34 Leftover King Crab Recipes [Sandwiches & More]

King crabs are pretty big in size which means you will have a lot of meat to work with. If your king crab was so big that you can’t eat it all in one sitting, don’t worry!

There are plenty of ways to use leftover king crab. 

I am going to share some of my favorite leftover king crab recipes that I know you will love. You don’t want any bit of that crab to go to waste!

Leftover Crab Pasta

1.Crab Linguini with Butter Garlic Sauce

This recipe for pasta with butter and garlic sauce is the perfect way to use leftover crab.

The pasta is rich and creamy thanks to the butter sauce. The garlic butter also compliments the flavor of the king crab perfectly.

You can quickly whip up this pasta using leftover crab. Since the crab is completely ready, all you need to do is heat it up and mix it in! 

2.Baked Crab Mac and Cheese

Crab mac and cheese is a true treat. It is so incredibly cheesy and flavorful that you will buy king crab just to make this dish! 

Homemade cheese sauce is tossed with leftover king crab and cooked pasta.

Some breadcrumbs are added to the top of the dish and then the whole plate is baked. Kids and adults will go crazy for this dish!

3.Angel Hair Pasta with Crab and Spinach

I love this angel hair pasta with crab and spinach since it is quick to make.

It also uses up any leftover crab and has a vegetable in the dish! Spinach adds a healthy, nutritional boost to the pasta that is essential!

Spinach is full of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K. It also has lots of iron and folate. Add that to the omega 3’s found in king crab and you have a super nutritious dinner. 

4.Crab Pasta Salad

I love this cold pasta salad that is a fantastic way to use leftover crab meat. This may just be one of my favorite leftover crab pasta recipes ever. 

The sour cream and mayonnaise dressing is a little tangy but also so creamy and rich.

The chopped peppers and onions add a nice crunch to the pasta dish. The tender crab meat is the perfect finishing touch!

5.Lemony Crab and Zucchini Pasta

This is a delicious summer pasta recipe that is full of bright, irresistible flavors. Thinly sliced zucchini, pasta and crab are mixed in a light lemon dressing.

Add some arugula for a peppery taste and little extra nutrition. 

Lemon goes surprisingly well with crab. The tangy taste compliments the creamy crab well. Try adding in some fresh summer tomatoes for a little extra color. 

6.Red Lobster Crab Alfredo 

Copycat red lobster crab alfredo is exactly what you should make with leftover king crab.

It is better than anything you can get at the restaurant because you never even need to leave your house! 

Rich alfredo sauce and juicy crab meat make the perfect combination. This may not be the healthiest dish on our list but it is definitely one of the tastiest!

All that cheese and cream… it’s hard to resist. 

What to Do With Leftover Crab Legs

7.Loaded Crab Fries

Loaded crab fries are a fantastic way to use up leftover crab legs. Crab legs are nice and long, just like fries. They make great finger food!

This recipe for loaded crab fries is so full of flavor that you will be obsessed. Serve the fries warm and the crab cold for an interesting contrast.

Add some extra butter sauce on the side to dip the crab fries into or just pour it straight on the top. This meal is all about being decadent.  

8.Crab Fries with Garlic Aioli

You will adore these delicious crab fries made with a garlic aioli sauce. The sliced jalapeno makes the fries a little crunchy and a bit spicy.

Sprinkle some cheese over the top and melt it. You can’t go wrong with broiled cheesy crab fries!

Try using left over king crab legs to make the fries. The skinny, strips of crab meat are already fry shaped so you won’t need to cut anything! 

9.Fried King Crab Legs

Turn your left over king crab legs into crispy, breaded fries. The crab legs are dipped in batter and breading and then fried to golden perfection. Fry them in lard for extra rich flavor.

Try making a homemade lemon dipping sauce or just serve the fries with ketchup. A simple squirt of lemon juice will also taste great!

Make a gluten free plate of fried crab legs by replacing the breading with almond flour. This will give the crab fries a nice nutty taste as well. 

10.Crab Leg Sandwich

Leftover crab legs make a great sandwich. They are especially perfect for a hot dog roll or long bun which will hold the long king crab legs. 

This crab leg sandwich is made with leftover king crab legs that are deep fried. Add some sliced onion and a little dressing and you are ready to go!

Try adding more toppings to your sandwich. Some fresh lettuce, tomato or even roasted veggies will be great. 

King Crab Cake Recipes

11.Jumbo Lump King Crab Cakes

Use your leftover king crab to make incredible crab cakes. This recipe will show you how to make perfect, crispy crab cakes with leftover crab. 

Fry the crab cakes right before eating so they are nice and hot. Try serving them with some spicy chipotle mayo to make an even more interesting appetizer. 

12.Perfect Maryland Crab Cakes

Maryland is known for their delicious crab cakes. Once you have tried a real, true Maryland crab cake, you will never be the same!

You can make Maryland style crab cakes using leftover king crab and this recipe. 

Pan fry or bake these crab cakes until they are golden brown. Serve them with some tartar sauce or remoulade for a perfect appetizer. 

