The Best Crab Casserole

Total Time:
28 min
8 min
20 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 1 (6 1/2-ounce) can crabmeat, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs, plus 1/2 cup buttered soft bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced stuffed green olives, plus slices for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • Olive slices, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, break the crabmeat in chunks. Add the mayonnaise, 1 cup soft bread crumbs, half-and-half, eggs, onion, olives, parsley, salt, and pepper, and fold together. Divide the mixture among greased individual ramekins or spoon it into a 1 quart casserole dish. Top with the buttered crumbs and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with olive slices.

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    it is so delicious
    It reminds me of a warm crab dip. The crab is more of a background note to the onions & olives. I may try sour cream instead of mayonnaise next time. Another option that I might try is to add bacon or maybe a dash of hot sauce.
    This is more of a crab dip than a casserole. I added less eggs, parmesan cheese, a little colby/jack, paprika and tortilla chips for dipping. You can use tuna instead of crab. Her recipe is a little lacking in flavor but is a decent base for your own concoction.
    I used 5 eggs, added some curry powder,fresh salad shrimp and fresh dill. Also used Ritz crackers in the dish and buttered Ritz for the topping. OMG - Delicious! This will definitely be one of my "Go To Recipes". We had a wonderful spinach salad to go along with it. My friends raved over this meal.
    This is not one of Paula's best and ususally they're really good. When I made it I added a 4 oz. bag of sald shrimp with the crab and cut the eggs down to 4. I agree the eggs don't go with this dish. So next time I make it I will omit the eggs completely. I also served it cold as an appetizer and spread it on toasted bread rounds.
    To those of you who are complaining that this tasted like hard boiled eggs and crab, well what the hell do you expect it to taste like when those are two of the ingredients? This is not some magical recipe thats gunna taste like something that you wouldn't think. It's one of those recipes that tastes just like everything you put in it! If there is something in a recipe you don't like, then omit it! 
    Go Paula and your old fashioned simple and charming casserole dishes! 
    This was the worst recipe ever. All you could taste was the hard boiled eggs
    Saw Paula prepare this on TV. She suggested trying it with shrimp, so I did. Crab meat was too expensive, shrimp on sale for 2 lbs for $5. You know I had to use shrimp. Other reviews noted too much boiled eggs. Changed to include only 4 eggs and used other 2 for decorations. I made it to be eaten as a dip instead of main dish. It was the "hit" during Thanksgiving.  
    My family wants to eat this again very soon. 
    thanks Paula.
    Both a co-worker and I tried making this and it was just down right awful. We both threw it away. It tastes like Egg salad with Crab meat in it. I LOVE Paula but would NOT recommend this recipe
    This was excellent and easy!!!! I just doubled the crab and use 5 eggs. I didn't bother using the buttered bread crumbs. Can't wait to make it again! My sons loved it and my husband who does not like crab enjoyed it also. The next time I might add to hot sauce to spice it up! :)
    I was a little bumbed when I saw that this recipe called for eggs, I do not like eggs. I read throught the commetns and saw that most of the reviewers where very supportive of the combo, and some just didn't know how to cut or leave out things that their families didn't like. After a little brian storming I figured potatoes would have the closest consistency to eggs, and I tried them. I thought the combo was great. I don't know how it would taste with eggs but potatoes and some herbs worked for my family.
    This crab dish is great cold! I used it as a dip with veggie and crackers and every one loved this dish. Make it the day before you need it.
    Brought this dish to a retirement party at work today and it was gone in no time! I just made seven copies of the recipe to give out -- everyone loved it! I used a can and a half of crab -- just wanted a little more -- and used plain store bought bread crumbs. For the topping I used a sleeve of Ritz crackers and a stick of melted butter. Wiill definitely make this again and may try it with chicken or tuna.
    My husband and I loved it. It was almost like eating a crab cake with out all the work. Easy to make. I used 3 hard boiled eggs instead of 6 and added a little more lump crab. I also had jalapeno olives in the refrigerator so I used those. My husband likes things spicy. I will make this again. Loved it.
    This is an outstanding recipe love it just like eating at a resturant. Donna
    This was a tasty dish and I did like the combinatoin of eggs with the crab. I wouldn't make this again as a casserole. However it does present a fabulous idea as a fancier egg salad with the addition of crab and minus the bread crumbs and cream... the olives added a mediteranean flair to it which I found enhanced the dish. I did by the way make sandwhiches out of the leftovers... yum!
    Take this off your recipe list.

    This is the worst recipe I have ever experienced.


    I made this dish and it was a hit! I had to sneak some off to the side so my guest wouldn't eat it all.
    I watched Paula make this on her show the other day and it sounded good and easy to make. I fixed it for my family the following night. Boy what a disappointment. Nobody could even finish their first helping. I won't be preparing this again ever, but I will continue to try some of Paula's other recipes.
    Despite some of the harsh criticisms of this recipe, I decided to try it for myself. It was excellent. I left out the olives since nobody in my house likes olives. I also used crushed Ritz crackers on top instead of bread crumbs. VERY easy to make. I used 6 oz. of lump crab meat because that' s what I could find. Even with .5 oz less of crab, it still had enough crab flavor. I thought there would be too much egg when I was making this, but once I tried it, I wouldn't change a thing. This is also great cold as a dip! I would encourage you to try this recipe.
    This was the first time I have made a casserole and I was very disappointed. Yes it was very easy to make but WAY TOO MANY ONIONS for my family's taste. And WAY TOO MANY BREADCRUMBS and not enough crab meat. All you tasted was breadcrumbs. I will never make this one again.
    I think i t should've had less egg + more crispy breadcrumbs, but it tasted good.
    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that 6-1/2 oz . of crab and 6 hard boiled eggs is not a good ratio unless you're going for deviled egg casserole! I could tell by reading the recipe that this wasn't even worth attempting.
    Many things worng with this recipe. The first thing is using 6 oz. of crabmeat for 4-6 servings, leaving a skimpy 1 oz. to 1 1./2 oz. per person. Get real!! It's also very bland and mushy. I made this for Christmas dinner and it was a huge disappointment!! Maybe Paula left out the bacon fat she loves so much! I'll never make it again.
    Made this for dinner, am an accomplished cook and love most of what Paula makes. This was gloppy and bland. I used fresh crab, 8 oz and ritz with butter, don't know why the eggs, union was raw, I cooked at 350 for 30 min and 400 for 20 in 1 qt casarol. I can't think what I would do to fix this.
    I fixed this for myself, freezing half for later use. It was by far the very best crab casserole that I have ever eaten. Melts in your mouth! The frozen half tasted just as good as the original. My friends and family love this.
    The most recent review boogered up the recipe so much, how can she tell whether or not she likes it? Based on her modifications, it's hardly recognizable. My hard to please crowd thoroughly enjoyed it, as did I. I will make it again, and often.
    I've watched Paula Dean make it on her food network t.v. show. It is very simply and very very delicious. I love this recipe.
    I made this recipe with chicken instead of crab and left out the olives. My husband and I both enjoyed it.
    I just made it tonight for dinner for my dad and I, it was big hit. He had seconds, it was sooo way easy to make highly recmond esp for lent. I'm going to make again and try mushrooms in it and made less eggs. Paula was on the spot when she said it was good.
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