Seafood enchiladas in a white casserole dish with a stainless steel fork on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Seafood Enchiladas

Switch up your regular enchiladas by changing the meat from chicken to crab for delicious, cheesy seafood enchiladas for an easy dinner.

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Growing up, seafood was usually not on the table for my family (yes, pun intended). My mom is very allergic to shellfish so we didn’t eat it at home. And we had to be careful when we were out since she couldn’t have it at the table.

This means I didn’t really start eating seafood until I was living on my own. And even then, it took me a while before I started finding a lot of seafood recipes that I like.

I have learned that I like lobster, shrimp, and crab. I am not a fan of clams, oysters, and similar seafood. And I’ll eat mild fish.

So, when we thought about making enchiladas one day, we decided to change them up. Instead of our typical chicken enchiladas, we went with seafood enchiladas! A lot of the recipe was similar, but we changed out the meat from chicken to crabmeat. Well, imitation crab, but real crab is expensive!

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 350F. Get all of your ingredients ready.

Ingredients for seafood enchiladas in stainless steel bowls: crab meat, shredded cheese, cilantro, sour cream, diced onions, butter, and enchilada sauce

Heat a deep skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. I found my larger cast-iron skillet was perfect for this recipe. Add the imitation crab meat, onion, salt, and pepper. Saute for about 3-5 minutes, stirring often, until the onions start to soften.

Diced onion and crab meat in butter in a cast iron skillet on a wooden surface

Add the cilantro, sour cream, cheese, and 2 tbsp of enchilada sauce to the crab and onions. Stir to combine and remove from the heat.

Seafood enchilada filling in a cast iron skillet over a wooden surface

Place 1/4 of the filling onto each burrito shell. Wrap and fold with the seam side down. Place the seafood enchiladas in a baking dish. Pour the remaining 2 tbsp of enchilada sauce over the wraps.

Enchilada filling in the center of a flour tortilla next to a cast iron skillet and a white casserole dish with enchiladas on a wooden surface

Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Serve with sour cream and green onions for garnish.

Seafood enchiladas in a white casserole dish with a stainless steel fork on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Place leftover seafood enchiladas in a container and refrigerate. To reheat, place the enchiladas back in the oven for about 5-7 minutes to reheat. Or, they can be microwaved for 3-5 minutes.

Recipe

Originally Published On: September 18, 2020

Seafood enchiladas in a white casserole dish with a stainless steel fork on a wooden surface

Seafood Enchiladas

Switch up your regular enchiladas by changing the meat from chicken to crab for delicious, cheesy seafood enchiladas for an easy dinner.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab, enchilada sauce, enchiladas, seafood
Servings: 4 enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/2 lb imitation crab
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Mexican blend cheese (shredded)
  • 4 tbsp enchilada sauce
  • 4 large burrito shells

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Melt the butter in a deep skillet over medium heat
  • Add the crab meat, onion, salt, and pepper
  • Saute for about 3-5 minutes, until the onions are clear
  • Add the cilantro, sour cream, cheese, and 2 tbsp enchilada sauce
  • Place 1/4 of the filling on each burrito shell then wrap and fold
  • Add to a baking dish, fold side down
  • Pour remaining 2 tbsp of enchilada sauce over the center of the wraps
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes
  • Serve with sour cream and green onions for garnish
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Nutrition Facts
Seafood Enchiladas
Amount Per Serving (1 enchilada)
Calories 464 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 1329mg55%
Potassium 188mg5%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 586IU12%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 375mg38%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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