When it comes to stuffed salmon, my salmon stuffed with crabmeat, spinach and cream cheese is an over-the-top delicious and restaurant-style dish you can easily make in your home kitchen. Trust me it takes salmon to a whole new level!
Since discovering Northwest Wild Caught Salmon I’ve been having fun finding different ways to prepare and enjoy this lovely fish. I was lucky enough to pick up some nice sockeye salmon at Sam’s Club.
*You will also find that many grocery stores now carry sustainably caught sockeye salmon.
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What do you need to make Crabmeat Stuffed Salmon?
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make my Stuffed Salmon. In Chef Speak this is called the Mise en Place which translates into Everything in its Place.
Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed the cooking process, but it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
*If your salmon has any skin on it, use a sharp knife or paring knife to remove the skin.
What type of salmon can you use for this recipe?
I used Sockeye my salmon recipe and always try to find Pacific Salmon for my recipes.
You can, of course, use any salmon you have available in your markets. Coho (silvers) and King (chinook) are two of my other favorites.
Atlantic salmon is more plentiful and usually less expensive and can also be used. I prefer wild-caught fish to farmed seafood.
*Farmed salmon is much higher in fat, containing slightly more omega-3s, much more omega-6 and three times the amount of saturated fat. It also has 46% more calories — mostly from fat. Conversely, wild salmon is higher in minerals, including potassium, zinc and iron.
Can I use Frozen Salmon for this dish?
You sure can. Fresh salmon is great if you can find it, but if not frozen is the next best thing. Just make sure to let the salmon fully thaw before you stuff it.
*These days, I buy Alaskan Salmon, shipped directly from the supplier in Alaska, and it’s always shipped frozen.
What type of cream cheese should I use for the stuffing?
The first time I made this recipe I used whipped cream cheese. I found that to be a mistake as it did not hold up as well as I thought it should. I made the Stuffed Salmon again using regular cream cheese and also added in shredded mozzarella which gave the dish a better overall appearance and taste.
In a bowl add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, beaten egg and old bay seasoning. Mix well, but it’s okay if it has some lumps in it.
Then fold in the spinach, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and crabmeat.
Chef Dennis Tip:
Pull the spinach apart or mix it into the cream cheese mixture first. It has a tendency to clump together.
Mix all the ingredients together as gently as possible so you don’t break up the crabmeat too much.
Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes to let it firm up. If for some reason the mixture is too loose, add some bread crumbs to help hold it together.
Can I use other cheese in the stuffing?
I added shredded mozzarella because of its binding properties, but cheddar, swiss or your favorite cheese could be used instead of the mozzarella.
Season the salmon fillets with sea salt and black pepper.
Add the crabmeat stuffing on top of the salmon fillet. Sprinkle the top of the stuffing with panko bread crumbs (or any bread crumbs you have on hand).
*You could also sprinkle a little parmesan cheese if you want some added flavor.
Place the salmon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper on the center rack of a preheated 350 degrees oven for 18 – 20 minutes.
Can I use this topping with other fish?
You sure can. This topping would work well on just about any white flaky fish. Flounder, cod, and halibut would also work well. The only fish I wouldn’t try to stuff would be tuna or swordfish.
My creamy stuffed salmon is a great way to turn an ordinary night into a special occasion. It’s also the perfect dish for entertaining as it can be made up ahead of time and cooked before your guests arrive.
You may also try stuffing a whole side of salmon and roasting it for a buffet. It will look spectacular! Serve it with a squeeze of lemon juice, lemon wedges or grated lemon zest and enjoy.
Bake salmon, uncovered, 4 to 6 minutes per ½-inch thickness. It’s best to undercook salmon so always check at the minimum time to make sure the salmon isn’t overcooked.
Fresh herbs are the best way to enhance salmon without overpowering it.
A coating of breadcrumbs will add a crunchy texture and flavor.
Using compound butter on salmon will help create a delicious flavor profile.
Marinating salmon will help develop rich flavors.
A glaze (like a balsamic glaze) is another easy way to add flavor to salmon.
I’ve made this quite a few times. It’s super easy, and delicious. I’m making it again tonight for my Honey’s birthday. He loves it!
Hello Chef Dennis! I was so excited to find this recipe. My daughter Hannah participated in your Culinary Club at Mount and we’re big fans. Can I use a whole salmon filet for this recipe? If so, how long and at what temp should I cook it? Thank you!
Chef Dennis Littley
I remember Hannah, how is she doing? As for using a whole filet, you certainly can. As for the cooking time, I would increase it to 25-30 minutes. The best way to know if it’s cooked enough is to use an instant-read thermometer in the middle to see if it’s up to 165 degrees. Salmon can definitely be a little underdone, you just want to make sure that the filling is hot enough.
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This is wonderful! I made the recipe exactly, except I used fresh king crab. We loved it.
How far ahead can you make the stuffing?
Chef Dennis Littley
a day ahead of time is okay. I wouldn’t make it any longer as it will start to weep.
What a great recipe. Simple ingredients. Easy to make. We loved it!
This was amazing, made it for a Saturday night at home dinner for two! Easy too!
Excellent! Easy to make and absolutely delicious!
We loved it! I live in landlocked Switzerland where crab is super expensive, so I sautéed a few shrimp to substitute. Very delicious and a great recipe for a fancy yet easy main that can be prepared ahead of time. Thank you for this wonderful recipe, Chef. I love your site and look forward to trying many more recipes in the future.
Fabulous recipe – So glad our local grocer ran out of pre-made Stuffed Salmon so I had to search and found your recipe. Thank you!
We made the stuffef salmon last night . I used steelhead trout an d in was amazing! Thanks
This recipe was delicious! My family loved it even my kids who usually don’t like salmon.
I want to try this recipe for a very long time. Occasionally I will buy at the grocery store. Last night I tried and it was a hit. Told my sister that this will be my favourite salmon recipe for family parties. As soon as this pandemic is over, this salmon recipe will be serve when family comes over.
Thanks I enjoyed making and eating this meal..A perfect Sunday meal to watch football..
Mine is in the oven :0)
Hi! I’ve never made salmon before, does it matter if I get frozen sockeye salmon instead of fresh sockeye? The market I’m shopping at does not have skinless sockeye
Chef Dennis Littley
Sure, you can use frozen salmon. Just let it fully thaw before you use it.
Kim,this Recipe was awesome I follow each direction and my family loved it. The stuff salmon
I just made this and it was delicious. And it’s so easy to make!
I’ve been married for 26 years and my husband said this was the best salmon he’s ever had! My son said it was 5 ⭐️! Will definitely save the recipe and make this again!
Joseph H Scott
I love seafood and these recipes are right on target. I can not wait to try them on my family.
This is one of the best dishes! Instead of spinach however I switched it up and used artichoke hearts it is to die for!!!! Making it again tonight!!!!!
Chef Dennis Littley
I like the idea of using artichokes!
My mom hates salmon so I’m making hers with cod. And yes artichokes are the way to go!!! Thank u sir for ur recipe!
I made this the other night and it was extremely delicious. I would highly recommend using this recipe which is very easy to follow.