Simple Crabby Melts

I love when two of my great (food) loves come together into an easy dinner! Pizza and seafood are definitely in the top 5 favorites in this house for both me and Marc, so this week I made wonderful and simple crabby melts. They’re basically glorified pizzas with a yummy crab mixture topping and layer of spicy pepper jack on top for some kick. I had them on the table in 30 minutes too!

I used ciabatta bread as the base for these babies and spread a generous amount of garlicky butter on each piece. Can’t go wrong with garlic bread any time in my opinion!
Since I decided on ciabatta bread as the base, the crabby topping had a slight Italian bent. There was tomato, roasted red peppers and basil for loads of flavor! I just stirred everything together quickly and the topping was ready.
Then it was just time to assemble the simple crabby melts! I spread the mixture on the garlic bread and then topped each piece with spicy pepper jack cheese. The pepper jack definitely went against the Italian bent I was going for, but I thought the heat would add a great dimension of flavor.

When they came out of the oven they were melty perfection! I loved how quick and simple they were so much. Gotta love glorified pizza. Hope you all enjoy them too!! xoxo

Simple Crabby Melts
Simple Crabby Melts
5 from 1 vote
Simple Crabby Melts
Simple Crabby Melts
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These are such incredible and simple crabby melts with a gorgeous crab mixture spread on garlic ciabatta and topped with lots of melty cheese!

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Crab, Simple Crabby Melts
Servings: 4
Calories: 564 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 16 ounces crab meat
  • 1 jar roasted red pepper 12 ounces, drained and diced
  • 1 whole fresh tomato diced small
  • 6 leaves fresh basil roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup creme fraiche
  • 1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 slices pepper jack cheese
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and line a sheet tray with foil. Slice the ciabatta loaf in half lengthwise and then horizontally so that you have 4 equal pieces. Combine the butter and garlic in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it until melted for about a minutes. Evenly brush it all over the 4 pieces of ciabatta and toast them in the oven for 10 minutes. While they toast, stir the crabmeat, roasted red peppers, tomato, basil, creme fraiche, old bay and salt together in a bowl thoroughly.

  2. When the garlic bread is done, divide the crab mixture evenly among the 4 pieces of ciabatta and spread it out in an even layer. Top each piece with two slices of pepper jack cheese and return the sheet pan to the oven for another 10 minutes. The cheese should get bubbly and the mixture cooked through. Serve immediately and enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts
Simple Crabby Melts
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 564 Calories from Fat 353
% Daily Value*
Fat 39.2g60%
Saturated Fat 23.6g148%
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 1501mg65%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 3.5g4%
Protein 31g62%
Calcium 570mg57%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Simple Crabby Melts
Simple Crabby Melts

10 thoughts on “Simple Crabby Melts”

  1. 5 stars
    YUMMY! We make something similar, but it’s crab on an English muffin with a slice of tomato and cheddar cheese melted on top. I can’t wait to try this one!

  2. I’ve never heard of crabby melts but love how simple this recipe is. And I agree that you can’t go wrong with buttery garlic ciabatta bread!

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