Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Maryland-Style Crab Balls

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Happy New Year!

I know this is cliche but I can’t believe it’s 2015.  As a child of the ’80s and ’90s it sounds like the future has arrived. The older I get the faster the years fly by. Ever since the kids have been born my life has been on warp speed.

Anyway, New Year’s is pretty low key for us.


Just a nice dinner and movie at home. We decided on seafood and I had a request from The Husband to make Crab Balls again.

We live in Maryland so the crab cake is king and these are basically mini crab cakes formed into a meatball shape. It makes them fun and, in my opinion, easier to handle.

The recipe I use is basically a modified version of what’s on the Old Bay Spice container.

Crab Ball Ingredients

I just replace the mayo with yogurt and follow an easier procedure.

As I said, The Husband loves them. The 9-Year-Old said, and I quote, “I like the inside but the outside ruins it.”

What does that even mean?

The 3-Year-Old, well…


He happily ate one! I had to coerce him a little but no faces, tears, or spitting out. Always a good sign.

Crab BallsI love them! I just wish crab meat wasn’t so darn expensive. I used claw for this batch as it was half what the lump meat costs but either works. The claw meat actually works to hold the balls together better, but The lump is is fancier and more, well, hoity toity.

Here’s what I did…

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp Old Bay
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 slices of bread with the crusts Removed (I used whole wheat potato bread)
  • 1 lb crabmeat

Preheat the broiler.

Put the egg, yogurt, Old Bay, parsley, and mustard in a bowl.

Crab Ball Step 1

Whisk until everything is well combined.

Crab Ball Step 2

Tear the bread into small pieces.

Crab Ball Ripped Bread

Add the bread and crabmeat to the egg mixture and toss everything together.

Crab Ball Step 3

Form into 20 balls and place them on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Crab Balls Before Cooking

Place them under the broiler for 10 minutes. I leave the oven door open slightly to not only keep an eye on them but to keep the temp at bay as my oven runs really hot.

Crab Balls During Cooking

Remove from oven and let them cool for a minute or two on the cooke sheet.

Crab Balls After Cooking

Transfer to a fun plate and wow your friends and family. :)

Finished Crab Balls

They are so easy yet so impressive for some reason.

Oh and much lighter than I anticipated!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 5 Crab Balls
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
150 2g 1g old: 3 new: 3
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
2g 0g 8g 22g

See other recipes using: bread, crab, egg, old bay

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    January 2, 2015

    Yum! I think having them as balls is fun and different. This looks delicious and I'm looking forward to trying it out in the new year. :) Happy new year to you and your family!


    January 2, 2015

    When I saw these on FB, I was hoping you'd post the recipe! They sound great - can't wait to try them!


    January 3, 2015

    These look really good but I can't eat sea food. Could I use chicken and the Old Bay. Nancy


      January 4, 2015

      That's a good question. I think they may be dry with chicken but it's worth a try! You may need a bit more egg/yogurt to help hold them together.

    Jeri Lyn

    January 6, 2015

    Hi Roni, I was wondering the same thing about the seafood/crab. I also thought about chicken, what about canned tuna fish (yes, I know that's seafood too)!! Thanks, Jeri Lyn


    January 27, 2015

    These look great! I was wondering if it would work with bread crumbs instead of the bread? Just curious....Thanks for another, quick and delicious recipe:)


      January 28, 2015

      Hmm I'm not sure. I have made them with crackers before. It's always worth a shot. My only fear is having them stay together.