This recipe is a spinoff from our cornbread deviled crab recipe but in the form of a meaty crab cake. Use as much blue crab meat as you like! With the addition of Chilau Sauce, it's like a crab cake that already has the hot sauce cooked into the center with that authentic gulf coast flavor!
My take on a classic conch fritter recipe from the Bahamas with a new twist using the batter to fry up some delicious shrimp! Feel free to use the same batter recipe to make traditional fritters with conch, crab meat, lobster, shrimp or whatever deliciousness you want to throw in there!
Tampa Style Deviled Crabs are a unique and delicious street food item that was birthed in Ybor City (Tampa, FL) during the same era that gave Crab Chilau is popularity. This recipe is not intended to mimic that exact recipe but is a new twist on the classic with sweet cornbread interior and the spicy kick of Chilau Sauce and Crab Meat!!!!
Put away the pots and grab some skewers, foil and Chilau Sauce. The seafood feast is all about feeding the crowd with marinated shrimp, blue crab, snow crab, smoked sausage and corn. This preparation will surely make you an all-star at your next tailgate or bbq.
I say "cajun style" because this chilau based recipe tastes better than the cajun pasta at your favorite restaurant, and you can make it in 30 minutes in your own kitchen. I went with Shrimp and Smoked Sausage but feel free to Put Your Spin On It!