The Oregon Crab Melt

The Oregon Crab Melt, a flavorful sandwich that embodies the spirit of the abundant seafood in the area, is one of its culinary gems.

An upclose shot of a crab meat sandwich melt.

This post delves into the art of creating the ideal crab melt, going over its background, components, and methods of preparation.

Why You’ll Love This:

The richness of fresh Dungeness crab and the cozy warmth of melted cheese are combined in the culinary marvel that is the Oregon Crab Melt, which is served between slices of toast. Sandwich connoisseurs and lovers of seafood agree that this decadent sandwich is a lovely combination of flavors and textures.

All of the ingredients assembled to make a crab melt sandwich.

What Kitchen Tools Are Needed For This Recipe:

Basic kitchen utensils like a mixing bowl, spatula, griddle or frying pan, and oven or toaster to toast the bread are needed to make the Oregon Crab Melt. It will also be easier to prepare if you have a good cheese grater and a good knife for slicing components.

SIGN UP FOR OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER AND NEVER MISS ANOTHER UPDATE !

A mix of crab meat with mayo and scallions.

What Ingredients Are Needed:

The key ingredients for crafting the perfect Oregon Crab Melt include:

  • The meat of fresh Dungeness crab, known for its luscious, sweet flavor.
  • Superior handmade bread, such ciabatta or sourdough, to provide the ideal sandwich foundation.
  • Grated sharp cheddar cheese is known for its strong taste and smooth consistency.
  • Mayonnaise and Dijon mustard, which provide the filling body and acidity.
  • Finely chopped green onions and celery, adding a crisp bite and subtle flavor.
  • Butter, to broil the sandwich until it’s perfectly brown.
A block of Tillamook medium cheddar cheese on a cutting board.

How To Make It:

  • In a mixing dish, start by adding the diced celery, green onions, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard to the Dungeness crab meat. Mix the ingredients together gently until thoroughly mixed.
  • Heat a griddle or frying pan to a medium temperature. On one side of every bread slice, spread butter.
  • Place a piece of bread on the heating pan, butter side down. Spread a good amount of the crab mixture on the top.
  • Make sure the crab mixture is completely covered by adding grated cheddar cheese on top.
  • On top of the cheese layer, place another slice of bread, butter side up.
  • Cook the sandwich for 3–4 minutes on each side, or until the cheese is perfectly melted and the bread is golden brown.
  • When cooked, take the sandwich out of the pan and allow it to cool for one minute before slicing.
  • Enjoy the mouthwatering tastes of the Oregon Crab Melt while it’s still hot.
An up close shot of a crab melt from the side.

Helpful Tips:

  • For the greatest flavor and texture, whenever possible, choose fresh Dungeness crab meat.
  • To suit your tastes, adjust the amount of cheese and seasoning.
  • If you want your crab mixture to have even more flavor, try adding a dash of smoky paprika or Old Bay seasoning.
  • Try a range of bread types, from buttery brioche to substantial whole grain, to discover your ideal fit.

History Behind This Recipe:

The region’s plentiful seafood harvests and inventive cooking gave rise to a culinary tradition known as the Oregon Crab Melt. This popular sandwich, appreciated by both locals and tourists, has become an emblem of Oregon’s culinary legacy, inspired by the state’s coastal beauty and the bountiful abundance of the Pacific Ocean.

A close up shot of a crab melt sandwich on a cutting board.

Substitutions And Variations:

  • For a different take on the traditional recipe, try substituting lobster or shrimp for the crab meat.
  • Try varying the cheese types, like Gruyere or pepper jack, to personalize the taste profile.
  • Instead of mayonnaise, try using avocado or Greek yogurt as a creamy binder for a healthier option.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Can I Use Canned Crab Meat For This Recipe?

Canned crab meat is a handy substitute, but fresh crab meat is recommended for its better flavor and texture.

Can I Make The Oregon Crab Melt Ahead Of Time?

You may make the crab mixture ahead of time and assemble the sandwiches right before grilling for optimal freshness, but it’s best eaten right off the griddle.

An upclose shot of a crab meat sandwich melt.

Storage Instructions:

Any leftover crab combination can be kept in the fridge for up to two days in an airtight container. Sandwiches that have been assembled can be wrapped in foil, placed in the refrigerator, and then warmed through in a pan or toaster oven.

The Oregon Crab Melt is an incredible sandwich that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

A close up shot of a crab melt sandwich on a cutting board.

Crab Melt

Author: Maddy & JD – Them Bites
The Oregon Crab Melt, a flavorful sandwich that embodies the spirit of the abundant seafood in the area, is one of its culinary gems.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 163 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 Spatula
  • 1 Frying Pan
  • 1 Toaster
  • 1 Cheese grater

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Serving Dungeness Crab
  • 1 Serving Bread of choice
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Mayo
  • 1/2 Cup Finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 Cup Finely chopped celery

Recipe Instructions
 

  • In a mixing dish, start by adding the diced celery, green onions, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard to the Dungeness crab meat. Mix the ingredients together gently until thoroughly mixed.
  • Heat a griddle or frying pan to a medium temperature. On one side of every bread slice, spread butter.
  • Place a piece of bread on the heating pan, butter side down. Spread a good amount of the crab mixture on the top.
  • Make sure the crab mixture is completely covered by adding grated cheddar cheese on top.
  • On top of the cheese layer, place another slice of bread, butter side up.
  • Cook the sandwich for 3–4 minutes on each side, or until the cheese is perfectly melted and the bread is golden brown.
  • When cooked, take the sandwich out of the pan and allow it to cool for one minute before slicing.
  • Enjoy the mouthwatering tastes of the Oregon Crab Melt while it's still hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 230mgPotassium: 24mgSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 288IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 200mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword sandwich
Tried this recipe?Mention @thembitesrecipes or tag #thembites

Similar Posts

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning we receive a commission if you make a purchase using these links, at no extra cost to you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating