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Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole Freezeable | Large Family Casseroles

Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole

Need a delicious make-ahead meal for your large family to enjoy? Try this impressive Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole that combines tasty ingredients and offers plenty of food for everyone in the household.

Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole

If you and your loved ones enjoy eating seafood, this Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole is the perfect meal to make. It combines several fresh ingredients, such as lump crab meat and deveined shrimp, to create a wholesome, tasty dish, and sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It might sound a bit complicated, but this casserole dish is easy to prepare. What makes it even better is that you can make it days, weeks, or even months in advance for your large family. If you have those in your family with seafood allergies or who just don’t like seafood, then make them our Slow Cooker Turkey Breast, our Instant Pot Ham, or our Large Family Turkey and Gravy Leftovers Casserole Bake instead.

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Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole Freezeable | Large Family Casseroles

Ingredients For Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole

If you plan on making the Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole, make sure you have several important ingredients that give the dish its great taste, such as:

  • Long Grain and Wild Rice. Adding rice to this dish is important because it pairs well with the seafood and makes the casserole more filling.
  • Lump Crabmeat. You cannot have a seafood casserole without delicious lump crabmeat.
  • Frozen Shrimp. Grab some frozen shrimp to add to this casserole. Make sure it is deveined and peeled.
  • Green Peppers. Use green peppers to give the dish an extra crunch with even more flavor.
  • Mushroom Stems and Pieces. The mushroom stems and pieces are the perfect addition to this tasty seafood casserole.
  • Mayo. A little mayo helps to create the perfect creamy consistency for the dish.
  • Butter. You will need to add butter to the casserole dish with the mayo.

Along with these essentials, you should have panko breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, milk, pimientos, celery, and onions ready to add to this dish.

How to Freeze the Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole

If you would like to prepare the Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole in advance for your large family, prepare the casserole dish as you typically would without adding the breadcrumb topping to it. You should cover the casserole dish tightly using foil and a casserole lid.

Put it in the fridge and bake it within two days, or put it in the freezer and bake it within three months. If you have it in the freezer, you should pull it out the night before you plan on baking it and give it time to thaw out in your fridge. 

Add the breadcrumb topping to the casserole before placing it in the oven and heating it. You will need to bake the casserole for at least 40 minutes at 375F. When it starts to bubble on the sides and has that freshly crisp appearance, it is good to go.

Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole Freezeable | Large Family Casseroles

The Benefits of Preparing This Make-Ahead Meal

Preparing this meal is beneficial for several reasons. It is not too difficult to make, and it allows you to create a large amount of food for your family. When you have many hungry mouths to feed, you want to prepare a meal with more than enough to go around.

Besides providing food for everyone, you can make this meal when you have spare time to do so and then store it in your fridge or freezer until you want to eat it.

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Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole Freezable Meal

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Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole

Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole Freezeable | Large Family Casseroles

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 9×13 Casserole Dishes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven

Description

Need a delicious make-ahead meal for your large family to enjoy? Try this impressive Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole that combines tasty ingredients and offers plenty of food for everyone in the household.

 


Ingredients

  • 2 (6 ounces) packages long grain and wild rice
  • 6 (6 ounces) cans lump crabmeat, drained well
  • 2 (24 ounce) bags frozen, peeled and deveined shrimp, thawed and drained well
  • 4 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained well
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimentos, drained well
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two 9×13 casserole dishes with nonstick cooking spray.

  1. Cook rice according to package directions.

  2. In a 30 quart mixing bowl, place the rice, crab, shrimp, celery, onion, green pepper, mushrooms, and pimentos. Toss to combine.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce until blended. Stir this sauce into the seafood mixture.

  4. Combine the panko with the butter. Sprinkle over the top of the casseroles.

  5. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the edges of the casseroles are bubbling.

 

To make ahead:

  1. Mix the casseroles but do not add topping.

  2. Cover tightly and refrigerate up to 2 days prior to baking or freeze up to 3 months.

  3. Prior to baking, thaw the casseroles in the refrigerator overnight.  

  4. Add the panko topping before baking.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the edges of the casseroles are bubbling.

 

Keywords: Make-Ahead Seafood Casserole

This Make-ahead casserole is a great recipe for the holidays! It saves time and allows your family to try something new, and maybe even a bit fancy. You’re sure to impress your family and friends with this dish!

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