Forget about going to a fancy seafood restaurant and make your own Grilled Salmon Stuffed with Shrimp. This is the perfect way to use salmon fillets and create a fancy dinner or date night at home. This is a simple recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
If you're worried that making a salmon dinner is difficult, let this salmon recipe show you otherwise. The recipe card below gives you the exact process to make this indulgent restaurant-style meal right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Everyone who tries it will give your cooking skills a 5-star rating!
Since salmon is such a great source of protein, you can easily pair this with healthy side dishes like steamed vegetables, cooked rice, or even a loaded baked potato. It's also safe to say that delicious recipes like this don't even need to have side dishes if you don't want them!
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Fresh Salmon filet - While you could use frozen filets, fresh does work better in terms of overall flavor.
Salt - For flavor.
Pepper - For flavor.
Cooked shrimp - This is what is used to make the stuffing.
Panko bread crumbs - This is a great addition to give the shrimp stuffing a little bit of crunch.
Mayonnaise - Helps to add moisture to the stuffing.
How To Make Salmon Stuffed with Shrimp
Step One: Preheat the grill to high. You will be cooking the stuffed salmon on indirect heat.
Step Two: Mix the mayo, breadcrumbs, and chopped cooked shrimp in a large mixing bowl.
Step Three: Pat the salmon dry with clean paper towels. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Slice the top of the salmon lengthwise.
Step Four: Lay the fillet flat on a baking sheet. Put the shrimp stuffing into the salmon. (You can line the baking sheet with parchment paper as well to make for easy clean up).
Step Five: Turn off the direct burner on the grill. Place the salmon fillet on the grill over the heat. Cook for 12 minutes. The stuffing should be golden brown and hot.
Use cream cheese - If you don't want to use the mayonnaise, you can add a bit of cream chees in its place. Greek yogurt could also be an option.
Use crab meat - Using cooked crab meat can be made to make crab stuffing to put inside the salmon filet. Lump crab meat adds a ton of flavor.
Add parmesan cheese - A simple way to add a pop of salt to this salmon dish is to use parmesan cheese.
Top with different seasonings - Old Bay seasoning is always a popular choice to add to salmon and seafood dishes. You could also use garlic powder, fresh herbs like fresh parsley and cayenne pepper, and even top with lime juice, lemon juice, or lemon zest for a citrus taste. Italian seasonings and fresh dill are also two delicious options.
Garnish - Lemon wedges add a pop of color to the plate and are a delicious way to add a garnish that can then be squeezed over the top of the salmon and shrimp mixture. Using a sharp knife to chop up green onion and add to the top is a great garnish as well.
Make a gluten free option - You can take out the Panko crumbs and use pork rinds instead. This will still give crunch and flavor but without adding gluten.
How do I season salmon?
The good thing about salmon is that it is forgiving. You can season the top, bottom, sides, and all over salmon to flavor this shrimp-stuffed salmon recipe.
How do I store leftover salmon?
You can store leftovers of this salmon recipe by adding it to an airtight container and keeping it in the fridge. The best way to reheat salmon is to warm it back up in the oven. Low and slow is the key, as you don't want to overcook it.
You can reheat in the microwave, but that will likely overcook the salmon with the burst of hot air.
How do I know when the salmon is done cooking?
Flaky salmon is the best bet for knowing that it's done cooking. Take a fork and try to flake away some of the salmon meat. If it's fork-tender and flaky, it's a good indicator that it's done cooking. The other way is to use a meat thermometer and test the internal temperature of the salmon.
Insert the probe in the thickest part of the salmon fillet. As long as it reads 145 degrees, this should be a good indication that the salmon is done cooking and ready to eat.
- 12 oz salmon fillet 2 pieces
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 oz cooked shrimp approximately 4 to 5 medium size
- 2 tbs panko bread crumbs
- 1 tbs mayo
- Preheat the grill to high.
- In a small mixing bowl combine the mayo, panko breadcrumbs, and chopped cooked shrimp.
- Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. Slice down the top lengthwise.
- Lay the fillet flat on a cooking sheet and place the shrimp stuffing onto the fillet.
- Turn off the direct burner. Place stuffed tilapia fillet onto the preheated grill over indirect heat. Cook for 12 minutes.