These healthy crab fries are made with baked fries, and are loaded with crab meat, a little cheese, and a garlic yogurt sauce.
Alright guys-- let's talk crab.
Crab fries, to be precise.
As someone who did not grow up in "crabbing country," I'd never heard of them before.
For a few precious moments, I thought I'd come up with a unique, delicious idea-- and then I realized that no, my idea was NOT unique, and crab fries are in fact, already "a thing."
Pretty quickly, though, I also realized that it didn't matter if I wasn't the first one to invent crab fries, because they ARE delicious, and the world NEEDS more of them!
If you're already a fan of crab fries, this lighter version is the perfect way for you to eat EVEN MORE crab fries!
And if you, like me, are new to the world of crab fries-- go ahead and get excited!
These tasty fries are loaded with Dungeness crab meat, a creamy yogurt sauce, and yes-- yes, a little cheese.
What Kind of Crab Should I Buy for Crab Fries?
To make these fries, you need (obviously) to get some crab meat.
I recommend Dungeness crab legs for these, even though it's a little bit of work to get the crab legs out of the shell.
This year, we got some phenomenal Dungeness crab legs from our monthly Sitka Salmon Shares delivery.
If Dungeness crab isn't an option, you can sub other fresh or frozen crab meat.
Blue crab meat would be a great alternative.
Need Help preparing the crab? Check out this tutorial on how to steam and crack crab legs.
After removing the crab meat from the shells, make sure to save the shells to make homemade seafood stock.
Can I Use Canned Crab Meat?
But if you have to go with canned crab meat, try to avoid any $1 canned crab meat-- you get what you pay for!
Look for cans that label the type of crab used, or cans marked lump crab meat.
Want more canned fish tips? Check out this Ultimate Guide to Canned Fish.
How to Get Crispy Baked Fries
Have you tried baking your french fries before?
I make baked sweet potato fries on a pretty regular basis (because they're AMAZING), but I was a little intimidated by all of the advice I'd read on baking regular, plain ol' French fries.
Some people say, "Soak them in cold water!" and others, "Soak them in hot water!"
Well you know what that makes?
Especially if you use Russet (or Idaho) potatoes, because those will absorb a lot of the water.
Simply cut your potatoes into long, thin slices, and then roast them on a baking sheet with olive oil and a little seasoning.
Voila'-- crispy baked fries!
Can I Swap Regular Fried Fries for the Baked Ones?
Of course you can. If you happen to have a deep fryer at home, feel free to make your fries however you want.
If you bought pre-cut frozen fries-- you can use those too.
Just don't forget to sprinkle the Old Bay seasoning on your fries-- either after you fry them, or before you bake them.
Making Healthy Crab Fries
This is the fun part: turning the plain ol' fries into crab fries!
Take your fries (whether you've baked them or deep fried them), and grate some fresh cheese over the top.
Then, broil them until the cheese melts.
Finally, add the crab meat on top of the cheese, drizzle some of the easy yogurt sauce on top, and finish everything off with some fresh chives.
Go ahead and dig in right away!
And then go tell all your friends to MAKE CRAB FRIES!
Want more seafood appetizers? Try this seafood dip from Girl Heart Food!
- 6 ounces Dungeness crab legs (~3 crab legs), steamed and removed from shell
- 2 large Russet (baking) potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
- ½ tablespoon salt
- 2 ounces fresh mozzarella (use more if desired)
- 2 ounces queso fresco (use more if desired)
- ¼ cup fresh chives, diced (or substitute green onion)
Garlic Yogurt Sauce:
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
- ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- juice from ½ lemon
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF.Cut the potatoes into long slices, about ¼" wide and deep. Lay the fries in a single layer on an unlined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Old Bay.
- Bake fries for 20 minutes, and then turn the fries. Bake 10-15 more minutes uncovered. (Bake time will depend on how crispy you want your fries.)Remove fries from the oven, and sprinkle with salt.Turn on the broiler. Grate cheese on top of fries, and broil about 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
- Remove fries from the oven, and transfer to a serving dish. Add crab meat and chives.Mix together all the ingredients for the yogurt sauce, and serve on the side or drizzled over the fries.
- Substitute 1 can of high-quality crab meat for the Dungeness crab legs.
- Use "fried fries" instead of baked. Add the Old Bay seasoning after you fry the potatoes.