Photo: Ray Kachatorian; Styling: Jennifer Flanagan
Makes 6 to 8 servings

Prep: 1 hour, 30 minutes; Cook: 1 hour, 18 minutes; Stand: 10 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine flour and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a food processor; pulse to combine. Pulse in butter. Slowly drizzle in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until a smooth ball of dough forms. Refrigerate dough 30 minutes. Roll dough into a 13-inch circle. Place in a 10-inch deep-dish pie plate; crimp edges of dough. Chill crust 30 minutes.

Step 2

Line crust with parchment, and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Remove parchment and pie weights, and bake 10 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Let cool.

Step 3

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add leek, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until softened. Add wine, and cook 3 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates.

Step 4

Transfer leek mixture to a large bowl. Add cream, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt; whisk until smooth. Stir in crabmeat. Transfer mixture to crust, and bake at 375° for 30 to 35 minutes or until top is browned and center is almost set. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with Braised Apples and Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche.

Aquarius, Santa Cruz, California

Ratings & Reviews

Just what I was looking for

September 28, 2016
If you like crab flavor, and have high quality crab, (I used the meat of two frozen Dungeness crabs), this recipe showcases the crab taste as it is subtle in extra flavor. I had to use a gluten-free crust so I don't know how the pie crust recipe is but the braised apples and lemon fraiche were delicious on the pie. I will probably make this recipe again because it is easy and I always have lots of frozen crab left once the crabbing season is over. If you are trying to disguise your crab this is not the recipe for you. 


December 27, 2015
Disgusting...I followed recipe to the tee. Funny because me and my sister both made this to see whose would be better as we had a bushel of crabs...what a waste.