Old Bay Crab Dumplings - creamy crab dip (or krab dip) spiced with old bay and lemon in a steamed dumpling

Old Bay Crab Dumplings

Old Bay Crab Dumplings - creamy crab dip (or krab dip) spiced with old bay and lemon in a steamed dumpling

There are a few good things about having a back injury.

One is that I have every excuse not to exercise. Another is that I have no shame about using whatever tools are in reach to make myself feel better. Including Sarah.

I was laying propped up on every pillow we have in the apartment. Sarah handed me another beer and slid some socks on my cold feet.

“Do you need anything else?” She asked.

“Well, I’m kind of hungry…”

“What do you want to eat?”

“Pizza!”

“You want me to order you a pizza?”

“Yeah! And also, will you plug in my laptop?”

Sarah plugged in my laptop.

“And also, would you prop up my feet? My legs are a little sore from lying down all day.”

She fetched and folded the comforter from her bed and placed it under my feet.

“Okay,” she said, “now what kind of pizza?”

“Pepperoni!”

“Anything else?”

“Mushrooms – actually, can we order from the place with the seafood pizza?”

Old Bay Crab Dumplings - creamy crab dip (or krab dip) spiced with old bay and lemon in a steamed dumpling

“There’s no delivery place with seafood pizza…”

“Oh…” I sighed forlornly. “I was just hoping, I guess… I would go get one, but the pain…”

“…Do you want me to make you a seafood pizza?”

“Oh, no, no. I couldn’t ask you to do that.”

“You want krab on it?”

“Yes please.”

“Anything else?”

(She probably should’ve stopped asking).

“Could you make it with alfredo sauce, so it’s creamy?”

“Okay.”

“And put onions on it?”

“Okay.”

“Actually, will you just make me some krab dip?’

“Okay…”

“Then will you stuff it in a dumpling?”

“Fine. But I’m not feeding them to you.”

“Fine.” You can’t win ’em all.


Steamed Krab Dip Dumplings

Old Bay Crab Dumplings - creamy crab dip (or krab dip) spiced with old bay and lemon in a steamed dumpling

These are a delicious twist to the usual dumpling flavors and make for a great appetizer. The idea is to make a super creamy crab dip (we prefer krab, so that’s what we used) and spice it with Old Bay and lemon, then fold it inside a dumpling. The result is a rich and unctuous dumpling with pungent flavors – this recipe makes about 24 dumplings, but you’ll probably want to eat at least a hundred, so prepare accordingly.

Ingredients:

  • 24 dumpling wrappers
  • 1 (8oz.) package of krab, minced – you can also use real crab if you prefer!
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 2 sprigs of green onions, chopped thinly
  • 1/2 block of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 carrot, grated finely
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. old bay
  • salt to taste
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. oil or butter

Old Bay Crab Dumplings - creamy crab dip (or krab dip) spiced with old bay and lemon in a steamed dumpling

How to Make It:

  1. Begin heating a large pot of water on the stove.
  2. In a large sauté pan, sauté the onions in the butter or oil until soft, then add the krab.
  3. Add the sour cream and cream cheese to the pan and stir for about 20 seconds until softened and mixed, but not melted.
  4. Move to a large bowl and let cool.
  5. Add the spices, carrot, lemon juice, and green onions.
  6. Place a small amount of filling in the dumpling wrapper, wet the edges, then press together with your thumb and forefinger to seal
    • We kept a bowl of water by the cutting board to dip our fingers – the process was much faster that way!
  7. When the water is hot, boil the dumplings until they float, then remove to let cool. Alternatively, you can steam them:

Old Bay Crab Dumplings - creamy crab dip (or krab dip) spiced with old bay and lemon in a steamed dumpling

 

Old Bay Crab Dumplings - creamy crab dip (or krab dip) spiced with old bay and lemon in a steamed dumpling

(There really isn’t much of a reason to do this if boiling is easier – we couldn’t decipher a noticeable texture difference in the end).

Now go ahead and eat! Make any dipping sauce you like, or if you’d like to whip up a quick sweet soy dip like we did, combine the following ingredients:

Spicy Sesame Dip:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch or flour
  • 1 green onion, chopped thinly
  • 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • about 6 slices of jalapeño or other hot pepper

Now simply whisk, heat until thickened and glossy in a small sauce pan, cool and serve!

Old Bay Crab Dumplings - creamy crab dip (or krab dip) spiced with old bay and lemon in a steamed dumpling

If you have the time, the dip is better the longer you let it sit. You can cover it and leave it in the fridge overnight for the most developed flavor.

Enjoy!


Master List of Ingredients

Dumplings:

  • 24 dumpling wrappers
  • 1 (8oz.) package of krab, minced – you can also use real crab if you prefer!
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 2 sprigs of green onions, chopped thinly
  • 1/2 block of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 carrot, grated finely
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. old bay
  • salt to taste
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. oil or butter

Spicy Sesame Dip:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch or flour
  • 1 green onion, chopped thinly
  • 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • about 6 slices of jalapeño or other hot pepper

Step-by-Steps

Dumplings:

  1. Begin heating a large pot of water on the stove.
  2. In a large sauté pan, sauté the onions in the butter or oil until soft, then add the krab.
  3. Add the sour cream and cream cheese to the pan and stir for about 20 seconds until softened and mixed, but not melted.
  4. Move to a large bowl and let cool.
  5. Add the spices, carrot, lemon juice, and green onions.
  6. Place a small amount of filling in the dumpling wrapper, wet the edges, then press together with your thumb and forefinger to seal
    • We kept a bowl of water by the cutting board to dip our fingers – the process was much faster that way!
  7. When the water is hot, boil the dumplings until they float, then remove to let cool. Alternatively, you can steam them.
  8. Eat away!

Spicy Sesame Dip:

  1. Whisk ingredients together.
  2. Heat in a small saucepan until thickened and glossy.
  3. Cool and serve!

Enjoy!

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