Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Crab Stuffed Rockfish

Oh My Goodness!  That is all I can say about this dish.  Well, maybe I can do better than that.

If you live in Maryland, you know that rockfish is a big deal around here. rockfish in Maryland is like Lobster to those who live in Maine!  Also called Striped Bass, it is our state fish and at one time it was off limits to all fisherman because we almost depleted our supply in the Chesapeake Bay.  We love this fish and now that it is available again, we can't get enough of it.

Now what could be better than rockfish?   How about Crab Stuffed rockfish?   Oh My Goodness!   Now this is a delicacy here in Maryland.
Imagine one of my Maryland Crab cakes made with jumbo lump crab tucked inside a buttery, succulent filet of rock fish!  It's almost hard to imagine....  Everyone I make this for, pretty much eats it with their eyes closed.  That's what you do when you take a bite and savor the flavor!  Oh My Goodness!

Crab Stuffed Rockfish

1 lb Jumbo Lump Crabmeat  
1 large egg 
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon of  salt
1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs made from white bread
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

3-4 rockfish fillets
1 tablespoon of butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain crab meat and put in a bowl and set aside.  Rinse and pat dry fillets and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg, mayo, mustard, Old Bay, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Gently stir in crab meat and breadcrumbs and mix with hands lightly without breaking up the lumps. Mixture will be somewhat wet. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside while you prepare you fillets.

Lay out each fillet on a clean dry surface and sprinkle with salt and pepper and a little Old Bay Seasoning.  Drizzle with butter.   Spoon crab cake mixture on the top half of each.  Starting with the end where you add the crab mixture, roll the fillet around the crab filling. 

Place the rolled fish in a greased baking dish open seam side down. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown and fish flakes with a fork.

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