Crab Quesadillas

Crab Quesadillas

10 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, December 2006

These quesadillas have an irresistibly creamy filling. They also make great appetizers. Make it a meal: Serve with your favorite salsa on top and a cup of black bean soup topped with chopped avocado.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • ½ medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos, (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 8 ounces pasteurized crabmeat, drained if necessary
  • 4 8-inch whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided


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  1. Combine Cheddar, cream cheese, scallions, bell pepper, cilantro, jalapenos (if using), orange zest and juice in a medium bowl. Gently stir in crab. Lay tortillas out on a work surface. Spread one-fourth of the filling on half of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently to flatten.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 quesadillas in the pan and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and quesadillas. Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 302 calories; 10 g fat(4 g sat); 3 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 19 mcg folate; 82 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,369 IU vitamin A; 34 mg vitamin C; 307 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 860 mg sodium; 122 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (57% daily value), Calcium (31% dv), Iron (28% dv), Vitamin A (27% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1 vegetable, 2½ lean meat

Reviews 10

June 11, 2017
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By: Suzanne
These quesadillas were ok. We added cream cheese, omitted jalapeño and would cut back on cilantro next time...we used larger wraps but found there was not enough filling.Will use smaller ones next time. Like the nutrition and healthy aspect to these.
May 23, 2013
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By: mandres268
nice change from traditional quesadillas we omitted the zest and the jalepenos and we really enjoyed these! they were a nice twist on a traditional meal. I liked that it used seafood instead of meat.
November 13, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Crab quesadillas made me quite crabby When I read this recipe I thought the premise of orange zest and orange juice with cheese and crab was a little strange. Neglecting my gut feelings, I figured the recipe must work and be good, otherwise it wouldn't have gotten 4 out of 5 stars. WRONG! I should have read the other reviews before trying this recipe. The orange zest completely overpowered the dish, leaving a lingering bitterness in my mouth. Sadly, I couldn't even taste the crab. It seemed to get lost amongst all of the zest and cheesy goo. My boyfriend, also disappointed with this dish is making a variation as I type this. He is making a crab cake quesadilla. Cooking the crab into a crab cake, crumbling and mixing with the other ingredients, omitting the orange juice and orange zest. Sounds a lot better, we'll see how it turns out. Pros: In theory sounded delicious: gooey cheese, delicate flakey crab Cons: Orange zest was repulsive
August 04, 2011
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By: springtime1960
Disappointing The orange zest & juice should be left out along with the jalapeno, both were way too strong, not leaving you with any sense of crab. I also left out the cilantro, personal preference. I'd probably add a little more cheese and not fry/grill if you plan on cutting these into triangles. I might try microwaving if I make them again. I had fresh caught crab and was looking forward to a great quesadilla, how disappointing. Pros: Easy to make Cons: Flavors were not very good
February 19, 2011
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By: butlerv02
I've Had Better I tried this recipe in hopes that it would be great. I love the combo of cheese and crab. But this came out less tan appealing.. It tasted downright disgusting. Even with salsa. I do not recommend this recipe. Pros: Easy to make Cons: The combination of flavors aren't appealing
May 17, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I really like the citrus taste and have also used lemon and lime juices and zest and love them all!
December 26, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
I made this omitting the orange zest and cilantro as others suggested and added juice of 1/2 lemon, a sprinkle of garlic powder, dash of worchestershire sauce and substituted sealegs for crab. We microwaved them for 45 seconds. Everyone loved them.
November 10, 2009
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By: kelley.borer
These were definitely tasty, but we felt the orange zest overpowered the other flavors. In the future, I would probably increase the amount of jalepenos. They were surprisingly filling!
October 29, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
I made these at our tailgate for the Texans vs 49ers game. Turned out really really good. It was easy, just prepped the filling and left out the crab and jalapenos until the morning, put that in when we got to the lot. Took a scoop put it on a tortilla and pushed them together, threw them on the grill. Everyone loved them, and this is why Houston was voted the #1 tailgating stadium in the NFL!
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