March 2, 2021

Crab Rarebit

Crab Rarebit

Crab Rarebit: a quick and simple recipe using white or white & brown crab meat.

Serves 4/6 as a light lunch or teatime treat!


  • 1 x pack of white crab meat OR  50/50 Mixed white and brown crab meat
  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 80ml double cream
  • 80ml cider
  • 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp Devon Chilli Jam (if using white crab meat only)
  • Splash of Worcester sauce & a few drops of Tabasco
  • 100g strong grated cheddar cheese
  • 4/6 slices of Rye bread


  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter on a low heat. Add the flour to a paste and cook for a few minutes and stir.
  2. Slowly add the cider, increase the heat and keep stirring. Next add the cream,  mustard, Worcestershire sauce & Tabasco.  Once fully mixed, add most of the cheese, saving some to sprinkle on the top. Once the mixture is of a thick consistency, take off the heat and mix in the crab meat (you can save some to put on  top of the Rarebits if you wish)
  3. Lightly toast the rye bread. Spread a generous layer of the Devon Chilli Jam on to the bread, then add the Rarebit Mix, sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on the top.
  4. If you are using our 50/50 mixed brown/white crab, instead of using chilli jam, spread a layer of brown crab meat on the lightly toasted bread and add a large spoon of brown meat to the cheesy sauce.
  5. Pop under a hot grill until it is bubbling and the cheese is nicely coloured on top.
  6. You can serve with a spoon of white crab on top and a  rocket salad on the side.

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We've been busy cooking and hand-picking our delicious crab meat, brought to us by local fishing boats, which you can buy direct from us to enjoy at home. Click here to order crab meat online for home delivery or get in touch for local collections (email or call 01548 844280). Take a look at our Recipes section for serving suggestions!

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