Delicious Crab Hash Recipe: Perfect Brunch or Dinner Option

Greetings, food enthusiasts! As a chef specializing in Southern-style cuisine, I am thrilled to share with you my latest recipe creation: Southern Crab Hash. Inspired by my love for slightly spicy and crispy dishes, this crab hash recipe combines the best flavors of Maryland’s famous crab cakes with the heartiness of a classic breakfast hash.

As we know, crab meat is a staple of Southern cuisine, often utilized in stews, salads, dips, and chowders. The goal of this recipe is to elevate the concept of Southern crab and highlight its versatility as an ingredient in a yummy breakfast dish.

In this recipe, we use jumbo lump crab meat yielding best results towards generating crispy textures while retaining its delicate flavor.

Whether you’re a seafood aficionado or looking for a memorable breakfast dish to make for friends and family, Southern Crab Hash is the perfect dish to satisfy all palates. So put on your apron and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Crab Hash
Southern Crab Hash

Fellow foodies, listen up! I am thrilled to introduce you to my Southern Crab Hash recipe that will soon become a staple in your kitchen. Trust me, this dish is not just a basic breakfast recipe; it’s a complete game-changer! Here are my top reasons why you’ll absolutely love this recipe:

Firstly, let’s talk about the star of the dish – crabmeat! This southern delicacy brings a rich and delicious flavor that can’t be beaten by any other seafood. The sweet and succulent taste of fresh lump crabmeat adds texture and balance to the dish that will have you savoring every bite.

Secondly, the combination of freshly chopped spring onions, chives, and crisp bacon makes for an unbeatable taste. They bring an extra layer of depth to the dish, adding crunchy textures and bright flavors that compliment the delicate flavor of the crab meat.

Moreover, this recipe has a variety of ways that you can make it your own. You can add Old Bay seasoning for an authentic Maryland-style crab hash or serve it with poached eggs to create a delicious breakfast twist.

Lastly, my Southern Crab Hash recipe is easy and straightforward to make but still portrays creativity in the kitchen. It’s perfect for whipping up on busy mornings without compromising on high-quality taste. Plus, it uses simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

So there you have it – my Southern Crab Hash recipe is something that you won’t regret trying. This yummy crab hash is so versatile and tasty that it’s sure to become your new go-to breakfast option. Don’t wait any longer; head into your kitchen and give it a try today!

Ingredient List

 This crab hash will have you coming back for seconds!
This crab hash will have you coming back for seconds!

Here are the ingredients you will need for the perfect Southern Crab Hash Recipe:

Main Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Fresh chives or spring onions, finely chopped (optional)
  • 8 oz lump crabmeat, picked through to remove shells
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 oz cream cheese

Additional Ingredients:

  • Cooking oil (as needed)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

There is nothing complicated in this list – most ingredients can be found easily. However, it’s important that you get quality ingredients to ensure top-notch results.

The Recipe How-To

 Get your morning started off right with this delicious crab hash.
Get your morning started off right with this delicious crab hash.

Now that all our ingredients are ready and in front of us, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and make some delicious southern crab hash. This recipe will require some assembly, so be sure to follow these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Boil the Potatoes

First things first, we need to prepare those potatoes. Take your 2 pounds of boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch pieces. Then, fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Put the potatoes in the pot and let them cook for about 10 to 12 minutes or until tender when tested with a knife.

Step 2: Cook the Bacon

While the potatoes are boiling, take out a skillet and start cooking your bacon. Cook your 6 slices of bacon over medium-high heat until crisp.

Step 3: Prepare the Crab Hash Mixture

Once the bacon is done, transfer it onto paper towels to drain excess fat. In the same skillet over medium-high heat, sauté your 1 chopped onion using some of the bacon grease for added flavor. Then, add in your boiled potatoes while continuously stirring until they start to brown up.

Next up is the star of our dish – lump crabmeat. Add in your 1 pound of jumbo lump crabmeat into the potato mixture along with 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce, 1/8 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper. Stir everything together until well combined.

Step 4: Add Cream Cheese Mixture

Set aside the cooked crab hash mixture for now and prepare your cream cheese mixture. In a separate saucepan over low heat, melt together 3/4 cup milk, 1/3 cup cream cheese, 1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives, and 1 tablespoon fresh chopped spring onions. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a touch of black pepper to taste. Once the cream cheese mixture has melted and has become well combined, add it into your crab hash skillet.

