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How To Make A Homemade Red Lobster Crab Fest Menu

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Do you love Red Lobster and want to know how to make a homemade Red Lobster Crab Fest menu?

Here are some ideas that reveal how to make this seafood restaurant inspired menu easy to accomplish at home.

We love to make our own restaurant inspired crab themed dinners that are perfect for holidays and special occasions.

A Red Lobster Crab Feast is a great theme for a game day menu, or summer party that you can host for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Canada Day and so on.

It’s easy, just choose to prepare an appetizer or two, a main dish and a side. You can also decide on some beverages and a dessert.

You’ll be well on your way to an epic celebration!

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Although crab legs are a typical Crab Fest menu item, you can choose to make a different crab main, like Red Lobster Crab Alfredo, for instance.

The options are truly endless here, as you can mix and match your favorite crab recipes. With these amazing Red Lobster copycat recipes, there’s something for everyone.

You can keep the menu as simple as you like or go all out!

What is Red Lobster Crabfest?

The popular restaurant chain held its signature Red Lobster Crabfest 2023 last summer and diners are still dreaming about it.

But did you know that you can create a similar menu at home any time of year?

That’s right, here are some ideas for you to help you prepare a homemade Crab Fest!

Whenever you crave a delicious crab themed dinner, you can choose a few simple recipes and celebrate in true Crabfest fashion.

Red Lobster Crab Fest Menu – Appetizers

There are many crab fest inspired appetizers to choose from.

For a more complete appetizer selection and not just crab, check out these Copycat Red Lobster Appetizers that will impress your guests.

Red Lobster Crabfest 2023 included a new starter on its menu – Crabby Cheese Fries!

Red Lobster Crabby Cheese Fries

Crabby Cheese Fries has two flavorful sauces – a cheese sauce as well as a decadent garlic cream sauce with tender pieces of crabmeat.

Red Lobster crabby cheese fries recipe
Celebrate Crab Fest at home with this Red lobster Crabby Cheese Fries Recipe! Seasoned air fryer French fries are topped with a cheddar cheese sauce and a decadent garlic cream sauce with sweet lump crabmeat in this super satisfying appetizer.
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It’s hearty and incredibly satisfying. You’ll love our copycat crabby cheese fries recipe made with air fryer French fries.

Red Lobster Crab Queso

Another new menu item that makes for a completely stunning appetizer is this crab queso.

red lobster crab queso dip presentation
Red Lobster crab queso dip recipe is an absolute flavor sensation with spiced cheese sauce, sweet crabmeat and savory Pico de Gallo. Serve with regular or tri color tortilla chips.
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Check out our vibrant copycat recipe that’s made with real cheese, chock full of flavor and a colorful sight to behold.

Red Lobster Style Crab Pita Pizza

A classic restaurant style starter, this crab pita pizza can be made with either crab or lobster meat (or a combination of both).

It’s a super savory pizza with a butter flavor crust and crabmeat that’s accentuated with mozzarella, fresh basil and tomatoes.

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Restaurant style crab and lobster pizza can be on your menu at home anytime when you add some shellfish to your grocery list. It's easy to make and has all of the flavors you love. Serves two as a main and four as an appetizer. Pair with an Italian style house or Caesar salad and a seafood chowder or soup.
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Red Lobster style flatbread pizza is easy to make and it’s a perfect choice for a homemade Crab Fest menu.

Stuffed Mushroom Caps With Crabmeat

You can never go wrong with crab stuffed mushrooms. These are a delightful starter for a homemade crab fest. Everyone loves them!

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Restaurant style, savory crab stuffed mushrooms are easy to make and the perfect appetizer to take your seafood dinner menu or any special occasion to the next level.
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There are so many appetizers that are excellent choices for a homemade crab themed party.

Many are easy to put together, and the hardest part might be deciding what to choose from all of these amazing seafood starters.

Red Lobster Crab Fest Menu – Main Dishes

Steamed crab legs are a favorite for Crabfest with optional flavorings. You can buy fresh or frozen crab legs and steam them. For convenience you can purchase cooked crab legs and just heat and serve!

Be sure to add some butter sauce on the side for dipping, and some crab cracking tools for your guests. You can even flavor different butter sauces with the three restaurant style flavor combos if you like – Garlic and Herb Sauce, Honey Sriracha and Lemon Pepper.

Red Lobster Crabfest Creations – Steamed Crab Legs

The most popular main course during Crabfest is Crabfest Creations – where diners choose from a full pound of steamed snow or Bairdi crab legs.

You can then select a flavor option from either Garlic and Herb Sauce, Honey Sriracha, Lemon Pepper or Simply Steamed.

The crab legs are all served over crispy potatoes with a choice of side dish.

For a homemade Crab Fest party, some cooked crab legs are superb, as well as the following recipes:

Red Lobster Crab Alfredo Linguini

Here’s a popular dish that you can easily recreate at home. Crab alfredo linguini is a popular menu item that makes a perfect addition to a crab themed party.

