Crab Buddha Bowl

Crab meat is so beautiful and succulent. Food items such as Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes, crab bisques, and dips are so delicious, but sometimes it’s nice to have a choice that’s a bit lighter and healthier.

Crab has many nutritional benefits and when paired with different vegetables and grains, it makes for a great low fat option for a meal. We have come up with a crab version of a healthy Buddha bowl that feels light and is tasty while being filling at the same time.

What is a Buddha Bowl? According to Urban Dictionary, it is a bowl stuffed so full that it resembles the belly of Buddha. It is usually composed of some kind of grain, raw or roasted veggies, a protein, and could include a dressing too. Here is the recipe for our healthy Crab Buddha Bowl:

Crab Buddha Bowl

Skill Level: Beginner
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2



  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger grated or minced
  • ½ garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil could use a different oil
  • ¼ tsp hot sauce

Buddha Bowl:

  • 1 lb of Cameron’s Lump Maryland Crab Meat
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas drained
  • 1 to mato diced
  • ½ cucumber halved and sliced (and seeded if desired)
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 2 cups of baby spinach or regular spinach chopped
  • A few pinches of salt and pepper


  1. For the dressing, mix together all of the ingredients in a small bowl and let them sit until you are ready to dress your Buddha Bowl.
  2. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Usually it is 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa. Bring the water to a bowl then add the quinoa and cook at a simmer for about 15 minutes until all of the water is absorbed.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium sauté pan, heat 1 tsp of oil over medium heat; add in the garlic and cook just until you can smell it.
  4. Put your Cameron’s Lump Maryland Crab into the pan with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook just until the crab is warmed through. Set aside the crab and in the same pan add in your chickpeas and a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook just until the chickpeas are warmed through. Set aside the chickpeas and put the spinach into that same pan with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook until it is wilted and a deep vibrant green.
  5. Divide the cooked quinoa into 2 large bowls and place the divided diced tomato, sliced cucumber, sliced avocado, cooked chickpeas, and cooked spinach on top of the quinoa in different sections. They can be touching but you want to keep them separate for visual effect. Place the cooked crab on top of these ingredients in a small pile right in the middle so that you can still see the sections of the other ingredients.
  6. Strain your dressing so that you don’t have lumps of garlic and ginger in it and pour it over the 2 Buddha Bowls. Your healthy and delicious meal is ready to eat

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By: Melanie Craighead


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