Based loosely on the French dish Coquille St. Jacques, this recipe is easy enough for everyday and impressive enough for entertaining (especially if you put it in individual shell-shaped dishes). Like so many of our other dishes, all you need is a side salad, like Red Leaf Lettuce with Hot Bacon Dressing, and a good loaf of bread for a delicious and filling dinner.

Shrimp and Crab St. Jacques

  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk (can use whole or skim)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1/2 cup grated Havarti cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound fresh lump crabmeat
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8 8-ounce ramekins (or 5-inch shell dishes).
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Slowly whisk in flour and continue whisking over low heat for 3 minutes. Whisk milk into flour mixture. Bring to a slow boil and continue stirring until thick (doesn’t take very long). Remove from heat and stir in dry mustard, Tabasco, wine, cheeses, onion and parsley. Fold in crabmeat and shrimp. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide seafood mixture equally between each ramekin or shell; sprinkle about 1 teaspoon bread crumbs on top of each. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake until bubbly and brown on top, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.


Variation: Can be cooked in a large greased casserole dish instead of individual ramekins. Takes about 5 to 10 minutes longer to cook.

Make ahead: Dish can be prepared but not baked earlier in the day, covered and stored in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before baking.


Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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