Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Crab Stuffed Flounder + Panko Giveaway!

I love fish, but we don’t cook it at home nearly as much as I’d like to. Sunday was a big grocery shopping afternoon (after doggie time at the beach!), and one of our stops was Whole Foods. We can never just go to one grocery store…usually two, sometimes 3! This was a 3-store kind of day (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Market Basket). They are all close-by so it’s not like we go out of our way, and well, I love grocery shopping :)

We usually only will buy fresh fish at Whole Foods. I know it’s good quality and it never smells fishy over in their fish department. It can be expensive, but if you try to stick to what’s on sale it really isn’t any more expensive than most other stores!


On Sunday, I also learned another fact which solidifies Whole Foods as my go-to supermarket for fish…Genetically Modified (GM) fish. I have to admit that I don’t read or listen to the news nearly as much as I should, so I had no idea that Genetically Modified fish was even an option?! However the nice guy working the fish counter at my Whole Foods was telling us that the FDA is close to approving the first genetically engineered salmon to be sold commercially! Whole Foods will NOT be selling any of these GM/GE fish, but they will also NOT be allowed to have signs labeling that their fish is NOT genetically modified!? I think this whole thing is just insane and can’t understand why anyone would want to eat this “engineered” fish?! Here’s a recent article I just found on the subject.

I digress. While browsing the fish selection, we saw that Flounder was on sale for $8.99/lb, so we opted to go for that! I had this Lemon Pepper Panko I’ve been dying to use and wanted a fish that would work well with it. The WF’s fish man asked what I planned to do with the flounder and I told him. Well he had a great idea of his own…stuff it with crab cake filling!! I purchased about $4 worth of un-cooked crab cake mixture (using blue crab), and that was more than enough to fill our 5 small fillets.


Talk about an INCREDIBLY easy dish that looks and tastes like something much more involved!



  • Rinse and dry fish fillets
  • Spray a glass casserole dish with cooking spray or brush with olive oil
  • Scoop crab filling onto fillet, I used about an egg-size amount of crab filling. You could use more, but I didn’t want to have trouble keeping the filet’s rolled up while they baked.
  • I rolled the fish around the crab, overlapping the fish around the bottom and placing the rolls, ends side down, so they don’t unroll…make sense? Or you could use toothpicks to hold the fish together around the filling.
  • I then brushed the rolled filets with olive oil and scooped the Lemon Pepper Panko on top.

These 5 baked at 375 got 12-15 minutes. They were thin, so it was easy to tell when they were done. The fish appeared noticeably more opaque white and just started to “crack” at the tops of the rolls.


We served ours with roasted Brussels and some jasmine rice. I normally would have preferred brown rice or potatoes, but all I had was white jasmine rice…good for a change though :)


This was DELICIOUS! And we had leftovers for lunch the next day. Fish dinner for under $5/person!

Giveaway Time!!

Chef Michael Chiarello (who I’m sure you’ve seen on the Food Network!)has teamed up with Progresso to spread the word about incorporating Panko into your dishes!

I know Panko isn’t exactly a “new’ thing, but until now I think I’ve only ever used it one other time! It’s a large flakey crumb, much coarser than regular bread crumbs, and this Lemon Pepper flavor smells divine as soon as you open the box, and it really adds a nice punch of lemon flavor to your dish.

Along with the box of Panko, I received a big beautiful cookbook! I LOVE adding to my cookbook collection, so I was especially giddy about this book!

Michael Chiarello’s Bottega cookbook has a plethora of amazing-sounding recipes from his popular restaurant in Napa Valley.


Now I can giveaway a prize pack including a box of the Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko and an autographed copy of Michael Chiarello’s Bottega!

How to Enter:

Leave me a comment about your favorite fish, fish recipe, or another way you would use the Panko!

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2. Tweet about the contest! Be sure to mention @yogurtberries and
also the hash tag #myblogspark

3. Add Yogurt and Berries to your blogroll

4. Mention this giveaway on your blog! Or if you don’t have one, tell a
friend and have them enter and then comment letting me know!

This contest will end Sunday February 20th at 12:00 PM EST

Good Luck!!


Disclaimer: The products and giveaway were all provided to me from General Mills through MyBlogSpark, however all opinions are my own.

Another Giveaway! Meghan over at Travel Wine and Dine is giving away services for 2 hours towards a blog re-design! I really hope i win :)

Happy Wednesday


  1. What a beautiful dinner!!! Some of the things they do to raise fish can be VERY scary. I try to buy non GMO and local when I can. Whole Foods does usually have a fabulous fish selection. And panko rocks! I would use it in my crab cakes. Fun giveaway pretty lady ;) Hope you are having a nice week

  2. my husband would LOVE that on baked CHICKEN!

  3. Would love to use it to coat fish pieces to make gourmet fish sticks for my kids!

  4. I love salmon broiled with lemon. simple and delish. I read about the GM fish a while ago and think it is foul. I will never purchase and would rather not eat fish if it was my only option. I am glad WF will not be carrying it. Some of the best wild caught fish I have ever had was at WF!

  5. I love fish tacos, but have yet to make an outstanding homemade version. I consider it a work in progress! I bet the panko would make a great coating for tilapia tacos!

    The whole GM fish fiasco is so upsetting. It's good to know that Whole Foods will remain a trustworthy store from which to buy fish.

  6. As a vegetarian, I don't eat fish, but I do think the WF fish section smells very fishy! I use Panko to top my mac and cheese, for goat cheese balls, and on top of spaghetti squash to name a few!

  7. That looks like a perfect meal! I love cookbooks and I love panko bread crumbs. :)

  8. I love panko! I use them to make homemade chicken nuggets & buffalo chicken fingers. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  9. I follow on twitter! Your meal looks delicious!

  10. Ew. GM fish. Wow. I'm glad WF isn't going to be selling it. I only buy fish there as well. Wish I could make that dish, but my fiance is allergic to crab. We make fish with panko all the time. I love the crunch so much better than regular bread crumbs. I'm a huge fan of tilapia.

  11. You have been on my blog roll for-eva! :)

  12. I love using panko to make baked chicken nuggets!

  13. omg what an incredible idea to stuff fish with crab!

  14. Seared Ahi Tuna is my favorite fish.
    Awesome giveaway!

  15. what a great looking meal! i also have some crab in my fridge...

  16. I would use it on my breaded and baked tilapia fillets

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  17. following you on twitter @left_the_stars

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  18. mmmm i'm having fish for dinner tonight! I've added you to my blogroll!

  19. I am now following you on twitter (oatsandspice)

  20. I tweeted about this amazing giveaway (oatsandspice)

  21. I love panko, in fact, I never really use regular bread crumbs anymore (or if I do I make my own). I think my favorite way to use it (and this is going to sound weird, but trust me it is good) is sprinkled atop a pasta dish I make by caramelizing onions and throwing in anchovies. I think it is a Mario Batalli recipe and it sounds strange but it's uber good.

  22. Such a great idea to stuff fish with crab - yum!

    Sushi is my favorite way to enjoy fish, if that counts :)

  23. And of course I follow you on twitter!

  24. I just love grouper..yum!
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  25. I love any kind of fresh fish with Panko. Tilapia is probably my favorite.

  26. I have never cooked with panko bit I would like to! I used to watch Michael Chiarello's cooking show and I sort of had a crush on him.

  27. I love the fish dish- anything stuffed with crab is amazing.I follow you on twitter- I would love this giveaway!