Crab Stuffed Grilled Cheese with Old Bay Seasoned Butter

Is there anything better than breaking into those red, salty, delicious crustaceans and digging for the largest piece of crabmeat you can find, drowning it in butter and chasing it down with a beer?

Probably not . . . but if there was it would be this grilled cheese.


Last weekend, while I was shopping in the BUSIEST Macy’s I’ve ever been to in my life and eating brunch alfresco in Astoria Queens with my best friends,  I missed a crab feast here in DC.

Luckily my better half saved me a few little crabbies and came up with this brilliant grilled cheese idea. (Although I will take credit for the old bay butter)

This grilled cheese reminded me so much of the Crabmeat au Gratin I had in New Orleans at Galatoires on Bourbon Street. Has anyone else been there?  My stomach begs me to go back to NOLA all the time.

We will meet again Galatoires, but until then . . .  more grilled cheese!

Crab Stuffed Grilled Cheese with Old Bay Seasoned Butter
The meat of 2 medium sized female crabs
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 pieces of bread
3 pieces of American Cheese

1. Place your butter in a food processor and pulse with the Old Bay Seasoning until it is combined. Butter the top sides of your bread with the seasoned butter.

2. Buttered side down, place one piece of bread on a frying pan with the stove top on medium heat.

3. Place 1 piece of cheese on top of the bread, then some of your crab meat then place another piece of cheese on top of that. Top with the rest of the crabmeat, cheese and then the second piece of bread butter side up.

4. Toast each side until golden brown and your cheese is melted. (About 1-2 minutes each side)

Serve right away with tomato soup! Yum.

18 Responses to “Crab Stuffed Grilled Cheese with Old Bay Seasoned Butter”

  1. Sarah Toasty posted on May 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm (#)

    This warms my bmore heart, although i don’t know if I would have had any leftovers for a grilled cheese . . . supposed to be a great blue crab season!

    • Michelle O replied on May 16th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      You know I never knew how to pick crabs like these until I moved to DC. This isn’t really done in Connecticut. They are missing out! The only reason we ever have left overs is if our hands hurt too bad to pick more!

  2. Brittany @ Life of a Bama Girl posted on May 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm (#)

    Holy moley this looks amazing!

  3. Collections posted on May 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm (#)

    I can’t get enough of how incredible this looks.


  4. Ali B posted on May 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm (#)

    This grilled cheese looks amazing! I love that you pureed Old Bay with butter. If I ever have any leftover crabs for one reason or another I will be making this!

  5. Christina Marie posted on May 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm (#)

    Now, THAT’s a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Wowie!

    Speaking of the sea… come over and check out my Wahoo Fish Tacos!


  6. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on May 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm (#)

    Wow! What a good looking grilled cheese sandwich. Yum!

  7. RavieNomNoms posted on May 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm (#)

    That is one good looking grilled cheese!

  8. The Saucy Gourmet posted on May 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm (#)

    Michelle, you saved the day!!! I have leftover crab meat from last night’s dinner, not enough to make a meal for two. I could not figure out what to do with it, now I know what is for lunch tomorrow, thanks!

  9. Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny posted on May 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm (#)

    Ohh wow this looks fantastic and such a clever way to make a delicious grilled cheese! Love it!!! 🙂

  10. Steph posted on May 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm (#)

    Now this is the kind of grilled cheese I’m talking about!!!

  11. OnSugarMountain posted on May 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm (#)

    So I am always impressed by these new grilled cheeses I see all over the blogosphere…but this one takes the cake! Crab in my grilled cheese?! YES PLEASE 😀

  12. Amanda at the red table posted on May 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm (#)

    I just headed over here from your comment on my blog, and I’m so glad I did! This looks JUST like a crab melt that a restaurant here in Omaha served but it’s no longer on the menu! But now I could make it myself! Hooray for Michelle!!

  13. kelli posted on May 19, 2012 at 2:08 am (#)

    This sounds (and looks) like Heaven! Will be trying soon. I have a feeling it will be very popular with my husband!

  14. The Saucy Gourmet posted on May 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm (#)

    Michelle, hope you don’t mind, I posted a blog after I copied your recipe, it was SOOOO incredible, thank you for sharing!! You can check it out at

  15. Katie Wimmer posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:23 am (#)

    Looks amazing!!!! Any idea how many calories?!

  16. Katie Wimmer posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:24 am (#)

    Looks amazing!!! Any idea on the calorie count?


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