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Legal Sea Foods Baked Stuffed Shrimp Recipe (Copycat)

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A delicious copycat recipe of tender shrimp stuffed with buttery crackers, seafood, and savory spices.


These stuffed colossal shrimp are so easy to prepare and taste incredible!

If you live in the northeastern part of our nation, you might have heard of Legal Sea Foods. It’s a favorite seafood restaurant for many people who live in Massachusetts where it all began.


If you visit Boston, a visit to the iconic seafood chain is a must! Generations of Bostonians have grown up on their clam chowder and lobster rolls.

One of the restaurant’s popular dishes is the baked stuffed shrimp and when I lived in Massachusetts for a few years, I fell in love with this dish. Tender shrimp with a seafood stuffing, it is so delicious. I’m back in Florida now and often crave their stuffed shrimp.

This is a copycat of the recipe and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Fun Fact

Legal Sea Foods began as a fish market in 1950 in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA. The first Legal Seafood restaurant opened right next to the market in 1968. Currently there are 23 locations along the Eastern Seaboard.

Large white bowl with raw shrimp. Four medium white bowls, one with chopped celery, one with chopped red pepper, one with chopped crabmeat, one with chopped raw scallops in it. There are 2 small white ramekins. One with Worcestershire sauce and one with hot sauce in it. There is a small clear bowl saucer with white wine in it. There are scallions, a stick of butter, 3 garlic cloves, a lemon, an egg, a sleeve of brown crackers, and a container of Old Bay seasoning. All the ingredients are on a gray surface with a white subway tile back splash.

Ingredients For Stuffed Shrimp

  • Buttery crackers (such as Ritz crackers)
  • Butter
  • Green onions
  • Celery
  • Red pepper
  • Garlic
  • Dry white wine
  • Crab meat
  • Scallops
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh black pepper
  • Jumbo shrimp
  • Fresh Italian parsley (optional)

Helpful Tools

  • Large fry pan
  • Large bowl
  • Food processor
  • Sharp knife
  • Small serving platter
  • Cutting board
  • Baking dish or pan

Steps To Make Stuffed Colossal Shrimp

Gray fry pan with chopped celery, chopped red pepper, chopped scallions, and minced garlic. Items are cooking in melted butter. Fry pan is on a gray surface.
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees f

2. Melt butter in a large fry pan over medium heat.

3. Add onions, celery, red pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring until softened. About 4 minutes.

4. Remove from heat and let cool.

Small food processor with crumbled butter crackers in the bowl section. The processor is on a gray surface with a white subway tile back splash.

5. Place crackers in a food processor and pulse them until they become crumbs.

6. Put the cracker crumbs in a large mixing bowl.

Large white mixing bowl with chopped crabmeat, chopped scallops, cracker crumbs, chopped scallions, chopped celery, chopped red pepper, minced garlic, a raw egg, melted butter, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning, and pepper in it. The bowl is sitting on a gray surface with a white subway tile back splash.

7. Add the crabmeat, scallops, seasoning, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, lemon juice, and wine to the cracker crumbs.

8. Add the sauteed onions, peppers, celery, and garlic.

9. Add the slightly beaten egg.

Large white mixing bowl with chopped crabmeat, chopped scallops, cracker crumbs, chopped scallions, chopped celery, chopped red pepper, minced garlic, a raw egg, melted butter, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning, and pepper in it. The stuffing is throughly mixed together. The bowl is sitting on a gray surface.

10. Mix throughly.

8 Jumbo raw shrimp cut open on a white cutting board. Cutting board is on a gray surface.

11. Line baking pan with aluminum foil or spray with non stick cooking spray.

12. Butterfly shrimp and devein shrimp.

13. Place shrimp on greased or lined baking pan.

14. Mound 2 tablespoons of crabmeat stuffing on each shrimp.

15. Drizzle remaining melted butter over the shrimp. Cook for 12 – 15 minutes.

8 cooked shrimp stuffed with a seafood mixture. The shrimp are on a small white rectangular plate. There is a lemon wedge on the corner of the plate. There is a taupe cloth napkin under the corner of the plate. Items are sitting on a gray surface.

16. Serve with sprinkled fresh parsley and a lemon wedge.

Substitutions

  • Garlic powder for fresh minced garlic
  • Store bought lemon juice for fresh lemons
  • Lobster meat for crabmeat (fresh or imitation)
  • Fresh lump crabmeat for imitation crabmeat

What To Serve With Stuffed Shrimp

Successful Tips

  • If you don’t have a food processor or blender, put the crackers in a zip top plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  • To butterfly shrimp – After the shrimp are peeled and deveined, cut lengthwise along the top curve almost completely through. Split and press open.

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Yield: 4 servings

Legal Sea Foods Baked Stuffed Shrimp Recipe (Copycat)

8 cooked shrimp stuffed with a seafood mixture. The shrimp are on a small white rectangular plate. There is a lemon wedge on the corner of the plate. There is a taupe cloth napkin under the corner of the plate. Items are sitting on a gray surface.

A delicious copycat recipe of tender shrimp stuffed with buttery crackers, seafood, and savory spices.

These stuffed colossal shrimp are so easy to prepare and taste incredible!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces buttery crackers ( roughly 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers)
  • 4 tablespoons butter (which 2 tablespoons is melted butter)
  • 1/3 cup green onions which are scallions - chopped (both white and green parts)
  • 1/2 cup celery - chopped
  • 1/4 cup red pepper - chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 ounces imitation crabmeat - chopped
  • 4 scallops - rinsed and chopped
  • 15 to 20 shrimp - peeled (jumbo or colossal, larger sizes work best)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley - chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees f
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large fry pan over medium heat.
  3. Add onions, celery, red pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring until softened. About 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Place crackers in a food processor and pulse them until they become crumbs.
  6. Put the cracker crumbs in a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add the crabmeat, scallops, seasoning, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, lemon juice, and wine to the cracker crumbs.
  8. Add the sauteed onions, peppers, celery, and garlic. Add the slightly beaten egg.
  9. Mix throughly.
  10. Line baking pan with aluminum foil or spray with non stick cooking spray.
  11. Butterfly shrimp and devein shrimp.
  12. Place shrimp on lined baking pan.
  13. Mound 2 tablespoons of crabmeat stuffing on each shrimp.
  14. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over the shrimp.
  15. Cook for 12 - 15 minutes.
  16. Serve with sprinkled fresh parsley and a lemon wedge.

Notes

Substitutions

  • Garlic powder for fresh minced garlic
  • Store bought lemon juice for fresh lemons
  • Lobster meat for crabmeat (fresh or imitation)
  • Fresh lump crabmeat for imitation crabmeat

Successful Tips

  • If you don't have a food processor or blender, put the crackers in a zip top plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  • To butterfly shrimp - After the shrimp are peeled and deveined, cut lengthwise along the top curve almost completely through and press open.

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