Copycat Joe’s Crab Shack Buttered Parsley Potatoes

Joe’s Crab Shack is known for their crab legs, shrimp and seafood favorites.  You don’t have to be a seafood lover to enjoy this recipe.  These buttered-parsley potatoes go great with anything from beef to chicken to fish.
1 1/2 pound small red potatoes, cut into bite sized chances
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
4 tablespoons butter

In a medium sized sauté pan place potato chunks, salt, and cover with water. On medium heat bring potato pieces to a soft boil. Cook uncovered until fork tender. When tender drain water and place back into sauté pan. Place freshly chopped parsley and butter on top of potatoes. Cover potatoes with a lid and cook on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, stir gently several times to mix parsley and butter. When ready to serve season with salt and pepper.

Serves 4

Copycat Joe’s Crab Shack Popcorn Shrimp

Joe’s Crab Shack now has over 120 locations in 28 states across the good ol’ US of A. It is one of the largest, most-successful seafood restaurant chains in America. So if there’s not a Joe’s near you, then try this copycat recipe at home!

1 lb Small Fresh Shrimp (cleaned and shelled)
4 Tablespoons Corn Starch
2 Eggs Beaten
1/4 Cup Water
1 Cup Cracker Meal
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning
1 teaspoon Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Plain Bread Crumbs
1/3 Cup Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Paprika

Place shrimp in a bowl. Add garlic powder, brown sugar and Tabasco Sauce and mix well. Marinate shrimp for 1/2 hour in refrigerator.
Beat egg and water together, set aside. Mix flour, cracker meal, bread crumbs paprika and creole seasoning together and blend well.
Set up one bowl for corn starch, one bowl for egg wash, and one bowl for cracker mixture. Heat oil for frying.
One piece at a time dust shrimp with corn starch, then place in egg wash, then roll in cracker crumb mixture. Fry until golden-brown. Shrimp will float to top when cooked through, remove and place on paper towels. Serve with tarter sauce.

Copycat Joe’s Crab Shack Crab Dip

This recipes is always a hit at my parties!  People will be begging you for this recipe—feel free to share the secret with them!
2 oz Cream Cheese, softened
4 tsp. Diced Yellow Onion
1 Tbsp. Butter, softened)
4 tsp. Finely Diced Green Pepper
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/4 tsp. Seasoned Salt
1/8 tsp. Paprika
1 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
1/4 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 (6 oz.) can Crab Meat (drained) **Use fresh crab meat if you can!
Fresh Diced Green Onion, for garnish
Fresh Chopped Parsley, for garnish
*optional* dash of hot sauce for a little kick

Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream and butter until smooth. Blend in seasoned salt and paprika. Stir in yellow onions, crab meat, green pepper, and mozzarella cheese. Place in a lightly greased small shallow baking dish and place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until mixture bubbles, about 10 – 14 minutes. Serve dip with unsalted or very lightly salted corn chips.
Serves 2-3 as an appetizer.