May 8, 2019

Seafood Salad Stuffed Shells

Individual seafood pasta salad servings made with jumbo pasta shells filled with an easy homemade recipe for seafood salad perfect for entertaining and lunch on the go!


My original seafood salad recipe is one of the most popular recipes here on the blog and here at the house. I love to make it during the summer to serve with crackers, on sandwiches or just a scoop by itself!

I had the idea to make a pasta salad with it using little pasta shells – which is nothing new but I’d never made it to post the recipe here and thought y’all might enjoy it.

So I went to the store to pick up the ingredients and when I was looking for the little shells on the pasta aisle, I spotted the jumbo shells and had an idea…

Seafood Salad Stuffed Shells | Individual seafood pasta salad servings made with jumbo pasta shells filled with an easy homemade recipe for seafood salad perfect for entertaining and lunch on the go!

How cool would it be to stuff the jumbo shells with seafood salad to sort of make little individual handheld seafood pasta salads?!

I made these for y’all and really didn’t have anyone else to feed them to so I popped them in the fridge. We couldn’t stay out of them! Every time one of us walked through the kitchen, we’d grab one and gobble it up!

It’s the same concept as Walking Tacos (ya know, where you spoon taco meat and toppings into a bag of fritos then eat it with a fork? presumably while walking around?). I should call this Walking Seafood Pasta Salad {snort}.

Seafood Salad Stuffed Shells | Individual seafood pasta salad servings made with jumbo pasta shells filled with an easy homemade recipe for seafood salad perfect for entertaining and lunch on the go!

These would be perfect for entertaining! You literally just scoop one up then neatly eat it in just a few bites. You could serve them at:
  • Bridal showers
  • Pool parties
  • Potlucks
  • Buffets
  • Beach themed parties
  • Baby showers
  • Coastal weddings
  • Literally anywhere you want!

Seafood Salad Stuffed Shells | Individual seafood pasta salad servings made with jumbo pasta shells filled with an easy homemade recipe for seafood salad perfect for entertaining and lunch on the go!

You can make the seafood salad to suit your fancy. You can use all shrimp or all crab. You can you real crabmeat or imitation crab. I used half shrimp and half imitation crab in this batch.

If your grocery store has a seafood department, most will happily steam or boil the shrimp for you. Since I didn’t need much, I actually just bought a little ready-to-serve package of shrimp cocktail for my shrimp. The quantities don’t have to be exact. If you have a little more or less of either type of seafood just adjust the mayo and seasonings accordingly.

And I don’t have any issues whatsoever with using imitation crab in a recipe like this. I mentioned this in my Seafood Salad recipe post but I feel like imitation crab gets a bad rap.

Seafood Salad Stuffed Shells | Individual seafood pasta salad servings made with jumbo pasta shells filled with an easy homemade recipe for seafood salad perfect for entertaining and lunch on the go!

Yes, it’s just fish shaped to look like crab but it’s processed no differently than all the lunch meat we happily buy every week. When was the last time you saw a perfectly round turkey breast or rectangle ham?

If you were looking for an easy recipe for Baked Seafood Stuffed Shells try this! Reduce the mayo to 1/4 cup, add garlic powder to taste then assemble everything the same. Place shells in a greased 13x9 baking dish then pour a jar of prepared alfredo sauce over the shells. Cover then bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until everything is heated through and the alfredo sauce is bubbly.

If you just love stuffed shell recipes, be sure to check out my recipes for Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells with Garlic Cream Sauce or Classic Stuffed Shells. Both of these recipes freeze well for quick suppers too!

Seafood Salad Stuffed Shells | Individual seafood pasta salad servings made with jumbo pasta shells filled with an easy homemade recipe for seafood salad perfect for entertaining and lunch on the go!


Seafood Salad Stuffed Shells


Yield: 18 Shells
Author: Mandy Rivers | South Your Mouth
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 20 M
Individual seafood pasta salad servings made with jumbo pasta shells filled with an easy homemade recipe for seafood salad perfect for entertaining and lunch on the go!

ingredients:

  • 1 box jumbo pasta shells
  • 1/2 lb. cooked shrimp
  • 1/2 lb. lump crabmeat or imitation crab
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay or Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced dill
  • Salt to taste

instructions:

How to cook Seafood Salad Stuffed Shells

  1. Cook pasta shells per manufacturer’s instructions in liberally salted water. Rinse shells in cold water then set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients to make a seafood salad. Spoon seafood salad into jumbo pasta shells. I am usually able to fill about 18 shells. Garnish with extra fresh dill if desired.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Make up to 24 hours in advance if needed (they’re just as good the next day if not better!).
seafood, salad, shells, pasta, jumbo, handheld, individual, shrimp, crabmeat, imitation crab, baked, alfredo, easy, recipe, how to, shower, buffet, party
Created using The Recipes Generator


Keep up with my latest shenanigans by following South Your Mouth!
EMAIL LIST | TWITTER

This recipe was shared at the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday!

Individual seafood pasta salad servings made with jumbo pasta shells filled with an easy homemade recipe for seafood salad perfect for entertaining and lunch on the go!


4 comments:

  1. I love this idea! It's so much more fun than pasta salad!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great idea! Need to know how to freeze these since you indicate they do freeze well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The baked shells I mentioned above freeze well but I'm not too sure these would. For my baked shells, I stuff them then place on a pan to freeze. Once frozen, I move them to a large zip-top bag.

      Delete

Hi there! While I'm not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven't been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments. And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y'all! - Mandy