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!




Snapper Pontchartrain

Snapper Pontchartrain
Fish smothered in mushroom pontchartrain sauce and topped with grilled shrimp. served with dirty rice and seasonal vegetables.

Pontchartrain Sauce
Joe's Crab Shack Copycat Recipe

Serves 6

1 small onion, peeled and chopped fine
1 cup Chardonnay wine
1 tablespoon butter (no substitutions)
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup fish stock or 1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup mushroom, chopped fine
1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup butter, chopped into 1 tablespoon pieces (no substitutions)
salt or black pepper or cayenne pepper or tarragon

Cook the Chardonnay and the onion together over a low fire until the wine is reduced and the onion is very soft and transparent. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in another heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Add the flour and whisk until blended. Add the stock a little at a time, whisking constantly until blended and thickened. Add the mushrooms, green pepper and garlic. Cover and simmer down until the vegetables are soft. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup of butter pieces until melted. Add to the Chardonnay (which should now be reduced to a glaze) mixture. Blend well over very low heat. Season to taste with salt (may not be needed), black pepper, cayenne, and tarragon.

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