Seafood Au Gratin

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Queen Dragon Mom

We love this! I have the original 5 1/2" seashells that add a nice touch. The crab can be replaced with lobster or mixed in proportions to your taste. Quick, easy and impressive... As an afterthought, rather than topping with just the cheese, a mixed topping of panko crumbs, cheese and butter could be used. This would give a little "crunch" to it...

Top Review by twissis

This dish turned into a collaborative effort of 3 diff chefs. You provided the basic recipe, I tinkered w/it & Thorsten's recipe #127652 topped it off! I used lobster & shrimp for the seafood & added a bit of lemon juice & fresh-snipped chives to the sauce. Then I borrowed the crunch & flavor of Thorsten's topping that combines 3 tbsp breadcrumbs, 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese & 2 tbsp olive oil to take it all the way to sublime! This was a winner team effort for us. Thx for posting. :-)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 16 ounces crabmeat, flaked
  • 1 pint prepared basic white sauce, medium to fairly thick
  • 6 ounces grated cheese, your choice of type
  • 1 tablespoon butter, for shells


  1. Heat oven to 450°F.
  2. Heat the white sauce almost to a boil.
  3. Butter shells and set on parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
  4. Mix flaked seafood into white sauce.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
  6. Spoon filling into shells.
  7. Sprinkle grated cheese over filling.
  8. Place in hot oven just until browned lightly, 5 to 10 minutes.
  9. Add a dash of paprika for color and Tabasco or Worcestershire for added flavor, if desired.
  10. Very nice garnished with chives or dill weed.

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