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The Best Crab Stuffed Salmon Recipe

This is seriously the best crab stuffed salmon recipe – perfectly cooked fish, full of a deliciously creamy crab & cream cheese stuffing. This salmon dish is sure to become a family favorite!

Whole salmon fillet stuffed with crab & spinach cream cheese mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Our family recently got back from an incredible fishing trip! Not only was it an awesome memory making experience, but we were able to stock the freezer with fresh caught halibut and salmon.

We’ll be able to enjoy fish all year long! I’m especially excited about the salmon we caught. There are just so many great ways to cook up salmon!

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Salmon is a great source of protein and fatty acids, making it a perfect option for any healthy meal. It’s also just plain delicious!

Whole salmon fillet stuffed with crab & spinach cream cheese mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

With that in mind, today, I want to share an easy salmon recipe with you. Filled with creamy spinach and crab stuffing, this delicious recipe for stuffed salmon has so much flavour. It’s perfect for a seafood lover!

Whole salmon fillet stuffed with crab & spinach cream cheese mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

It is also the perfect dish for a special occasion, worthy of any fancy seafood restaurant. Serve it for Valentine’s Day or your next dinner party. Your guests won’t be able to stop talking about this awesome recipe!

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Whole salmon filet on a white counter.

Crab-Stuffed Salmon Recipe

We like to use fresh-caught wild salmon in our recipes whenever possible. Often this is sockeye salmon, koho or even the softer pinks. The type of salmon is really a matter of personal preference.

Crab filling in a medium bowl on a white counter.

Ingredients

Let’s start with a few simple ingredients from the grocery store.

  • Whole salmon
  • Crabmeat, drained well – imitation crab or real crab meat, the choice is yours. We like to use fresh real crab whenever possible.
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • Egg
  • Mayonnaise
  • Frozen spinach, defrosted with excess liquid squeezed out
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Old bay seasoning
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Breadcrumbs – we like to use Panko breadcrumbs but any kind will do.

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Crab filling mixed in a medium bowl.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, egg and old bay seasoning. Stir until well mixed.

Crab filling mixed in a clear glass bowl.

3. Add in the spinach, crab meat and cheese. Combine well, adding breadcrumbs if the crab filling mixture needs more binding.

Large salmon fillet on a baking sheet.

4. Place salmon on a baking sheet drizzled with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Raw Stuffed Salmon on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

5. Fill the entire cavity of the fish with the cream cheese mixture.

Raw Stuffed Salmon tied with string.

6. Tie the whole salmon closed with baker’s twine.

Whole salmon fillet stuffed with crab & spinach cream cheese mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

7. Cook the salmon at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.

Note: cooking time will vary depending on the size of the salmon fillet.

Whole salmon fillet stuffed with crab & spinach cream cheese mixture on parchment paper lined cutting board.

8. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and extra lemon wedges.

Makes 6 – 8 servings. Leftover salmon may be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days.

Whole salmon fillet stuffed with crab & spinach cream cheese mixture on parchment paper lined cutting board.

Alternative Ingredients

  • Replace or combine mozzarella cheese with feta cheese or parmesan cheese.
  • I recommend using regular cream cheese, but you can substitute low-fat if you wish.
  • Add a few chopped roasted red peppers to your filling.
  • Fresh spinach can be used in place of frozen.
  • Diced green onions make a good addition to the crab mixture.
  • Alternate seasonings could include garlic powder, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, or minced fresh garlic cloves.
Whole salmon fillet stuffed with crab & spinach cream cheese mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Side Dishes For Salmon

Whole salmon fillet stuffed with crab & spinach cream cheese mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Tips and Tricks

  • The best way of checking the internal temperature of the salmon is to use an instant-read thermometer and test the thickest part of the salmon.
  • Cover your baking sheet with parchment paper for extra-easy cleanup!
  • If a whole fish seems intimidating, try stuffed salmon filets. Pat salmon filets dry with paper towel, cut a pocket in each with a paring knife, then stuff pockets with your stuffing mixture. Bake them on a parchment-lined baking sheet for approximately 30 minutes. Thicker salmon filets will take longer to cook than thinner ones.
  • If catching your own salmon isn’t an option, and you aren’t able to find fresh salmon at the seafood counter of your local grocery store, try a specialty shop.
Whole salmon fillet stuffed with crab & spinach cream cheese mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

I hope you and your family enjoy this creamy spinach stuffed salmon! If you love this easy crab stuffed salmon recipe, please give it a five star review and help me share it on Facebook or Pinterest.

The Best Stuffed Salmon Recipe

Stuffed Salmon Recipe

This is seriously the best stuffed salmon recipe – perfectly cooked fish, full of a deliciously creamy crab cream cheese stuffing. It's sure to become a family favorite!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 6 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 pound whole salmon
  • 8 oz canned crabmeat drained well
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ cup frozen spinach defrosted with excess liquid squeezed out
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, egg and old bay seasoning. Stir until well mixed.
  • Add in the spinach, crab meat and cheese. Combine well, adding breadcrumbs if the filling mixture needs more binding.
  • Place salmon on a baking sheet drizzled with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Fill the entire cavity of the fish with the cream cheese mixture.
  • Tie the whole salmon closed with baker's twine.
  • Cook the salmon at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and extra lemon wedges.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 534mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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