Stuffed Shrimp w/ Crabmeat

Stuffed Shrimp with Crabmeat is the ultimate Christmas appetizer. Get your party started with this delicious and savory dish. The shrimp is filled with juicy and delicious crab meat that will melt in your mouth. The crab meat is given a fresh herbal taste that is not too overpowering, but exactly right with the addition of cilantro. This appetizer will certainly have your guest(s) beaming with satisfaction and their taste buds wanting more. I served this wonderful appetizer for Thanksgiving dinner and it did not last long. This is a simple yet satisfying recipe! I deem it as a one-of-a-kind recipe since I used stovetop herbal stuffing for the breading.

The melted butter that is brushed onto the appetizer before baking ensures that your shrimp is nice and juicy. I love that this recipe allows you to create a fancy appetizer with few ingredients and little hassle.

Helpful Tips for making Stuffed Shrimp w/ Crab Meat

  1. Make sure to not cut too deep when you butterfly the shrimp.
  2. Leave the tails of the shrimp on for presentation.
  3. You can put as much crab meat as you like. If your hand is heavy on the meat like me, then just be careful when placing in the oven so it does not shift.
  4. When placing the crabmeat onto the shrimp, make sure the tail is placed firmly onto the top of the crab meat, so it does not detach from the crab when baking.
  5. I love to add some paprika on top to give the crabmeat some color. Just a preference, and not to mention, it adds amazing flavor. Just a bit though; do not overdo it.
  6. I also love to add a generous amount of butter before baking to ensure that the shrimp and crabmeat are nice and succulent.
  7. Butterflying the shrimp involves cutting into the back of the shrimp so that it opens and lies flat on a plate.
  8. Breadcrumbs: using a rolling pin, crush 3 tablespoons of stovetop stuffing until crumbly.


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Stuffed Shrimp w/ Crabmeat

  • Author: FoodieNotAChef
  • Prep Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Stuffed Shrimp with Crabmeat is a fancy appetizer you need to try. It’s absolutely delicious and quite easy to make



  • 8 jumbo shrimp
  • 1 cup Fresh lump crab meat
  • ½ lemon
  • ¼ tsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 ½ tsp mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp old bay
  • ¼ tsp creole seasoning
  • pinch of black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp Stovetop Stuffing
  • 1 ½ tbsp melted butter
  • A thin piece of hot pepper, finely chopped, or hot sauce (optional)

Sauce mixture: mixture of cocktail sauce, mayonnaise, honey mustard, Sriracha and a pinch of sugar.


  1. Place crabmeat into a small bowl, then add a squeeze of lemon juice, cilantro, mayo, mustard, paprika, old bay, creole seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste. Add your bread crumbs. Mix well then place into the fridge while you prep the shrimp.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. Peel shrimp leaving the tail on, then devein. Give it a good rinse, then pat dry using a paper towel. Butterfly the shrimp.
  4. Form your crabmeat into a ball, place it onto the shrimp, then press the tail into the meat to enclose the ball.
  5. Place stuffed shrimp onto baking pan lined with foil.
  6. Brush a generous amount of melted butter over the stuffed shrimp, then sprinkle a small amount of paprika over it.
  7. Bake for 13-15 minutes.
  • Category: Appetizer


  1. Carmel
    May 6, 2021 / 9:31 pm

    7 pounds of crabmeat for 8 shrimp?

    • May 6, 2021 / 9:40 pm

      Hi Carmel! Thank you so much, I just updated the amount. Hope this helps!

      • Carmel
        May 7, 2021 / 12:50 am

        Thank you! I thought…”she really does love crabmeat”…you’re too funny!???

        Can’t wait to try this!

        • May 9, 2021 / 2:02 am

          hehe!!! Thank you Carmel.. do enjoy and let me know how it all turns out 🙂

  2. Carmel
    May 6, 2021 / 9:32 pm

    These do look amazing!

  3. Angela
    November 22, 2021 / 4:54 pm

    This is the best recipe! I love it my family loves it! Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

    • November 29, 2021 / 2:37 pm

      So happy you enjoyed this recipe! 🙂

  4. Denise Fische
    December 20, 2022 / 3:30 pm

    I see *breadcrumbs* in the recipe but I don’t see HOW MUCH breadcrumbs to add… HELP!

    Thank you!

    • Marian Davis
      February 25, 2023 / 11:38 pm

      I believe they are using the stove top stuffing as their bread crumbs. So that would be three tablespoons crushed

    • Marian Davis
      February 25, 2023 / 11:39 pm

      I believe they are using the stove top stuffing as their bread crumbs. So that would be three tablespoons crushed.

  5. Denise Fische
    December 20, 2022 / 3:32 pm

    I see *breadcrumbs* in the instruction but I don’t see HOW MUCH breadcrumbs to add in the Ingredients..HELP!

    Thank you!

  6. Renee
    January 13, 2023 / 5:53 pm

    Are the breadcrumbs from the stovetop stuffing mix?

  7. Ann
    August 2, 2023 / 6:30 pm

    Where can I get lump crab meat or what is the best. I can only find imitation crab meat.

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