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Cheese, crab, herbs and lemon, plus a pizza crust shaped into muffin cups, these cheesy crab appetizers are super fun and quick to make.

Cheesy Crab Appetizers

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  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 12 crab cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Cheesy crab appetizers made in muffin tins.


  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 (11-oz ) can Pillsbury refrigerated prepared pizza thin crust
  • 1 (6-oz) can lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup garlic & herb spreadable cheese (from 4 oz container)
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnishing


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F;
  2. Spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle a little flour on a flat surface. Roll or press pizza dough into a rectangle. Cut into 12 even squares.
  4. Place 1 square in each muffin cup.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, mix crabmeat, onion, dill, lemon peel, lemon juice, spreadable cheese and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese until well mixed.
  6. Spoon 1 tablespoon crabmeat mixture into each dough-lined cup.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges just begin to brown. Sprinkle tops with remaining 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Bake about 2 minutes longer or until cheese is just melted. Immediately remove the crab appetizers from muffin cups and place onto a serving platter. Sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper and garnish with parsley. Serve warm.


This recipe can also be made in 24 mini muffin cups.

Recipe adapted from


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 222
  • Sugar: 2.9g
  • Sodium: 433mg
  • Fat: 8.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 9.6g
  • Cholesterol: 26mg
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