Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

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Our middle son recently turned 15 and on our birthdays we each pick the meal. He has always had a rather decadent and expensive palate – he absolutely loves food! This year he picked lobster mac & cheese along with Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. So that’s what I delivered. He specifically said he wanted to really taste the crab over the other ingredients. Not like lots of restaurants that go heavy on the cheese and crumbs. So I am not joking when I say the stuffing is about fifty percent crab meat.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

I opted for lump crab meat because my grocer only had frozen crab legs on hand and I was shopping for it on his birthday. You could certainly use leg meat in it’s place. I also selected whipped cream cheese instead of the brick. This makes it easier to mix together without beating up the crab meat too much. I picked panko crumbs over breadcrumbs because they are lighter so you don’t get that gummy texture that is just not pleasant.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Try to pick mushrooms that are about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. You want to be able to have a good mushroom to crab stuffing ratio. I like to put a nice big top on mine so the whole thing stands up tall. I made these as a sort of side dish for the lobster mac & cheese but I plan to add them to my next appetizer night! That’s when I basically make an appetizer sampler for each of us. It’s a fun change of pace on dinner ideas.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

A decadent appetizer of baby bella mushrooms stuffed with scrumptious crab meat.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, cheese, crab, mushrooms, panko, seafood, stuffed mushrooms
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 mushrooms


  • 16 Baby Bella Mushrooms stems and gills removed
  • 8 oz Crab Meat lump
  • 4 oz Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese grated, divided
  • ½ cup Fresh Chives chopped
  • 1 cup Panko Crumbs divided
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • ¼ cup Lemon Juice


  • Preheat oven to 350degF.
  • Place mushroom, with the opening facing up, in a single layer in a 13×9 baking dish.
  • Add ¾ cup parmesan cheese, ¾ cup of panko crumbs, and remaining ingredients to a mixing bowl. Stir to thoroughly combine. Fill each mushroom cap with the crab mixture (should be over stuffed a bit). Sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese and panko crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes.

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7 thoughts on “Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

  1. Oh, hubby would love this recipe. Thanks so much for linking up at the 25 and Done Link Party 8! 25 entries in 25 hours!! Shared on Fb, Pn, and Tw.

  2. These look delicious! My husband and I love crab stuffed mushrooms, and I will definitely try these soon. I found your post on the GRAND Social. Thanks for sharing it there!

  3. CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at the 25 and Done Link Party 9! 25 entries in 25 hours!! Entries shared on Fb, Pn, and Tw. Opens Feb-13 at 10pm. Closes Feb-14 at 11pm central time.

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