Stuffed Tilapia


Stuffed Tilapia

You know I try to use up everything in my freezer and pantry. Throwing away food bothers me. Not only for the amount of money I am wasting but I feel guilty about the energy, animals and everything else that went into making or growing the food I bought.

I was cleaning up the freezer earlier and getting a better inventory when I found two bags of bread that I have been saving to make bread crumbs. I needed the space in the freezer upstairs so I decided it was time. If you have a food processor this is super simple but I have a box grater. I took a break after the first bag but I am going to have arms of steel when I am done!

Homemade Bread Crumbs

All these great homemade breadcrumbs were part of dinner the other night! The chunks are just a reminder that it is homemade breadcrumbs. I started with the Crab-Stuffed Tilapia Recipe from Taste of Home.com. (click for link to original recipe) As you know I never quite make it the same way as anyone else does. I hope you will take both of these and make it your own!

Verdict:

This was really good. It smelled fishy when it first started cooking which made me nervous but then the smell of the stuffing came through. It was a good solid dish that both kids ate all of their fish and stuffing. There wasn’t any left after dinner.

I served this with a vegetables and green salad. If you wish to make this dish gluten-free just use gluten-free bread crumbs and remember to make sure all your spices are gluten-free. My son liked having stuffing just like everyone else.

Stuffed Tilapia

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. tilapia fillets, thawed if frozen and patted dry
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups crab meat
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2/3  cup mayonnaise
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons diced pimentos, drained
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt & pepper
  • paprika

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 9 x 13 casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions and celery until onions are translucent.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in crab meat, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, eggs, pimentos, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Place the stuffing in the bottom of the casserole dish and lay the fish fillets over the top. Sprinkle the fish with paprika.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and return fish to oven for 10-15 additional minutes when fish is easily flaked with a fork.
  6. Allow fish to rest 3 minutes before serving.

 

13 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m not familiar with this fish, but it looks so good and crab meat too 😋

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Tilapia is a mild white fish that is very popular in the US because it is fairly inexpensive and not very “fishy” tasting. They are now coming out with warnings against eating Tilapia farmed from China and making sure it is wild caught or ethically farmed which is not always easy.

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      1. I do enjoy white fish. I guess I could use another type and follow your recipe?

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          It should be fine. Tilapia is just a suggestion. I truly suggest taking the recipes as a starting point and making them your own! Change the fish, change the spices, it is all up to you! 🙂

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  2. Bernice says:

    Looks delicious!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Love the recipe and the bread crumbs! Great idea Marci!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. Ever frugal…

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I love Tilapia. I am sure this tastes really good!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Like

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