The Way to a Man's Heart

The Way to a Man's Heart

66 Reviews 5 Pics
  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    40 m
  • Ready In

    1 h
Recipe by  Carolyn

“My husband is a 'lover' of crab meat. Since crab can be costly and he also 'loves' fish I arranged this 'sweetheart' of a dish. The intermingling of fish and crab with the flavor of mushrooms and onion baked in wine accompanied by the creamy taste of cheese sets the table for romance. Set your table with candles and flowers and enjoy!”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter 8 small ovenproof ramekins.
  2. Cut fish into 8 pieces, and arrange in a shallow 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour wine over fish, and sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily; keep oven on for final step.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute mushrooms, onion and red bell pepper until tender; remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the saucepan over low heat. Mix in flour, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly until smooth. Gradually add milk and increase heat to medium; stir constantly until mixture is thick and bubbly.
  6. Stir in mushroom mixture, salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper to saucepan, stirring until well combined. Remove sauce from heat and set aside.
  7. Remove fish from wine carefully with a slotted spoon, and place 1 piece into each ramekin. Sprinkle crabmeat evenly on tops, followed by 2 tablespoons sauce and 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese in each dish.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is hot and bubbly; serve immediately.

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Made this recipe several times. I generally use a baking pan instead of ramekins, and I'll add shrimp or other shellfish to it also. It's always a winner!



I made this for a dinner party of 10 using the prepare ahead suggestions that Amber posted in her review. Being able to make individual servings made it easy to serve and gave it a classy touch. I did add 1 lb medimum shrimp, grated parmesan and used shallots instead of onion because they have a tamer flavor. Seasoned the sauce with 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning which does a fantastic job of enhancing the flavors of the seafood. Most everyone loved it, though it is a bit expensive to make for a very large gathering.



I used this recipe for a dinner party and it was a huge hit. This is definitely not for everday consumption but is great when you need a "fancy" dinner. I did make a lot of extra sauce so it covered the fish in the ramikins and then completely covered them in crab and cheese. The ramikins are great for a dinner party because each person gets an individual serving, a nice touch. I made this early in the day then put them in the fridge. Then before dinner, put on the cheese and browned while everyone had cocktails. Very little work during the actual party. A couple people thought the overall taste was a little like lobster. I am going to try next with monkfish. Great recipe!

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 218 cal
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 10.8 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs
  • 6.3 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 20.2 g
  • 40%
  • Cholesterol
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 282 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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