This is it; this stuffed salmon with shrimp will show your culinary prowess. If you have ever wondered whether there is a dish that effortlessly combines elegance with simplicity, than you have found it. This dish features a mixture of garlic and shrimp fillings stuffed into a salmon filet before baking.
This dish is a standout option as it doesn’t require many ingredients and it is easy to prepare. But yet, you will look like you have some extreme culinary experience.
While the Stuffed Salmon with Shrimps sounds like a dish that you will get from an upscale restaurant or high-end event, it is a simple dish that you can make and enjoy in the comfort of your home.
It works perfectly as a weeknight dish. If you are a fan of seafood, you will enjoy this dish.
You can combine this stuffed fish with crab and other seafood. However, you might have to consider your pocket as seafood are expensive and shrimps are one of the cheapest options.
Reasons why you should try out stuffed salmon with shrimps today;
- It takes about 30 minutes to complete the preparation process
- Shrimps are readily available and cheaper compared to other seafood
- It is a great dish for people who enjoys seafood
- You don’t need a lot of utensils to prepare the dish, just a small pan for cooking the shrimp fillings and the rest goes into the oven
- You can use another fish filet instead of salmon, as long as the fish is thick like salmon
History of Stuffed Salmon with Shrimps
Seafood like stuffed salmon with shrimp is mostly eaten in the United States after Japan and China.
While Asian countries have a long history with seafood, the popularity of seafood in the United States is due to the prevalence of Cajun Cuisine.
Thus, this section will do a little lowdown on the history of Cajun cuisine, seeing as the cuisine is the reason why seafood like Stuffed Salmon with Shrimps is popular in the US.
Cajun cuisine is a style of food that originated in the southern part of the United States from the Acadian people who fled from Canada in the 18th century. Of course, the cuisine is also influenced by African slaves and other settlers in the region.
The Acadians were original French settlers who inhabited the North American continent.
When they settled in the Southern part of America, they had to adapt their cooking to the items and ingredients readily available to them.
This meant that they had to eat more crab, alligator, redfish, catfish, shrimps, crawfish and other seafood supplied by the Gulf of Mexico and the local bayou around.
This is a bit different from the lobster, salmon, and cod that they are used to in Canada as supplied by the North Atlantic Ocean.
Also, the popular staple food, potatoes that they were used to was replaced by rice, which grew well in their new environment.
In the same way, new and exotic spices such as cayenne, black pepper, and bell pepper get introduced into Cajun cuisine.
Key Ingredients Needed To Make This Dish with
Listed below are the key ingredients needed to make this dish. The full recipe with the exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
This is arguably the most important ingredient needed for this dish.
You are most likely going to get the fish from the store, except if you are a fisherman or you have a way of getting fish fresh from the waters.
The salmon bought from the store may be frozen, so you will need to defrost it for cooking purposes.
When choosing the salmon fish, ensure that you go for one that weighs over 3lbs.
This is because these types of filets have a larger surface and can receive more stuffing.
Apart from the advantage of fitting more stuffing, it is invariably difficult to stuff salmons that are thin and tall.
While both farmed and wild salmon will work perfectly for this dish, our preference is wild salmon due to its natural flavor.
Up next, the second most important ingredient for this dish is the shrimp. The ideal shrimp for this dish needs to be deveined, cooked, and peeled.
These tails also need to be cut off, as all of these features will make it easier to work with. And yes, you can purchase the shrimp already deveined and in some instances without the tail.
The size of the shrimps doesn’t matter as you get to cut them even smaller before cooking them.
Tips for Making This Delicious Stuffed Seafood Dish
- One of the health benefits of salmons and shrimps is the presence of Omega-3s. Omega 3s have been proven to help with the prevention of migraine. However, you can get this nutrient in large if you go for a center cut piece or a part of the salmon that is thick and wide.
- During the baking process, you should watch out for albumin. Albumin refers to white spots that show up on the body of the stuffed salmon during baking. These white spots mean that the fish has been overcooked and needs to be taken out of the oven. Ideally, you should not bake the salmon for more than 15 minutes, but again it depends on the thickness.