13.Salad Topper Crab Cakes

Make these tasty Alaskan king crab cakes using leftover crab. Use the fried crab cakes as a salad topper.

This is a healthy way to enjoy leftover crab for lunch or dinner. 

Crab cakes are great on all different types of salad. I like to make my crab cakes with leftover crab, fry them and then let them cool before adding them to a salad.

Cold, crispy crab is really tasty with some simple greens and dressing. 

14.Spicy Crab Cakes

Shred your leftover crab meat and then mix it into the spices, eggs, breadcrumbs and butter.

There is chopped jalapeno and also black pepper added to these crab cakes, giving them a tasty kick of heat. You just can’t go wrong with a leftover king crab cake! 

Add some spicy mayo on the side for even more heat. Some red hot sauce drizzled on top of the crab cakes is a good way to add some spice as well. 

15.Extra Large Crab Cake

This buttery crab imperial is essentially a massive crab cake. The creamy, buttery crab mix is scooped into a large baking dish and cooked until the top is golden brown. 

Since the crab cake mix is baked in one large bowl, it doesn’t dry out as much as crab cakes do when baked in small patties.

The result is a juicy, rich crab dip that is amazing on bread, on crackers or just eaten with a fork!

Leftover King Crab Asian Style Recipes

16.Copycat Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole

Any good Chinese buffet will have a creamy crab casserole. It is warm, rich and totally irresistible. Now, you can make that same crab meat casserole with your leftover king crab. 

This casserole is super cheesy and decadent. A little chopped celery gives it a nice crunchy while the crab meat adds a salty, sweet taste.

Scoop it right onto your plate or try serving it with crackers or bread. 

17.Crab Meat Dumplings

This is one of my favorite leftover recipes with king crab meat. The dumplings are so fresh and flavorful that it is hard to beat!

Homemade dumplings do take a little time to prepare.

However, since your king crab is already cooked, you will save a little time in the kitchen! Just try to make some extra while you are at it and freeze them for another day. 

18.King Crab Rangoon

Crab rangoon is one of the most popular dishes on a Chinese food menu. Try making your own using leftover king crab meat and some wonton wrappers.

You will also need a good amount of cream cheese to make that creamy filling. 

Mix up the leftover king crab and cream cheese then scoop a little bit on top each wonton wrapper.

A little filling goes a long way with this recipe. This is perfect for making a whole meal out of just a little leftover crab. 

19.Crab Rangoon Egg Rolls

Turn the classic crab rangoon dish into egg rolls using this tasty recipe. Leftover king crab meat will work perfectly to make delicious, crispy egg rolls. The warm creamy filling will pour right out. 

Deep fry or bake these egg rolls. Both cooking methods will work well and utilize your leftover king crab meat in a great way. 

Grab some duck sauce to dip your egg rolls in. Soy sauce is also a good, authentic dipping sauce for your tasty crab egg rolls. 

20.Crab Fried Rice

Crab fried rice is a nice, light dish that you will adore. You only need a few ingredients to make this meal happen.

I strongly recommend using pre cooked or boil-in-bag rice to cut down on cooking time even more. 

Chop the crab nice and small to be about the same size as your veggies. When everything is the same size, it will look like this fried rice came right out of a restaurant, not made from left overs! 

21.California Roll

Use your leftover king crab to make a fantastic California sushi roll. While this recipe uses imitation crab, cooked king crab will work even better, making the sushi more fresh and flavorful. 

California rolls are one of the most popular sushi rolls. They are made with simple ingredients, using just crab, avocado and cucumber to stuff the sushi roll.

Add some wasabi and soy sauce and your leftover crab meat just because a world class sushi roll!

King Crab Sandwiches

22.Hot Crab Melt Sandwich

Want to make a warm, delicious sandwich using leftover king crab? Then this is the recipe for you. 

Place your leftover king crab on top of a buttery English muffin and then top the crab with cheese.

Place the sandwich under the broiler until the cheese is melted and golden brown. This leftover crab sandwich makes a perfect lunch or dinner. 

23.Crab Po Boy

Grab your hot dog buns and get ready to stuff them with some amazing crab salad. This crab po boy is the perfect blend of creamy, salty and crunchy. Think of it as a deluxe lobster roll that is made with crab. 

Po boys are truly a Southern treat. They are a simple sandwich that has so much flavor.

They are also super quick to make so you can take your crab out of the fridge and pop it straight into a sandwich in just a few minutes. 

24.Crab Salad Sandwich

This crab salad sandwich is especially amazing because of the Old Bay dressing.

Old Bay is known as the perfect seafood seasoning and this recipe proves that it really is. The flavor of Old Bay really makes the seafood shine. 

You can use any type of leftover king crab to make the crab salad. Chop up some crab bellies or crab legs. Shred the crab meat for a perfect, flakey texture. 

25.Crab Cake BLT

You have probably heard of a BLT sandwich but wouldn’t it be even better with crab? I definitely think so! 

