Seafood Appetizer; Baked Crab balls

Posted by on June 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm.

Although I’m veggie, I do make non-veggie dishes. My daughter isn’t veggie, although she mainly eats veggie dishes. Also, most of my loved ones are non veggie.

I must say my willingness to prepare non-veggie dishes for those I care about has actually worked in that they eat more veggie dishes. It wasn’t the goal, it just happened that way. The non veggie dishes I make, although not 100% veggie are healthy, and there’s always a veggie component.

I hear some veggies parroting how non-vegetarians aren’t healthy and that’s simply not true. Non vegetarians/vegans can be healthy too, it’s all about the choices you make. As I’ve mentioned many times, there are plenty of unhealthy vegetarians/vegans/raw foodists, etc.,… those that are unhealthy are making poor food choices.

But back to my food post…

Late yesterday afternoon you could find me making baked crab balls. In total, it took about 1.5 hours to make…


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Four pounds of backfin crab meat


The shells were picked out of the backfin crab meat. That process was tedious!

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Seafood: Baked Crab balls. Adding more Crab balls. My daughter had a few, she loves them!


I then moved onto the other extremely slow process of making all those crab balls. The crab balls were baked not fried.  The balls were all crab meat with just a touch of seasoning, I wanted to let the sweetness of the crab meat shine and judging by the reactions it did. Before my pre-veggie days one complaint I had about eating some restaurant crab cakes was the amount of filler included. It made you think, “Where’s the crab?”

This dish was made for a 50th birthday party for my Lutheran pastor. The dish received a lot of compliments and I made enough so that people could freely get a lot. Which is how it should be you know? When I prepare for a gathering, I tend to make a lot since I don’t want people to worry about people holding back eating so others can get some also. Eat until you get your fill. I really love cooking, but I don’t eat too much.


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Seafood: Wrapping up the baked crab balls


In total I made over 100 baked crab balls. It took a lot of time.

There are three layers of crab balls in this pan; 40 walnut sized balls on each row, separated by aluminum foil.

My daughter received about ten of the baked crab balls, but the bulk was wrapped up and taken to the party today. However, I promised her that I would make some for her tomorrow. Of course, this means I have to stop by the store tomorrow and purchase more backfin crab meat and that’s ok, she’s worth it. I’ll be sure to make enough for my father too. My mom works tomorrow and even though she’s left plenty for him to eat. He deserves something special too, right. After all, I only have one dad!

…would tell you straight away that the food would be really good. As they say, never trust a skinny chef! LOL!!! For one thing, he was really fast and the dishes were served in no time at all.

Although I’m not overweight, as I told suituapui on one of his recent posts, thin people an cook too. When I prepare a dish for others,  it rarely lasts long.

My only regret is that I didn’t make homemade tarter sauce. I thought I had the needed ingredients at home, but I didn’t. This morning, on my way to work I purchased tarter sauce <shudders> those that know me well know I rarely purchase prepacked food. I’d say 90% of the food in our house is made by me.


  • suituapui says:

    Oooo…100 crab balls!!! They look soooo good! I wish I could have some of those. Lucky fella, your pastor.

    Yes, yes, some cooks are skinny. I guess they have better discipline…and not eat most of what they cook and they exercise and have better metabolism. I fail on all three counts. Sobssss!!!!!
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    Opal Reply:

    @suituapui, The food was really good and such a variety. Great home cooked pasta dishes, salads, bread and a really nice desert. I didn’t get the desert but the others raved about it. My metabolism has slowed down (a bit) since I hit my 40s, but I still have a lot of energy and I exercise so I know that has been very helpful in maintaining my weight.
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  • Jennifer says:

    Not sure how I missed this post – sorry! I totally agree with you about those stereotypes on each side! 🙂

    I have been trying to more “balls” and always looking for ideas – not sure if you saw my Jalapeno Eggplant Cake post or not. I could have done ‘balls’ with those, too, I suppose 🙂

    As you know – my husband is FAR from vegetarian. My other family members are not veg either.

    It’s a very personal choice and I don’t question anyone about their choices because I wouldn’t want them to question me about mine 🙂 Hope that makes sense. More of a “to each it’s own” type philosophy, I guess.

    But you and I have discussed that before 🙂

    I’m sure everyone who tried these enjoyed them! I can see you put a lot of TLC in making them!
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, Yep, we’ve had this discussion before. We’re on the same page. I do wish some people would be kinder to those who have a different belief system. Imagine how nicer this world would be, if people treated others how they want to be treated?

    Although I didn’t eat the Crab Balls, I enjoyed making them.
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    Jennifer Reply:

    I totally know what you mean! I was raised with “Treat others how you would like to be treated” and the older I get the more I remember those words, I think 🙂
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