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Crab Meat Stuffed Shrimp

A perfect union of Louisiana Seafood royalty. Large Gulf shrimp surrounded by crab meat stuffing seasoned with creole and cajun magic, then baked to golden perfection.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Rest Time-Stuffing15 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Cajun, Creole
Keyword: crab meat stuffed shrimp
Servings: 16 Shrimp
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Sweet Daddy D

Here's What You Need

For the Stuffing

  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • ½ cup Yellow Onions chopped fine
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped fine
  • ¼ cup Celery chopped fine
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped fine
  • 1 pound backfin crab meat
  • ½ cup Dry White Wine
  • 3 tablespoons mayonaise
  • 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs in all
  • 1 egg scrambled
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Kosher Salt and Black Ground Pepper to Taste

Here's What You Do

  • Prep the shrimp by peeling and rinsing each one. You can leave the tail shell on if you want but it's not necessary. Take a paring knife and butterfly the shrimp by slicing ½ to ¾ deep into the shrimp starting at the head end to almost all the way to the tail. Clean out the vein and rinse again. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Place butterflied shrimp in a bowl and mix with 1 to 2 Tbs of creole seasoning. Set aside while you prepare the stuffing.
  • Finely chop onions, green onions, garlic and celery and set aside.
  • Place the crab meat into a bowl and measure all the other ingredients into prep bowls and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

To Make the Stuffing

  • Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat until foaming, then add the yellow onions and celery. Saute until just starting to soften, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and green onions, saute until aromatic, about 2 minutes
  • Add the dry white wine, increase the heat so that it begins a heavy simmer. Continue to simmer until the wine has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  • Take the frying pan off the heat and set aside until the onion mixture cools. About 10 minutes,
  • Place the crab meat in a bowl and gently separate to make sure there are no shell pieces.
  • Gently mix in the cooled onion mixture with the crab meat. Use your hands or a rubber spatula so you don't break up the crab meat.
  • Add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire, hot sauce, egg and blend together gently.
  • Add ½ to ¾ cup of the bread crumbs and gently incorporate with the crab meat until well combined. At this point the stuffing should stick tighter and form into a ball when pressed with your hands. Add a little more breadcrumbs if needed to get the right consistency. You can always add more, but you can't take it out!
  • Let the stuffing mixture sit for about 15 minutes while the flavors blend together.

Stuffing the Shrimp

  • Prepare a shallow baking dish with non-stick spray or a light coating of vegetable oil.
  • Place about 1 C of seasoned breadcrumbs in a shallow pan and set aside.
  • Take a shrimp in one hand; in the other hand take about 2 Tbs of the stuffing and with your hands mold the stuffing around the shrimp starting in the butterflied split in the back of the shrimp. Use more or less stuffing depending on the size of the shrimp. Form a ball around the shrimp and press together. Roll the stuffed shrimp in the bread crumbs coating thoroughly and place it in the prepared baking dish. This should make about 18 stuffed shrimp.
  • Place the shrimp in a 375-degree Fahrenheit oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until starting to brown.
  • Remove the baking dish from the oven and set aside for about 5 minutes. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and some Creole Tartar Sauce or the sauce of choosing.


Depending upon the size of your shrimp, this will yield 16 to 18 stuffed shrimp. Check out this article about sizing shrimp.
This recipe can be made with fresh or frozen shrimp. Thaw frozen shrimp, and if the shell is on, peel, clean and butterfly. 
Don’t thaw frozen shrimp until you are ready to cook them. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight. For a quicker method, place the frozen shrimp in a bowl and place the bowl in the sink under a constant trickle of cold water. As the bowl fills up, the excess water will flow down the drain. Depending on the size and quantity of the shrimp, they should be thawed in about 20 to 30 minutes.
Butterflying the shrimp is simply done by slicing down the length of the shrimp’s back with a sharp paring knife and spreading the shrimp open, resembling butterfly wings. It’s easy to clean and lets the seasonings and stuffing cover more surface area of the shrimp. 
Leftover stuffed shrimp can be stored in the fridge for 2 to 3 days if kept in an airtight container. To reheat, place them in a 400-degree oven until warmed through, which will probably take 20 to 25 minutes. You can also slip them in the microwave but be careful not to overcook the shrimp. 
Leftover stuffed shrimp can also be frozen if wrapped and placed in an airtight container or vacuum-sealed bag. The frozen stuffed shrimp should maintain its quality for about 60 days. You can reheat the frozen stuffed shrimp right from the freezer. Place them in a 400-degree oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until warmed all the way through.
Read more detailed information on making this recipe in my article: Crab Meat Stuffed Shrimp


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 765mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 2mg

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