Tilapia Rolls with Seafood Sauce


“The best you’ve made so far!” That’s the comment from my husband when I served this dish for lunch yesterday.  “So can I get my new oven now?” No comment.  Hmm…maybe I should make really lousy dishes and blame it on the old oven.

Anyway, this dish was adapted from an old cookbook that was a Costco giveaway.  Not really sure how old, but it was one of those cookbooks that feature Costco products and tell you how to have fun with them (I mean use them as ingredients.). The original dish is called Rollatini of Tilapia Surprise.   It requires that you pound the tilapia flat.  But tilapia is already flat!?  So when I pounded it, it got mushy.   Not sure how many toothpicks I used to keep the fillet rolled…..  So here is my version which is the result of my second experiment.


  • 250 grams tilapia fillet (about two pieces)
  • 8 pieces large shrimp, peeled and sliced into two lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup crab meat (imitation crab meat is fine), shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed chili pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs shallots, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/4 cup Madeira


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Season each tilapia fillet with salt and pepper. Divide shrimp, crab and tomatoes into two portions. Layer 8 pcs of half shrimp, crab and tomatoes on the fillet. Sprinkle crushed chili pepper. Roll up and secure with toothpicks.
  3. Dip each roll in beaten eggs, then roll on panko breadcrumbs. Deep fry until golden brown. Transfer to oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Melt butter in sauce pan. Cook shallots until soft. Add cream (or half and half) and tomatoes. Heat gently then add madeira.

Notes: In my first experiment, I used Lobster Bisque soup from my local grocery instead of making the sauce.  Just warmed it up in a saucepan, added chopped tomatoes and some chopped shrimp (leftover) then pour the sauce over the tilapia rolls. Sprinkle with chopped parsley for eye candy effect.


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» Elyse said: { Mar 8, 2009 - 01:03 }

This dish sounds right up my alley! How delicious!! I can’t wait to make this one. I hope you get your new present as a reward for making such fabulous dishes!

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