Shrimp Stuffed Tilapia

While eating the big fish, how would it feel if you get the bite of succulent shrimp from it? I would scream with joy and eat the shrimp too…

When the big fish swallowed the smaller ones, not just any small fish, the tastiest and the most divine shrimp, the big one got the extreme taste transformation. How and where it happened, I am going to reveal it to you. Whenever I come face to face with a big whole fish, I can’t just let it pass. I end up taking them with me and they will be treated with the utmost hospitality in my kitchen.

Seeing whole fish in the market, the first thing that comes to my mind is Bake, bake, and bake it. This time, when I bought whole Tilapia, the same thought hit my mind, bake it! But I didn’t feel like repeating the same baking procedure. So, I made a twist which my mom had shared with me the other day – stuffing the big fish with the smaller fish.

I had shrimp in my freezer; hence I made a shrimp stuffing and made the big fish swallow the tasty shrimp. I first pan roasted the Tilapia, and then baked it for 15 minutes. Now, don’t ask me how it was. I am seriously browsing the dictionary for some words to describe this tasty experience. I would say it was like a real treasure hunt. When I dug into the Tilapia, the bite on the shrimp was like getting a real treasure. The shrimp was succulent, luscious and the stuffing gave the big fish an extreme makeover.

Isn’t this an amazing treat for all seafood lovers…

Shrimp Stuffed Tilapia


Ingredients

  • Whole Tilapia, cleaned thoroughly- 2

For Marination

  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 2 tsp
  • Ground Pepper- 3 tsp
  • Lemon juice- juice of half lemon
  • Salt- to taste

For Stuffing

  • Shrimp, deveined – 10
  • Onion, minced- 1
  • Ginger minced-1tsp
  • Garlic minced-1tsp
  • Tomato, chopped-1
  • Garam Masala- 1/2 tsp
  • Chili Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  • Fennel Powder-1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder-1/2 tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil- 1 tbsp

While stuffing

  • Kitchen Twine

For pan roasting the fish

  • Oil- 1/4 cup

Instruction:

  • Clean the whole tilapia under running water, remove the gills and any internal organs. There should be enough room inside the fish for stuffing the shrimp. If it doesn’t have enough space, using a sharp knife, cut inside the fish gently without breaking the outside of the fish.
  • Put 2 to 3 gashes on both sides of the fish.
  • Combine the above mentioned marinating ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Spread it on the fish and let marinate for 30 minutes or longer.

  • In the meantime, devein and clean the shrimp, keep aside.

  • Heat a wide non-stick pan, add oil. To the oil, add minced ginger and garlic, saute until aromatic.

  • Add the onion, season with salt and saute until translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, saute till tomatoes turn mashed.
  • Now, add the cleaned shrimp along with chili powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, fennel powder, coriander powder, cook the shrimp for a few minutes.
  • Cook till the stuffing turns dry without any liquid.
  • Garnish with cilantro and remove from the heat.

Stuffing the Tilapia with Shrimp

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Place the marinated tilapia on a clean cutting board, stuff the cooked shrimp into the inside of the tilapia and keep the stuffing intact.

  • Using a clean kitchen twine,  tie the tilapia tight in such a way that the stuffing won’t come out.

  • Heat a wide non-stick pan over medium heat, add the oil, place the stuffed tilapia, pan roast tilapia.

  • When the tilapia turns lightly browned on one side, flip it over and let brown the other side as well.

  • Cook till almost lightly browned and cooked through.
  • Remove from the pan and transfer to a baking sheet.

  • Place the tilapia in the preheated oven and bake it for 15 minutes. After 5 minutes of baking, flip the tilapia to the other side and bake it for the remaining 10 minutes.

  • Before serving, cut the twine using a clean kitchen scissor and serve on a platter.
  • Garnish with veggies or any sides of your choice.

Tips:

  • While pan roasting the tilapia, there should be enough oil, otherwise the fish will stick to the pan.
  • Needless to say the shrimp stuffing tasted delicious, if there is any excess stuffing; serve it with the fish as a side dish.

 

Shrimp Stuffed Tilapia
 
Ingredients
  • Whole Tilapia, cleaned thoroughly-2
For Marination
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 2 tsp
  • Ground Pepper- 3tsp
  • Lemon juice- juice of half lemon
  • Salt- to taste
For Stuffing
  • Shrimp, deveined - 10
  • Onion, minced- 1
  • Ginger minced-1tsp
  • Garlic minced-1tsp
  • Tomato, chopped-1
  • Garam Masala- ½ tsp
  • Chili Powder- ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  • Fennel Powder-1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder-1/2 tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
While stuffing:
  • Kitchen Twine
For pan roasting the fish
  • Oil- ¼ cup
Instructions
  1. Clean the whole tilapia under running water, remove the gills and any internal organs. There should be enough room inside the fish for stuffing the shrimp. If it doesn't have enough space, using a sharp knife, cut inside the fish gently without breaking the outside of the fish.
  2. Put 2 to 3 gashes on both sides of the fish.
  3. Combine the above mentioned ingredients 'for marination' in a small bowl.
  4. Spread it on the fish and let marinate for 30 minutes or longer.
  5. In the meantime, devein and clean the shrimp, keep aside.
  6. Heat a wide non-stick pan, add oil, to the oil add minced ginger and garlic, saute until aromatic.
  7. Add the onion, salt and saute until translucent.
  8. Add chopped tomatoes, saute until tomatoes turn mashed.
  9. Now, add the cleaned shrimp along with chili powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, fennel powder, coriander powder. Cook the shrimp for a few minutes.
  10. Cook till the stuffing gets dry without any liquid, for 3 to 4 minutes.
  11. Garnish with cilantro and remove from the heat.
  12. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  13. Place the marinated tilapia on a clean cutting board, stuff the cooked shrimp into the inside of the tilapia and keep the stuffing intact.
  14. Using a clean kitchen twine, tie the tilapia tight in such a way that the stuffing won't come out.
  15. Heat a wide non-stick pan over medium heat, add the oil and place the stuffed tilapia, pan roast the tilapia.
  16. When it turns lightly browned on one side, flip it over and let brown the other side as well.
  17. Cook both sides until lightly browned and cooked through.
  18. Remove from the pan and transfer to a baking sheet.
  19. Place it in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. After 5 minutes of baking, flip the tilapia to the other side and bake or the remaining 10 minutes.
  20. Before serving, cut the twine using a clean kitchen scissor and serve on a platter.
  21. Garnish with veggies or any sides of your choice.
Notes
While pan roasting the tilapia, there should be enough oil, other wise the fish will stick to the pan.
Needless to say the shrimp stuffing tasted delicious, if there is any excess stuffing; serve it along with the fish as a side dish.

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