Red Lobster crab alfredo recipe with linguini recipe
An all-time classic favorite, this rich and creamy Red Lobster crab alfredo linguini is sure to be a hit as part of your homemade seafood dinner menu. It stands on its own as a main course or pairs nicely in smaller portions as a side dish to a variety of fish and shellfish dishes.
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Crab and Oscar Topped Sirloin

Also popular is a new dish called Crab & Oscar Topped Sirloin. From the menu, it’s described as a half pound of snow crab with 7 oz sirloin steak topped with lump crab in a decadent cream sauce with one side dish.

If you choose to make Crab & Oscar Topped Sirloin, you’ll love it with a side dish of lobster mashed potatoes or a creamy lobster baked potato.

Red Lobster Crab Fest Menu – Side Dishes

Your guests will love the usual sides like cheddar bay biscuits, House or Caesar salad and soups like clam chowder or lobster bisque.

It’s also fun to adapt some lobster dishes into crab ones, as the flavor is still delicious with crab.

For instance, for your Crabfest you can use lobster in lobster mash and lobster macaroni, or substitute crab meat in these recipes if you like!

You can also check out more of our amazing Red Lobster Side Dishes!

Red Lobster Creamy Lobster Mashed Potatoes

We love this copycat recipe for Red Lobster style creamy lobster mashed potatoes. We change the sauce from the usual beurre blanc to a Cajun butter sauce for an extra kick!

red lobster creamy lobster mashed potatoes recipe
Elevate your homemade seafood menus with luxurious Red Lobster creamy lobster mashed potatoes with Cajun butter sauce. The perfect decadent side dish for both dry and saucy mains – sure to please along with any meat, fish, curries or stews.
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Red Lobster Mac and Cheese

Looking for a satisfying comfort dish with some festive pizzazz? This lobster macaroni and cheese dish won’t let you down.

It’s an elegant and tasty accompaniment to a crab fest dinner.

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Simple, wholesome ingredients and a super quick preparation make this creamy Red Lobster lobster mac and cheese hard to beat. Fun cavatappi pasta with a luxurious lobster sauce combine beautifully in this elegant side dish.
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Red Lobster Garlic Green Beans

Be sure to add a vegetable side dish, like crispy Brussel sprouts, seasoned broccoli or garlic green beans.

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Instant Pot Red Lobster style green beans are the perfect family favorite vegetable side dish for your homemade seafood dinner menus. You can serve with a variety of main courses, also fabulous as part of a barbecue or homemade steakhouse menu.
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This recipe for garlic green beans is very easy. You can use an Instant Pot to cook the beans or prepare them on the stove top.

Red Lobster Chesapeake Corn on the Cob

Another delightful side dish to serve with crab is Red Lobster Chesapeake corn on the cob. It’s super easy to make.

Just cook your corn on the cob as you normally would.

We like to use our Instant Pot to cook corn on the cob. We place the corn in the Instant Pot with a cup of water and cook on high pressure for four minutes.

Then, once the corn is cooked, simply butter the corn on the cob and sprinkle with some Old Bay Seasoning. You can also put the seasoning on a plate and roll the buttered corn with the seasoning on the plate.

You’ll love the flavor of the corn with the Old Bay seasoning. It’s so delicious with crab and is a perfect side as part of a homemade crab fest.

Red Lobster Crab Fest Menu – Drinks

For its Crabfest, Red Lobster serves two new beverages, Watermelon Martini with Tanqueray Gin and fresh mint and a Ruby Mule with Smirnoff Vodka and Q Ginger Beer and a hint of raspberry.

You can make your own copies of these drinks, or serve some refreshing, alcohol free beverages like watermelon slushies for example.

Red Lobster offers a number of mocktails that you can recreate at home.

Red Lobster Crab Fest Menu – Desserts

Red Lobster serves a new Strawberry Cheesecake for its Crabfest. You can make your own cheesecake or try a variation or similar recipe, such as a Cream Cheese Ice Cream Cake.

Strawberry cake and strawberry or vanilla ice cream would pair nicely with a homemade Crab fest.

Also, some strawberries dipped in a chocolate fondue would make a perfect dessert for the occasion.

It’s simple to set up and doesn’t take any hands on time at all, to leave you more time to prep the crab recipes.

slow cooker chocolate fondue presentation a dessert for homemade red lobster crab fest menu

Chocolate fondue with strawberries and other fondue dippers like cake chunks, cookies, berries, almonds, pineapple, bananas and more, provides the perfect sweet finish to an amazing crab dinner.

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Best Uses for Leftover Crab

After your Red Lobster Crab Feast, you may be wondering what to do with leftover crab. Here are some easy ideas for leftover crab to put that leftover crabmeat to good use!

With leftover crab you can create a number of fabulous recipes, like crab crustless quiche, crab sushi, crab sandwich mix and crab melt pizza! You won’t want to miss these leftover crab recipes.

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