Are you a seafood lover looking to try something new in your home kitchen? Or perhaps you're a casserole enthusiast on the hunt for your next crowd-pleaser. Look no further! Our Crab and Shrimp Casserole is the perfect dish to satisfy your cravings. It's rich, creamy, and brimming with the flavors of the ocean. Let's get cooking!

Crab and Shrimp Casserole

Ingredients List

Here's what you'll need to bring this delectable dish to life:

  • Seafood:
  • 1 lb fresh crab meat
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Vegetables:
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • Base:
  • 1 cup chicken or seafood broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a little heat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings:
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Preparation Steps

1. Preparing the Seafood

First things first, let's get our seafood ready:

  • Crab Meat:
  • If you’re using fresh crab, ensure it’s well-cleaned and picked over for any remaining shells.

  • Shrimp:
  • Peel and devein your shrimp. You can leave the tails on or remove them based on your preference.

2. Sautéing Vegetables

Next, we’ll sauté our vegetables to bring out their natural sweetness and flavor:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of butter and allow it to melt.
  3. Add the diced onions, bell peppers, and celery to the skillet.
  4. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft and translucent.

3. Making the Base

Now, it’s time to prepare the creamy base that will hold our casserole together:

  1. In a separate saucepan, combine the chicken or seafood broth and heavy cream.
  2. Whisk in the all-purpose flour to thicken the mixture.
  3. Add garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and pepper.
  4. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously until the base is thick and well-blended.

4. Combining Ingredients

With our components ready, let's bring everything together in a casserole dish:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sautéed vegetables and seafood.
  3. Pour the prepared base over the mixture and stir gently to combine.
  4. Transfer everything to a greased casserole dish.
  5. Sprinkle the top with grated cheddar cheese and breadcrumbs.
  6. Drizzle the melted butter over the breadcrumbs for a crunchy topping.

Baking Instructions

To achieve a golden brown top and ensure everything is cooked through:

  1. Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven.
  2. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbly.
  3. If the top browns too quickly, cover the dish with foil and continue baking until done.

Serving Suggestions

To make your Crab and Shrimp Casserole truly shine:

  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley or chives.
  • Serve with a side of garlic bread, a fresh green salad, or steamed vegetables.
  • Pair with a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay.


And there you have it—a scrumptious Crab and Shrimp Casserole that’s sure to impress! Whether you're cooking for family, and friends, or just treating yourself, this dish is a winner. We’d love to hear how your casserole turned out or any variations you tried. Share your experiences with us and happy cooking!

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