Posted in How Sweet Eats
May 25, 2022

Buttery Old Bay Crab Mac and Cheese.

This crab mac and cheese is creamy, cheesy, savory and loaded with jumbo lump crab meat. Topped with buttery old bay ritz crackers, it’s super indulgent and special to share with friends and family!

This crab mac and cheese is going to be the hit of your summer! 

Bubbly, melty cheese sauce covering soft pasta, lump crab meat and all topped with a super crunchy, buttery old bay ritz cracker sprinkle. 

This must be what heaven looks like. And tastes like! 

pasta with lump crab meat

Not sure if it’s ever possible to get enough buttery old bay crab mac and cheese.

Where to begin?!

old bay ritz cracker topping

One of the oldest recipes I have here on the blog is for my lobster mac and cheese. It might actually be the FIRST recipe I ever posted. I know it’s one dish that I’ve been making the longest – for well over 15 years now. So many of you make it throughout the year. It’s one of the most made dishes here on the site and one that’s requested constantly. 

Of course, it’s definitely a special and indulgent dish. It’s one I make during the holiday season or for a special family dinner. It also makes a fairly big batch, so it’s perfect for dinner parties.

buttery old bay crab mac and cheese ready for the oven

This is like my lobster mac, but with jumbo lump crab and a buttery old bay ritz cracker topping.


Yes yes yes. So I take a can of jumbo lump crab meat – the good stuff – and mix it into the mac and cheese. If you’re looking to make this more economical, you can definitely chop up some imitation crab and use that. Heck, you can even use some fresh steamed crab if you have access to that! 

buttery old bay crab mac and cheese

For the cheese sauce, I love to use a mix of cheddar, gruyere and a sprinkle of parmesan. The combination is super good, melty, nutty, savory and rich. It melts together so nicely and creates a silky smooth cheese sauce that is seriously crave worthy. 

buttery old bay crab mac and cheese

And the topping! I mix crushed ritz crackers with old bay seasoning and melted butter. I mean, just give me a spoon, right?

Salty and decadent and super crunchy. 

buttery old bay crab mac and cheese

This whole dish baked together is quintessential comfort food. And at the same time, tastes just like the beach!

In a good way, you know. Minus the sand granules you may get in your teeth. 

buttery old bay crab mac and cheese

This is a wonderful side dish, a perfect summer meal. Serve it as your main dish when you want something special, with a house salad and roasted broccoli on the side. ENJOY! (more…)

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Jessica May 25, 2022 at 04:07PM

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