Seafood Enchiladas are creamy and cheesy and full of shrimp, scallops, and crab. A seriously good enchilada recipe! This Mexican-inspired recipe is flavor-packed with vegetables and melted cheeses, wrapped in flour tortillas then smothered in a bold green enchilada cream sauce. Oh my!
Why You'll Love This Recipe for Seafood Enchiladas
"These creamy seafood enchiladas are just what you need when you want a change-up from a traditional enchilada recipe. No need to go out to eat, invite your friends over and impress them with this easy meal!"
Simply Delicious Recipe
Creamy seafood enchiladas filled with tender seafood (shrimp, crab, and scallops) and lots of veg like mushrooms, spinach, and zucchini - then smothered in our most delicious green enchilada cream sauce. Yes, PLEASE! If your family or friends love seafood they will be all over this recipe.
These enchiladas are a seafood lover's dream. The creamy sauce pairs perfectly with the seafood and are very balanced. Customize your favorites into this dish to make them made just for you.
There are several ways you can adapt this recipe to meet your dietary needs:
- You'll love how many vegetables are in this recipe - much more than most enchiladas - zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, and onion.
- There is no added sugar in this recipe.
- Choose gluten free tortillas if you are gluten intolerant.
- Make it low carb and keto friendly by using low-carb tortillas or another keto option. You can also make this without tortillas and turn it into a casserole - just bulk up with extra vegetables and reduce the enchilada sauce by half.
- To lower the fat: Choose lower fat dairy options when shopping for ingredients to help keep this recipe lower in fat.
Creamy Seafood Enchiladas Ingredients
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this Seafood Enchilada recipe:
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Sweet Onion - you'll love the very mild sweetness that the onions lend to the dish. You could also use a yellow onion.
- Baby Portabella Mushrooms - this is a personal preference on mushrooms. Baby portabella mushrooms add extra flavor and tend to hold their texture when cooked.
- Zucchini - adds freshness to the enchiladas.
- Baby Spinach - gotta get your vegetables in!
- Lump Crab Meat - You can use lump, flaked, and even imitation "crab" if you like. Imitiation crab has a different texture that real crab but it's significantly less expensive but still has good flavor.
- Bay Scallops - these scallops are preferred due to their small size. Sea scallops are larger and would need to be cut down for this recipe.
- Shrimp - raw, medium sized shrimp is what we used. Raw fresh shrimp or frozen and thawed shrimp may be used. Look for already peeled, de-veined and tail-off to decrease your prepping time.
- Sour Cream
- Kosher Salt
- Course Pepper
- Ground Cumin
- Queso Fresco - a traditional cheese used in Mexican recipes and comes in many forms. I used fresh and crumbled over top the enchiladas.
- Flour Tortillas - regular or low carb flour tortillas may be used. Very soft corn tortillas may be substituted.
- Green Enchilada Sauce - use what you prefer here. I really love my homemade green tomatillo enchilada sauce in this recipe. You can also use store-bought canned green enchilada sauce.
- Monterey Jack Cheese - I love the light mild taste and creaminess that jack cheese gives to the recipe.
For exact ingredient quantities, please see the recipe card below!
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Substitutions and Variations
- For added flavor use a combination of butter and olive oil
- You can use any combination of seafood in the recipe as long as you keep the same end amount called for in the recipe. That should be about 24 ounces total. An example would be to use all shrimp or all crab etc.
- If you are not following a low carb or keto diet feel free to use regular flour tortillas.
- Seafood not your thing? Substitute with your favorite protein! Make it chicken enchiladas and use a rotisserie chicken and shred the meat. You could also grab your favorite steak and cut into thin strips.
- Substitute corn tortillas with flour tortillas if you prefer.
- Make it spicier by adding diced jalepeno pepper to your skillet when you add the vegetables and onions. You could also top your enchiladas with fresh diced jalepeno pepper as well.
How To Make Seafood Enchiladas
Here's an overview for making this seafood enchilada recipe - for complete instructions, please see the printable recipe card below. Enjoy!
1. Saute the vegetables in a large skillet over medium high heat until tender.
2. Add the seafood and cook until done.
Finish Seafood Filling
3. Finish the filling and sauce by adding the sour cream and enchilada sauce and seasonings.
4. Assemble the enchiladas by filling them with the seafood mixture and a little with cheese. Place the rolled tortillas in a prepared baking dish.
