Founded in Houston, Texas, in 1991, Joe’s Crab Shack is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite seafood restaurant, with locations in more than 30 states. Joe’s serves up fun times and serious seafood, with more than 25 crab items on the menu in addition to fish, lobster, mussels, clams and shrimp. Part of Ignite Restaurant Group’s (Nasdaq: IRG) portfolio of restaurants,

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 these copycat recipes at home!

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Big Easy Bites


Joe's Crab Shack
Big Easy Bites

Crispy fried crawfish and shrimp, paired with crunchy fried pickles and a hot link of boudin sausage.


Fried Pickles
Joe's Crab Shack Copycat Recipe

Serves 10

1/2 cup buttermilk
salt and black pepper to taste
1 (16 ounce) jar dill pickle slices
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups fine cornmeal
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 quart oil for frying
 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 (12 ounce) jar buttermilk ranch dressing

Cover a plate with parchment paper or wax paper. In a shallow dish, combine buttermilk, salt, and pepper. Place pickles in mixture and set aside.

To Make the Seasoned Flour: Pour the flour, cornmeal, seafood seasoning, and 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning into a large, resealable plastic bag; shake to mix well. Add pickles a few at a time and tumble gently to coat evenly with the flour mixture. Remove and place on prepared plate.

To Cook the Pickles:  Heat oil to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C) in deep-fryer or heavy deep skillet. Fry pickles in several batches until golden brown and slightly crisp on the outside with a moist interior, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

To Make the Dipping Sauce:  In a small bowl, combine buttermilk ranch dressing with 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning; blend. Serve as a dipping sauce for warm pickles.


Notes:  The seasoned flour is also makes a good coating for cooking the shrimp and crawfish.  If you cannot find boudin sausage you may substitute you favorite link sausage.

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