recipe.
  • Allow Crab Brûlées to refrigerate properly for at least 2 hours or more if required before you plan to serve. Chilling is required to let them set properly and maintain the texture.
  • To get a crisp and golden crust on the top, make sure to put a thin and even layer of sugar.
  • For proper caramelization, use a culinary torch.
  • To garnish you can use other herbs as well instead of chives.
  • To get the authentic flavor of the Crab Brulee, serve immediately after caramelizing the top. This will also ensure the texture and enhance the contrast of the recipe.

I think, the above tips are enough to make the authentic crab brulee recipe at home and delight your kids.

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