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Crab Stuffed Shrimp

Crab stuffed shrimp are a fantastic holiday/party appetizer for a crowd! They’re actually incredibly easy to make, and come together in about 15 minutes. Plus – they look like something out of a fancy restaurant so they are sure to impress guests.

A cast-iron skillet filled with Crab Stuffed Shrimp, lemon slices, and fresh parsley and melted butter on the side.

I know the presentation of these can be intimidating. But I promise you… Crab Stuffed Shrimp is a recipe for super easy hors d’oeuvres that pack a terrific flavor punch!

We take a quick crab cake filling made with claw meat, and stuff it into seasoned, deveined, and butterflied shrimp. Assemble them in an eye-catching pattern, bake for about 10 minutes, then cover with melted garlic and herb butter. These will be the talk of the party; guaranteed!


  • Jumbo ShrimpTo give our crab stuffing a good vehicle, you want to get jumbo or XL shrimp. None of the smaller ones will suffice. And get them with the shell on for better presentation.
  • Crab Meat Go with lump crab or (what I used) claw meat for the filling! You don’t want to skimp on those juicy crab pieces.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs – For just a little filler in the crab stuffing, grab panko breadcrumbs. They have a great texture that doesn’t overwhelm the crabmeat.
  • Old Bay Seasoning – No crab cake or crab-based stuffing is complete without Old Bay! You can find this by the seafood section or in the seasonings aisle.
  • Garlic Butter – To take these stuffed shrimp bites to the next level, we’re going to baste them straight out of the oven with a garlic butter mixture.

How to Make Crab Stuffed Shrimp

Whether you’re serving these at a party or gathering, or just want to elevate a night-in at home – these baked stuffed shrimp will satisfy your tastebuds in a way you won’t believe! Trust me, the most time-intensive part is butterflying your shrimp, but it’s SO worth it.

  1. Take a knife to your deveined shrimp and slice down the middle – but don’t cut all the way through. Once you’re done, they will look like little “butterflies”. Don’t forget to leave that bottom part of the shell on!
  2. Season your shrimp with the seasoning mix and set to the side.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the mayo, panko breadcrumbs, seasonings, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Stir until it’s smooth.
  4. Gently fold in your crabmeat to avoid excess breakage.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350℉.
  6. Meanwhile, add a spoonful of crab filling to the top of the butterflied shrimp.
  7. Set it into a large skillet, tuck the bottom shell into the filling, and repeat until done.
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes, then broil for another 1-2 minutes until the tops have a beautiful brown crust.
  9. Baste your shrimp with a mixture of melted butter, dill, and minced garlic.
  10. Serve hot. These will literally fly off of the plate!

A cast-iron skillet filled with Crab Stuffed Shrimp, lemon slices, and fresh parsley.

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A cast-iron skillet filled with Crab Stuffed Shrimp, lemon slices, and fresh parsley.

Crab Stuffed Shrimp

Shani W.
Crab Stuffed Shrimp – baked butterfly shrimp topped with a crab cake filling – are the appetizers that you and your party guests will crave over and over again!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizers
Servings 5



  • 2 lbs. deveined shrimp, shell on
  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. oregano

Crab Stuffing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp. grated parmesan
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ ct. lemon juiced
  • lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
  • 8 oz. lump crabmeat/claw crabmeat

Garlic Butter

  • 3 tbsp. salted butter melted
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. dill


Shrimp Preparation

  • Start out by deveining and peeling the top of the shells off of the shrimp. Leave the bottom pieces of shell on for presentation/functionality.
  • Butterfly the shrimp by slicing down the middle, but not all the way through. You should be able to sit the shrimp flat on a surface.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix the shrimp, olive oil, Old Bay, garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, and oregano together. Set aside to marinate.

Crab Filling

  • In another bowl, stir together all of the filling ingredients together, except the crab, until fully combined.
  • Gently fold in the crab meat, being careful not to break up too many pieces.

Baked Stuffed Shrimp

  • Preheat your oven to 350℉.
  • Take a butterflied shrimp and add a dollop of crab filling to the top.
  • Set the shrimp on a large skillet, then press the bottom shell into the filling to seal everything together.
  • Repeat with the remaining shrimp in a circular pattern.
  • Bake the shrimp for 10 minutes, then cut the oven to broil and broil the top for another 2 minutes so the crab filling gets a little color.
  • Stir together the melted butter, minced garlic, and dill. Brush the garlic butter mixture on the hot shrimp, fresh from the oven.
  • Serve hot with extra fresh parsley sprinkled on top. Enjoy!
Keyword Crab Stuffed Shrimp, Party Appetizers, Starters, Stuffed Shrimp

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A cast-iron skillet filled with Crab Stuffed Shrimp, lemon slices, and fresh parsley.

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $5.02
  • Total Cost (4-5 servings): $25.08
  • Those Other Guys: $15.99 per serving

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