Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole

Bring the wonderful flavors of Louisiana into your kitchen with this mouthwatering Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole -  thick pieces of shrimp, crabmeat, salty diced ham, and a mix of flavorful vegetables underneath a cheesy crusted topping.   

Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole on a small plate with the remainder of the casserole in a baking dish in the background

I must really be craving a trip back home to New Orleans.  Looking over my recent recipes for a Muffuletta,  Fried Bowtie Pasta, the King Cake and Praline posts, I'd say it must be true.

This Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole is totally reminiscent of the Stuffed Eggplant dishes I've enjoyed at various New Orleans restaurants.  The real difference here is that I didn't actually "stuff" the eggplant.

Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole on a small plate next to the remainder of the casserole in a baking dish and a glass of white wine

Usually, when making stuffed eggplant, the eggplant is halved and cooked, then hallowed out and stuffed with a seafood and eggplant mixture.

Instead of doing that, I peeled, chopped and boiled the eggplant, then combined the cooked eggplant with a delicious combination of ham, shrimp, crabmeat and seasonings.

I wanted to serve this "stuffed eggplant" casserole style, where I could spoon a portion into a bowl and enjoy it completely.

Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole on a small plate next to the remainder of the casserole in a baking dish

Here's how this Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole comes together...

Choose 2 small to medium sized eggplants.  Rinse, dry, peel and chop into cubes.

Two Eggplants on a cutting board

Boil the eggplant in enough water to cover in a saucepan until tender.

Chopped eggplant in boiling water in a saucepan

Drain the eggplant and set aside.

Chopped eggplant draining in a colander

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and add cubed ham and sauté until browned.

Cubed ham sautéing in a saucepan

Add chopped onions, celery and garlic and sauté until the onion is caramelized.

Chopped onions, celery and garlic added to cubed ham sautéing in a saucepan

Add chicken base (a highly concentrated chicken stock which is found near chicken bouillon cubes and other soups in your grocery store), thyme, oregano, green onions and shrimp.

Adding shrimp to chopped onions, celery, garlic, and cubed ham in a saucepan

Cook for 10 minutes.

Shrimp, chopped onions, celery, garlic, and cubed ham cooking in a saucepan

Add the eggplant and cook for a minute.

Shrimp, chopped onions, celery, garlic, and cubed ham cooking in a saucepan

Now add the bread crumbs, eggs, cayenne pepper and black pepper.

Adding bread crumbs to shrimp, chopped onions, celery, garlic, and cubed ham in a saucepan

Fold in the crabmeat, transfer to a large baking dish and top with shredded Romano cheese.

Two containers of crab meat

Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole in a baking dish topped with parmesan cheese before it gets put into the oven

Bake the seafood casserole in the oven for 30 minutes.

Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole on a small plate next to the remainder of the casserole in a baking dish and a glass of white wine

If you're serving this casserole to someone who isn't a huge fan of eggplant, don't worry.  The eggplant taste is very mild. There are so many other wonderful flavors here; thick pieces of shrimp, salty diced ham, a mix of flavorful vegetables and the cheesy crusted topping.  It is a rich dish too.

This recipe could easily serve 8 to 10 people along with a cup of soup, a salad or bread.

Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole

Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole-thick pieces of shrimp, crabmeat, salty diced ham, and a mix of flavorful vegetables underneath a cheesy crusted topping.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 cups small to medium eggplants (about 2 peeled and cubed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 6 ounces ham , cubed (2 cups)
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 1 rib celery , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 tablespoons chicken base
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 cup green onions , chopped (about 4)
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp , uncooked, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs , lightly beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspooon black pepper
  • 16 ounces crab meat , flaked
  • 1 cup Romano cheese , grated

Instructions

  • Boil the eggplant in enough salted water to cover in a saucepan until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the ham and saute until browned.
  • Add the additional tablespoon of oil to the pan along with the onion, celery and garlic and saute until the onion is caramelized.
  • Add the chicken base, thyme, oregano, green onions and shrimp. Saute for 10 minutes.
  • Add the eggplant and cook for 1 minute to get any water out.
  • Stir in the bread crumbs, eggs, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat and fold in the crab meat. Spoon into a large, buttered baking dish and sprinkle with the Romano cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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26 thoughts on “Seafood Stuffed Eggplant Casserole”

  1. Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do

    This is such a unique recipe! I’ve only tried eggplant a few times. I don’t know why I don’t cook with it more! This recipe looks fantastic.

  2. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    I just love this recipe! I love eggplant, and this looks so amazing! Love all the flavors and New Orleans inspiration in the flavors!

  3. Heather // girlichef

    Ummmmm – WOAH! This looks amazing. I’ve been craving all things seafood lately, and you don’t know how bad I want this in my belly.

  4. Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T

    What an elegant casserole! Simple enough for every day but special enough for company. Love it!

  5. This is a totally fascinating combo! And I’ve never tried boiling eggplant but it seems like such a great technique. I love this captivating combination. Thank you!

  6. Angela {mind-over-batter.com}

    A visit to New Orleans is on my list. I know I’ll need to mega cardio beforehand. When I see dishes from New Orleans I just know: Someone is rolling me onto the plane. Love this dish. I’m a fan of eggplant and of shrimp. I can probably eat this entire casserole.

  7. How I wish I could wiggle my nose and find this dish had magically appeared in my oven tonight! What a wonderful meal!

  8. Martha @ A Family Feast

    I’m heading to New Orleans in two weeks – and your dish has me so excited to try some great food! This looks wonderful!

    1. There are so many wonderful places to eat in New Orleans. When you go, let me know and I’ll pass along all my favorite restaurants and a few favorites only the locals know about 🙂

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