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A plate of Low-Fat Crab Enchiladas with green sauce.

Easy Low-Fat Crab Enchiladas

These Easy Low-Fat Crab Enchiladas can be made with fresh or quality canned crab. They are the perfect way to lighten up your Mexican food fix. So easy to make, only about 30 minutes from start to finish.
4.30 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Casseroles, Fish & Seafood, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 223 kcal


  • 1 pound quality canned or fresh crab meat picked through for shells and cartilage
  • ⅓ to ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro if you don’t like cilantro, omit
  • ⅓ to ½ cup chopped green onion use both the white and green parts
  • 1 small jalapeno seeded and minced* (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoons dried oregano crushed between your fingers
  • 8 6- inch corn tortillas
  • ½ recipe homemade fresh green sauce or 1 20-ounce can green enchilada sauce (I use medium heat)
  • Cotija cheese crumbled. (Cotija is a mild Mexican white cheese made from cow’s milk. You can use a mild jack cheese if you would prefer, or a combo of jack and Parmesan)
  • Cooking spray


  • Heat your oven to 325°F Spray the tortillas with cooking spray on both sides and put on a cookie sheet. Place in the oven for 2 – 3 minutes or until they become soft and pliable. Remove and set aside. (Stacking them on top of each other helps keep them warm and pliable. 
  • Increase oven temperature to 350°F
  • In a large bowl mix together the crab, cilantro, green onion, jalapeno and cumin, and oregano.
  • In a baking dish pour some of the enchilada sauce to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Fill each tortilla with some of the crab mixture; roll and place seam side down on the sauce in the pan. Continue until all the tortillas are filled. If you have some extra filling, spoon it over the top of the enchiladas. Pour the rest of the green sauce over the top so the enchiladas are all covered; sprinkle the cheese over the top (use as much or as little as you would like, I use a “moderate” amount of cheese); place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.


Nutritional information may not be 100% accurate.
Best to use good quality crab meat.
Recipe for Homemade Green Sauce 


Serving: 1 servingSodium: 432mgSugar: 1gFiber: 4gCholesterol: 89mgCalories: 223kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 3gProtein: 21gCarbohydrates: 29g
Keyword easy crab enchiladas, low-fat enchiladas
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