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Crab-Stuffed Tilapia

Make a reservation for four at your dining room table. With this elegant, restaurant-quality dish, you can turn an ordinary Tuesday night into a supper celebration. —Linda Stemen, Monroeville, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


  • In a large skillet, saute onion and celery in 1/4 cup butter until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in the crab, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, egg, pimientos and seafood seasoning. Spread 1/3 cup crab mixture over fillets. Roll up each from the pointed end; secure with toothpicks.
  • Place seam side down in a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Melt remaining butter; drizzle over fish. Sprinkle with salt and paprika.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 400° until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 25-30 minutes. Discard toothpicks. Spoon pan juices over fish.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 608 calories, 47g fat (21g saturated fat), 248mg cholesterol, 894mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 40g protein.

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  • Jace
    Apr 1, 2019

    I've made this before but needed to modify the flavors a little... I made this last night, but instead of seafood seasoning, I used old bay and more than 1/4 teaspoon., I also added spinach to my crab mixture, it was very tasty, served along with lemon pepper shrimp over rice and teriyaki asparagus, Delicious

  • Marguerite
    Dec 26, 2018

    I have used this recipe several times but this Christmas I did it a little different. Instead of rolling the stuffing inside, I left the tilapia flat in the pan and spread the stuffing on top, covering the pan with aluminum foil which prevented the stuffing from burning. The tilapia was flaky and the stuffing perfect. My family prefers this method.

  • justmbeth
    Dec 1, 2018

    I first made this a while back and it is really good. I may have went a bit heavy on the seafood seasoning but otherwise made as written.

  • Kim
    Nov 18, 2018

    This recipe is DELICIOUS! Have made this wonderful recipe for years, and it is a favorite of my husband’s and 10-year-old daughter. I follow the recite to the letter, with the exception of adding A LOT of Old Bay and some fresh garlic. It is so nice, to find a recipe that is not only easy to make, but one that is so elegant and “gourmet.” Everyone for whom I’ve ever made this always raves about it. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this delectable delight!

  • Gwendolyn
    May 21, 2018

    This was delicious except I put the tilapia in water with lemon and let stand while prepping other ingredients. Also used obay seasoning in place of seafood seasoning and doubled the amount. I seasoned the tilapia with nature's seasoning and low sodium seasoning salt before stuffing with crab meat but tilapia would not roll. I also prepared a lemon butter sauce (Browned butter) and drizzled over finished dish. Also, prepared the kale and quinoa salad which made the meal perfect.

  • Lori
    Oct 4, 2017

    Way too plain. I even added a few extra spices on the fish. Lemon juice lime juice an paprika. Just on the fish for flavor. Let it do an in then added the stuffing. Not enough taste . Needs something I just can't figure out what but I will and next time minus mayo use beef broth like I do in my stuffed flounder with shrimp stuffing. Their almost the same recipe minus the egg and mayo. Replace with broth . I'll retry with additionsI suggest adding flavors if your making this it's really bland. Good carb wise for diabetics but not tasty. They suffer enough if they're doing it right so I don't minus the taste for them . This one's just not good. I gave it 3 stars cause it gave me ideas on how to make it better plus it's not horrible. It could taste bad it doesn't it just needs spices plus the changes I mentioned.

  • Barbara
    Jul 26, 2017

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  • PrplMonky5
    May 26, 2017

    This was SO delicious! It was just my husband and I, so I cut the entire recipe in half. There was so much filling, I couldn't really "roll" the tilapia, more like just fold it over. Didn't matter, this was beyond delicious. I skipped the pimientos because we didn't have any. For the seafood seasoning, I used Old Bay. I added in a little extra to the mixture, then sprinkled a bit on top. Next time I have extra crab, I'm definitely making this again.

  • Suzie
    Jan 3, 2017

    Outstanding! Definitely restaurant quality. Excellent flavors - this was fabulous. Made it exactly as is - I'm sure there are many little tweaks one can add to adjust to personal preferences, but as this stands it is fabulous and just what I was looking for for the perfect New Years Eve dinner. Thank you so much!!!

  • pamirra
    Apr 11, 2013

    absolutely yummy, the only changes i made were substituting red pepper for the pimento and doubled the old bay