Crab Stuffed Mushrooms add immediate fancy feels to any party. The easy cream cheese filling takes all of 5 minutes to stir together, you can prep them 100% in advance, and they make your appetizer spread sparkle.

Cheesy crab stuffed mushrooms on a serving platter

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The moment you hear the word “crab” in a recipe name, you know it’s going to be special (it’s one of the reasons guests go crazy for Hot Crab Dip).

The same phenomenon applies with the word “stuffed”: Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast, and Stuffed Salmon stand out from their filling-free peers.

Combine CRAB and STUFFED into one bite, and you have an appetizer with the fabulous flair the holidays are all about!

Easy crab stuffed mushrooms on a serving platter

This recipe is based on my Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, one of my family’s favorite holiday appetizer recipes.

Instead of sausage, they swap lump crab meat, which is very easy to find at most major grocery stores.

  • Crab makes the recipe quicker and easier, since you can add it to the filling right away (versus the sausage which needs to be browned first).
  • I adjusted the spices to complement the crab’s flavor profile, then doubled up on the cheese because it is the holidays for gosh sakes!

Truly, these are the best crab stuffed mushrooms in the land!

A serving platter of crab stuffed mushrooms

How to Make Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Red Lobster’s crab stuffed mushrooms are ultra popular, but on the rare occasions I dined there as a kid, I never appreciated them (I had mushroom phobia back then; plus I was busy eating the Cheddar Bay Biscuits—these Easy Drop Biscuits with cheddar take me right back).

Fortunately, I came around: Grilled Portobello Mushrooms and Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff are two of our favorite meals, and if someone wants to split the crab stuffed mushrooms at Red Lobster with me, I would never turn them down.

This is a healthy crab stuffed mushrooms recipe compared to the Red Lobster crab stuffed mushroom recipe I found online, but it still offers serious decadence.

No one will be disappointed when you show up with a plate of these pretties!


The Ingredients

  • Crab. Sweet jumbo lump crab meat is a special and absolutely scrumptious ingredient to use in stuffed mushrooms. It pairs well with the other creamy and cheesy flavors in the filling.

Tips for Purchasing Crab Meat

A luxurious-feeling ingredient, crab is worth the splurge for a special occasion, and stuffed mushrooms are an excellent way to stretch it for a crowd.

If possible, look for either fresh or frozen lump crabmeat. Fresh crab meat will have the best flavor. Canned crab meat will also work in a pinch.

  • Baby Bella Mushrooms. a.k.a. Cremini Mushrooms. Perfectly-sized for stuffed mushroom appetizers, flavorful, and nutritious. Mushrooms contain antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. If possible, avoid white button mushrooms, as they lack flavor.

Ingredient Note

To clean mushrooms, do not rinse with water or they will become soggy. Instead, wipe them clean with a damp paper towel.

  • Greek Yogurt. Helps create the luscious, creamy filling in a healthier way. Greek yogurt is packed with protein and calcium. Plus, it adds a delightful tang.

Substitution Tip

If you prefer, you can also make these crab stuffed mushrooms with mayonnaise or sour cream.

  • Egg Yolk. Holds the filling together.
  • OLD BAY. Seafood’s best friend. It brings salty, smoky, earthy, bold flavor to the mushrooms.
  • Cheese. The mouth-watering cheesiness in the filling comes from a blend of cheddar and Parmesan cheese. They are a melty, nutty dream team.
  • Breadcrumbs. Italian seasoned breadcrumbs help bind the filling and provide additional flavor.

Tip!

For an extra crunch, toss additional Italian or panko breadcrumbs with a touch of melted butter. Sprinkle over the mushrooms prior to baking.