If you have leftover crab cakes or just some leftover king crab, make a crab BLT sandwich.

Crispy lettuce, crunchy bacon and juicy tomato all go well with crab. Make sure to try the creamy dressing that really ties the whole sandwich together. 

26.Avocado Mango Crab Rolls

The sweet and tropical taste of this sandwich makes me swoon. It is definitely one of my favorite ways to use leftover crab. 

Smashed avocado makes a thick sauce that coats the crab well. Be sure to choose a ripe mango that gives a little when you squeeze it.

A ripe mango will be sweeter and pair well with the salty taste of the king crab. 

27.King Crab Grilled Cheese

Do you love grilled cheese? Then you should try making a king crab grilled cheese with your leftover king crab meat.

This recipe will help you make the best grilled cheese you ever had. Sourdough bread is nice and thick so it will hold all the crab filling well.

Be sure to use both gruyere and cheddar cheese for the best flavor. Some chopped green onions add a nice crunch to the sandwich. 

Crab Bisque and Soups

28.Creamy Crab Bisque

Crab bisque is a sweet, thick soup that is a fantastic way to transform any leftover king crab meat.

You can make this recipe in one pot, mixing and simmering everything together. Add extra crab meat if you have it. You want to be sure to have crab in every bite!

Crab bisque is a very heavy soup. It is hearty enough to be a full meal or you can just enjoy a small cup as an appetizer.

It is perfect in the winter when you really need something hot and filling to keep you warm. 

29.Spicy Crab Bisque

Replace the lump crab meat with leftover shredded king crab. Be sure to add the sriracha sauce and red pepper flakes to give the bisque a nice kick of heat.

Try serving the spicy crab bisque in a bread bowl which will hold the soup and give you some tasty bread for dipping. 

If you want more heat, feel free to add extra hot sauce. A little hint- this spicy soup also makes a great warm dip for crab fries! You can’t go wrong when you have extra crab! 

30.Maryland Crab Soup

Maryland crab soup isn’t as thick and creamy as other crab soups. This is fantastic for anyone who is looking for a lighter crab soup.

It is especially delicious in the summer when a light, flavorful soup is just what you need!

Lima beans, tomatoes potatoes and cooked crab meat are the main components of the soup.

Old Bay seasoning is essential to give the soup it’s authentic, Maryland flavor. 

31.Crab and Corn Chowder

This delicious crab and corn chowder takes only 30 minutes to put together. I love easy meals that also use up leftovers in my fridge! 

The crab and corn chowder has pieces of crabmeat and corn in every bite. The sweet taste of the corn and the juicy crab meat are a match made in heaven! 

This may be a warm soup but I still love it in the middle of summer. Corn is a summer veggie after all! 

32.She Crab Soup

She crab soup is a staple in the southern states of the US. It is also a great way to use leftover king crab meat and also works for leftover blue crab recipes. 

Fish stock is the main liquid in the soup making it a very seafood tasting soup. Dry sherry helps flavor the soup as well. The roe really adds a unique, salty taste. 

33.Chunky Crab Soup

This crab soup is so packed with veggies. It is super healthy and bursting with flavor. Carrots, peas, green beans, tomatoes and corn are all packed into the soup. 

Try using vegetable broth to make the soup nice and light. Be sure to chop or shred your leftover king crab before mixing it into the bowl.

You want the crab to be bite sized so you can get a little bit in every bite. 

34.Cream of Crab Soup

This easy cream of crab soup uses only 5 ingredients. King crab meat, cream of celery soup, cream of potato soup, evaporated milk and old bay seasoning is all you need! 

Cream of crab soup is thick and hearty. It is a great winter soup that will warm you up and fill your belly.

It is so quick to make that it may become your go-to winter dinner! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you still have a few questions about your leftover king crab meat? Please feel free to send me any questions you may have!

I will try to answer ASAP! In the meantime, these frequently asked questions may help you out. 

How Long is Leftover King Crab Good For?

Leftover king crab is really only good for about three days when stored in the fridge. That is why you want to use it as quickly as possible!

You can freeze your leftover king crab meat for about one month in the freezer. 

Can You Reheat Leftover Crab Legs?

Yes! You definitely can reheat leftover crab legs. If the crab legs are still in the shell, try steaming them in about an inch of water for about 1-2 minutes.

This will heat them up without drying them out. 

How Do You Reheat Frozen Cooked Crab?

You can reheat frozen cooked crab quite quickly. Crab thaws very fast so there is no need to take it out of the freezer early.

You can simply pop the frozen crab in the microwave for a minute or two to reheat or add it to a pot of boiling water for 2-3 minutes.

The crab will thaw and heat quickly then be ready to use in your favorite leftover crab recipes! 

Final Considerations

There are a lot of ways to use leftover king crab. Leftover king crab can be transformed into a delicious dinner, a hearty soup or an irresistible sandwich. 

Give a few of these leftover king crab recipes a try and let me know which is your favorite. It may be hard to pick! 

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