Crab Topped Salmon (aka, the perfect holiday meal!)
Today we are eating the MOST delicious crab topped salmon!
Seriously, you might want to jump through your computer screen. This is one heck of a delicious, special meal. It’s restaurant-worthy! Extra special!
Definitely worth making sometime in the next two weeks. I promise.
Remember last week when I told you about the special meals I’ve created this month to share with you? I wanted to make sure that we all had some delicious options to make while staying at home – recipes that make the season and holiday feel special, even if we’re without family this year.
So far, I’ve shared this rosé coq au vin and this french onion soup with brûléed blue cheese. Both outstanding options for a fancy-feeling holiday meal, whether it’s just for you, yourself or your immediate family of five.
Today we’re adding crab topped salmon to the list and I could NOT be more excited.
Crab cakes have always held a special place in my heart because my grandma made ones that were fantastic. No filler – just perfect. Light, fully of lump crab and wildly flavorful.
After she passed away, I would make crab cakes all the time. Constantly!
I made them quite a bit for Eddie and I for dinner and would almost always make mini ones for parties. I especially love them with some sort of dip or house sauce.
So, enter salmon! Flaky, buttery and so perfect for a weeknight meal. I love how easy and versatile salmon is. It can be dressed up or down.
Pretty sure it’s safe to say that this salmon is DRESSED UP!
The crab topping is golden and crunchy on top – along with tasting like buttery heaven. It adds so much to the simple salmon that truly, all you need is a small slice. It’s incredibly satisfying. And you can spoon all that extra butter in the bottom of the dish on top!
I love to serve this with my parmesan roasted broccoli. It’s easily my favorite side dish and the one I make most often here. If you want to make a more complete and fancy meal, you could do these greek yogurt twice baked potatoes too!
You have to try!
Crab Topped Salmon
Crab Topped Salmon
- 2 pounds salmon
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 pound lump crabmeat, drained
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- ⅓ cup breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup mayo
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for topping
- 2 tablespoons dijon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- parmesan roasted broccoli, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Sprinkle the salmon with salt and pepper.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a 9x13 (or oval) baking dish. I do this by adding in 2 tablespoons of butter and sticking the dish in the warming oven for a few minutes.
- Place the salmon in the dish, on top of the melted butter.
- In a bowl, combine the lump crabmeat with the egg, the breadcrumbs, mayo, parsley, dijon, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Add in the rest of the melted butter. Stir until everything is moistened and the mixture comes together, almost like crab cakes.
- Scoop the crabmeat right on top of the salmon - I divide it evenly between pieces. There will be a lot of crab on top! This is good - it’s a healthy, indulgent dish.
- Bake the salmon at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crab meat is golden and the salmon is opaque and flakes with a fork.
- Remove it from the oven and sprinkle with extra fresh parsley. Serve with parmesan roasted broccoli!
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26 Comments on “Crab Topped Salmon (aka, the perfect holiday meal!)”
TOTALLY making this! It looks absolutely delicious –
the ingredient list says 6 Tbs butter but in the directions,
only 2 Tbs are mentioned. Do the other 4 Tbs get mixed
in the crab mixture?
Thanks for the fancy yet easy recipe!
Step 4 States to add the rest of the melted butter; so yes add it to the crap mix. Hope that helps
I am SOOOO excited for this recipe! My bf’s allergic to crab, but I think I could just omit the crab part from his and still give him breadcrumbs and spices. And I have a double oven so I’ll just cook them separately to be safe (even the fumes from some shellfish cause reactions). I’ve been missing shellfish since we’ve been in quarantine so THANK YOU!
My boyfriend and I are celebrating our one year anniversary on Sunday. This looks like the perfect way to celebrate!
I can’t wait to make this dish a part of our Christmas eve dinner. Thanks ffg or sharing
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This sounds like such a treat! And a nice way to elevate salmon, especially around the holidays! I’ve just saved the recipe.
This dish looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!
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It almost didn’t feel right making a meal this special for a Monday night dinner, but figured this was a perfect time to start the week off on a high note. Can’t wait to make this again sometime for company! Such simple preparation but an elegant meal.
Whoa hot mama! Butter roasted salmon topped with a luxurious crab cake mix, Lord have mercy girl!
I will absolutely be preparing this dish for our Christmas dinner.
Thank you for sharing this exquisite recipe.
This is the most amazing food I have ever had!
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My daughter-in-law’s birthday is close to Christmas and this year is the big 3-0. She is a very sociable person and her had always envisioned celebrating her 30th with a big party with her friends and family. Of course this year because of covid 19 that was not possible. So I wanted to make it extra special for her. I found your recipe (she loves salmon) and she likes crab but is particular in how it is prepared. I saw the butter amont in this recipe and I thought, yep I am going to make this, haha! When I brought it out to the table I sat is down in front of her and my son. I got a WOW! Is that crabmeat on top? During dinner at one point, she looked at me and said, “this is the best salmon I have ever eaten.” She is always honest and direct about what she likes and doesn’t like (which I am glad for) so this was a high and joyful comment. Thank you so much for this recipe that got it for me!! I also tried the roasted brocolli which she also liked! Double thanks!
this made my day!!! thank you so much cindy!!
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This might be my favorite meal I’ve ever made, which is HUGE since I do a ton of cooking, especially these days! Made this for our Christmas Eve-Eve dinner last night (that’s a thing, right?!), just had leftovers for lunch and already can’t wait to eat it again. Thanks for sharing this fancy schmance recipe, Jessica – such a treat!!!
Happy holidays to you and your fam!
Omg we just had this for dinner and it was so.good. My son has an egg allergy so we used 2T aquafaba instead of the egg and it was perfect! (Also, my husband (who made the meal) said he misread the instructions and melted 4T butter into the pan and put none in the crab cake. But it worked!)
This was really rich! I used a garlic clove instead of garlic powder. I also had to cook for 35 minutes because the salmon was thick.
I hate to toot my own horn but I added shrimp on top and braided the salmon and it was a hit in my house
I’ve been making topping for salmon but thought I’d try this for a change. It was delicious. It tasted wonderful. Instead of regular mayo, I use KewPie mayonnaise, a Japanese mayonnaise. I paired it with cheddar bay biscuits (Red Lobster) and steamed veggies and it was the perfect meal for the entire family. I’m definitely keeping this recipe. Wish I could post a photo. But anyhow, thank you for sharing this recipe to us.
Omitting the crabmeat from this recipe would be like making a hamburger and omitting the beef patty.
Has anyone tried doing this but with an air fryer? TYIA!
I made this today for Thanksgiving dinner and everyone in my family LOVED it.
Can you omit the bread crum for keto? And is their a substitute
Delicious and easy to make as a massively depressed person who uses food to ease the pain