Crab fries with, shrimp, Old Bay seasoning, and a creamy cheese sauce! Come on doesn’t that sound mouthwatering? I made this delicious game day combo with a batch of fries and boy oh boy this was a hit! These crab fries with a cold drink on the side. Yes, please sign me up! 

old bay fries

What Is Crab Fries?

I’m so glad to tell you about my cheesy old bay seafood fries. They are what I like to call a piece of soul-food heaven. The crinkle fries are fried up in a hot batch of oil. Next, layered in a seafood creamy cheese sauce. This recipe takes all of 20 minutes to recreate these old bay fries. You will love the simplicity on top of the mind-blowing taste. So, are you sold yet? I can pretty much answer that for you. Yes!! 

Ingredients You Will Need

Crab fries
Crab fries
  • French  Fries- You can make homemade fries from scratch with russet potatoes or you can grab the precut frozen ones from your local grocery store.
  • Crab meat- Lump crab meat is the winner of this crab fries meal. 
  • Shrimp- I use precooked peeled and deveined shrimp but you are welcome to use fresh shrimp. 
  • Shredded Cheese- Sharp cheese is the best for these seafood fries. They give them a savory type of flavor!  
  • Seasonings- Old bay also known as crab seasoning, garlic powder, and paprika is all I used. The old bay is a seasoning all by itself. 

How To Make Old Bay Crab Fries?

  • I first want to start off by saying this recipe is the easy version. No homemade fries here but I do have a Cajun homemade fries recipe here if you want homemade.
  • Begin by preparing your French fries. You can fry or bake them. You can also make them in the air fryer. It’s your preference.
  • Next, to a medium-high skillet add butter, minced garlic, and allow to melt. Add in your seasoned shrimp and allow to cook until the shrimp goes from translucent to opaque. So, about 2 minutes on each side. 
  • Remove from the skillet and add butter. Once melted add in heavy whipping cream, more seasonings, cheese, and lump crab meat. Bring to a slight simmer and stir well. 
  • Add the cheese sauce over the fries along with the shrimp. At this point, you can taste the fries and add more old bay seasoning if need be and garnish with fresh parsley.

Substitutions/Variations For Crab Fries

Fries- I use shoestring French fries but you can definitely use the crinkle-cut fries or waffle fries. This is what I recommend but like I said I used it. Shoestring fries because it was all that I had on hand. 

Crabmeat– If you don’t want the lump crab meat that comes prepackaged. You can also use fresh snow crab legs or Dungeness crab. You will just have to remove the shell or get the prepackaged snow crab legs. 

Imitation Crab- If you want to cut the cost of these seafood fries you can use imitation crab meat instead of fresh crab meat.

Cheese- You can try to switch up the cheeses and use something like American cheese or about 1 Tablespoon of cream cheese. 

Equipment For Crab Fries

Deep Fryer- You can use a skillet or a fryer. I love to use a deep fryer especially when I am making these old bay fries for a lot of people. 

Cooking Utensils- Forks, and w spoon that can remove fries from grease easily. 

Paper Towels- If you are frying you will need a paper towel to help remove any excess grease.

Storage 

Store these old bay fries in an airtight container but be mindful that the fries may become soggy.

Crab fries

Tips 

  • Try not to cook the shrimp more than the recommended time. This will cause the shrimp to become very chewy and unpleasant to eat and nobody wants that. 
  • Always allow the grease to drain from the fries. If you choose to fry. 

Crab Fries with Cheese Sauce (Quick and Easy) 

Crab fries with, shrimp, Old Bay seasoning, and a creamy cheese sauce! Come on doesn’t that sound mouthwatering? I made this delicious game day combo with a batch of crinkle fries and boy oh boy this was a hit! These crab fries with a cold drink on the side. Yes, please! 
Crab fries
Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 Cup Sharp Shredded Cheese
  • 1 Bag French Fries 32 Oz
  • 1 Cup Lump Crab Meat
  • 1 Cup Shrimp
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 Stick Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • Fresh Parsley Garnish

Instructions

  • Begin by preparing your French fries. You can fry or bake them. Homemade french fries work with this recipe as well. It’s your preference.
    1 Bag French Fries
  • Next, to a medium-high skillet add olive oil, and minced garlic. Add in your shrimp and season with garlic powder and paprika. Allow to cook until the shrimp goes from translucent to opaque. So, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet.
    1 Cup Shrimp, 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder, 1 Teaspoon Paprika, 1 Tablespoon Olive oil, 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • To the same skillet add butter. Once melted, add in heavy whipping cream, and seasonings, cheese and lump crab meat. Bring to a slight simmer and stir well.
    1 Cup Lump Crab Meat, 2 Cups Heavy Cream, 1 Tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning, 1/2 Stick Butter, 1 Cup Sharp Shredded Cheese
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the fries along with the shrimp. At this point, you can taste the fries and add more old bay seasoning if need be and garnish with fresh parsley.
    Fresh Parsley

Nutrition

Calories: 2111kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 93gFat: 189gSaturated Fat: 112gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 54gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 989mgSodium: 1818mgPotassium: 1494mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 7297IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 586mgIron: 4mg
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword crab fries, old bay fries

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