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Do you have a favorite recipe using Maryland Blue Crab?


If so, it may be a prize winner!


Enter it in the Derby Crab Cooking Contest held every year.

Friday, September 1st, 2023 9 AM
Somerset Intermediate School, Westover, MD

Winners Receive a Plaque and a Cash Prize


A panel of food experts will choose the most mouthwatering entries in the contest's FOUR categories: Appetizer, Soup/Salad, Main Dish, and Crab Cakes.


Judges will evaluate entries based on appearance, overall flavor, crab flavor, originality, texture, clear directions, ease of preparation, ease of serving, and appropriate use of crab meat.

The top three recipes in each group will receive a plaque and a cash prize, ranging from $50 to $100. From the four 1st Place winners, judges will select a Grand Prize winner who will receive an additional $100. The Best Presentation winner will also receive honors.

At the end of the judging, as the entrants finish cooking, their dishes go to the judges.  At the end of judging, everyone gets to sample the dishes and pick their favorites. 

The deadline for entries is Friday, August 25th, 2023. Print out an application and the contest rules. More information can be obtained by calling the Crisfield Chamber office at 410-968-2500 or by sending an email to

The first round begins at 9:00 AM. Contestants are asked to be on-site 30 minutes prior.



Crab Cooking Contest


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The Crab Cooking Contest is supported by the Maryland Department of Agriculture Seafood Marketing Program.

2021 Grand Prize Winning Recipe

Asian Crab Balls


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1lb crabmeat
1 T minced bell pepper
1 T minced onion
¾ tsp. wet or dry mustard
½ to 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning (suit your taste)
3 dashes of soy sauce
½ tsp sesame oil
Fold these ingredients together gently.

White Sauce
2T Butter
2 T flour
1/3 cup milk
Cook over medium heat to make a smooth and creamy sauce. Pour
over crabmeat and mix gently.

Kim Todd

Crisfield, Maryland

In a small bowl, mix together:

½ cup (heaping) Panko Crumbs

½ (heaping coconut flakes

In another small bowl:

1 well beaten egg mixed with ¼ cup cold water

Make balls about the size of a quarter. Roll in panko and coconut mixture,

then in egg mixture, then in panko and coconut again. Fry in a deep fryer

or a pan on the stove with enough Crisco to cover the balls. Fry until

golden brown. Enjoy!

2021 Winners

Crab Cakes


Leon Fossett

     Scampi Crab Cakes

Main Dish


Amy Fossett

Open Faced Green Tomato Crab Melt

Soups & Salads


June Lewis

Easy Summer Crab Salad

Best Presentation


John Scofield

Crab Stuffed Pistolettes

The COVID-19 Pandemic brought many changes to Crisfield and the National Hard Crab Derby as well. Covid restrictions caused the cancellation of many events, but the 56th Annual Crab Cooking Contest went ahead with masks, social distancing, and lots of disinfectants.

Due to a much smaller number of cooks, we changed our prize structure. Instead of awarding prizes in categories, we awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Place and Best Presentation prizes.

2020 Winners

2nd Place

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Mary Shafer

      Maryland Crab      Pea Soup

3rd Place

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Leon Fossett

Not Your Grandfather's Crab-Cakes

4th Place

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Amy Fossett

Crabby Street Tacos

Best Presentation

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Amy Fossett

Crabby Street Tacos

2020 1st Place Winning Recipe

Crab Wontons

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1 lb of crab meat

½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

8 oz cream cheese

1/2 tsp garlic powder

2 stalks of green onion, sliced

1 ½ tsp Old Bay seasoning, or to taste

Salt and pepper

20 wonton wrappers

Marge Loyd

Westover, Maryland

  1. Take shells from crab meat, set aside.

  2. 2. Mix cream cheese with hand mixer, add garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and green onion, salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Add crab meat.

  4. Spoon about ¾ tbs mixture into each wonton. Wet with water the edges of the wonton. Fold comer to comer and pull up the sides up to match.

  5. Seal really well. Bake at 425°F for 20  minutes or fry them in peanut oil.

  6. I use a small pot with peanut oil, bring temperature up then test one out.

  7. Fry until the edges are golden.



½ C mayonnaise

3 ½ tbs mustard

3 tbs pure honey

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Mix well and serve with wontons.



½ C mayonnaise

¼ C Chinese hot mustard

1 tbs molasses

Mix well and use for dipping sauce.  Adjust hotness to your liking. 

2019 Grand Prize Winning Recipe

Crab Wontons


8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature) 

½ cup sour cream 

¼ tsp. Minced garlic (I use jar garlic) 

Salt to taste 

Old Bay to taste 

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 

2 green onions 

1 lb. blue crab meat 

30 mini phyllo shells


June Lewis

Denton, Maryland

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 

  2. Place cream cheese and sour cream in mixing bowl. Blend well. 

  3. Add salt, garlic, old bay and Worcestershire sauce into mixture. Blend until smooth. 

  4. Add chopped green onion (minus some for garnish on the top) and blend well. 

  5. Gently fold crab into mixture trying not to break it apart very much. 

  6. Place Phyllo shells into mini muffin pan. 

  7. Scoop mixture into each shell (about 1 TBSP. into each). 

  8. Top with remaining green onion. 

  9. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown. 

2018 Grand Prize Winning Recipe

Crab Cake Stuffed Shrimp over a Fried Green Tomato


1- pound Maryland Blue Crab Meat

12 jumbo shrimp butterflied

 1 clove garlic, finely minced

 ½ cup green bell pepper

 ½ cup red bell pepper 

½ cup green onion, sliced

 ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 1 teaspoon Old Bay

 ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  ½ teaspoon sea salt

 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted​

 *Fried Green Tomato

 3 green tomatoes sliced

 ½ cup flour

 ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

 ¼ teaspoon onion powder

 2 eggs

 1 cup panko crumbs

 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped

 Vegetable oil for frying 

Mixed greens

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Amy Fossett

Severn, Maryland


- Sauté the garlic, pepper and onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil over low heat, just until translucent.

- Remove from heat and allow to cool.

- In a medium bowl, combine the sautéed vegetable with the black pepper, ½ teaspoon Old Bay, cayenne and sea salt.

- Gently fold in the crab meat.

- Form into 12 evenly shaped “cakes”.

- Place butterflied shrimp on a parchment lined sheet pan.

- Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining Old Bay.

- Place a “cake” on each shrimp and fold.

- Bake in a preheated 350 degree for 12-15 minutes.


For the fried green tomatoes:

- Place flour in a bowl and set aside, in another bowl, mix the panko, garlic powder, onion powder and fresh dill.

- Whisk egg in a small bowl.

- Dredge the tomato slices in flour, dip in egg, shaking excess off and then into panko.

- Fry until light golden brown.

- Repeat with each tomato slice.

- Allow to drain on paper towel.

- To assemble, place a few greens on a plate.

- Add a fried green tomato and top with a crab cake stuffed shrimp

2017 Grand Prize Winning Recipe

Frenchtown Chilled Crab Sprinkle


1- pound Maryland Blue Crab Meat

2 T. parsley

1 T. minced onion

3 T. mayo

¼ t curry powder

1 t. lemon juice

Sprinkle of Old Bay


- Chop fresh parsley.

- Grate onion. 

- Mix together parsley, onion, mayonnaise, curry, and lemon juice. 

- Blend in fresh crab meat. 

- Sprinkle with Old Bay and serve with your choice of crackers. 

(Suggested crackers:  Captain’s Wafers)

Dawn Lankford

Westover, MD

From Crab Pot to Table Top Cookbook
50 Years of Winning Recipes from the National Hard Crab Derby


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