5. Spread any remaining sauce and filling over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
6. Cover with foil and bake until heated through and bubbly.
How To Serve This Seafood Enchilada Recipe
- Garnish with cilantro or green onion for that pretty green and freshness.
- Top off your enchiladas with some of your favorites! We like to use sour cream, avocado, tomatoes, green onions, or black olives.
- Spanish or Mexican rice is our favorite side dish to any Mexican meal. Make it healthier by using riced cauliflower in place of white rice.
- A side salad is quick and easy to put together for this meal. A lighter side pairs well with these filling enchiladas! Try our Avocado Dressing, it would go perfect with this recipe!
Scallop Shrimp and Crab Enchiladas Top Tip
- Be careful not to overcook your shrimp, scallops, and crab when sauteeing. This will make them chewy or have a rubber-like consistency. Only saute until they are just done. They will finish baking in the oven.
Because of its milder flavor, green enchiladas sauce goes best with the seafood in this recipe. There are two versions on our site Green Enchiladas Sauce and Tomatillo Enchilada Sauce. Both use green chili peppers but the tomatillo sauce uses predominately tomatillos.
Both can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge until you make this recipe. You can also freeze them. For ease and time, you can also use store-bought canned sauce.
Yes, absolutely. It is best to make the filling in advance and prep what else you can like grate the cheese. When you are ready to bake continue with the recipe filling the tortillas then baking. If the filling is cold let it come to room temperature or add some time in the oven.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container. I like to store my leftovers in individual servings sizes to pull out and reheat for lunch or dinner. Seafood enchiladas will keep up to 3 days if stored in an airtight container.
I do not recommend freezing this recipe. When frozen and then thawed, the ingredients in this recipe release a good amount of moisture, making the enchiladas full of water. This recipe also uses sour cream in the sauce, and cream, in general, does not freeze and then thaw well.
Best Seafood Enchiladas Recipe
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 ounces medium-size shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- 6 ounce can lump crab meat (drained)
- 8 ounces bay scallops
- 1 large sweet onion (diced)
- 6 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
- 1 cup zucchini (cut into ½" pieces)
- 4 ounces fresh baby spinach
- 12 ounces sour cream
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 8 8" low carb whole wheat flour tortillas (regular flour tortillas are fine too)
- 20 ounces green enchilada sauce
- 4 ounces queso fresco (crumbled)
- 12 ounces monterey jack cheese (grated)
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9 inch casserole dish.
- Preheat a 12" skillet over medium-high heat with butter and oil.
- Add onion, zucchini, and mushrooms to the skillet. Saute until the onions are translucent and the vegetables are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add spinach to the skillet and stir until wilted, about 3 minutes.
- Add shrimp, scallops, and crab meat to the skillet. Saute until the shrimp just start to turn pink, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Stir in sour cream, 1 cup of the enchilada sauce, salt, pepper, and cumin.
- For each tortilla, spread ½ cup of seafood mixture in the center then sprinkle 1 tablespoon of queso fresco, and 1 tablespoon jack cheese.
- Roll each tortilla, leaving the ends open. Place rolled tortillas seam side down into a prepared baking dish.
- Spread any remaining filling and enchilada sauce over the enchiladas, then sprinkle with the remaining jack cheese.
- Cover the enchiladas with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes, or until heated through and bubbly.
- Don't miss all of our helpful hints, substitution ideas, cooking tips, and other delicious recipes that can be found in our post. Check it out!
- Substitutions: You can use any combination of crab meat, shrimp, and scallops as long as you keep the same volume called for in the recipe (24 ounces total). For example, use all shrimp, or just crab and shrimp! Use Keto-friendly tortillas or low-carb tortillas if watching your carbs. Shredded rotisserie chicken is a very excellent substitute as well as thinly sliced carne asada or ground beef.
- Top Tips: Be careful not to overcook your seafood. Only cook it until it's almost done. The crab, shrimp, and scallops will finish off in the oven as the casserole bakes.
- Serving Suggestions: I serve my enchiladas with rice or riced cauliflower. Top with sour cream, avocado, and cilantro - or other favorite toppings such as tomatoes, black olives, or diced onions.
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