Stuffed Salmon


Carmine's Celebrates

Published by St. Martins Press

This image courtesy of Alex Martinez

When a Carmine’s guest is absolutely craving the total seafood experience, this is the dish we recommend. It combines the garden and the reef in a stuffing that is satisfying on every level possible. The scallops and shrimp make this a rich meal-in-one that is best complemented by a simple salad or vegetarian antipasti. Pair this dish with a big, full white like a Chardonnay or a rose or a low-tannin, light-bodied red like a Pinot Nero and Dolcetto.

Serves4 to 6

Cooking Methodbaking, sauteeing


Total Timeunder 4 hours

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free


Moodadventurous, festive

Taste and Texturerich, savory


  • One 22-ounce salmon fillet, center cut, pin bones removed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic
  • ¼ cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup finely diced celery
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ pound spinach leaves, well rinsed and sliced into thin strips
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions, green part only
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2½ cups clam juice
  • 4 ounces dry-packed jumbo sea scallops, trimmed of side muscle, quartered
  • 4 ounces large shrimp, shelled, deveined, and quartered
  • 1½ cups Carmine’s Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces lump blue crabmeat


  1. Cut a pocket in the top of the salmon fillet. Season the fillet with ½ teaspoon of the kosher salt and all of the black pepper. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to cook.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  3. Heat ¼ cup of the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, bell pepper, celery, basil, and 2 tablespoons of the parsley and sauté until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned.

  4. Add the spinach and green onions and cook for 1 minute more. Add the wine and ¼ cup of the clam juice and cook until the liquid has reduced by half Add the scallops and shrimp and simmer for 2 minutes.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat and fold in half of the bread crumbs, the lemon juice, and the remaining 1/2 easpoon salt.

  6. Transfer the shrimp mixture to a shallow pan, spread out evenly across the pan, and refrigerate until cool. When cool, remove the shrimp filling and the salmon from the refrigerator.

  7. Lightly grease a small roasting pan. Stuff the pocket in the salmon fillet with the filling, and press the crabmeat in on top of the filling. Place the salmon into the pan and sprinkle the remaining bread crumbs on top, allowing a portion to drop off onto the pan. Drizzle with the remaining ¼ cup olive oil. Pour the remaining 2¼ cups clam juice around the salmon and cover the pan with aluminum foil.

  8. Bake the salmon for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more, or until the breading is golden brown. The salmon should be cooked to medium and the filling should be hot.

  9. Center the fish on a serving platter and pour the sauce around the dish. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and serve.


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I have never heard of or seen clam juice. Where can this be found?


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