For this recipe, avoid shrimp that’s already been deveined; because it’s been slit down the back, it can’t be butterflied properly.
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.
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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This is one of our go to recipes. It is company worthy, great for having guest over.
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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