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Crab-Stuffed Tilapia Recipe

Crab-Stuffed Tilapia Recipe

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. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 packages (3.53 ounces each) premium crabmeat, drained
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Place seam side down in a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Melt remaining butter; drizzle over fish. Sprinkle with salt and paprika.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Discard toothpicks. Spoon pan juices over fish. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed tilapia: 608 calories, 47g fat (21g saturated fat), 248mg cholesterol, 894mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 40g protein.

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Reviewed 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 additions

I 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

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

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"This "recipe" is sadly lacking in my opinion.even if I knew what seafood seasoning was. Two very plain-tasting proteins, tilapia and crab?"

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"It was very good. I substituted a sautéed red bell pepper for pimientos because I don't care for them."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"Delicious! I used diced jalapeno and red bell pepper instead of celery and pimiento for extra kick. I also increased the Old Bay seasoning since the original amount seemed to lack a little for my taste."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"easy to make! Substituted olive oil instead of butter. Yummy ; )"

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"This was easy and delicious. I made a slight change to the recipe; Instead of rolling the fillet/ stuffing mixture, I placed 1 3 oz. fillet in the pan, spread 1/4 of the mixture on it and covered with another 3 oz. fillet."

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I made this for my family when they were visiting from out of town. We all loved it. It was so delicious! Plus, it's so easy. It's really hard to beat a dish that is so yummy and so simple to make."

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