Recipe of the Week: Crab Stuffed Tilapia

[ 0 ] August 7, 2013 |


  • ·         2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ·         1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ·         1 celery rib, minced
  • ·         ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ·         ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • ·         8 ounces crabmeat, picked over
  • ·         1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ·         1/8 tablespoon cayenne
  • ·         4, 8-ounce tilapia fillets
  • ·         1 teaspoon paprika
  • ·         Dill sprigs and lemon slices


  • ·         Preheat oven to 400?F.
  • ·         Lightly oil 9 x13-inch ovenproof dish.
  • ·         Melt butter in skillet,
  • ·         Add onion and celery and sauté until soft and stir in parsley.
  • ·         Remove skillet from heat and stir in breadcrumbs, crabmeat, lemon juice and cayenne.
  • ·         Divide crabmeat mixture among fillets and roll up and hold together with toothpicks.
  • ·         Place fish seam side down in baking dish.
  • ·         Sprinkle paprika over fish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • ·         Garnish with dill and lemon before serving.

*Recipe courtesy Maria Zoitas, creator of “Maria’s Homemade” line of prepared food sold exclusively at Westside Market NYC.  Maria has created an assortment of delicious dishes in celebration of His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge’s birth, including the above crab stuffed tilapia.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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