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Blue Crab Cocktail

Serves 4 (use 4 coupe, martini, or rocks glasses for presenting and plating) 


Creamy Layer Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Cocktail Layer Ingredients: (feel free to use your favorite store-bought cocktail sauce)

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1-2 dashes hot sauce

Crabby Layer Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chives chopped
  • Light sprinkle of Old Bay Seasoning
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Celery leaves and lemon wedges for garnish.


  1. Place each layer and that layer’s ingredients in separate bowls.
  2. For the creamy layer, whisk to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. For the cocktail layer, whisk to combine, adjusting the horseradish and hot sauce to suit your taste.
  4. For the crab layer, season the crab meat and gently stir to coat in the herbs and seasoning, being careful not to break up the jumbo lumps.
  5. To assemble, spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the creamy layer into each glass, top with 2-3 tablespoons of cocktail sauce, finishing by dividing the crabmeat between the glasses and gently filling to the rim.
  6. Garnish the glasses with sprigs of celery leaves and lemon wedges before serving.