Baked Potatoes With Crab, Jalapeño and Mint Recipe (2024)

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Baked Potatoes With Crab, Jalapeño and Mint Recipe (1)

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1 hour, 15 minutes
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Mark Ladner, when he was the chef at Del Posto in New York, used to serve a dish of pasta with crab, jalapeño and mint. Here the canvas is potato flesh instead, along with sour cream and butter and cheese. Pair with steak for an elegant take on the classic surf-and-turf dinner, or serve it on its own, with a green salad and a sharp white wine.

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Yield:4 servings

  • 4large baking potatoes, like russets
  • 1teaspoon olive oil
  • ½pound lump crab meat
  • 1teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tablespoon mint leaves, shredded
  • 1jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4tablespoons sour cream
  • 4tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1cup grated Parmesan cheese.

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Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

645 calories; 28 grams fat; 15 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 9 grams monounsaturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 70 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams dietary fiber; 3 grams sugars; 32 grams protein; 1163 milligrams sodium

Note: The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Baked Potatoes With Crab, Jalapeño and Mint Recipe (2)


  1. Preheat oven to 450.

  2. Step


    Scrub potatoes under running water; dry them, and rub the skin of each with the oil and a little salt. Pierce the skin of each in three or four places with the tines of a fork.

  3. Step


    Place the potatoes in the oven, and roast for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the potatoes, until they offer no resistance when a knife is inserted in their centers.

  4. Step


    While the potatoes are baking, lightly toss the crab meat in a bowl with the lemon juice, olive oil, shredded mint, diced jalapeño and sour cream.

  5. Step


    When the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven, slice them open down the middle and use a spoon to scrape out their flesh into a bowl. Add the butter, salt and pepper and mash to combine. Spoon the mixture back into the empty jackets, place on a baking sheet, top with the crab-meat mixture and shower with cheese. Return to the oven for approximately 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and golden.



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Nicole Goldberg

I always substitute plain yogurt for sour cream, it is a healthier option and works just as fine as sour cream. Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for optimal experience.


Didn't sound appetizing--crab, cheese on a baked potato--but it was absolutely delicious. I made with the following modifications: bell pepper instead of jalepeno plus a dash of serrate sauce!


Very good-had it for lunch. I think it would make an excellent appetizer using small potatoes. It could be made in advance then assembled and reheated in the oven with the cheese just before serving.


I agree -- I think cilantro would be great with the jalapeño, rather than mint.


Mint??? I added it as the recipe requested but was thinking mint isn't the herb I would associate with potatoes or crab. While we were eating the stuffed potatoes, we kept getting tastes of minty toothpaste - not very pleasant. Otherwise - great recipe.


Wonderful, especially for a Maryland raised girl. Made a veggie version simply eliminating the crab, for my husband who raved about it.


Microwave the potatoes. Ain't nobody got time to wait 45min for potatoes.


Added an extra jalapeño, minced two bell peppers to get a little more of a crunch + some extra veggies. Cut down the butter; subbed greek yogurt for the sour cream. Freshly grated parm!

Crazy cat lady

I made this with roasted red bells, cilantro, yogurt, and a little less cheese. Local Dungeness crab. Absolutely delicious. Do bake the potatoes if possible--the difference in texture between microwaved and baked is worth it. Go read a book, have a glass of wine, take a nap...


Recipe was good, not great. Jalapeno was not that spicy., next time I will add hot sauce.


Ack, don’t microwave! Microwave “baked” potatoes taste like they were boiled.


You could really fancy this up: lobster instead of crab, red onion, lose the cheese, maybe some "caviar" (lumpfish roe if not the good stuff) on top. It also dresses down: tuna, scallions, French grainy mustard in the sour cream.


Made for two. Two potatoes. 1/2 lb crab. 1/2 jalapeño. 2 tablespoons butter sour cream per recipe. Cilantro instead of mint. Rest per recipe. Delicious. Rose wine. Served with green beans. But steak and salad would be awesome!


More lemon juice (used ~ 1 T)A little more jalapeño depending on how hot (used a little less than half of a really hot one)Sauce worked well for two large potatoes splitting one between two people


Very tasty dish and a nice twist on twice baked potatoes. I added a little milk to the potato mash to get a smoother consistency. Topping was perfect amount for two very large potatoes.


I followed the recipe as is. the result was dry and bland. seems a waste of good crab. IF I made it again I would sautée some diced onions and add a lot more butter.


Delicious! I searched at three stores for mint no luck, made it without.


I know I'm not going to be able to get fresh crab -- what do you guys recommend, canned or imitation??


Canned, never imitation. Canned crab is real crab. Imitation crab is artificially-colored-and-flavored pollock, with a questionable texture.


Use Duck fat in step-one

John Buckley

step 1 is to turn the oven on to 450 degrees


Added an extra jalapeño, minced two bell peppers to get a little more of a crunch + some extra veggies. Cut down the butter; subbed greek yogurt for the sour cream. Freshly grated parm!


Made the crab topping and put it onto a fillet of halibut. Wrapped in foil and grilled for 10 minutes. Very good. Will use the crab topping again.


Absolutely yummy, cooked just as outlined in the recipe!!


Completely underwhelming. I really wanted to like this but my husband and I both went ‘meh.’

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