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Cucumber Cups Stuffed With Spicy Crab

cucumber cups stuffed with spicy crab appetizer recipe

I'm always looking for a new appetizer recipe, preferably one that I can make-ahead of time. I came up with this concoction during the holidays and it was such a hit. What's even better is this is a no-bake recipe that combines a popular sushi filling with cucumber cups you can cut up yourself. These are finger friendly, no stencils required!

Cucumber Cups Stuffed With Spicy Crab Recipe


3 large English cucumbers (the kind that are wrapped in plastic)
12 ounces crab meat, well drained
1/4 cup sour cream (you can use light, but I wouldn't recommend non-fat)
8 ounces (1 block) of cream cheese, softened
3 Tablespoons Sriracha sauce or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1-2 green onions for garnish
Paprika for garnish


Remove plastic from cucumbers and wash well. Using a vegetable peeler, remove most of the green skin on the cucumbers.  Cut the cucumbers in about 1"-1.5" slices.

Use a small melon baller to remove most of the pulp from each cucumber cup. Be careful not to go all the way down to the bottom. Leave a little bit of cucumber on the bottom so the filling doesn't leak out.

Blot the cucumbers cubs dry with a paper towel and arrange on a serving platter.

Mix together the crab, sour cream, cream cheese, sriracha and black pepper.

Fill each cup with the cream cheese mixture.

Top with diced green onions and sprinkle with paprika.

These can be make 2-4 hours in advance and refrigerated before serving

Yield - about 36 cups, depending on the size of your cucumbers

peeling a cucumberRemoving the skin of the cucumber.
scooping center out of cucumbers to make cupsUsing a melon scoop to make the cup.
spicy crab mixture with cucumber cupsReady to assemble!
cucumber cups stuffed with spicy crabEnjoy!

Preparation Tips:
You can  use fresh, frozen, canned, or foil-packaged crab.  Just make sure that whatever crab you use has been flaked and drained well. I usually used canned crab but recently have had very good luck using refrigerated crab that comes in a foil pouch. I usually find this in the Seafood Department at my local grocery store and I find it easy to use with almost no extra moisture, so draining isn't required.

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