Phyllo Cup Crab Appetizers with Cream Cheese – Easy Party Starters

Looking for an easy but delicious appetizer that will be a great start to a cocktail party, or a fancy dinner for special friends?  These Phyllo cup crab appetizers will delight the most discerning of guests.

Crab Appetizers in phyllo pastry cups.

If you are like many of us, this month is a round of one gathering after another.  This means lot of cooking to come up with tasty ideas to feed to your guests.

Getting together with friends is one of the joys of the holidays.  There seems to be so many get togethers to cram into one month, so easy finger food recipes are a must.

Making Crab appetizers

The flavor of crab is delicate and goes so well with cream cheese and fresh dill

Fresh crab can be pricey, but many stores also sell canned chunk crab meat at a fairly reasonable price and this will work, too (and will be less work taking the crab out of the shells!)chunk crab meat

These lovely appetizers look and taste delicious all dressed up in their Phyllo tart shells.  The recipe calls for horseradish and paprika to add a nice kick. 

The recipe is super easy to do.  Just mix the ingredients and spoon it into the little formed Phyllo tart shells and bake, then garnish with more fresh dill. Easy, peasy and so tasty!Easy crab appetizers cooked in phyllo shells

I slimmed them down slightly by using reduced fat cream cheese.  Garnish with fresh dill and you have a great party appetizer.

How do these crab appetizers taste?

The taste of the appetizers is rich and creamy with just a bit of a kick from the horseradish.  Your party guests will love them!

Looking for more party appetizers? Try one of these easy recipes:

Would you like a reminder of this recipe for Phyllo crab appetizers? Just pin this image to one of your cooking boards on Pinterest.Easy crab phyllo appetizers to start your party off in a tasty way.

Yield: 30 appetizers

Phyllo Cup Crab Appetizers with Cream Cheese and Dill

Phyllo Cup Crab Appetizers with Cream Cheese and Dill

These delicious crab appetizers are flavored with cream cheese and dill and served in small Phyllo shells for easy serving and eating.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons horseradish sauce
  • 3/4 cup chopped chunk crab meat
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 2 small sweet red peppers diced finely
  • 2 packages (1.9 ounces each) frozen miniature phyllo tart shells
  • Paprika
  • Dill weed


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and horseradish until smooth.
  2. Stir in the crabmeat, diced peppers and onion.
  3. Spoon 2-3 teaspoonfuls into each tart shell;
  4. Sprinkle with paprika.
  5. Place the shells on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 16-18 minutes or until the tops begin to brown.
  6. Garnish with fresh dill.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50

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  17 comments for “Phyllo Cup Crab Appetizers with Cream Cheese – Easy Party Starters

  1. Cecile
    09/20/2018 at 4:19 pm

    Can these be frozen?

    Are they good setved cold?


    • Carol
      09/20/2018 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Cecile. The appetizers could be frozen, but I have not tried them cold so I can’t suggest this. Carol

  2. Cecile
    09/20/2018 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks Carol. But can I bake them ahead of time and serve them at room temperature?

    • Carol
      09/20/2018 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Cecile. I would not recommend holding food that has seafood in it to room temperature for safety reasons. I would only recommend cooking and serving them right away. Carol

    • loreto
      08/06/2020 at 10:24 pm

      Can I add some parmesan on top to bake them?

      • Carol Speake
        08/08/2020 at 12:58 pm

        If I use Parmesan, I normally sprinkle fresh grated Parmesan after baking while still hot.

  3. Pegg Scott
    12/21/2018 at 8:36 am

    Carole, I have baked phyloo frozen cups that I made. Could I use the cold filling in these without baking?I am worried my phyloo cups would burn.

    • Carol
      12/21/2018 at 11:39 am

      Hi Phyllis. I have only made them the way my recipe states, so I don’t know how they would turn out with adjustments. If yours are already baked, baking them again would likely burn them. The cold filling could be added but then the appetizer would not be a warm one. It should work but would just be different in temperature. Carol

  4. Jane
    02/03/2019 at 9:24 am

    I made these for new years- had them on counter for a couple hours & then they were gone so they had cooled down but wow they were still amazing

    • Carol
      02/03/2019 at 10:31 am

      Glad you enjoyed them!

      • Barbara
        01/28/2020 at 3:19 pm

        I have made these. Stuffed the frozen shells with the crab mixture. I then put filled shells back in the freezer. I Then pull them out of the freezer and baked them about 20 minutes when needed.

  5. Nicky
    12/24/2019 at 11:19 am

    Hi, can real crab meat be used? Or does it have to be the imitation kind? Thanks

    • Carol Speake
      12/30/2019 at 1:38 pm

      Yes real crab will work just fine.

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