Baked Stuffed Shrimp with Crabmeat & Ritz Crackers
This delicious shrimp dish is the perfect comfort food! If fresh crab isn't available, you can always substitute two cans of canned crab.
- 1 pound fresh lump crabmeat, shells removed
- 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
- 4 tablespoons butter, plus
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 cup onion, minced
- 1/4 cup bell peppers, chopped
- 1/4 cup celery, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 1 cup Ritz crackers, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, shelled, deveined and butterflied
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 40mins
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line your baking dish with foil, and butter or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Place the crabmeat in a large bowl ad season with the Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
In your fry pan, melt 4 tablespoons butter over med-high heat. Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the parsley and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool.
Add the cooled vegetables to the crabmeat and toss to combine. Add the mayo, egg, lemon juice, Worcestershire and hot sauce and stir gently. Add 1 cup of cracker crumbs, salt and pepper to taste, and stir gently, being careful not to break up the crabmeat.
Spoon the crabmeat stuffing evenly into each shrimp (about 2 tablespoons), and place, stuffed sides up, in your baking dish. Drizzle with the remaining melted butter. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes, until lightly browned.
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