The Directions

  1. Clean and de-stem the mushrooms.
An egg yolk, yogurt, and spices in a bowl
  1. Whisk the yogurt, egg, garlic, and OLD BAY together.
Cheese, yogurt, egg yolk, and spices in a bowl
  1. Add the bread crumbs, green onions, and cheeses.
A bowl with seafood filling for an easy appetizer recipe
  1. Add the crab.
Cheesy crab filling in a mixing bowl
  1. Stir until incorporated.
A baking dish with crab stuffed mushrooms
  1. Fill mushroom cavities with the crab mixture. Lay the mushrooms in a baking dish.
  2. Cook the stuffed mushrooms with crab at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes. Discard any juices that are left in the pan. Let cool, then top with black pepper, salt, and fresh parsley. ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate stuffed mushrooms in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days.
  • To Reheat. Gently rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F.
  • To Freeze. I don’t recommend freezing cooked stuffed mushrooms, as they tend to be soggy once reheated. If you have leftovers and want to give it a try, freeze them in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen.
Healthy crab stuffed mushrooms with cheese

Meal Prep Tip

Prepare the mushroom filling and stuff the uncooked mushrooms as directed. Lay the uncooked stuffed mushrooms on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen crab stuffed mushrooms to an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen as directed, adding a few extra minutes to the bake time if needed.

Leftover Ideas

Leftover crab stuffed mushrooms make an excellent addition to pasta dishes like Garlic Pasta and Adult Mac and Cheese. For an elevated grilled cheese, tuck diced leftover mushrooms and cheese between two slices of bread. Toast until golden (you can even add them to this Air Fryer Grilled Cheese).

What to Serve with Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab stuffed mushrooms with herbs

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Baking Dish. The perfect size for baking these stuffed mushrooms.
  • Small Whisk. Easily mix ingredients with this smaller-sized whisk.
  • Mixing Bowls. A set of mixing bowls is essential.

The Best Baking Dish

A high-quality baking dish is a versatile and essential kitchen tool. I love using mine for casseroles, stuffed mushrooms, and so much more.

Cheesy crab stuffed mushrooms on a serving platter

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make Crab Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms Instead?

You can make these crab stuffed mushrooms with portobello mushrooms instead. Follow the recipe as directed, but the portobello mushrooms may need a few extra minutes in the oven.

How Can I Make Gluten Free Crab Stuffed Mushrooms?

To make these stuffed mushrooms gluten free, swap the Italian seasoned breadcrumbs for gluten free breadcrumbs.

How Do You Keep Stuffed Mushrooms from Getting Soggy?

If your stuffed mushrooms are soggy after baking, they’re likely overcooked. Make sure to follow the bake times as directed to keep your mushrooms from getting soggy.

Cheesy crab stuffed mushrooms on a serving platter

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Creamy crab stuffed mushrooms are an impressive easy appetizer! Made with breadcrumbs, cheese, and seasonings, they're perfect for parties!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 45 mins

Servings: 15 stuffed mushrooms

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces whole baby bella mushrooms look for ones on the larger side, which are easier to stuff
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt sour cream, or mayo
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon OLD BAY
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces jumbo lump crab meat I purchase this prepacked from the seafood department; you can also swap canned
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. With a paper towel, wipe off the outsides of mushrooms. Remove the stems and discard or use for soup or a stir fry (you can also freeze them). Set the caps aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, egg yolk, garlic, and OLD BAY.
  • Stir in the breadcrumbs, green onion, cheddar cheese, and parmesan cheese.
  • Add the crab meat.
  • With a fork or spatula, stir gently to incorporate it evenly.
  • With a spoon or small scoop, generously mound the filling into each mushroom cap. They will be very full. Arrange the stuffed mushrooms in a baking dish large enough to hold them snugly in a single layer (they will touch at the edges).
  • Bake the crab-stuffed mushrooms until browned and the filling is cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes. Some liquid may seep out of the mushrooms; simply leave it behind in the pan.
  • Transfer the crab stuffed mushrooms to a serving plate and let cool at least 5 minutes. Top lightly with ground black pepper and an additional pinch of salt to taste. Sprinkle with fresh parsley. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate stuffed mushrooms in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Gently rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave.
  • TO FREEZE: I don’t recommend freezing cooked stuffed mushrooms, as they tend to be soggy once reheated. If you have leftovers and want to give it a try, freeze them in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen.
  • TO MAKE AHEAD: Prepare the mushroom filling and stuff the uncooked mushrooms as directed. Lay the uncooked stuffed mushrooms on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen crab stuffed mushrooms to an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen as directed, adding a few extra minutes to the bake time if needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 15)Calories: 49kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 6gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgPotassium: 186mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 81IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg

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