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!




Grilled Tomatoes

Grilled Tomatoes
Joe's Stone Crab

After you've made the delicious creamed spinach from the clone recipe here on the site, save a little of it, and you're only a few steps away from this famous Joe's Stone Crab side dish. A couple of secret additions are stirred into 1/2 cup of the creamed spinach to improve texture and flavor, then the mixture is spread on top of thick-sliced beefsteak tomatoes. The restaurant grates a hunk of American cheese to top it all off, but it's hard to find American cheese that isn't already sliced. So, simply dicing 3 slices of cheese works well for this recipe, and should give you enough to cover four tomatoes. After you sprinkle the diced American cheese on top, broil the tomatoes until the cheese browns, and dig in.

Creamed Spinach
Joe's Stone Crab Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

3 tablespoons salted butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup half-and-half
2 10-ounce boxes frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Whisk in flour and heat for about 1 minute. Whisk in half-and-half.Squeeze water out of the thawed spinach and add the spinach to the saucepan. Add salt, nutmeg, and black pepper and simmer for 20 minutes on medium/low heat. Spinach will be tender when done.

Grilled Tomatoes
Joe's Stone Crab Copycat Recipe

Serves 2

4 1/2-inch thick slices of beefsteak tomato
1/2 cup creamed spinach (See Introduction)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
3 slices real American cheese

Preheat broiler to high.Arrange the tomato slices on a baking sheet and lightly salt them. Combine creamed spinach with melted butter and breadcrumbs in a medium bowl.Spread approximately 2 tablespoons of creamed spinach on top of each tomato. Use up all of the spinach. Dice the American cheese slices, then pile an equal amount of cheese on top of the spinach on each tomato. Broil the tomatoes for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese melts and browns. Serve hot.

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