Family dinner at our household is not really an everyday thing. We are often on different schedules (Tobias is a night owl) and don’t necessarily enjoy the same kind of food. But when we cook something special we always eat together, and this tilapia stuffed with shrimp is definitely a special meal.
Yesterday was a blazing hot day here in Santa Monica, so we both agreed on a light and easy dish. Looking through the freezer, I pulled out Tilapia and Shrimp. Perfect! Tilapia is a very mild and tender fish that go really well with shrimp. The only issue is that it doesn’t have a very strong fish flavor (some people will say that’s a good thing 😀 ).
So how to pack on the flavors? I decided to do a stuffed Tilapia and add plenty of spices. By stuffing the tilapia (or rather rolling it around the shrimp and veggies), all the flavors mix and become this inferno of goodness.
The stuffing I made was based on the vegetables I had in the fridge and the frozen shrimps. It turned out perfect! If you don’t have shrimp, I think the stuffing could also be crap meat or maybe even canned tuna or salmon. We had rice with the fish, but you can also have sweet potato or quinoa as those are also good low glycemic carbohydrate options.
I don’t think the dish needs any sauce, but Tobias made a dressing out of light sour cream mixed with paprika, curry powder, and pepper.
Tilapia stuffed with shrimp is a new favorite!
This is definitely something I will make again, even for guests. It was super easy to make but looked like something you would get in a Mediterranean restaurant.
The very best part is that a serving has 39 grams of protein and only 3 grams fat and carbs. All of it from great basic ingredients. It doesn’t get much healthier than that. Give this recipe a try the next time you feel like an easy and light fish dish!
If you aren’t in the mood for fish, you can also try our popular Stuffed Chicken Breast instead (the one in the image below).
This Tilapia Stuffed With Shrimp definitely a dish I will make again. It looked like something you would get in a nice Mediterranean restaurant.
- 3 oz. (85 g) large tilapia filets
- 4 oz. (115 g) cooked shrimp
- 1.25 oz. (35 g) red onion
- 1 oz. (28 g) asparagus
- 1 oz. (28 g) red bell pepper
- 2 oz. (57 g) fat-free cottage cheese
- Pinch of dried thyme, oregano, and pepper
- 1 small lemon
Preheat oven to 400F (220 C)
Chop shrimp, onion, garlic, asparagus, and bell pepper into small pieces
Add cottage cheese and spices to the shrimp and veggies and mix well
Place the Tilapia on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Divide the stuffing into three portions and place each portion on the thinner slide of each tilapia fillet. Gently fold over the thicker side of the fish and secure with toothpicks
Cut the lemon into thin slices and place on top of the fish
Bake for 15-20 (check after 15 if it’s done)
When done baking, carefully remove the toothpicks before serving
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