Grandma’s Crab Casserole

Main Dishes, Recipes | June 30, 2016 | By

Have you ever heard of Crab Casserole? I never had until my Grandmother made it for my husband and I when our twins were newborns. We really enjoyed it so of course I called her the next day to see if she would share the recipe. Lucky for me and all of you she did! If you ask my Grandmother she would say she isn’t a very good cook but that’s just nonsense. This Crab Casserole is just one example of the many dishes she makes and I love. So this is for you Grandma!

Grandma's Crab Casserole

First, I want to tell you a little about my Grandmother Gloria. She was born to Blane and Maggie Blevins in 1938 in the little mining town of Warr, West Virginia. She had two brothers and three sisters. Her father worked in the mines in Warr until their family relocated to Tennessee due to the water in WV making her older sister sick. Shortly after moving, her father had terrible headaches and the doctor told him to move to a warmer climate. They moved to Pomona, Florida in 1945 where they had family. Once in high school, my Grandma met James Montgomery Barnsley Jr. She says, “He was very cute” and he played on the football team. He graduated high school a year earlier than her and came up to Maryland to start Country Boy Market (our family business that he started in 1955). The next year, right after Grandma graduated from high school, they were married. They moved to Maryland where they raised their family of 4 children. They now have 11 grand children and 7 great grand children. They will be married for 60 years this November! I love spending time with my Grandmother. She has a great sense of humor and always makes me laugh.  She is an expert at braiding rugs and wins champion ribbons every year at the county fair. I am so excited to bring you this recipe from her kitchen to yours!

The recipe in my Grandmother's handwriting.

The recipe in my Grandmother’s handwriting.


My Grandmother Gloria Barnsley.

My Grandmother Gloria Barnsley on her wedding day.

I always make this Crab Casserole after having a crab feast. I order way to many crabs on purpose so I can be sure there are plenty left over for this dish. I never realized how many crabs you had to pick to get one pound of meat but let me tell you…it’s worth it! Now, I realize not everyone lives in Maryland where crabs are kind of our thing so you can also just buy crab meat from the grocery store. But for me, as a Marylander, I think I am required to pick my own crabs :).

Grandma's Crab Casserole

Grandma's Crab Casserole

This casserole is very easy to assemble. Combine crab meat, soft bread crumbs (white bread that been torn up),
mayonnaise, milk, hardboiled eggs, onions, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Transfer to a buttered casserole dish and top with buttered soft bread crumbs. Bake at 350 for 20-25mins. There you have it. Your very own Crab Casserole! I hope you enjoy this recipe from my Grandma as much as we do!

Grandma's Crab Casserole

Grandma's Crab Casserole

Grandma's Crab Casserole

Grandma's Crab Casserole

Grandma’s Crab Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 pound crab meat
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs (see note)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 6 hardboiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/3 cup yellow onions, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbls. melted butter
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs (see note)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Butter a quart casserole dish and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the crab meat, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, milk, hard boiled eggs, onions, salt, and pepper.
  4. Put the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
  5. In a small bowl melt 2tbls of butter and add the bread crumbs and coat. Layer them on top of the casserole.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown.


When my Grandma says soft bread crumbs she means white bread that's ripped up by hand.

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  1. Jane Beston
    June 30, 2016

    Emily… Your grandma’s dish looks delicious… Hope to try it one day soon. Question… How does the hard-boiled egg taste in this dish. Loved reading the story about your grandparents!

    • Emily
      July 1, 2016

      Mrs. Beston,
      Thank you for following my blog! I am so glad you enjoyed this post 🙂
      The hard boiled eggs seem weird but they are so delicious in this! I’m not sure I knew they were in there the first time I had it because my Grandma diced them so fine but when I got the recipe I was surprised and thought okay I will try it…. YUM! Hoping to bring more from my Grandmother’s kitchen as well as more of her stories 🙂

  2. Christine (sister of the cook, Emily)
    August 2, 2016

    Awesome! Didn’t know any of that about her – my own grandma!

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