Sunday, July 28, 2013

Maryland Blue Crab Tacos with Fresh Salsa

I may not have been born and raised in Baltimore, but there is one thing that I have definitely embraced wholeheartedly in the six years I've lived here-- Maryland blue crabs. Steamed crabs, crab pretzels, crab cakes, crab dip, and even crab sushi are just a few things that I've been able to enjoy. There was even one week when I had crab four days in a row. It's just delicious! I might even venture to say that during the summer months, the only thing that might come to a close second to my beloved tacos would be crab. So when Paige suggested a taco party, my recipe of choice was obvious-- crabs plus tacos equals crab tacos. The end.

Maryland Blue Crab Tacos with Fresh Salsa

What you'll need

  • 3 vine ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
  • the juice of one lime
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh ground black pepper and kosher salt
  • 1/2 sliced green onions
  • 1 glove garlic
  • 1 large jalepeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • half a pound of jumbo lump crab meat
  • 1 avocado
  • romaine lettuce
  • shredded colby jack cheese


Combine tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, green onions, 3/4 of the jalepeno, and salt and pepper to taste. This is your fresh salsa. I like to prepare this ahead of time so that flavors can soak in while I prepare the rest of my meal.

Saute the remainder of the jalepeno with the diced onion with a small drizzle of olive oil for about 4-5 minutes. Add the crab meat to the saute pan and continue to cook over low heat for a few minutes until the crab is warmed through. Be sure to be gentle when stirring the crab so that you don't break the lump crab up too much. We want nice juicy pieces!

Serve the crab on warmed flour or corn tortillas. Top each taco with the shredded cheese, fresh salsa, some chopped romaine lettuce and a couple slices of avocado. Enjoy!

Want some more taco recipes? Be sure to check out the other recipes from Paige's taco party!

Paige's Quick and Easy Veggie Tacos
Kristen's Marinated Grilled Steak Tacos
Meg's Shrimp Tacos with Red Cabbage Cilantro Slaw
Melissa's Barbequed Salmon with Blueberry Freca and Chipotle Crema Taco Taster
Marieken's Ricotta, Cheese, and Arugula Tacos


  1. Your taco-teammate checking in!

    Nice one Heidi! I love that yours have avacado...and a really rich meat like crab!

    Love your blog...super cute!

  2. Very delicious looking, I´ve never had taco´t with crab. I want to try these!

  3. YUM. Like I said before, I've never heard of this but I think it sounds delicious. I also like your equation of "crabs plus tacos equals crab tacos. the end." Thanks for joining in the Taco Party! :-)

  4. These look so good! We don't have as much crab up here - mostly just lobster which is crazy expensive.

  5. It's a little hard for me to come across some decent and fresh crab but I definitely want to give this a shot! yum!

  6. Yum, yum, yum! I would never have thought to put crab in tacos. What a great combo!

  7. That looks really tasty. I'm a huge fan of avocado but I can't eat crab! Nice to look at.


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