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Joe's Crab Shack Recipes

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Joe's Crab Shack recipes, a helpful guide to preparing your favorite dishes from the Joe's Crab Shack menu at home. These copycat recipes are typically not based on exactly the method used at Joe's Crab Shack, but are modeled closely on the flavor and texture of Joe's Crab Shack's food, making it easier than ever to bring these great tastes to your house for cheap.

Joe's Crab Shack is a chain of casual dining seafood restaurants. Founded in 1991 in Houston, TX, the restaurants each have a beach theme and sell t-shirts and other paraphernalia. Popular dishes include buckets of steamed crab legs or whole crabs, platters of fish, steaks, pastas, and tropical alcoholic drinks .

From the cheesy biscuits at Red Lobster to the amazing sauces at Buffalo Wild Wings, it's always tempting to go out for a delicious treat at one of the numerous chain and franchise restaurants dotting the landscape. But eating out at restaurants all the time can be a costly proposition. Not to mention the fact that, at restaurants, you have no portion control, and can't alter the recipes, ingredients or style of cooking to suit your own taste.

Making Joe's Crab Shack recipes in your home gives you all of these options, while saving you money, and providing the same great diversity and taste that you'd find at your favorite casual dining spot. This list collections the best copycat Joe's Crab Shack recipes from around the Web.

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  • 1

    Great Balls of Fire

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    2 tablespoons butter
    2 ounces cream cheese
    1/4 cup sour cream
    1 tablespoon mayonnaise
    1 teaspoon season salt
    1/8 teaspoon paprika
    1/8 teaspoon chili powder
    1/4 cup cheese , shredded pepperjack
    4 teaspoons onions , minced
    4 teaspoons green peppers , minced
    3 jalapenos , minced and seeded
    6 ounces crab , canned
    4 ounces shrimp , minced salad shrimp
    2 eggs
    1 tablespoon milk
    1 cup breadcrumbs
    1 cup oil

    - Mix butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise until blended.
    - Add seasoned salt, paprika, and chili powder.
    - Add cheese, onion, green pepper, and jalapenos.
    - Add crab and shrimp; mix.
    - Roll into 1/4 inch balls; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    - Beat eggs and milk.
    - Dip the balls into egg mixture; dip in fine bread crumbs.
    - Deep fry until golden in 1 cup hot oil.
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  • 2

    Blue Crab Dip

    8 oz. cream cheese - softened
    6 oz. can lump crab meat - drained
    3 green onions - root ends trimmed, dark green ends trimmed, minced
    3 Tbls. heavy whipping cream OR evaporated milk
    3 Tbls. grated Parmesan cheese - divided
    1 1/2 Tbls. diced red OR green bell pepper
    2 tsp. dry white wine
    2 tsp. shrimp OR chicken soup base (see Notes, below)
    2 tsp. diced tomatoes OR drained salsa
    1/2 tsp. Old Bay® crab boil seasoning

    - Fold together all ingredients, except 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese.
    - Spread evenly into an oven-proof baking dish.
    - Microwave on 50% power for 4 minutes.
    - Sprinkle top with Parmesan.
    - Transfer dish to oven and broil until top is slightly browned.
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  • 3

    Stuffed Shrimp Enbrochette

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    20 jumbo raw shrimp - peeled, deveined
    1/2 cup Seafood Stuffing
    10 jalapeno slices - halved
    2 slices Monterey jack cheese - cut into 20 equal-size pieces
    1 Lb. raw thin-sliced bacon

    - Slice shrimp down the middle of the opposite side you deveined.
    - Lay shrimp cut side up and press 1 tsp. prepared stuffing into each shrimp cut.
    - Place a jalapeno slice half over the stuffing on each shrimp.
    - Place a piece of cheese over jalapeno on each shrimp.
    - Wrap each stuffed shrimp in a bacon strip.
    - Thread 5 shrimp on a bamboo skewer; repeat with remaining shrimp.
    - Deep-fry shrimp in 400 degree oil until bacon is browned or grill shrimp over a medium-high flame, turning once, until bacon is browned. You can also broil shrimp, turning once, until bacon is browned. Makes 4 servings.
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  • 4

    Joe's Crab Shack's Seafood Stuffing

    1/4 cup margarine
    1/2 bunch celery - trimmed, diced
    3 lrg. onions - diced
    1 1/2 Tbls. minced garlic
    1/2 lb. pollock fillets
    1/2 lb. salad shrimp - chopped
    1 oz. shrimp base
    1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
    1/4 tsp. white pepper
    2 cups unseasoned croutons
    1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
    1/2 lb. crab claw meat

    - Sauté celery, onion, and garlic in margarine until translucent.
    - Add pollock; cook for 5-7 minutes.
    - Add shrimp; cook for 2 minutes.
    - Drain most (but not all) of liquid from pan.
    - Stir in shrimp base and peppers.
    - Fold in croutons and breadcrumbs.
    - Fold in crab meat. Makes 8 servings.
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