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Florida Seafood Casserole Recipe
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Florida Seafood Casserole Recipe

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We have lots of friends from up North who come down here to Florida each winter to be our of the snow and in the sun. They always love to be served fresh seafood, a green salad and pie made with just-ripened strawberries. So I always try to accommodate them...and they usually compliment the chef!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups cooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup chopped cooked peeled shrimp
  • 1 cup crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pimientos
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  1. In a small saucepan, saute onion in butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually whisk in milk and cream. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in the rice, shrimp, crab, water chestnuts, lemon juice, pimientos, parsley and 1/2 cup cheese.
  2. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Florida Seafood Casserole in Country Extra January 1993, p51

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"this tasted good.I felt it needed a little more liquid because it came out a little on the dry side."

Reviewed May. 8, 2011

"Fabulous! I sauted the onion and shrimp and scallops (frozen, but defrosted) with Old Bay and I threw in a package of crab not that imitation stuff. I squeezed on Lemon. I did not use flour. I had a jar of leftover Alfredo sauce which i poured all ove the seafood. Threw in a few peas with the water chestnuts. Used cooked rice pilaf and Orzo and threw all in a baking dish for 20 minutes. This is soooooooooooo good!!"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Good thing I taste tested first -- No flavor only a small amount of salt & pepper - very bland. However, I added 1-2 teaspoons of Old Bay Seasoning and WOW we all really loved it. NOW, I will make again!"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"EXCELLENT! Very yummy, a nice change of pace."

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2008

"Better picture in my documents - Recipes"

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