Savory & Succulent: Stuffed Mushrooms With Crab Meat Recipe

crab stuffed mushrooms

Each and every year, my friends and I throw the best Christmas gathering known to man.

You could say that it’s because of the amazing drinks we make, our classic Yankee swap, or any of the games that we play.

But anyone who knows us knows it’s because every single one of us loves to cook.

We all team up and make tons of cool new appetizers and different dishes to try.

A few years ago, however, I was getting a bit of a creative block—I had no idea what to make.

I tried looking up blogs, recipe Instagram accounts, even different Youtube accounts. I couldn’t think of anything that I wanted to make.

I knew I wanted something warm, and I knew I wanted comfort food. But how could I achieve both of those things at the same time?

That’s when it hit me: stuffed mushrooms.

But not just any stuffed mushrooms.

Mushrooms stuffed with crab meat. And topped with gouda.


It was such a huge hit that it’s now one of my most requested appetizers whenever I am going to a holiday event. And while it is a bit time consuming (it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to make this), it’s oh so worth it.

Pro Tips for Stuffed Mushrooms With Crab Meat Recipe

Make-Ahead Tips: You can prepare the crab meat filling a day in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This not only saves you time but also allows the flavors to meld together.

Choosing Crab Meat: Opt for lump crab meat or backfin crab meat for the best texture and flavor. Canned crab meat works in a pinch but won’t provide the same freshness.

Mushroom Selection: Choose mushrooms that are fresh, firm, and free from any spots or slimy patches. Larger mushrooms are generally easier to stuff.

Oven Preheating: Always preheat your oven for at least 10 minutes to ensure even cooking.

Spice It Up: If you like a little heat, consider adding a dash of cayenne pepper or a sprinkle of red chili flakes to the crab meat mixture.

Recipe Variations


Vegetarian Option: Replace the crab meat with a mixture of sautéed vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and zucchini, and add a cheese like feta or goat cheese for flavor.

Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free bread crumbs or crushed gluten-free crackers as a binding agent for the crab meat filling.

Additional Flavors: Consider adding other fresh herbs like thyme or oregano, or perhaps a different type of cheese like Gruyère or Parmesan for a new flavor profile.

Seafood Mix: You can also mix the crab meat with other seafood like small shrimp or scallops for a seafood-stuffed mushroom.

Pairing Suggestions


Wine: A glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio pairs wonderfully with the richness of the crab meat.

Sides: Light salads, steamed vegetables, or rice pilaf make excellent side dishes.

Bread: A slice of garlic bread can complement the flavors well.

Sauces: Consider serving with a side of aioli, tartar sauce, or a spicy mayo dip.


Stuffed Mushrooms With Crab and Gouda FAQs

Q: Why are my stuffed mushrooms soggy?
A: It could be because you didn’t dry the crab meat well enough. Crab meat is extremely watery, and needs to be drained and pat dry. If you went through these steps, next time make sure you thoroughly dried your mushrooms. Water can sneak into the crevices and build up.

Q: How long can I keep stuffed mushrooms in my refrigerator?
A: These can be stored from 3-5 days in the refrigerator.

Q: My mushrooms are too soft. How can I fix this?
A: Try baking your stuffed mushrooms anywhere above 400°. They should get nice and firm in the oven.

Q: Can I prepare stuffed mushrooms the night before?
A: Even better, you can prepare them way in advance! You can freeze them for months before if you really wanted. My only suggestion would be to add the crab meat fresh right before popping them into the oven. You’ll notice a huge difference.

Q: Can I freeze the stuffed mushrooms?
A: Yes, you can freeze them before baking. Place the stuffed mushrooms on a baking sheet in the freezer until they’re solid, then transfer them to an airtight container. Bake from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

Q: Is it necessary to use fresh crab meat?
A: While fresh crab meat is ideal for the best flavor and texture, canned or frozen crab meat can also be used as a more convenient or budget-friendly option.

Q: Can I use other types of mushrooms?
A: Yes, while white button or cremini mushrooms are commonly used, portobello or shiitake mushrooms can also make delicious alternatives.

Q: How do I know when the stuffed mushrooms are done?
A: The mushrooms should be tender, and the filling should be golden brown on top. You can also insert a toothpick into the mushroom; if it goes through easily, they’re done.

What To Pair With My Stuffed Mushrooms

Drink: Maybe I’m biased because it’s my favorite, or maybe red wine just tastes amazing with this. Regardless, I recommend enjoying your mushrooms with a pinot noir. They’ll contrast perfectly with each other.

Appetizer: If you wanted to eat these with any other appetizer, I would recommend making a charcuterie board with this. It’ll be just the right amount of food, and when done right, can really impress your friends.

Dessert: Want something sweet but don’t want to spend a ton of money? Check out this→ easy $10 cake recipe!

Sides: Light salads, steamed vegetables, or rice pilaf make excellent side dishes.

Bread: A slice of garlic bread can complement the flavors well.

Sauces: Consider serving with a side of aioli, tartar sauce, or a spicy mayo dip.

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