shrimp and ritz cracker stuffing

April 9, 2009 |  Category:   cooking recipes


Here’s another childhood favorite of mine. Its origins are unknown to me (Mom?), but it was a fairly regular dinner item in my house. I remembered it several years after I moved to New York and had to call my Mom each time I wanted to make it because I neglected to write down the recipe. This time I just kind of made it up based on the three main ingredients: shrimp, minced clams…and crushed Ritz Crackers. I know it sounds a bit weird, but the tastes and textures all work quite well together.

Shrimp and Ritz Cracker Stuffing (serves 4-6)

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 lemon, zested and juiced
3 Tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
2 cans minced clams, drained, reserving the juice
1 12-ounce box Ritz Crackers, roughly crushed
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the shrimp, garlic, lemon zest, parsley and clams in a mixing bowl. Mix in the Ritz crackers, lemon juice, melted butter and white pepper. Mix in just enough of the reserved clam juice to achieve your desired consistency – more juice will make a moist stuffing, while less will be a bit drier and more crackerey (is that a word?). Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish. Drizzle the olive oil over the top. Bake for about 20 minutes until the shrimp are just cooked through. Run under the broiler for several minutes if you want a crisper top. Serve immediately, with an extra squeeze of lemon juice if desired.

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  • selkie April 9, 2009 at 7:47 am

    We make something like this but with crab rather than clams….

  • Fog and Thistle April 9, 2009 at 7:53 am

    That looks and sounds amazing. Must try!

  • jennifer April 9, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Wow, looks delicious! And fairly easy, might have to try this if I can get my hands on some ritz.
    Have you ever noticed how those are the type of groceries that cost a fortune in the city? I really wanted to make rice krispy treats one day and had to pay $6.50 for a medium size box. Maybe I’m just getting old but didn’t cereal used to be cheaper than that? Sorry, rant over. I think I need more coffee this morning!

  • Kathy April 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Looks great to me – my great uncle’s version of this was with lobster.

  • Lani April 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    we got the recipe from Barbara Mastrapole. every time i told you and Lara you could pick dinner, it was either this or lobster. foodies from birth.

  • cindi April 11, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    tried the recipe tnite, and it was very very good! its a keeper, thanks!

  • Buena April 11, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Tried it!! Not bad – will be added to our recipe collection. Thanks for posting this!! Cheers.

  • emma morris May 23, 2009 at 11:48 am

    wow looks really good!!!!!!!i will try to convince my mom to make it for dinner