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How to Cook Stuffed Tilapia

author image Margaret Morris
Margaret Morris has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a celebrant certificate from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute. Morris writes for various websites and private clients.
How to Cook Stuffed Tilapia
A stuffed fish fillet. Photo Credit: Robert Lerich/Hemera/Getty Images

Tilapia is a mild-flavored fish that combines well with other ingredients to produce a tasty main dish for dinner or a weekend lunch or brunch. Simple to prepare, stuffed tilapia filets bake in about 20 minutes, which gives you time to steam vegetables or prepare a green salad to accompany them. Tilapia is low in calories, at 93 per 4-oz. serving of the cooked fish, and packs 21 g of protein in that same serving.

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Step 1

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Mince one small onion and one rib of celery.

Step 3

Melt 4 tbsp. of butter in a frying pan and sauté the onion and celery until they are soft.

Step 4

Remove the frying pan from the heat and add 1/4 cup of parsley, 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, one can of drained and flaked crab meat, 1 tbsp. of lemon juice and 1/8 tbsp. of cayenne pepper. Stir to combine the ingredients.

Step 5

Spread the mixture over the tilapia filets and roll them. Use toothpicks to secure them, if necessary.

Step 6

Put the tilapia filets into a 9-by-13-inch greased baking dish, seam side down.

Step 7

Drizzle melted butter over the filets and sprinkle them with paprika.

Step 8

Bake the tilapia filets for 20 to 25 minutes, or until you can flake them using a fork.

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