imperial sauce


Imperial sauce is a spiced-up mayo, usually served with crab or other seafood.

There are many, very different recipes on the internet. The common ingredients are mayonnaise and hot spices—almost always with Old Bay seasoning. Other than that, chaos. Not surprisingly, it looks like regular mayo, sometimes with an orange tint from paprika.

This imperial sauce becomes crab imperial when crab meat is added to the imperial sauce mix and then baked to a golden brown color.


This is what you need for # servings:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream / half and half
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. seafood spices (e.g. Old Bay)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • powdered hot pepper or hot sauce
  • ½ tsp. paprika
Pic1: imperial sauce
internet picture



Pic2: baked casserole with imperial sauce — 2016-08-04
Pic3: flounder with imperial sauce
Pic4: crab imperial

Pic3+4 = internet pictures.