Seafood Casserole

by Lana Stuart on September 16, 2009 · 32 comments

Seafood Casserole

Who doesn’t love a one-dish meal? Something that you can put together, stick in a pot or the oven and forget until it’s done. Soups, stews, crock-pot meals, casseroles. Most can be made ahead and cooked whenever you’re ready. All are great choices for busy cooks.

This seafood casserole combines some of our favorite things – shrimp, crab, tuna, rice. Yum. It’s great for a family meal, but good enough for company, too. One word of warning – it’s very rich. A small portion goes a long way! Serve something light, like a fresh green salad, on the side. I like the mixed field greens with a classic vinaigrette. A citrus based dessert is particularly good with this casserole.

Let’s get started:

1 box Uncle Ben’s long gain and wild rice, prepared according to package directions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 tblsp. butter
1 tblsp. olive oil
1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. medium shrimp
1 6 oz. can tuna packed in oil, well drained
1 6 oz. can crab meat
1 cup bread crumbs
3 tblsp. butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350.

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Yes, the recipe starts with a box mix! Now, if you want to make your own seasoned long grain and wild rice, please be my guest. I don’t mind taking some help from a mix once in a while. Cook rice according to the package directions. Set aside.

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Chop the peppers, onion, garlic and celery. I mixed up the colors of the peppers, but you can use all green, all red, whatever you like.

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Next melt 1 tblsp. butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Cook celery, onion, and bell pepper until tender.

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Drain the rice mix and add to skillet with vegetables. Stir together well to blend.

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Bring 4-5 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Cook the shrimp briefly just until they turn pink (approximately 2 minutes). Drain shrimp.

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In a large bowl combine the well-drained shrimp, crab meat and tuna.

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Add the cream of mushroom soup, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and salt.

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Add the rice and vegetables mixture to the seafood and mix well.

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Turn the mixture out into a well-greased 9×13 casserole dish. Evenly sprinkle the top with bread crumbs. Pour melted butter over bread crumbs.

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Bake for 30-45 minutes or until bubbly. Makes 10-12 servings.

Enjoy!

Seafood Casserole
 
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A casserole with a variety of seafood and wild rice.
Serves: 10-12 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 box Uncle Ben’s long gain and wild rice, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 tblsp. butter
  • 1 tblsp. olive oil
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp
  • 1 6 oz. can tuna packed in oil, well drained
  • 1 6 oz. can crab meat
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 tblsp. butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Cook rice according to package directions. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, melt 1 tblsp. butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Cook celery, onion, and bell pepper until tender.
  4. Drain the rice mix and add to skillet with vegetables. Stir together well to blend.
  5. Bring 4-5 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Cook the shrimp briefly just until they turn pink (approximately 2 minutes). Drain shrimp.
  6. In a large bowl combine the well-drained shrimp, crab meat and tuna. Add the cream of mushroom soup, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and salt.
  7. Add the rice and vegetables mixture to the seafood and mix well.
  8. Turn the mixture out into a well-greased 9x13 casserole dish.
  9. Evenly sprinkle the top with bread crumbs. Pour melted butter over bread crumbs.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jenn (Bread + Butter) September 16, 2009 at 9:46 pm

One-dish meals are probably one of teh best thing there is. Look at all the shrimpy goodness in there!!

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2 Lana September 17, 2009 at 8:10 am

Yes, we really enjoy one-dish meals here. Easy to prepare and easy to clean up. Thanks, Jenn, for always stopping by and leaving a comment. It’s much appreciated!

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3 Jessie September 17, 2009 at 9:29 am

Lana- I’m so on board with you about one dish meals, they truly make the best dishes and lots of leftovers which makes a great to go lunch for work!

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4 Lana September 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm

It’s always great to have leftovers, isn’t it? And like lots of casseroles, this one is even better the next day.

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5 Neena September 17, 2009 at 11:10 am

I am going to make this the next time I have company. Looks so good.

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6 Lana September 18, 2009 at 6:08 pm

It’s a really good company dish. Very tasty and looks impressive on the plate. For company, I’d serve with some garlic bread, green beans or sugar snap peas and a side salad (maybe a fruit salad).

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7 Drick September 17, 2009 at 11:14 am

this is just the kind of wonderful meals I grew up eating . . . and still do – thanks for sharing

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8 Lana September 18, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Can’t really beat a casserole, can you?

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9 ruth September 17, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Wow I am so happy to have found this recipe! I love seafood and could live on it alone. Thanks so much!

