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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Joe's Surf and Turf Burger




Joe's Surf and Turf Burger is a big peppercorn crusted burger topped with popcorn shrimp, crispy onion strings and a spicy sriracha remoulade sauce.  We have divided the recipe into four components to make it easier to make at home.

Step 1 Make the Sauce

Spicy Remoulade Sauce
1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup stone ground mustard
1 clove garlic clove, smashed
1 tablespoon pickle juice
1 tablespoon capers
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot paprika
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Frank's Red Hot)

Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Chill until ready to serve. Makes about 1 1/2 cups  This can be done way ahead of time while you move on to another part of the recipe.


Step 2 Make the Onion Strings


Crispy Onion Strings
1 whole Large Onion
2 cups Buttermilk
2 cups All-purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon (scant) Salt
1/4 teaspoon (to 1/2 Teaspoon) Cayenne Pepper
1 quart (to 2 Quarts) Canola Oil
Black Pepper To Taste

Slice onion very thin. Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk and soak for at least an hour.
Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Grab a handful of onions, throw into the flour mixture, tap to shake off excess, and drop into hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove as soon as golden brown. Repeat until all the onions are cooked. Keep the oil hot so that you can make the popcorn shrimp.

Step 3 Make the Popcorn Shrimp
Click on the link to find the popcorn shrimp recipe on this site.

Step 4  Make the Burgers
Joe's Peppercorn Burgers


Copycat Recipe

Serves 6

2 lbs ground beef
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
 5 tablespoons black pepper, coarsely cracked
 6 Kaiser rolls, split


To Cook the Burgers:  Mix all ingredients except pepper, cheese and rolls. Shape mixture into 6 patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Press 3/4 teaspoons of the pepper into each side of the patty. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours before grilling. Heat grill. Grill patties uncovered about 4 inches from medium heat 12 to 17 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink in center and juices run clear.

To Build the Burgers:  Apply a generous amount of the spicy remoulade sauce to the top bun.  Load the bottom bun with the burger, popcorn shrimp and onion strings.


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