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Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos

Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos are stuffed full of cream cheese, fresh crab meat, cheddar cheese, and bacon. This spicy appetizer is wonderfully creamy and cheesy with plenty of kick.

Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos on a plate.

Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos

The slight sweetness of crab pairs wonderfully with jalapenos. Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos make an easy gameday or party appetizer. The filling can be made up to 24 hours in advance and you can even go ahead and stuff the filling into the jalapenos a day in advance. Then you just have to pop them in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes and they are ready to serve. So easy.

Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos

Tips For Making

  • Be sure to get the largest jalapenos you can find. You want them to be able to hold a lot of the yummy filling.
  • Unfortunatley store-bought jalapenos can vary a lot in heat from being barely hotter than a bell pepper to being very spicy. There’s really no way to know the heat level until you bite into them.
  • Try to be sure the stuffed jalapenos are level on the baking sheet and not tilted. The filling will ooze out if they are tilted. You can prop them against each other if you need to.
  • I like to use fresh lump crab meat. Don’t waste your money on jumbo lump crab. Save that for crab cakes. Lump crab meat is still very pricey so feel free to use backfin or claw crab meat. Only use canned crab as a last result. It has so little flavor compared to fresh crab.
Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos

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Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos

Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos

Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos are stuffed full of cream cheese, fresh crab meat, cheddar cheese, and bacon. This spicy appetizer is wonderfully creamy and cheesy with plenty of kick.

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh crab meat, I use lump crab meat
  • 10 large jalapenos


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and cheddar cheese.
  • Add bacon, green onions, and crab and gently stir in.
  • Cut each jalapeno in half. Scoop out the seeds and white membrane.
  • Stuff jalapenos with cream cheese mixture and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: stuffed jalapenos

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Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos

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15 thoughts on “Cajun Crab Stuffed Jalapenos”

  1. Richard Terlizzi

    These were awesome! Only change, use claw meat. Claw meat is less expensive and has a stronger flavor that won’t get covered up by all the other goodies. I will definitely make these again. Thanks.

  2. Jalapenos from Mexico are always hot. If grown in the US they are not, thanks to Texas A&M. I don’t know why anyone would want a jalapeno that is not hot, but there you go. Just find out where the peppers are grown before you buy them.

    1. Clark Potter

      Fascinating! Didn’t know this. Def prefer standard strength, so I’ll look for Mexican.

      Just leave the seeds in if they’re US I guess!

  3. Linda Isbell

    I love these but so many people I know won’t even try jalapeños that I’ve made them with the small colored peppers. They look amazing and taste delicious but without the spice for those people. For me, bring on the heat.

  4. Hishinlai' R Peter

    Sounds like a very good and delicious Christmas Day brunch. Can’t wait to make them. Thank you so much!

  5. Lynda Tewell

    Great recipe!! I substituted melted Brie for cream cheese, since my boyfriend doesn’t like cream cheese on anything but his bagel, and it was outstanding! A keeper recipe.

  6. Paula M Garson

    You can shortcut recipe… More economical also…. Use a spicy crab dip (already made)… Stuff into jalapeno… I would add panko bread crumbs as a topper… Butter on top … Broil till golden brown and crispy!

    1. Just look for another’s recipe. There are millions out there. I see a lot of recipes I may not want to make, but I don’t criticize them. The world doesn’t revolve around what you want. Surprise!

  7. Spotlessly Clean

    I love jalapeños. Once I have been worked for KFC so at their I tried jalapeno burgers ever before and I really enjoyed that. Now I think I’m also gonna love this dish.

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