Heart Smart Tilapia, Unstuffed

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After his open heart surgery, David Held knew he had to revamp his lifestyle. By making simple adjustments, this self-proclaimed foodie was able to change the way he looked at food, while still keeping his favorite meals on the menu. Below is his Dr. Oz-approved tilapia recipe to keep your heart healthy and strong.


  • 5-6 tilapia filets
  • seasonings of choice
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 package of imitation crab meat
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 5 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • fat free non-stick spray
  • 3 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp grated cheese


Spray non-stick baking sheet. Season filets on both sides and place on the sheet.

In a mixing bowl, combine imitation crab, whole wheat bread crumbs, egg substitute, garlic, onion, Italian seasoning and grated cheese. Mix gently and then add a handful of mixture on top of each filet. Spray fat-free canola spray on top of each filet. Bake in preheated oven at 350 ° F for 30-45 minutes or until fish is white.

Remove and serve with lemon and a side of steamed vegetables.