Step 5: Poach the Eggs

Return the cooked bacon back to the skillet with the crab hash mixture and add in some Hollandaise sauce or any sauce of your liking. In a separate pot or saucepan, boil some water and poach your eggs as desired.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy

Your southern crab hash is now ready to be served! Start by placing a scoop or two on a plate, top it off with an egg, and sprinkle some fresh chives on top for extra flavor. You may also pair it with some crispy hash browns, sweet potato hash or seafood soup if you’re feeling adventurous.

Now it’s time to dig in and enjoy this yummy crab hash. Don’t worry if you can’t finish everything – just store them properly and reheated them

Substitutions and Variations

 Crab and potatoes come together for the ultimate breakfast combo.
Crab and potatoes come together for the ultimate breakfast combo.

Ah, substitutions and variations… the perfect playground for playing with flavors!

For this southern crab hash recipe, there are quite a few ways you can adjust it to suit your taste buds. Let’s start with substitutions:

– First of all, if you’re not a fan of crabmeat or simply can’t find any fresh, jumbo lump crabmeat at your grocery store, you can swap it out for imitation crab. While it won’t be exactly the same, it’ll still give you that seafood flavor and texture.

– If you’re not a fan of bacon or want to make this recipe vegetarian-friendly, you can skip the bacon altogether or substitute it with veggie bacon instead.

– Instead of poached eggs, you could go for fried or scrambled eggs if that’s more to your liking.

– You could also experiment with different herbs and spices to add some extra zing. For example, swapping out the fresh chives for basil or adding some crushed garlic could be delicious.

Now onto variations:

– For a different twist on this recipe, try using sweet potatoes instead of boiling potatoes. Sweet potato hash is a popular variation in southern cuisine and would give this dish an extra layer of flavor.

– If you’re looking for a creamier version of this dish, consider making a crab cheese sauce to pour over the hash. To do so, simply make a roux (butter + flour) and slowly whisk in milk until it thickens. Then add cream cheese and lump crabmeat until melted and combined. Pour over crispy hash browns – yum!

– For those who love spice, you could add some Old Bay seasoning or even a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to the mix.

– If you want to serve this dish as an appetizer or party snack, consider forming the crab hash into small patties and frying them up into crab cakes.

Whether you choose to stick to the original recipe or experiment with substitutions and variations, this southern crab hash recipe is sure to be delicious.

Serving and Pairing

 This hash is a seafood lover's dream.
This hash is a seafood lover’s dream.

Southern Crab Hash is a comforting and hearty dish that can be easily adapted to any meal of the day. It’s great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. This crispy, savory hash is versatile enough to be paired with a variety of sides and toppings to make it your own.

For breakfast or brunch, you can serve this hash with poached eggs on top for added protein and flavor. Make a delicious hollandaise sauce to drizzle over the top of the poached eggs for an extra creamy and indulgent touch. Another popular pairing for this dish is a side of biscuits or toast with butter and jam.

If you want to make this dish more lunch or dinner friendly, pair it with a simple salad or roasted vegetables. You could also top it off with freshly chopped herbs like basil or chives for an added freshness and pop of color. Adding sweet potato hash as a side can create a great balance between sweet and savory flavors.

For those who have a sweet tooth, crab hash pairs well with pancakes or waffles syrup for breakfast or as a dessert item after finishing your bowlful of hash.

Of course, no Southern meal would be complete without a glass of iced tea, lemonade, or even champagne mimosa to accompany your delicious plateful of hash.

However you choose to serve Southern Crab Hash, its blend of spice and saltiness makes it an ideal savory recipe perfect any time of the year.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Crab hash, the perfect hearty breakfast to fuel your day.
Crab hash, the perfect hearty breakfast to fuel your day.

Crab hash is a dish that is best prepared fresh, but it can be made ahead of time to save you some cooking stress. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, you can use your oven or stovetop.

To reheat in the oven, preheat your oven to 350°F. Transfer the crab hash to an oven-safe dish and add a splash of water. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated all the way through.

To reheat on the stovetop, heat up some cooking oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Add the crab hash to the hot pan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. You may need to add some liquid if your hash has dried out when reheating.

As for storing and preparing ahead, you can prep all ingredients in advance and store them separately in the refrigerator until ready to use. Peeling and cutting potatoes, onions, and slicing bacon is a great way to save time. You can also use pre-cooked bacon like leftover from breakfast or cooked while boiling potatoes. Crab meat can be cooked freshly but you can use canned crabmeat which will cut down on preparation time too.

Keep in mind that reheated crab hash won’t have quite the same texture as fresh-made, it may become soggy over time. However, with proper heating techniques such as using oil instead of microwaves, you should still get flavors close to freshly cooked.

