Crab Stuffed Salmon

This easy Crab Stuffed Salmon can be on your dinner table in 30 minutes! Salmon fillets are stuffed with a packaged crab cake then covered with cheese and baked. Simply deliciously healthy! Serve with your favorite vegetables and a side or riced cauliflower or a tossed salad. Great for busy weeknights and impressive enough for company.

Closeup of crab stuffing in salmon on white plate.

I love salmon! You can probably tell from all the salmon recipes I have on the blog. Grilled salmon with red pepper sauce, baked salmon with maple glaze, salmon on skewers and this stuffed salmon that is out of this world. It’s important to have seafood at least two times a week and salmon is one of the better fish to eat. It is rich in omega-3’s, low in calories and saturated fat and high in protein. You can’t beat that for healthy!

Closeup of moist salmon and crab stuffing.

This recipe takes a salmon dinner up a notch. I mean, it wasn’t enough to have my beloved salmon but then I stuffed it with my second favorite – crab cakes! And You don’t even have to make them yourself. It turns out equally as well with Phillips frozen crab cakes as it did when I made mine fresh. Here’s a crab cake recipe if you want to make your own.) Stick with crab cakes that don’t have much filler and the result will be totally awesome. The top with cheese and you’ll be drooling waiting for this to come out of the oven. And you won’t have long to wait since the entire dish takes about 30 minutes. 

Bite of salmon above white dinner plate.

Take one bite and you’ll be hooked! Just look at that moist flavorful salmon, rich crabmeat and crispy cheese. Bet you’re ready to run to the kitchen right now and make it for dinner.

Tips about salmon

What to look for when buying salmon

  • Always deal with a reputable fish store, one that will let you check the freshness and odor of what you are purchasing. The color of fresh salmon should be a rich red without a strong fishy smell. 
  • Choose the best salmon for the cooking method you will be using. Sockeye Salmon, with its medium oil content, is best grilled or smoked while Coho Salmon is a milder salmon with a medium-firm texture and does best grilled on wood plants, steamed, poached or sauteed. King Salmon (my preference) on the other hand, with the highest oil content, can be grilled, roasted or pan-seared. 
  • With this recipe and many others, ask the fishmonger to leave the skin on one side. The skin can take the hotter surface heat much better than the flesh. This will help keep the salmon flesh moister and gives a little buffer to help prevent dryness if overcooked.

How to tell when salmon is done

  • The salmon will change from a deep red color to a pink color. When tested in the center with a fork, the salmon should flake easily and be a bit translucent. The recommended temperature for medium doneness is 125 degrees.

Preparing salmon

  • Rinse salmon fillets quickly under cold water then pat dry with paper towel. It is not necessary to rinse frozen fillets.

Directions

Prep steps for crab stuffed salmon.

  1. Gather all 5 ingredients – salmon fillets, crab cake, Parmesan cheese, creole spice and olive oil. (photo 1)
  2. Cut a pocket horizontally in each salmon filet, slicing about 3/4 way through. Make sure to use a sharp knife so the cut doesn’t pull on the tender fish. (photo 2)
  3. Stuff 1/2 crab cake into each salmon pocket. (photo 3)
  4. Fold over and gently push down so fish adheres to filling. (photo 4)
  5. Brush olive oil all over over salmon then rub seasoning on all sides. (photo 5)
  6. Top with some grated Parmesan cheese then bake. (photo 6)

Cooked salmon on foil lined baking sheet.

Baked fresh stuffed salmon – yum! I like to place mine under the broiler for several minutes to get the cheese nice and browned. Doesn’t that just look scrumptious? (As you’ll notice I had an extra salmon fillet so I couldn’t pass up making one for another meal.)

Overhead of plated salmon dinner with bread and flowers on the side.

This stuffed salmon is delicious served alongside a salad or a vegetable such as lentils with broccoli. It’s easy enough to bake up for the family on busy weeknights but also delicious enough to serve to company.  Enjoy!

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Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Closeup of crab stuffing in plated salmon with a side of vegetables and lemon slice.
Crab Stuffed Salmon
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

A healthy crab stuffed salmon dinner that is both easy and delicious. It takes just 30 minutes so perfect for weeknights & impressive enough for company.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: crab stuffed salmon, stuffed salmon, stuffed salmon with crab meat
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 333 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 2 4- oz salmon filets
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning (I love Emeril’s Original Essence)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 3- oz crab cake (Phillips Maryland-Style is my favorite brand)
  • 2 -4 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese grated
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Cut a pocket horizontally in each salmon filet, slicing about 3/4 way through. Drizzle olive oil over salmon and rub seasonings on all sides.

  3. Stuff 1/2 crab cake into each salmon pocket.

  4. Top with cheese and bake in oven for 20-25 minutes. During last 2 minutes place under broiler to brown cheese.
Recipe Notes

Tips about salmon

What to look for when buying salmon

  • Always deal with a reputable fish store, one that will let you check the freshness and odor of what you are purchasing. The color of fresh salmon should be a rich red without a strong fishy smell. 
  • Choose the best salmon for the cooking method you will be using. Sockeye Salmon, with its medium oil content, is best grilled or smoked while Coho Salmon is a milder salmon with a medium-firm texture and does best grilled on wood plants, steamed, poached or sauteed. King Salmon (my preference) on the other hand, with the highest oil content, can be grilled, roasted or pan-seared. 
  • With this recipe and many others, ask the fishmonger to leave the skin on one side. The skin can take the hotter surface heat much better than the flesh. This will help keep the salmon flesh moister and gives a little buffer to help prevent dryness if overcooked.

How to tell when salmon is done

  • The salmon will change from a deep red color to a pink color. When tested in the center with a fork, the salmon should flake easily and be a bit translucent. The recommended temperature for medium doneness is 125 degrees.

Preparing salmon

  • Rinse salmon fillets quickly under cold water then pat dry with paper towel. It is not necessary to rinse frozen fillets.
Nutrition Facts
Crab Stuffed Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 293mg12%
Potassium 447mg13%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 697IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe has been updated with new photos and step-by-step directions. It was first published on February 9, 2014.

Crab Stuffed Salmon

3 Comments

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    05/18/2020 at 12:29 pm

    5 stars
    Love how easy and delicious this recipe is. It’s perfect for a gathering or a party.

  • Reply
    Jessica
    05/18/2020 at 10:53 am

    5 stars
    Tried this last night and it was super tasty. I liked being able to buy a crab cake instead of making one to make this easier.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/18/2020 at 3:09 pm

      Glad you liked it! It sure makes it easier and I get to have it more often.

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