May 16, 2019

Quick and Oh So Easy Stuffed Salmon - Salmon with Crab Cake Stuffing

I'm not sure if I've posted this one before or not, but I was glancing through my photos, saw these, and ironically, I'm making the same thing tonight so I decided it would be a great (and fast) fly-by post for An American Housewife today. 

Although I often make this for our own family, tonight I'm making it for a larger crowd because it's SO fast and SO easy but SO good.  It's like a more time consuming stuffed salmon, but using store bought items from Sam's Club, I whip this up in 5 minutes, put it in the oven and forget about it for 45-60 minutes and then... it's done and looks and tastes fabulous.

Tonight I am not sure how many people we'll be serving, as many guests are traveling in today from out of state to stay with us all weekend... but I'm guessing it will be about 9, as well as my husband and I.  For the rest of the weekend I'll be cooking for an average estimate of about 20+.  We won't ever know as we have some relatives staying with us and a lot more at hotels - but our home is "OPEN" to everyone all weekend. 

This afternoon, in the midst of the craziness, I'm simply going to throw this together, add some broccoli and some riced cauliflower, and serve a meal that looks like it took much longer than it did.

Easy Crab "Stuffed" Salmon

Salmon - fresh, skin on or off doesn't matter but skin on is cheaper and you can always peel it off later
Frozen Crab Cakes
Seasonings:  salt, pepper, butter, lemon pepper, Old Bay, etc. 

Cut the fresh salmon into portions if you didn't buy it already cut.  Lay them on a greased baking sheet or pan.  I foil line all my pans for easy clean up, that's the only reason you see foil in most of my photos. 

Place one frozen or thawed crab cake on each portion of salmon.  It takes longer to cook if they are still frozen, so I prefer thawed, but sometimes I make this at the last second and have to take them straight from the freezer.

Sprinkle with seasonings you like.  I like salt and pepper with some lemon pepper or Old Bay.

Dot with butter for flavor but if you don't like to use real butter, you can skip it.

Bake at 375 for about 45-60 minutes or until the crabcakes are done and golden brown and the salmon is done and starting to brown on the edges.  Serve with whatever vegetables or side dishes you prefer.

I have also grilled this instead of baking in the oven.  I use foil on the grill rack, grease well, and lay the salmon on.  Grill over medium until done.  The skin usually sticks to the foil so it makes it easy to peel right off as I'm transferring the portions to the plates.

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