Crab Fries Recipe

Crab fries are a signature dish served at Chickie’s and Pete’s (trademark). They are crinkle cut French fries sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning and paired with a cup of their one-of-a-kind white creamy cheese sauce for dipping.

Crab Fries Recipe

A Quick Direction

To make a Quick Crab Fries Recipe: First Heat oil on the stovetop or in a countertop fryer to 350 degrees F. Working in batches, add fries and cook for 8 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet and drain excess oil.

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Crab Fries Recipe

  • 1 pound fresh crab meat, cooked and shredded
  • 4 large russet potatoes, washed and sliced into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)


1. Preheat the oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Prepare the potatoes: In a large bowl, toss the potato strips with olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper until evenly coated.

3. Bake the fries: Arrange the seasoned potato strips in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the fries are golden brown and crispy, flipping halfway through the cooking time for even browning.

4. Prepare the crab topping: While the fries are baking, prepare the crab topping by mixing the cooked and shredded crab meat with a pinch of salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice for added freshness.

5. Assemble the Crab Fries: Once the fries are done, remove them from the oven and transfer them to a serving platter. Top the fries generously with the prepared crab meat mixture.

6. Garnish and serve: Sprinkle fresh chopped parsley over the Crab Fries for a burst of color and flavor. Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the fries.

Famous Crab Fries

Crab Meat

Whether you air fry or deep fry your fries, adding some crab mix and a rich garlic aioli takes these snacks to the next level. This creamy, decadent seafood appetizer is perfect for a summer dinner party or game day snack.

The story behind the original Crabfries (that’s one word with a superscript r within a circle) begins with Pete Ciarrocchi, founder of Philadelphia sports bar chain Chickie’s and Pete’s, who was trying to figure out what to do with seasonings left over after the end of crab season. He began experimenting with different combinations of flavors on french fries and asking the regulars for feedback.

The result was a dish that has made the restaurant famous, and a coveted part of Philly culture alongside Rocky and the cheesesteak. You can find these seasoned fries at all the chain’s locations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. They are usually served with a signature white creamy cheese sauce for dipping.

Old Bay Seasoning

Fries dusted with Old Bay are a Philadelphia favorite thanks to a local restaurant called Chickie’s and Pete’s. This copycat version is simple to make at home and perfect for the Philly cheesesteak lover!

The key to deliciously crispy fries is to bake or air fry them before sprinkling with seasoning. This makes them healthier than frying them in oil, but they still taste just as good!

Use lump crab meat for these fries if you have it. While it’s more expensive than other varieties, the sweet and tender flavor is worth the extra expense.

Old Bay is a spice blend that was invented in Baltimore, Maryland by Gustav Brunn, a German Jewish spice merchant. It’s made with salt, celery seed, and spices like paprika and black pepper. You can find it in your local grocery store or buy it online here. Other popular substitutions include crab boil or Cajun seasoning.

Cheddar Cheese Sauce

This cheesy sauce is quick and easy to make. You’ll just need a few simple ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen. It’s also very versatile, making it the perfect go-to recipe for times when you need a quick and delicious savory sauce.

How to Make:

Toss your fries with Old Bay before baking them and prepare the aioli while they bake. Combine mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice and salt until well combined.

Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat until bubbly. Whisk in flour to create a roux and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add milk while whisking to prevent lumps. When sauce is smooth, turn off the heat and stir in cheddar cheese. This sauce is perfect for fries (homemade or frozen), broccoli, soft pretzels, sandwiches, nachos and more! It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When you’re ready to use it, gently warm it in the microwave or on the stovetop before using.

Garlic Aioli

A garlic aioli is the perfect complement to these delicious crab fries recipe. This easy-to-make condiment is so much better than store-bought and comes together in just minutes. I use it as a dipping sauce for fries, but also love it on sandwiches and burgers!

How to Make:

To make this dish, first prepare your french fries according to the package instructions. Next, mix your aioli sauce in a small bowl. Add mayonnaise, red pepper flakes, lemon juice and 2 minced cloves of garlic. Whisk until smooth and set aside.

Finally, top your fries with an even layer of Old Bay or Cajun seasoned lump crab. Garnish with chives and jalapenos and serve with any extra aioli on the side. This recipe makes 8 servings and is perfect for a crowd or party appetizer. If you want to save time, try using canned crab meat instead of fresh. It is not as flavorful, but it is still a good option.