Giant Crab Thermidor Recipe - A Flavorful and Exotic Seafood Delight

Giant Crab Thermidor

Giant Crab Thermidor Recipe - A Flavorful and Exotic Seafood Delight
Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 8


Giant Crab Thermidor
Giant Crab Thermidor

Giant Crab Thermidor is a delicious and indulgent seafood dish that is perfect for special occasions or a fancy dinner at home. This recipe features a flavorful mixture of crabmeat, vegetables, and spices, all baked to perfection in empty crab shells.


The origins of Crab Thermidor can be traced back to France in the late 19th century. The dish was named after the famous French play "Thermidor," which was popular at the time. The rich and creamy sauce used in the dish became a staple in French cuisine and has since been adapted in various ways around the world.


How to prepare

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C.
  2. In a medium pan, heat the oil and sauté the green onions, bell pepper, ginger, garlic, chiles, and tomato for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the tomato paste and shrimp powder. Mix well and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the crabmeat and stir well. Taste the mixture and, if necessary, season with salt and pepper. Be careful; shrimp powder can be very salty.
  5. Fill each crab shell with the mixture, then sprinkle the top of each shell with the ablemamu.
  6. Bake for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tops brown a little, but be careful not to burn them.
  7. Serve hot, straight out of the oven, garnished with cilantro and a pinch of black pepper.


  • Substitute crabmeat with lobster or shrimp for a different twist.
  • Add a splash of white wine to the mixture for extra flavor.
  • Top with breadcrumbs before baking for a crunchy texture.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use fresh crabmeat for the best flavor and texture.

- Adjust the amount of red chiles to suit your spice preference.

- Be careful not to overcook the crab shells in the oven, as they can burn easily.

- Garnish with fresh cilantro for a pop of color and flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Giant Crab Thermidor with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

Baking, sautéing

Ingredient Substitutions

Use canned crabmeat if fresh is not available.

- Substitute ground dried shrimp with shrimp paste or fish sauce.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the crab mixture ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Giant Crab Thermidor in individual crab shells for a stunning presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Giant Crab Thermidor with a crisp white wine, such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Giant Crab Thermidor contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of Giant Crab Thermidor contains approximately 10 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Giant Crab Thermidor contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Giant Crab Thermidor contains approximately 20 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Giant Crab Thermidor is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and calcium.


This recipe contains shellfish and may not be suitable for individuals with shellfish allergies.


Giant Crab Thermidor is a rich and decadent dish that is high in proteins and fats, making it a satisfying meal for seafood lovers.


Giant Crab Thermidor is a luxurious and flavorful seafood dish that is sure to impress your guests. With a rich and creamy crab filling baked in empty crab shells, this recipe is a showstopper for any special occasion. Enjoy the decadent flavors and textures of this classic French dish at home with this easy-to-follow recipe.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the thrill of stumbling upon this recipe for Giant Crab Thermidor. It was a hot summer day, and I had decided to take a stroll through the bustling farmer's market in town. As I meandered through the various stalls, the smell of fresh produce and baked goods wafted through the air, enticing my senses.

I had always been drawn to the seafood stand, with its array of freshly caught fish and shellfish on display. As I perused the selection, my eyes landed on a massive crab, its claws raised menacingly as if daring me to try something new. Intrigued, I struck up a conversation with the fishmonger, a weathered old man with a twinkle in his eye.

He told me that the crab was a special catch, brought in from the deep waters off the coast of Maine. He explained that it was perfect for making Crab Thermidor, a decadent dish that was sure to impress even the most discerning palate. Intrigued, I asked him if he had a recipe to share, and he smiled, pulling out a worn piece of paper from his apron pocket.

As he handed me the recipe, he told me it was a family secret, passed down through generations of fishermen. I thanked him profusely and made my purchase, eager to try my hand at creating this culinary masterpiece.

When I returned home, I immediately set to work preparing the giant crab for the Thermidor. I carefully cracked open the claws and extracted the succulent meat, marveling at its sweet and delicate flavor. I followed the recipe to the letter, combining the crab meat with a creamy mixture of cheese, herbs, and spices before stuffing it back into the shell.

As I placed the crab under the broiler to bake, the kitchen filled with a mouthwatering aroma that made my stomach growl in anticipation. I couldn't wait to taste the final result, a dish that promised to be as elegant as it was delicious.

When the timer finally beeped, I pulled the steaming crab out of the oven, its golden crust glistening in the light. I couldn't help but let out a gasp of delight as I beheld the masterpiece before me. I carefully plated the Giant Crab Thermidor, garnishing it with a sprinkle of fresh parsley for a pop of color.

As I took my first bite, the flavors exploded on my tongue, a symphony of richness and depth that left me speechless. The crab was perfectly cooked, tender and luscious, while the creamy sauce added a luxurious touch that elevated the dish to new heights.

I savored each mouthful, relishing in the satisfaction of creating something so exquisite with my own two hands. I knew that this recipe would become a treasured favorite in my repertoire, one that I would be proud to pass down to future generations.

And so, my love affair with Giant Crab Thermidor began, a culinary journey that brought me joy and fulfillment each time I prepared it. As I sat at the table, savoring the last bite of the decadent dish, I couldn't help but smile, grateful for the serendipitous moment that led me to discover this exquisite recipe. It was a reminder that sometimes, the best things in life are found when we least expect them, waiting to be uncovered like hidden treasures in the sea.


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