Big Catch Tilapia Boats


Big Catch Tilapia Boats

Big Catch Tilapia Boats
30 Min

Get ready for a boatful of flavor with this easy seafood recipe sent to us by Lidia in California. She's named them Big Catch Tilapia Boats, because the tilapia fillets are brimming with so many yummy veggies and shrimp, they look like boats filled with a big catch of fish! We bet you'll love the crunchy crumb topping, too!

What You'll Need

  • 8 frozen tilapia fillets, thawed (about 3 pounds total)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen corn
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen peas
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 cup Japanese-style bread crumbs (Panko)
  • 3 cups frozen cooked small shrimp

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Season fish on both sides with 1 tablespoon seasoning salt. Place on a baking sheet; set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, melt 4 tablespoons butter; saute corn and peas about 4 minutes; add garlic and saute 2 more minutes. Add cream cheese, lime juice, lime zest, remaining seasoning salt, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, and shrimp; saute another 4 minutes, or until flavors are well combined. Place 1/8 of filling in center of each fillet.
  4. In a small microwaveable bowl, melt remaining butter in microwave. Mix in remaining bread crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over fillets.
  5. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden.


Bass fillets can be substituted for the tilapia and imitation crab for the bay shrimp. Also, Old Bay seasoning is a great substitute for the seasoning salt.

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Sandymoore I am curious. What does being a VETERINARIAN have to do with this recipe? This mystified me but also thought it funny. Your statement was not the one below my last one but elsewhere.

Sorry. Yes t is below my first post.

Going to make this sometime. (I think it is time for lunch. This has made me hungry. I LOVE FISH!)

My husband liked this a lot. I know thy say the tails add flavor but he did ask me to take them off the shrimp next time. I am a veterinarian so I just cook and hope he likes it. This was a keeper.

Delicious! Made this for my husband and me tonight, and warning - IT'S VERY FILLING. But delicious! You can also use regular bread crumbs, if like me, you can't find Panko in Hy-Vee. Very tasty, though!


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