Alaska Crab and Artichoke Quesadilla


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Alaska Crab and Artichoke Quesadilla

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Plate of stacked quesadillas filled with Alaskan crab and artichoke

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    Buttery crab meat and artichokes in a cheesy quesadilla? We must be dreaming. Not only is this recipe a winner for lunch or supper, but you can have it on the table in 30 minutes. 

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 4
    12 to 16 oz Alaska crabmeat (from 2 to 3 pounds Alaska king, snow or dungeness crab)
    1 tbsp. butter
    1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced
    1 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
    8 medium (8 to 9-inch) flour tortillas
    8 oz. smoked Gouda or pepper jack cheese, shredded
    1 (10 oz) jar artichokes, drained and quartered
    4 oz. bottled or canned Piquillo peppers, drained and sliced
    ¼ c. chopped parsley
    ¼ c. chopped chives


    1. Rinse frozen Alaska Crab legs under cold running water to remove any ice glaze; pat dry with paper towels. Discard towels. Steam or boil frozen crab in a large pot for 6 to 8 minutes, until heated through. When cool, use kitchen shears to cut the shells open and remove crabmeat. Chop or shred meat, if desired.
    2. Melt butter in 10- to 12-inch nonstick pan over medium heat. Add jalapeño and stir. Cook for 1 minute. Add crabmeat and warm through. Stir in lemon juice; remove from pan and keep warm.
    3. Wipe out pan; turn heat down to medium-low. In pan, add one tortilla, then layer 2 tablespoons cheese, 3 to 4 oz. crabmeat, one-fourth of the artichokes and Piquillo peppers, 1 tablespoon each of the parsley and chives and another 2 tablespoons cheese. Top with another tortilla, then place a plate (or smaller pan) over the quesadilla. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until cheese melts and tortilla is browned. Cut in quarters to serve. Repeat for remaining quesadillas.
    4. Cook's Tip: Alaska Crab is already fully cooked, so thawed crab legs may be shelled without steaming or boiling.

    Nutrition facts


    681 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 30g
    • Cholesterol: 135mg
    • Sodium: 1498mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 61g
    • Protein: 42g

    Recipe Source:

    Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Hy-Vee ad from December 8, 2013.