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Crab Au Gratin

A simple crab au gratin recipe is adapted from one of a much loved, but long gone restaurant on the Georgia coast. It can be jazzed up with seasonings and spices if you prefer, and is best served as a dip or spread.
4.89 from 26 votes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 204 kcal


  • Tablespoons butter cut into pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼-½ teaspoon salt see notes below
  • Tablespoons dry white wine
  • ¾ cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 8 ounces lump crab meat
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Cajun or Creole Seasoning optional
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning optional
  • ¼-½ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional


  • Melt butter in skillet over medium low heat.
  • Whisk flour into butter until smooth.
  • Gradually add milk, whisking as you add. Stir in salt.
  • Whisk in wine and raise heat to medium until mixture starts to bubble.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in ½ cup of cheese and seasonings and stir until melted.
  • Fold in crab meat, trying not to break up lumps too much.
  • Pour mixture into a small baking dish and top with remaining cheese and paprika.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes, or until bubbling.


  • whole milk gives the richest flavor, but 2% milk may be substituted
  • up to 1 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese may be used, reserving a little to sprinkle on top
  • Cajun seasoning and/or Old Bay seasoning are optional additions
If using Cajun seasoning or Old Bay seasoning you will need to adjust salt accordingly, as both contain salt. 


Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 17gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 804mgPotassium: 201mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 711IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 219mgIron: 1mg
Keyword au gratin, crab
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