In conclusion, Crab Hash is not only a yummy breakfast treat but can be made ahead of time too. With these tips on storage and reheating methods, you’ll be able to enjoy this delightful southern dish anytime without sacrificing its taste!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Take your breakfast to the next level with this southern-style crab hash.
Take your breakfast to the next level with this southern-style crab hash.

Cooking southern crab hash may sound like a challenging task, but trust me, it’s not as difficult as you might think. By following some simple tips and techniques, you can achieve perfect results with this recipe every time. Here are some tips that I’ve gathered after years of cooking southern cuisine:

First and foremost, always use fresh lump crabmeat for the best flavor and texture. You don’t want to end up with a dish that tastes like imitation crab or canned crabmeat. If you don’t have access to fresh crabmeat, frozen crabmeat can be a good substitute.

Secondly, it’s important to cut the potatoes into uniform pieces to ensure they cook evenly. Aim for ¾ inch pieces. Additionally, boiling the potatoes instead of frying them will help them retain their shape and texture.

When sautéing the onion and bacon, use medium heat to avoid burning the onion or making the bacon too crispy. You want both ingredients to be cooked through but still tender.

To add extra depth of flavor, sprinkle Old Bay seasoning over the potato-crust while it cooks. It will bring out the savory flavors in the dish and enhance its overall taste.

Once you’ve formed your potato crust in your skillet, place it under a broiler for about 2 minutes to create a crispy exterior without overcooking it. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.

When adding the lump crabmeat to your hash, be sure to gently fold it into the mixture rather than mixing it vigorously. This will help maintain its shape and prevent it from breaking apart.

Finally, when poaching eggs to serve with your hash, add a splash of vinegar to the water before dropping in the eggs. It will help keep them together and give them a smoother texture.

By following these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be able to create a delicious southern crab hash that is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Happy cooking!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Southern Crab Hash Recipe is an incredible dish that you won’t want to miss. It’s a fantastic blend of Southern and seafood flavors brought together using simple ingredients like crabmeat, potatoes, onions, and bacon. This recipe provides an easy-to-follow guide that anyone can understand.

With its many variations and substitutions, you can tweak it to your liking and experiment with new flavors. You can also make it ahead and store it in the fridge or freezer for later. Moreover, this quick and easy-to-make hash meal is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner alike.

So grab your skillet, turn on the stove, and let’s make some Southern Crab Hash together!

Southern Crab Hash

Southern Crab Hash Recipe

Chunks of crisp potatoes, bits of bacon and tender morsels of crab are held together with melting cream cheese for a spectacular sort of Southern-Accented comfort food with a C. Pretty Fast and Very Filling! First published in F&W, 1997 and is just as tasty! Recipe by: Quick From Scratch Fish & Shellfish. This would be great if paired with poached eggs! The sweetness of crab is often at its best paired with a full-bodied chardonnay, which will also be good with the bacon, potatoes and cream cheese. Try a bottle from California or Australia.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern US cuisine
Calories 668.9 kcal


  • 2 lbs boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped into 1/2-inch dice
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 pinches crushed red pepper flakes (more or less as needed)
  • 3/4 lb lump crabmeat
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or 3 tablespoons spring onions, tops


  • Put the potatoes in a medium saucepan of salted water; bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat; simmer until almost tender, about 5 minutes & drain.
  • In a large nonstick or cast-iron frying pan, cook the bacon until crisp.
  • Remove the bacon from the pan and crumble it.
  • Saute the onion in 1 T oil & cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until browned, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove the onion, & wipe out the pan.
  • In the same pan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over moderately high heat.
  • Add the potatoes; let them cook, without stirring, for 6 minutes.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, stir, and cook the potatoes until well browned, about 6 minutes longer.
  • Add the onion and bacon and continue cooking until they are warm through, about 1 minute longer.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the cream cheese, milk, Worcestershire sauce, crushed red pepper fl;akes, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt over moderately low heat, stirring, until hot, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the crab and black pepper and cook, stirring, until warm through, about 2 minutes longer.
  • Stir the crab mixture and 2 tablespoons of the chives or spring onions into the potatoes until just combined.
  • Serve topped with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives or spring onions.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 416gCalories: 668.9kcalCarbohydrates: 52.4gProtein: 29.7gFat: 38.2gSaturated Fat: 12.1gCholesterol: 113.2mgSodium: 996.6mgFiber: 4.7gSugar: 3.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Crab, Easy, Meat, Pork, Savory
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