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Open Faced Crab Melt Sandwich recipe

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There are many ways to use Dungeness crab meat, King Crab and other types of crab meat {for the record, Dungeness is my favorite!}. I love to use lump crab meat for Crab Louie Salads {and I also add some crab in my Shrimp Louie Salad too!}, crab cocktails and also in this tasty Open Face Crab Melt Sandwich recipe.

When crab season arrives, it is time to go full force and try all of the crab recipes you can. I prefer mostly easy crab recipes that use the meat from crab legs, but I also enjoy the more labor intensive San Francisco Style Crab Cioppino (a seafood stew) that I make only once a year.

This is a really easy Open Face Crab Melt Sandwich recipe. There are very few ingredients. The Jack cheese and sour cream gives them the gooey goodness, while the lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce gives the crab sandwich the perfect “zip”. When you add in sweet Dungeness crab meat…oh my. It is one crab sandwich recipe you definitely want in your recipe box when crab season rolls around!

What is a crab melt?

Crab Melts are typically a mixture of crab and other ingredients spread out on English Muffin, topped with cheese, then broiled or baked until cheese is melted.

How do you eat an open face sandwich?

You don’t pick up an open face sandwich with your hands like you do with a regular sandwich. You use a fork and knife when you are eating an open face sandwich. It would be quite messy otherwise!

Open Face Crab Melt Sandwich:


3 English Muffins (opened to make 6 halves)
1 1/2 cup shredded Jack Cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups Fresh Dungeness Crab Meat
3 tsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Open Face Crab Melt Sandwich recipe – directions

Spread muffin halves lightly with butter. Toast until crisp and brown. Combine crab with 1 cup of cheese, sour cream, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Spread on muffins and sprinkle remaining Jack cheese on top of crab mixture, then sprinkle lightly with paprika.

Bake at 400 degrees until heated through and cheese is bubbly, about 10 minutes.

What are other names for Open Face Crab Melts?

No matter what you call these tasty Open Face Crab Melt Sandwiches (“crabbies”, “crab canapes”, or just plain “crab melts”), they are sure to leave you wanting more!


  1. Lorie Shewbridge

    These look SO good, I wish I could get hubby to eat seafood… I would make these ALL the time.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Please Feed Me

    Oh wow, this looks soooo good. Drool!


  3. BusyWorkingMama

    These sound delicious! I love crab meat!

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