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10 Lana September 18, 2009 at 6:09 pm

I hope you’ll try it, Ruth, and that you’ll enjoy it as well.

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11 Susan September 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm

I was browsing on Tastespotters and saw the beautiful picture of your Seafood casserole. I belong to a book club of about 16 women who will love to eat this at our next meeting. Thank you.

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12 Miss P September 20, 2009 at 8:57 am

Looks great. This would really be a good thing to put together the night before, when you are having company and are pushed for time the next day.

I have an idea – with the holidays approaching, why not show folks some of the standards. I am thinking of that because I have a turkey breast in the oven and dressing ready to go in a few minutes. There are lots of folks who are intimidated by the dishes that only their grandmother used to cook!

Miss P

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13 seafood supplier September 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Delicious dishes and great photo.

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14 Cajun Chef Ryan September 23, 2009 at 10:31 am

I have to agree with you on the one-pot meals! Casseroles are so good and this one looks great!

Thanks for sharing,
CCR =:~)

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15 Lana September 23, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Thanks so much! I have to say it’s a teeny bit intimidating to think there’s a real chef reading my recipes. Yikes! Hope I haven’t goofed up too much.

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16 Susi November 2, 2009 at 11:27 am

How long does it bake for ? The directions are wrong.
“Bake for 350 minutes until bubbly. Makes 10-12 servings.”

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17 Lana November 2, 2009 at 11:45 am

Thanks for letting me know! So sorry. It should read “Bake for 30-45 minutes or until bubbly.” I’ve corrected the post.

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18 C. Eaton November 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I tired this but used chicken instead, it was very yummy.
However I want to do it with seafood but am unsure how well it heats up via microwave. (as in do the shrimp get took cooked or the like)

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19 Lana November 7, 2009 at 7:18 pm

If you are asking about re-heating the leftovers in the microwave, then I’d say use the very shortest time possible. Microwave cooking usually makes shrimp pretty rubbery.

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20 Helen May 21, 2010 at 12:06 am

Hi, I was wondering if I could just put the raw shrimp in the casserole before baking, since it’s going to sit in the oven for 35 min- won’t the shrimp get too tough ?

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21 Lana May 21, 2010 at 7:16 am

Helen, I’ve never cooked it that way so I can’t say. I’ve never had the shrimp to get tough.

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22 Julie April 5, 2011 at 3:58 am

I put everything in raw, didn’t come out tough at all. Very moist.

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23 Helen May 21, 2010 at 9:48 am

Hi, Lana,

Thanks for responding. I need your advice. My in-laws are coming today and I want to impress them without going through too much trouble. What do you suggest as far as menu goes? I was thinking about making this casserole, but no ideas on dessert…. Maybe you have better ideas?

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24 Lana May 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Hi Helen. I have quite a few dessert recipes on the blog. Take a look through the “Recipe Index” page and see if there’s something you like!

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25 Helen May 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm

I have made this casserole today- it was delicious- I did use 2 boxes of Uncle Ben’s rice though ( we eat a lot) and served it with the salad I created -yum! Casserole was really good! Thanks, Lana!

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26 Karine January 8, 2011 at 8:42 am

I love your dishes. That looks so attractive and I feel really happy if have a chance to enjoy them. Thanks so much for sharing your great recipe of seafood casserole! Cheers

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27 Julie April 5, 2011 at 3:56 am

I made this, but used cod instead of Tuna, and frozen shrimp & crab. But I live in the Pacific NW, we don’t use canned seafood here. Very yummy, I’m going to try it with some cajun seasoning next time. It’s very good with Frank’s Hot Sauce on it.

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28 Cheryl December 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I made this casserole as a part of my Christmas brunch this year, along with several other items. It was a hit with everyone around the table, and provided a wonderful addition to the overall menu. Other than substituting mushrooms for the peppers (peppers don’t get along with my stomach, unfortunately) and using reduced-fat olive-oil based mayo, I made no ingredient changes, and the result was delicious. I did mix the breadcrumbs with the melted butter in a skillet and toast them slightly before adding, because I felt the result would be more uniform. I also sprinkled the top with a small amount of shredded Parmesan and dusted with paprika for color.

Excellent! Thanks for a great addition to my casserole collection!

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29 Jeff February 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Garlic ? I see it in the picture but not in the recipe. I add a teaspoon, plus I dusted the top with some Parmesan along with the bread crumbs. Tasted great ! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

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