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Crab Stuffed Mushroom Recipe + VIDEO + 23 Easy Party Appetizers

This stuffed mushroom recipe is one that you’ll go back to over and over. Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps make fantastic cocktail party appetizers, game day food, or an easy snack any time. 

stuffed mushroom recipe made with seafood and cream cheese

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FACT: I’m horrible with leftovers. Not horrible at creating leftovers, just horrible about using them before they become science experiments in the back of my fridge.
My mom emblazoned the “waste not want not” mantra into my head, so I save everything, you guys.  Leftover food hoarding. It’s pathetic and a bit embarrassing, really.


Remember the crab omelette I made a couple of days ago?  Well, I had some of the crab meat left over, plus a few (6 to be exact) mushrooms that needed to be used up, so I thought I’d whip up something quick, easy, and delicious with them.

Cue the stuffed mushroom caps appetizer please.

a plate of stuffed mushroom appetizers

How do you make crab stuffed mushroom caps?

This crab stuffed mushroom recipe makes the easiest Christmas cocktail party appetizers!

Unless you like peanut butter on toast as an appetizer. That may be easier to make, but it doesn’t taste nearly as good as these cheesy, crab-filled mushrooms.  Pure bite-sized morsels of goodness.

Watch this quick video to see just how easy this stuffed mushroom recipe is to make!

stuffed mushroom caps with cream cheese and crab

More stuffed mushroom recipes to try:

button mushroom caps stuffed with crab and cream cheese


How long do you cook stuffed mushroom caps?

Stuffed mushrooms don’t take very long to cook; about 15 minutes. Essentially, you just need to warm everything through to melt the cream cheese and toast up the panko bread crumbs.


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More easy party appetizers

If you’re looking easy party appetizers with seafood, check out my recipes for Cheesy Crab Bites (a low carb appetizer!) or these deep fried tuna bites. They’re completely delicious!

This Hot Crab Dip with Cream Cheese, from The Anthony Kitchen, also looks fantastic.

For even more cocktail party appetizer ideas, here are more recipes of mine, and from my blogging friends.

Note: The recipes of mine are in bold.

titled image (and shown): Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab Stuffed Mushroom Recipe Notes

Because this is a leftovers recipe, it only yields 6 stuffed mushrooms, that is 3 servings. Feel free to double or even triple the ingredients to make this appetizer for a crowd.

Give this stuffed mushroom recipe a try, then please come back to this post to leave a comment and rate the recipe. Not only does your feedback help me, it also helps other readers who want to try the recipe. Thanks in advance!

a plate of stuffed mushroom appetizers

Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Mushroom caps stuffed with crab, cream cheese, spices and breadcrumbs, baked until warm and oozing with goodness. 
Because this is a leftovers recipe, it only yields 2 servings. Double or even triple the ingredients to make this appetizer for a crowd.
4.34 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 159 kcal



  • 6 large white mushrooms such as button or cremini
  • 1 scallion finely sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons panko bread crumbs traditional or gluten free breadcrumbs work too
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 ounces fresh or canned crab meat drained and finely chopped
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. (325 convection oven)
  • Spray small casserole dish or sheet pan lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Wipe mushrooms clean with damp paper toweling. Cut off stems, chop finely and set aside. 
    chopped mushrooms
  • Use your fingers to remove center from mushrooms to make room for stuffing. Place mushrooms caps cut side up in prepared dish; set aside.
    white mushroom caps
  • In small bowl, add cream cheese, crab meat, pepper, garlic salt and onion powder. Stir to combine.
  • Melt 1 Tablespoon butter in small saute pan over medium heat. Add chopped mushroom stems and scallion; saute until softened, 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in bread crumbs. Add mushroom mixture to bowl with cream cheese mixture and stir to combine.
  • Use a small spoon to evenly distribute filling into each mushroom cap.
  • Bake at 350 F. for 18-20 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned and cream cheese has melted.
  • Remove from oven and serve warm.



Serving: 2capsSodium: 354mgIron: 0.8mgCalcium: 57mgVitamin C: 2.6mgVitamin A: 410IUSugar: 2gPotassium: 258mgCholesterol: 58mgCalories: 159kcalSaturated Fat: 6gFat: 10gProtein: 8gCarbohydrates: 7g
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This stuffed mushroom recipe was originally published on November 28, 2012. The photos and some of the content have since been updated. For historical purposes, here is one of the old photos, taken before I knew how to use a high quality DSLR camera. Oy.
simple seafood stuffed mushrooms


Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe image

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  1. Bec, these look delicious and perfect for my holiday table. I’m a fan of crab and mushrooms!

  2. Love everything about these little bites of joy! I sub out panko for pork rinds to keep low carb and keto friendly. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Made these for a treat. Ha! I didn’t share with anyone! Love seafood and cream cheese so it was perfect for me.

  4. Oh my goodness. This sounds amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Linkin’ Up Leftovers! I’m gonna go whip these up now!

  5. With all due respect to (most) English teachers — then and now — they tend to teach students that you cannot end a sentence with a preposition. Absolutely, positively false! Where did they learn that at!?!?

  6. OK. Here’s the deal. Those mushrooms look divine! About that run-on sentence… I’m not sure that it’s technically a run-on. 😉 It is very long though.

    1. Thank goodness…I’m saved!!! I thought the spirit of my deceased English teacher would be haunting me for sure.
      Oh, and thanks for the compliment. 😀

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