Crab & Lobster Recipes

Perfect dressed in mayo and butter and in between a split-top bun, there's so much more you can do with crab and lobster! Find great crab and lobster recipes for a shellfish boil, rolls, pasta and rice dishes, cakes, soups, hot dips, and more.

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Crab Sandwich

Rating: 3.5 stars 115
This delicious crab sandwich recipe is great for any outdoor party, day or night.

Emeril's Seafood Mac and Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 540
This mac and cheese is a fantastic one-dish meal -- it's so rich and creamy and cheesy, all you'll need is a simple green salad to serve alongside, and your menu is set. Lobster works well in this recipe, but if that seems too luxurious, use any combination of seafood you like.

Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Rating: 3.5 stars 518
This seafood stew, an impressive crowd-pleaser, can be prepared ahead of time and finished just 15 minutes before you serve it. If you leave out the crab legs, use an additional 8 ounces of white fish to keep the stew hearty.

Orange Cranberry Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 44
Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to the northeastern United States, growing wild in bogs and swamps. Cranberries have become a staple at holiday meals, especially Thanksgiving. This is my kicked-up version of cranberry sauce. Recipes by Emeril Lagasse, from "Farm to Fork," HarperStudio, New York, 2010, courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

Pan-Fried Soft-Shell Crabs

The season for soft-shell crabs is short—it usually ranges from late spring to early summer—so enjoy them while you can. Experts say there's no better way to cook soft-shell crabs than simply dredging them in flour and pan frying them in butter. That's exactly what we'll teach you to do in this recipe. It's a great way to enjoy this iconic summer seafood.

Italian Seafood Salad

Seafood is a must for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian Christmas Eve tradition. This salad with squid, shrimp, mussels, and crab is a delicious way to kick off the meal.

Hot Crab Dip

Rating: 3.5 stars 661
A longtime party favorite, this dip contains a number of assertive seasonings that balance the richness of the cheeses and the crab. The recipe comes from "Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook."

Lobster Stock 101

Use this lobster stock as a base for dishes such as seafood chowder, bisque, stew, and risotto.

Lobster Bisque

Rating: 5 stars 2
A quick and easy homemade lobster stock is the base for this rich, creamy soup. Each bowl is finished with buttery, succulent lobster meat and delicate fennel fronds.

Crab Ravioli with Lemon Butter

Rating: 3.5 stars 262
These zesty melt-in-your-mouth ravioli combine a classic ricotta filling with lump crabmeat. The fresh acidity of lemon adds to the delicacy of this dish.

Easy Lobster Rolls

Fill pull-apart rolls with lobster (or chicken or egg salad), and you've got yourself an easy appetizer. This recipe comes from our latest book Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).

Lobster Salad with Greens and Citrus Vinaigrette

The sweetness of the lobster and tomatoes is balanced by a light but flavorful lemon-orange dressing. Tarragon adds a fresh zing.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Favorite Lobster Recipes Will Take Your Summer Seafood Feast to the Next Level
From lobster bisque and lobster rolls to simple preparations like boiling and grilling, we're highlighting the best ways you can cook and serve lobster
14 Crab Recipes You'll Want to Add to Your Warm-Weather Repertoire
The perfect addition to any summertime menu, these crab recipes—which run the gamut from crab cakes to crab legs—will wow your crowd.
Chesapeake Crab Cakes

The crab cakes can be formed and chilled a day ahead, and can be fried up to an hour ahead; reheat them in a 250-degree oven on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack just until warmed through, 8 to 10 minutes.