Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

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  • Crab Stuffed Mushrooms are an excellent appetizer option for parties small and large. Or in my case, for a nice lunch or light dinner.

    crab stuffed mushroom appetizer with scallions

    BEST Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

    I live in crab country. Yep, right in the middle of Maryland where blue crabs are a way of life. There are very strict rules for making crab cakes, crab balls, crab dip, crab cake egg rolls (yes, those are a thing) and basically anything crabby. Even crab smashed potatoes.

    stuffed mushrooms on a baking sheet

    The largest rule: DON’T SKIMP ON THE CRAB. Too many recipes claim to be crab recipes and then put more seafood seasoning, like Old Bay, in the recipe than they do actual crab. Thumbs down.

    But in a recipe like this Crab Stuffed Mushrooms recipe, we actually don’t want to use a jumbo lump crab meat like we would in other crab recipes. We need something with crab flavor, but small enough to stuff into a mushroom cap.

    cooked creamy crab stuffed mushrooms

    Types of Crab Meat

    For these, I use special crab meat. You can also use claw, but backfin or lump might be too big.

    • Claw– dark meat that comes from the claw, a little more stringy than other varieties.
    • Special– smaller pieces, comes from small little crevices or the “special” sections of the crab, good for flavoring and dips.
    • Backfin– some larger lumps coming from, you guessed it, the back of the shell, whiter meat, does well in crab cakes, feathery texture.
    • Jumbo lump– large, lumps of meat, the beauty is the large pieces used for crab meat cocktails or delicious to pop in your mouth plain, very tasty and moist.
    Bowl of jumbo lump crab meat

    Crab meat is generally located in the fresh seafood section of the grocery store. I would strongly recommend getting one that is not pasteurized, but instead freshly packed and on ice.

    If that is all you can find, go for it, but these crab stuffed mushrooms will taste best using freshly picked meat.

    angle of stuffed mushrooms

    How to Clean Mushrooms

    Mushrooms are delicate little things. You don’t want to soak them because they will turn to mush but they generally come with a layer of dirt that needs to be cleaned.

    how to clean mushrooms

    For these, white button mushrooms work best.

    1. Rinse them under cold water, do not submerge them.
    2. Dry gently with a paper towel.
    3. Set aside to further air dry.
    4. To remove the stems, most will pop off easily.
    5. If not, use a paring knife to carefully cut around the bottom and then pop it off.
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    Creamy Crab Stuffed Mushrooms Filling

    These party pleasers are filled with a deliciously creamy filling. It is a little more creamy than crab dip and much more so than a crab imperial.

    ingredients for crab stuffed mushrooms

    Here are the ingredients.

    • Mushrooms– I like using white button mushrooms for appetizers.
    • Cream cheese– I use full fat, but low fat is also an option.
    • Mayonnaise– A binder, mayo is made from oil and eggs so it helps keep things creamy but also holds it all together.
    • Shredded cheese– I strongly recommend freshly shredding your cheese instead of using pre shredded. Pre shredded is tossed in starch to prevent clumping but that can make for a grainy melt. Use cheddar, pepper jack or colby for best results.
    • Worcestershire sauce– adds depth and sophistication.
    • Seasonings– garlic powder, onion powders, Kosher salt, white pepper.
    • Blue crab meat – see above for lots of details!
    • Panko bread crumbs– regular bread crumbs or crumbs from croutons or saltine crackers also work.
    • Scallions or chives– these are optional, but I like giving them a little color.
    mushroom stuffing mix

    More Crab Stuffed Mushrooms Variations

    This is a really forgiving recipe and therefore there are a lot of variations you add to personalize. Here are a few of my favorites:

    hand holding a stuffed mushrooms
    • You can also make this same dip in 2-3 large portobello mushroom caps and serve them as an entree.
    • Add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped jalapeno for a fun kick!
    • Add 1 tablespoons finely chopped artichokes or hearts of palm.
    • Dust tops with smoked paprika or cayenne pepper for a color pop and hint of heat.
    crab stuffed mushrooms for pinterest

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    Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

    With a delicious creamy crab filling, these Crab Stuffed Mushrooms are the BEST! Great for dinner parties, or even a light lunch or dinner!
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time12 mins
    Total Time27 mins
    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: crab stuffed mushrooms, stuffed muchrooms
    Servings: 16
    Calories: 52kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    • In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, Kosher salt and white pepper. Mix until well combined. You can use an electric mixer or stand mixer for this portion.
      ingredients for crab stuffing
    • Fold in crab meat.
    • Fill each mushroom cap with a heaping portion of crab filling.
      how to stuff mushrooms
    • Top each with a pinch of panko bread crumbs, tapping them down into the filling to stick.
    • Bake for 12-13 minutes or until panko start to brown.
    • Remove and top with chopped scallions or chives. Serve hot.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments and ratings!

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    Nutrition

    Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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