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Traditional Maryland Crab Imperial Recipe

Traditional Maryland Crab Imperial Recipe

Housewives of Frederick County
A traditional Maryland favorite! This Crab Imperial is absolutely delicious with ingredients that compliment the delicacy of the crab meat without overpowering it.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 lb Crab Meat, Lump
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Pimiento, diced , Buy it sliced and dice it yourself
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dry Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Old Bay Seasoning, to taste
  • 1/2 cup Bread Crumbs or Sliced Bread broken up into small pieces
  • Butter, thinly sliced


  • Add butter, flour, and milk to a sauce pan and heat over medium heat, while stirring, until it's well blended and thickens. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Transfer your white sauce to a large bowl and mix in the crab meat, beaten egg, pimiento, mayonnaise, dry mustard, salt & pepper.
  • Place mixture into 4 crab shells, scallop shells, or individual baking dishes.
  • Sprinkle equal amounts of bread crumbs, Old Bay Seasoning, & thin slices of butter to cover the tops of each serving.
  • Bake in 350 degree fahrenheit oven for approximately 15 minutes. Then turn your oven on broil for 3 to 4 minutes, while keeping a close eye on them, to brown the tops.
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