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Crab Melt

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab melt, open face sandwich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 1695 kcal

This Crab Melt will become your favorite open faced sandwich recipe! Deliciously cheesy and easy to make! 



  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese , finely grated*
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 white onion , finely chopped
  • 12 ounces lump crab meat**
  • 13 ounces artichokes , drained and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup flat parsley , chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • Dash smoked paprika
  • 8 slices thick cut sourdough bread
  • 2 large tomatoes , cut into 16 slices
  • 16 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9x9 baking dish (or similar size) with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, chopped onion, lump crab meat, chopped artichokes, parsley, fine sea salt, white pepper and smoked paprika in a medium bowl. Toss to combine being carful to not break apart crab pieces.
  3. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes, or until starting to lightly brown.
  4. Place sourdough bread slices on a rimmed baking sheet. Place under high broil about 4 inches from the heating mechanism for 3-4 minutes or until they brown lightly. Remove.
  5. Top each slice of bread with 2 slices of tomato. Evenly spoon hot crab mixture over each slice and top with 2 slices of Monterey Jack cheese.
  6. Place back under the broiler until cheese melts, approximately 2 minutes, but watch closely considering that broilers vary greatly.
  7. Serve open face and hot.
  8. If you've tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how it was! 

Recipe Notes

*Freshly grated is highly preferred for this recipe. You may not get the same results with pre-shredded cheese. **Use blue crab meat. You can also use backfin or claw meat.

Nutrition Facts
Crab Melt
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1695 Calories from Fat 1008
% Daily Value*
Fat 112g172%
Saturated Fat 40g250%
Cholesterol 204mg68%
Sodium 3688mg160%
Potassium 1059mg30%
Carbohydrates 90g30%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 80g160%
Vitamin A 2470IU49%
Vitamin C 37.5mg45%
Calcium 1593mg159%
Iron 8.4mg47%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.