Crab Bruschetta

This easy bruschetta recipe will bring the taste of Italy straight to your home for you and your guests! Give this delicious Crab Bruschetta appetizer a try today!

Crab Bruschetta is a mound of fresh tomatoes, garlic basil and buttery crab meat piled high on crispy toast. This is one of the best appetizers out there!

I love to serve Crab Bruschetta when I have guests over, but what is bruschetta? Bruschetta is a dish that originates in Italy. It’s made up of toasted garlic bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt.

There are multiple different versions of bruschetta out there. Bruschetta toppings seem to typically consist of tomatoes, cured meats, cheese, vegetables and beans!

I decided to do a little research and find out a little background history on bruschetta and where it’s derived from. There’s no surprise to know that bruschetta originates from Italy all the way back in the 16th century, however there is evidence of traces of bruschetta all the way back in Ancient Rome times.

The classic farmers recipe from the Etruscan age is made from a slice of bread that is brushed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil. The one we’re used to and the most commonly found is made from tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, and garlic.

There is an old Italian saying pertaining to bruschetta that says, “Day-one bread, month-old oil, and year-old oil”. Simply put, any kind of Italian food is better when accompanied by a glass of wine!

Bruschetta is such a perfect and classic dish, but here in Baltimore, we like to add CRAB!  Usually served as an appetizer, I’ve been known to eat it as my main meal as long as I add a protein, sometimes shrimp, but most of the time it is crab.

Buttery crab meat is light, doesn’t overpower the natural flavors of the vegetables and kicks up of the “elegance level” a few notches.

You can also add shredded mozzarella cheese and pop it under the broiler for a few minutes to serve hot and melty.   Top on a larger piece of toasted bread and serve with a spring salad and Balsamic Vinaigrette for a light dinner.

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5 from 1 vote
Crab Bruschetta
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Crab Bruschetta is a mound of fresh tomatoes, garlic basil and buttery crab meat piled high on crispy toast.
Servings: 24
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes red, yellow or mixed and quartered
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 16 large basil leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper finely ground
  • 1 cup lump blue crab meat
  • 24 garlic toasts * crostinis
  1. Combine tomatoes through black pepper in a medium mixing bowl, tossing well.
  2. Add crab meat and toss lightly to prevent breaking crab meat apart.
  3. Evenly divide to top all 24 garlic toasts. Enjoy your Crab Bruschetta!
Recipe Notes

*Most grocers will carry garlic toasts pre-made, but you can easily make your own by cutting a French baguette into 1/2 inch slices, baste with a light extra virgin olive oil mixture, blended with 2 garlic cloves and a teaspoon of dried parsley. Bake at 350 until crunchy, approximately 10-15 minutes. Watch closely to prevent burning.


Joanne T Ferguson

G’day Your bruschetta looks terrific! YUM
Cheers! Joanne


WOW, this looks absolutely divine! Stumbled for later! 😀

Travel Blogger

Oh my yum, you totally get me. I lOVE this!

Giovanna @ Love, Thyme and Honey

Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers and the addition of crab makes it even better! 🙂


YUM! Just a simple spoonful. this is great!


I have never been a big Bruschetta fan but this does sound good!


I would so eat this right up, looks yummy! My oldest and I love seafood and I know the first time I tried bruschetta I loved it. Adding crab to it, just makes perfect sense!


Bruschetta is one of my faves! I haven’t ever even tried crab, so I haven’t tried crab Bruschetta but that photo makes it look amazzzzing!


I love crab, I love bruschetta. Combined?! I might lose it, this sounds awesome.


This sounds so good, I recently tried crab and am now in love with it, so I’ll have to try this.


I’m not big on seafood but Hubs is. I can see him enjoying this thoroughly. Looks good!


Sounds like a tasty appetizer. Looks pretty too!

Liz Mays

That’s an impressive spoonful of fabulousness. You know how to eat!


I’m not a fan of crab, but those look delicious! I will share this with my friend who does like it though.


This looks so bright and colorful. I’m a big fan of bruschetta.


I love crab. This looks amazing. I will have to try it!


That looks delicious! I love a good seafood recipe. Thanks!

aimee fauci

I have never had a bruschetta! I’ve heard of them and they look delicious.


This looks absolutely delicious! It’s fancy enough for company but easy enough for a special date night or family dinner.


This sounds really tasty. I definitely will have to try this with my husband soon – he loves all types of seafood, and I rarely make anything with crab or shrimp (his favorites.)


Now this is something different that will go over really well with our crowd. I love this and I love the addition of the crab.


The bruschetta looks fabulous!! I would have never thought of adding crab, but I’ll be giving this a try.


Crab Bruschetta would be one my Hubs would love. I know he likes bruschetta and he loves crab.

Chrystal @ YUM eating

Oh. Mmmm. Geee. That looks amazing. I love crab and I love bruschetta. I am going to have to see if husband would like to try this. Hes not the biggest fan of crab, but the right combo of flavors he will give it a go.


That’s a nice bruschetta to make for a party. It sounds great!

Teea Lynn

If I cook that then I’ll impress everyone.This makes me want to throw a dinner party. The only thing is I can’t have crab.

Catherine S

That looks really yummy. I love anything with crab in it. I can’t wait to try this.

fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin)

Yum.. I like Bruchetta and I like crab. This looks good.


I never thought of adding crab meat to bruschetta. It sounds wonderful!!


OMG!! That sounds so yummy!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Debbie L.

Yummmm this looks delicious! We love bruschetta – especially on Football Sunday!

Sandra Shaffer

First time I ever wore a bib as an adult was at a restaurant in Maryland as we dug trough a table full of crabs! – haha! My husband is an Academy grad (a long time ago), so when I went to visit, we always enjoyed meals with crab. Now I prefer appetizers like your bruschetta! Super fresh ingredients. Delicious!

Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama

Yum! I could make this for a tailgate, easily. And look fancy while doing it!

Robin (Masshole Mommy)

That would be awesome to serve at our next football sunday get-together. Guaranteed that it goes over big!

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