Crab-Stuffed Morels

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Each spring while searching for morels, my cousin and I inevitably discuss different ways to prepare them. He was curious about stuffing them, so I came up with this twist on crab stuffing.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 morels


  • 6 (4-inch) morel mushrooms

  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, or more to taste

  • cup cooked crabmeat

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 pinch ground white pepper

  • 1 pinch garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon butter, or as needed

  • 2 egg whites

  • ½ cup Italian-style bread crumbs


  1. Clean morels thoroughly, rinsing the insides as best as possible. Cut stem down to 1 inch to create a clear opening to insert stuffing.

  2. Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, shaking frequently until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Let cool; chop finely.

  3. Combine pine nuts, crabmeat, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, thyme, pepper, garlic powder in a food processor; pulse into a fine paste.

  4. Spoon crab paste into a heavy-duty plastic bag and snip off 1 corner with scissors. Pipe paste into morels.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease with butter.

  6. Beat 2 egg whites in a bowl. Place bread crumbs in a second bowl. Roll stuffed morels in the egg whites, then coat evenly with bread crumbs. Place morels on the prepared baking sheet, leaving plenty of space between them.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Flip morels and rotate the baking sheet every 5 minutes to ensure even baking. Serve while still warm.

Cook's Notes:

I haven't tried substituting cream cheese for mayo yet, and I'd be curious what a little Old Bay Seasoning added in would taste like...

Injection of the mix can be tough given the smaller diameter of a Morel's stem. I prefer to use a marinade injector without the needle, but a heavy duty baggie with the corner snipped could work as well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

117 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 117
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 272mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 65mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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