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!




Skillet Paella

Clams, shrimp, mussels, scallops and sausage simmered in a
 tomato basil sauce served over rice and topped with crispy calamari. 
Sells for around $18.00 at Joe's.

Joe's Crab Shack Copycat Recipe

Serves 12

2 lbs seasoned yellow rice 
1 lb mussels 
1/2 lb fresh squid, cleaned
1 lb cooked clams 
8 pieces medium crabs, cleaned
1 lb shrimp, cleaned
43 ounces tomato sauce
A hint of Tabasco sauce
3/4 cup pimiento, sliced
3 medium onions, diced
1 head garlic, minced
spanish saffron
3 to 4 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Combine seasoned yellow rice and water and soak for 3 hours. Heat a large pan then pour-in olive oil.
When the oil is hot, saute the garlic and onions. Put-in the crabs, mussels, shrimps, clams, squid, Tabasco sauce, salt, and ground black pepper. Cover the pan and cook for 3 minutes or until the juices come out.
Add tomato sauce then cover the pan. Cook for a minute.Stir then simmer for 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the cooked seafood onto a clean plate.

With the remaining juices and tomato sauce on the pan, put-in the rice soaked in water and stir well. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the Spanish saffron then gently stir. Cover the pan and continue cooking in low heat until the rice are done. Top the cooked yellow rice with pimiento then arrange the cooked seafood over it.

Notes:  This is a really good recipe for Paella.  Use whatever seafood you like or is fresh in your area.

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