This Florida Blue Crab Panini is a positively delicious twist on the classic sandwich. Bursting with the fresh, sweet flavors of local blue crab, this panini is grilled to crispy perfection, melding the delicate crab with a melty, creamy cheese. Ideal for a luxurious lunch or a satisfying dinner, it’s a gourmet treat that brings a taste of the Florida coast right to your table.



  • 1 pound Florida blue crab meat
  • 1/2 Florida bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 stalk celery, diced small
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 2-3 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, for cooking
  • Several dashes hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon seafood seasoning blend (your favorite)
  • French bread (or your favorite)

Combine all ingredients except for crab meat. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Gently fold in the crab meat, making sure not to break up any large pieces. Add 3/4 cup crab salad to each sandwich and spread the softened butter on both pieces of bread. Using a waffle iron, panini press, or saute pan, grill until golden brown on both sides. Serve warm.


Source: Fresh from Florida,