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Stuffed Fish: Crab and Flounder Rolls

Updated on October 14, 2012
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Baked Flounder

I really like stuffed fish. My favorite fish to eat are flounder and grouper, and they’re also my favorites to use for baked fish. Sometimes I make baked flounder without the stuffing, but it's not nearly as tasty. Most any type of fish can be stuffed, but I’ve found that mild-tasting lean fishes are best for these types of fish recipes. Most stuffing recipes contain crabmeat or shrimp, and if you use a stronger tasting fish with the recipe, it will often overpower the delicate taste of the stuffing. Many cooks prefer using fish fillets for stuffing, but whole fish are also good for this method, and they make a very visually appealing dish. Below you’ll find one of my favorite recipes for stuffed fish.

One of the main keys to success with this recipe is to use fresh flounder and fresh crabmeat. I sometimes use frozen flounder for this recipe, but the results aren’t nearly as good. We enjoy flounder fishing, and the taste of a right-out-of-the-ocean flounder is beyond compare!And, by the way, if you're craving baked fish with crabmeat stuffing but don't have any crab, try substituting cokked, shredded chicken! Believe it or not, it's surprisingly delicious. I've used canned white meat chicken for this purpose, and the dish turned out great.

If you're going with crab, use the crabmeat that’s refrigerated and ultra-pasteurized instead of the flat cans of crabmeat you find on the shelves. That type of crabmeat has very little flavor. The refrigerated canned crabmeat is far superior. Of course, if you have any leftover crab legs, you can use that, too. Before adding the crab to your stuffing mix, pick through it to remove any bits of shell and cartilage.

Crab Stuffed Flounder

Stuffed Fish - how to
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5 stars from 2 ratings of Stuffed Flounder Rolls

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: about 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds flounder fillets
  • 1/2 pound flaked crabmeat
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 8 saltines, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • grated parmesan

Instructions

  1. Rinse the fish fillets under cool running water and pat dry.
  2. Combine onions, bell pepper, and garlic with one tablespoon butter and microwave until veggies are tender.
  3. Combine with crabmeat and remaining ingredients.
  4. Place fillets on a flat surface and brush with melted butter. Divide crabmeat stuffing evenly in the center of each fillet.
  5. Roll the fillets up and secure with a toothpick. Place rolls in a buttered baking dish, with the seam down.
  6. Drizzle stuffed fish with melted butter and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Stuffed Fish - Variations

You can tweak this recipe for stuffed fish to suit your own tastes. To the stuffing, you might want to add red pepper, diced chili peppers, asparagus, spinach, shrimp, celery, pimento, or parsley. You might also want to “jazz up” the stuffed fish by topping the rolled fillets with bread crumbs, nuts, or a wine sauce. Fresh herbs are also tasty with just about any type of baked fish. Try basil, parsley, or dill. Be careful with dill weed, however. If you use too much, it will overpower the other flavors.

There are all kinds of variations to stuffed fish recipes. I often use whatever I have on hand at the time so that I won’t have to make a trip to the grocery store. A big part of cooking, in my opinion, is being able to make good use of what’s in your pantry and refrigerator. You can use practically anything for the stuffing – stale bread, boxed stuffing mixes, leftover biscuits or cornbread, cracker crumbs, or dry bread crumbs. You might even want to “go Mediterranean” and use black olives and diced tomatoes. If you decide to make baked fish, get creative! Watch the cooking videos above to get some good ideas for stuffed fish.

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    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Deb. Blessings always to you!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Beth. I'll make it for us for lunch one day!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Granny, it was 80 degrees here yesterday!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Holy! It really is delish!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Habee, Yum YUM! Thank you for another tasty seafood recipe! I so enjoy crab! Peace & Blessings!

    • Beth Godwin profile image

      Beth Godwin 

      7 years ago

      This was a great recipe!!!!!

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I would love too. i bet it is warmer there then it is here. lol

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      HH, Come on over, and I'll make some for you!

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I have always wanted to make stuffed fish, now I have a recipe.

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      Amy D. 

      7 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

      I don't even eat seafood really, but that looks delicious.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Oh, habee, you awdul, I am sitting here and my mouth is dripping. My poor laptop. lol

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      2besure, glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for visiting!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, Genna, crab meat is super yummy! It's also extremely versatile.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Ken, do you make stuffed fish with other kinds of fish, too? Flounder and grouper are my faves!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Lol, Daisy! You sound like me - I don't eat critters with names.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Random, let me know how it turns out. Just be careful not to overcook it. Lean fish like flounder will dry out if overcooked.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      54, I hope you like my stuffed fish! Crab meat and flounder are hard to beat!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I love crab, too, Bpop. It's great in stuffed fish! I like crab meat any old way - in the shell, deviled, in crab cakes, in salad, in soups...

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Luvagurl!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I love fish and I am adding this recipe to my repertoire! Votes up!

    • Genna East profile image

      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Delicious hub...crabmeat has always been a favorite of mine. Thank you.

    • Ken R. Abell profile image

      Ken R. Abell 

      7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      I'm hungry. Crab stuffed flounder is a favorite of mine. Thanks for this recipe.

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      Moon Daisy 

      7 years ago from London

      This sounds really lovely, and I especially love crab, so I may well be trying this. I have to say though, that the name flounder reminds me of the fish in the Little Mermaid, so I will have to get over that first! (Although the actual fish looks a little different to Flounder in the cartoon, who is bright blue and yellow!) Nice hub.

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      RandomLife 

      7 years ago from Nashville TN

      This looks great! I may just have to try this recipe! =) Thanks for sharing.

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      lbidd54 

      7 years ago from The beautiful Jersey Shore

      Looks so good. 'Can't wait to try some of it.

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      I love crabmeat. In fact I love it so much I would anything stuffed with it. The recipes sound wonderful.

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      lovagurl899 

      7 years ago

      looks yummy...

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