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Crabmeat-Stuffed Door County Whitefish

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Crabmeat-Stuffed Door County Whitefish

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep 45 mins
  • Cool 10 mins
  • Bake 25 mins to 30 mins

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Seasoned crabmeat and a marsala sauce combined with whitefish make for an unforgettable dinner entree.


  • 8 7 - 8 - ounces fresh or frozen skinless whitefish, orange roughy, haddock or red snapper fillets (3 1/3 to 4 pounds total)
  • 1 recipe for Marsala Sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup finely chopped red sweet pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dillweed, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 6 1/2 - ounce can lump crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Hot cooked long-grain and wild rice pilaf (optional)


  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Cut each fish fillet in half crosswise. Cover; refrigerate till ready to stuff. Prepare Marsala Sauce. Cover surface with plastic wrap and set aside.
  2. For stuffing: In a large skillet, cook onion and garlic in the 2 tablespoons hot butter till onion is tender. Add mushrooms, red sweet pepper, wine, fennel seed, salt, dillweed, thyme and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, till most of the liquid has evaporated and vegetables are tender (about 6 minutes). Cool slightly.
  3. In a food processor bowl, place vegetable mixture. Cover and process with several on/off turns till mixture is coarsely chopped. (Dont chop the mixture too finely.)
  4. Transfer the vegetable mixture from the food processor to a large bowl. Add the panko or fine dry bread crumbs and crabmeat. Stir to thoroughly combine. (If the mixture seems a bit dry, add a small amount of water to moisten.)
  5. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil. Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray. Arrange 8 of the largest pieces of fish on the prepared pan. Spoon about 12 cup of stuffing on each piece of fish. For each stack, place one of the smaller pieces of fish on top of the stuffing, skinned side up. (If not baking right away, cover the fish stacks with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 6 hours.) Drizzle each stack with some of the melted butter. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or till instant-read thermometer inserted into stuffing registers 165 degree F and fish flakes easily with a fork. Meanwhile, reheat Marsala Sauce till heated through.
  6. To serve, using a wide spatula, place fish stack on dinner plate. Drizzle with Marsala Sauce. If desired, serve with long-grain and wild rice pilaf.

Marsala Sauce


  • 1 cup Marsala or dry white wine
  • 2 finely chopped shallots
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dillweed, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. In a heavy medium saucepan, bring Marsala or dry white wine and finely chopped shallots to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, for 7 minutes. Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain mixture, reserving wine and discarding shallots. Return wine to saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, till wine is reduced to 1/2 cup. Add whipping cream, chopped green onions, dried dillweed, crushed, and dried thyme, crushed. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently till mixture is reduced to 1-1/2 cups, stirring constantly. (Watch carefully so it doesn't boil over.) Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sauce can be made ahead, chilled and reheated when ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

(Crabmeat-Stuffed Door County Whitefish)

Servings Per Recipe 8, iron (mg) 2, chol. (mg) 240, calcium (mg) 141, pro. (g) 47, Thiamin (mg) 0, cal. (kcal) 697, vit. C (mg) 32, Fat, total (g) 43, vit. A (IU) 1992, carb. (g) 19, sodium (mg) 489, fiber (g) 1, Potassium (mg) 970, sugar (g) 4, Niacin (mg) 7, sat. fat (g) 20, Riboflavin (mg) 1

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