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Crab-Topped Tilapia Recipe

Crab-Topped Tilapia Recipe

“I took the crab filling from a stuffed mushroom recipe that's been in my family for many years, and served it on tilapia fillets for a wonderful company or special occasion meal,” Laura Merkle of Dover, Delaware explains.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tilapia fillets (5 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted, divided
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon marinade for chicken
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 cup lump crabmeat, drained
  • 4 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs, divided

Directions

  • 1. Sprinkle tilapia with pepper and salt. Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; set aside.
  • 2. In a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook the celery, onion and garlic in 2 teaspoons butter until tender. Stir in flour and thyme until blended. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the lemon juice, marinade for chicken and hot pepper sauce.
  • 3. Remove from the heat; stir in mayonnaise until blended. Stir in crab and 3 tablespoons bread crumbs. Spoon onto fillets. Toss remaining bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over crab mixture.
  • 4. Cover and bake at 350° for 18 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Lea & Perrins Marinade for Chicken.

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet equals 248 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 106 mg cholesterol, 618 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 32 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.