Blue Crab Fritters Recipe

December 26, 2014

Referred to as beautiful swimmers, blue crabs are a true western Atlantic treat. Though they can be quite ornery when scuttling along the seafloor—they have a mean pinch—blue crabs are easy to catch, plentiful in our local waters and quite delicious. If you were to catch your limit after a day of crabbing—10 gallons per person per day as per the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission—you will have plenty of crabs to cook a number of ways. One of our favorite ways to dine on some blues is in fritter form. Here, Justin Timineri, Florida’s culinary ambassador, has crafted a great “Fresh from Florida” recipe for blue crab fritters. Enjoy.

Serving Tip: Kick the heat up on those fritters with our favorite hot sauce, Rincon Heat Gourmet Hot Sauce, made locally right here in Palm Beach County.

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    Fresh From Florida: Blue Crab Fritters

Blue Crab Fritters

Serves 6

  • ½ cup self-rising cornmeal
  • ½ cup self-rising flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • ½ tsp. seafood seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound blue crab lump meat
  • Canola oil for frying


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients; add the milk and egg, mixing until smooth.
  2. Fold in the crab.
  3. Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan or deep fryer to 375 degrees F.
  4. Drop tablespoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil.
  5. Fry 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown, turning once if needed.
  6. Drain on paper towels.
  7. Serve hot.

Recipe and image courtesy of chef Justin Timineri and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.