How To Make It
Storing and Reheating the Stuffed Salmon Rolls
Ideally, fish is perfect the day you cook it. Thus, it is not advisable to store this dish for more than a day.
However, you can save preparation time and prep the fish the night before. This way, you can stuff the fish and store it in a refrigerator.
To store the stuffed salmon, all you need to do is put the stuffed fish in an airtight container and put it in a fridge, after it cools down a bit. DO NOT leave it out overnight.
You can reheat the dish after freezing or refrigerating. To do this, place the stuffed salmon on a baking sheet and heat the oven to about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Allow the dish to cook for about ten minutes and you are good to go.
What the Stuffed Salmon with Shrimps Goes With?
Ideally, greens are the best food that the stuffed salmon goes with. Thus, some of the best options that you can combine this dish with include;
- Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflowers
- Roasted Mashed Cauliflowers
- Pesto Gnocchi
- Cauliflower Gnocchi
- Roasted Potatoes
- Steamed Broccoli
- Baked Goat Cheese Pasta
- Air Fryer Green Beans
- Boursin Pasta
More Seafood Dishes To Try
After trying this delicious dish, we recommend that you try one of these dishes next:
Air Fryer Garlic Butter Shrimp
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Stuffed Salmon With Shrimp Recipe
- Non-stick Skillet
- Food Processor
Shrimp Stuffing Preparation
- 2 lbs Shrimp
- ½ tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- ½ tablespoon Onion powder
- 1 egg
- ½ cup Bread crumbs
- 3 tablespoon Melter butter
- 2 Garlic cloves
- ½ teaspoon Celery seeds
- 2 Fresh parley twigs
- 2 tablespoon Tomato paste
- ¼ teaspoon Ginger
- ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 2 tablespoon Butter
- 3 Fresh parsley twigs
- 1 Small Onion
Salmon Filet Preparation
- 3 lbs Salmon filet no skin
- 1 tablespoon Paprika
- ½ Lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon Dry basil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Seasoned the salmon on both sides with the ingredients under Salmon Preparation and set aside.Add the shrimp and all the ingredients under the shrimp preparation section with the exception of the bread crumbs into a food processor. Once fully mixed, removed from food processor and placed in a bowl. Add bread crumbs and combine with shrimp mixture.Using a cast iron skillet, melt the butter and stir in the tomato paste. Add the onions, ginger, garlic cloves, and cayenne pepper and stir in all ingredients under low heat until tomato paste is fully dissolved.
- Cut the salmon fillet about 3-4 inches and stuff the shrimp mixture inside. Roll the cut salmon with the stuff shrimp inside and hold it with a toothpick. To make it easier, you can opt to cutting a small incision in the fillet and stuff the shrimp inside the salmon fillet all the way to the top of the fish without rolling it. Add the stuffed salmon in the ragout and bake at 320º for 30-40 minutes. If you see the white spots or albumin from the salmon, it means that the salmon is overcooked. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Wow, restaurant-quality food I can make myself at home, this is stunning! You make it sound very straightforward too, can’t wait to try it.
What a unique and fabulous way to have salmon. Your shrimp stuffing pairs perfectly with the salmon. Can’t wait to make this for my family.
Great recipe. Made it exactly as described and it turned out great. Our son has a salmon allergy so the second time we made it with halibut so he could have some and we all loved it too. Thanks!
The addition of lemon juice to the salmon is just perfection! Yummy chewy shrimp and crazy good salmon are the most delicious combination.
This is just restaurant-level cuisine, right here! Amazing dish. Especially for a seafood lover like me. My husband is pretty take-it-or-leave-it with salmon and he devoured this!
My family LOVES seafood, so I can’t wait to make this! We’re having it for dinner tonight!
You mean I can have both of my favourite fish protein at once. Thank you!
This was such a unique and unexpected recipe; perfectly light yet hearty and delicious! Easily, a new family favorite dish!
Thank you, Sara
Oh wow! This is such an impressive seafood dish. I can’t wait to make this! 🙂
Thank you, Carrie
Wow! This was such a unique dish and the spices were AMAZING!! Everyone was so impressed!!