The best easy crab appetizers! Creamy crab and artichoke, served on top of baguette slices, phyllo cups, or crackers. Enjoy warm or cold. Great for Christmas parties, New Year's Eve, or anytime you need a fast but delicious appetizer recipe.
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Crab Artichoke Toasts

Yield: 24 toasts
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Easy, delicious crab appetizers recipe! Creamy crab and artichoke topping on toasted baguette slices. Serve warm or cold for an instant party favorite.


  • 1 (10-ounce) whole-wheat baguette — cut into 24 (1/4-inch-thick) slices
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley — divided
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest — (1 small lemon will be plenty for both the zest and juice)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice — (1 small lemon will be plenty for both the zest and juice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 ounces gruyere cheese — shredded, about 1/2 cup (fontina or gouda would be great too!)
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese — finely grated, about 1/4 cup
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts — drained, patted dry, and roughly chopped
  • 1 (4-ounce) can lump crab meat — drained


  1. Place the oven rack in the upper third of the oven. Turn on the broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Cut the baguette into 1/4-inch slices (you should have about 24 total). Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir in the gruyere and Parmesan, then gently fold in the artichokes and crab. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  4. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of the artichoke-crab mixture onto each baguette slice. Broil until the cheese begins to melt, about 3 minutes. Watch very carefully the entire time so that the toasts do not burn. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon fresh parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • Make-ahead tips: Crab mixture can be prepared and refrigerated 1 to 2 days in advance (1 is ideal but 2 is doable). Baguette can be sliced 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Top the toasts and broil shortly before serving.
  • Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab appetizer recipes, Easy Appetizer Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 toast) — Calories: 68, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Carbohydrates: 9g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 5g

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