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Crab & Scallion Stuffed Shrimp

Scott Phillips

Servings: 8

For this recipe, avoid shrimp that’s already been deveined; because it’s been slit down the back, it can’t be butterflied properly.


  • 3-1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter; more for the baking sheet
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions (white and light-green parts only; from 5 to 6 scallions)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Two drops Sriracha hot sauce (or other Asian chile sauce)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh parsley, plus 20 whole leaves or small sprigs
  • 1-1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lb. backfin crabmeat, drained and picked over for shells
  • 1-1/4 cups fine fresh breadcrumbs
  • 16 jumbo shrimp (16 to 20 per lb.), butterflied
  • 1 small head frisee lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1-1/2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 210
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 130
  • Fat (g): 14
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Cholesterol (mg): 125
  • Sodium (mg): 370
  • Carbohydrates (g): 6
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 15


Make the stuffing:

  • In a small saucepan, melt 2 Tbs. of the butter over medium-low heat. Add the scallions and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes (don’t brown). Take the pan off the heat and stir in the Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Cool to room temperature.

    In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, 1 Tbs. of the chopped parsley, 1 tsp. of the lemon juice, the lemon zest, the mustard, 1/4 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Stir in the cooled scallion mixture. Add the crab and mix gently but thoroughly.

    In a 10-inch skillet, melt the remaining 1-1/2 Tbs. butter over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, until light golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and mix in the remaining 1 Tbs. chopped parsley and 1/4 tsp. salt.

Stuff the shrimp:

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and rub lightly with butter. Arrange the butterflied shrimp on the baking sheet. Using a spoon or your hands, mound a heaping tablespoon of the crab mixture onto each shrimp. Sprinkle and pat the breadcrumbs over the crab. (This will be messy; don’t worry if there are crumbs on the baking sheet.) Flip the tail of each shrimp up and over the crab.

Bake the shrimp:

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Bake until the shrimp are cooked through, the crabmeat is hot, and the crumbs are golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. While the shrimp are in the oven, toss the frisee and the whole parsley leaves with the remaining 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, the olive oil, and a pinch of salt. On 8 small plates, arrange a small pile of the salad and two shrimp. Serve right away.

Make Ahead Tips

You can butterfly the shrimp, make the stuffing and breadcrumb topping, and stuff the shrimp up to a day ahead. If stuffing ahead, don’t top with the crumbs or flip up the tails until ready to bake. Cover and refrigerate the shrimp and stuffing; store the crumbs airtight at room temperature. Remove the stuffed shrimp from the fridge while the oven is heating.


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Reviews (8 reviews)

  • bob_barnett | 07/18/2020

    This is one of our go to recipes. It is company worthy, great for having guest over.

  • 0813carol | 08/03/2013

    Fabulous! Messy, certainly, and I'm grateful I followed the directions for butterflying and purchased a few extra shimp in case of errors. The result, as was true for the entire menu - incredible! For Lakelady - in the ingredient list the shrimp are listed as "butterflied". Tap the word to bring up the instructions.

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