Crab imperial is a classic Maryland dish made of lump crab mixed with a sauce made of eggs, mayonnaise, and spices. This keto-friendly crab-stuffed salmon dish is delicious, simple to make, and uses easy to find ingredients.
After a bit of internet research, I decided to combine Serious Eats and Ask Chef Dennis’ recipes and made the recipe keto-friendly. I used ground pork rinds to make a crispy, buttery topping.
Crab Imperial-Stuffed Salmon makes for an impressive dinner. Your guests don’t have to know how easy it is to make.
Crab Imperial-Stuffed Salmon
- • 4 (7oz.) salmon filets
- • 1 pound (450g) jumbo lump or lump crab meat, picked over for shells
- • ½ cup mayonnaise
- • 1 tsp granulated monk fruit sweetener
- • 1 tsp Old Bay
- • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- • 1 Tbsp finely chopped Italian parsley
- • 1 large egg lightly beaten
- • Freshly ground pepper to taste
- • ½ cup pork rind crumbs
- • Kosher salt to taste
- • 2 Tbsp (30g) unsalted butter, melted
In a small bowl, stir pork rind crumbs with melted butter until evenly coated—season with salt and pepper to taste.
Mix mayonnaise, egg, sweetener, Old Bay, lemon juice, and parsley and whisk well to make the Imperial Sauce. Season with freshly ground pepper to taste and mix to incorporate. Gradually fold the sauce into the crab meat. Do not add the sauce all at once, as all of it may not be necessary. Mix enough of the Imperial Sauce in to make the crab hold together.
Season the four salmon filets with salt and pepper, then place them into a baking dish. Place one-quarter of the crab imperial mixture on top of each filet.
Layer buttered pork rind crumbs over the crab imperial topped salmon.
- Place the baking dish in a 350° preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until crab mixture is heated through and pork rind crumbs are golden brown.
Serve with your favorite side dish.
Crab Imperial-Stuffed Salmon
|Amount Per Serving:|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 59.18 g||91%|
|Saturated Fat 14.61 g||73.1%|
|Trans Fat 0.27 g|
|Cholesterol 303.66 mg||101.2%|
|Sodium 950.75 mg||39.6%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1.58 g||0.5%|
|Dietary Fiber 0.35 g||1.4%|
|Sugars 0.38 g|
|Protein 65.94 g|
|Vitamin A 8.32 %||Vitamin C 15.02 %|
|Calcium 14.24 %||Iron 10.34 %|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
This looks fantastic. My two favorite things, crab & Salmon. Yummy
Thanks, Renia! I hope you enjoy it!
Omg! I love everything about this! Crab and salmon? And you say it only takes 40 minutes? Let me go ahead and ave this lol.
🎶These are a few of my favorite things!🎶 I hope you like it, Erika!
It’s crab season too! Gotta try this.
Crab season is my favorite season!
Yum this looks so delicious! Love a good salmon recipe.
My Style Vita
I’m glad that Imperial toppings are making a comeback. Salmon is one of my favorites, so this is getting made this weekend.
Awesome! Let me know how it turns out, Marta!
Wow! This is a perfect date night at home dinner! Nom nom nom! Pinning for later!
Yes! Pair it with a lovely Champagne or Crémant.
This looks so yummy! I’ve never thought of combining the two (crab and salmon).
You get to eat crab without having to pick it and you actually get full! Win/Win!
I’m ready to bust out my champagne for this one! This looks incredible!
Yes! Champagne will be excellent with this!
Oh wow crab-stuffed salmon!! My mouth is watering already!
So excited that this is keto-friendly! Can’t wait to try.
My two favorite things in one plate. I love crab and salmon. I am a seafood junkie
Me too, Armelle!
This looks delicious!! Sharing the recipe with others!!
Bookmarked this recipe for a special occasion–looks great!
This combination of crab and salmon are amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe with me.
Thanks for visiting, Tamara!
This is a great recipe! Looks and taste amazing!
Thank you, Chef Immaculate Ruému!
Salmon is one of mu favorites!!!! Def making this soon!!