Seafood Newburg

shrimp and scallops newburg
Diana Rattray
  • 31 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 16 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings

This creamy seafood combination makes a delicious meal, and it can be made with whatever seafood you like or have on hand. The shrimp and lobster combination is wonderful, but scallops, crab, or even chunks of fish may be used in the recipe. The cheddar cheese can be replaced with grated Parmesan cheese or another mild shredded cheese.

The seafood can be served on simple buttered toast points, rice, noodles, or split freshly baked biscuits. 

Related Recipe: Creamy Shrimp Newburg

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound extra-large shrimp
  • 4 to 8 ounces crab, scallops, or lobster (thawed, drained, and diced)
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter 
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half and half, warmed (see the tips for alternatives)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • Optional: ground paprika

How to Make It

  1. Remove the shells from the shrimp. With a sharp knife, make a shallow cut down the back of each shrimp; remove the dark vein. If the vein doesn't come out easily, scrape it out with the tip of the knife. Rinse well, chop coarsely, and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. To the shrimp, add the lobster or crabmeat along with the sherry, lemon juice, and nutmeg. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the flour and continue cooking for about 3 minutes, while stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in about 1/4 cup of the half-and-half. Gradually add the remaining half-and-half, whisking constantly. Add the salt and continue cooking until bubbling and thickened.
  1. In a bowl, whisk the heavy cream with the egg yolk. Add to the thickened sauce while whisking constantly. Stir in the cheese and continue cooking until the cheese has melted. Add the seafood and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the seafood is thoroughly cooked. 
  2. Spoon the seafood Newburg over toast points, puff pastry shells, or hot cooked rice or noodles. Or serve the seafood over freshly baked biscuits. 
  3. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.
  4. Makes about 4 servings.

Expert Tips

  • Replace the mild cheddar cheese with about 1/3 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
  • If you are using chunks of cooked seafood, add it and cook just until hot.
  • If you don't have half-and-half, replace it with a mixture of 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of heavy cream.
  • Add a tablespoon or two of chopped fresh parsley or thinly sliced green onion tops to the sauce just before the dish is done.
  • For a lighter sauce, replace one-quarter to half of the half-and-half with seafood broth or clam juice.

See Also

Lobster Newburg

Fish Newburg With Haddock