How to Make Stuffed Salmon

stuffed salmon recipe

Stuffed salmon is a delicious recipe which is far easier to prepare than you might imagine. A good stuffed salmon recipe makes a wonderful dinner and baked stuffed salmon goes perfectly with all kinds of appealing side dishes. Not only that, but salmon is one of the healthiest proteins around, not just for people, but also for dogs (as you will see at

Back to stuffed salmon dishes for people – try oven baked salmon or even air fryer salmon if you have an air fryer. I love both smoked salmon and fresh salmon, and I also love stuffed mushrooms. That’s one reason I wanted to combine both dishes to come up with this wonderful take on the classic fish.

Feel free to adjust any of the ingredients you like. I’m sure you already know some of the best seasonings for salmon, including:

  • Lemon juice
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Black pepper or lemon pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic

If your salmon has the skin on, it’s best to remove it before cooking this recipe. Use a sharp knife and it should be simple to do. Fresh salmon works or you can use frozen so long as you thaw it completely before starting the recipe.

Different Ideas for Cooking Salmon with Stuffing

Use shrimp, lobster or crab in your filling for a gourmet touch. This is cost-effective too, since the cost of a little shellfish is less than forking out for a whole lobster or crab. You can round out the filling with other ingredients that go with the overall flavor you’re going for.

Prefer not to use shellfish? Then something simpler, such as a blend of fresh spinach, garlic, shredded cheese, and cream cheese, would also be very tasty.

Stuffed Salmon with Cheese: Some Tips

As for cheese, cheddar, swiss cheese or mozzarella would work if you’re adding this to your filling. Now you have to be careful when pairing cheese with fish since it doesn’t always work.

For instance, the strong flavor of blue cheese tends to go better with red meat than fish, so pick something lighter in flavor for the best result from your stuffed baked salmon recipe.

Stuffed Salmon Recipe FAQs

What is stuffed salmon made of?

There are different ways to prepare stuffed fish because there are different fillings to choose from, although ingredients like cheese or cream cheese, spinach, garlic, and crabmeat are some popular ideas for stuffing salmon and other types of fish.

How long should I bake my salmon in the oven and how long do you cook salmon for in the oven at 350?

At 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) the salmon should be ready in about ten or fifteen minutes. However the exact cooking time depends on your oven, how thick your salmon is, and what you’ve used for the filling. Once it begins to flake and it’s opaque in the center, it’s done.

What should I season my salmon with?

That’s up to you. If you’re stuffing it with a rich-tasting filling mixture though, something simple such as salt and black pepper should be enough to add to the outside of the fish.

The following stuffed baked salmon recipe is made with seafood but you can play around with the filling ingredients if you’d prefer something else.


Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Salmon

Stuffed salmon is easy to prepare and doesn’t take long to cook. You can make this elaborate, fancy but tasty recipe without any fuss, and rustle up your favorite veggies to go alongside.

  • Author: Victoria Haneveer
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven


  • 2 x 16-ounce (2 x 450g) salmon filets
  • 8 ounces (225g) jumbo lump crab
  • 8 ounces (225g) shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 ounces (110g) cream cheese
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup (15g) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Badia seasoning (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (spring onions)
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay
  • 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 cup (55g) shredded mozzarella
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Add a tablespoon of butter to a skillet and let it melt.
  3. Add the garlic and half the paprika and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and add to the skillet.
  5. Cook for 3 minutes or until golden.
  6. Combine the cream cheese, parsley, lemon juice, and green onion in a bowl.
  7. Mix in the drained crab, shrimp, cheeses and all the seasonings except the Old Bay.
  8. Don’t overmix.
  9. Season the fish with salt and pepper as well as old Bay on all sides.
  10. Put about 2/3 of the stuffing on top of one filet and put the other filet on top.
  11. Add a tablespoon of butter on top and bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Add the remaining stuffing on top and broil for a few minutes.
  13. Serve garnished with fresh parsley.


  • Swap the crab and shrimp for any other cooked seafood or shellfish, or even with cooked sliced mushrooms or spinach.
  • Once the salmon flakes, it’s done. The cooking time depends how thick your filets are.
  • If you prefer you can cut into one thick filet and stuff that, rather than using two filets one on top of the other. I’ve made stuffed salmon both ways. It just depends how thick your filets are to start with.

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