Serving a hearty meal fresh from the sea is easier than you think. Pick from our favorite grilled, blackened, pan-fried, or even microwaved fish recipes.
Roasted Salmon with Kale-Quinoa SaladFresh salmon in its simplest form, roasted with salt and pepper. Serve it over a kale salad with citrus dressing.
Seared Tuna with Shaved Vegetable SaladSushi-grade tuna is your best bet, here. Shaving raw root veggies into a side-dish salad is a fantastic approach; it's fast, they're crunchy, and the flavors stay vibrant.
Salmon with Potatoes and Horseradish SauceYou can't go wrong when you start with salmon and a sour cream sauce, especially if the sauce is flavored with dill and horseradish. Fill out the plate with a side of steamed green beans (you can even use steam-in-a-bag if you're crunched for time!)
Tuna-Quinoa TossThis recipe is popular for lunch, but who says it can't be dinner? Canned tuna and pre-roasted spaghetti squash make this dish super fast.
Cod with Herbed Pea Relish
Pacific Northwest Smoked Salmon Tacos
Pan-roasted Halibut with Kale Pesto and Cherry TomatoesPesto gets a fresh look when trendsetting kale replaces basil. The sauce is delicious over pasta and eggs, but delicate halibut allows its true flavors to shine.
Roasted Cod with Almond-Thyme BreadcrumbsMild-flavored, flaky cod is delicious with this crispy topping. Serve with lightly dressed greens.
Grilled Tilapia with Smoked Paprika and Parmesan PolentaAccent the fragrant paprika-grilled tilapia with a creamy Parmesan polenta. Use a grill-pan to cook the fish quickly and add a flavor-boosting sear.
Arctic Char with Orange-Caper Relish
An orange and caper relish gives fresh fish a punch of flavor in this 15-minute recipe.
Salmon with Red Pepper PestoDress up simple pan-grilled salmon fillets with a homemade red pepper pesto. Serve with raw baby spinach.
Olive and Pesto-Crusted CodPantry items like pitted olives and pre-made pesto create an effortless crust for fresh fish. Serve with a tomato salad and lemon wedges.
Crispy Oven-Fried WalleyeWalleye is a meaty fish that holds up well in a variety of preparations. Here, it is coated with crispy potato chips, baked in the oven, and served with a tasty tartar sauce.
Pan-Grilled Snapper with Orzo Pasta SaladThe bright vinaigrette adds pep to the lightly-seasoned fish. Double the vinaigrette recipe and ladle over both the pan-grilled snapper filets and the quick-cooking orzo pilaf.
Halibut with Balsamic Cherry TomatoesSustainable Choice. For a more budget-friendly option, try substituting a similarly textured fish, such as cod, for the halibut fillets.
Roasted Salmon with Dijon-Dill Sauce
Pungent Dijon and fragrant dill are classic pairings for salmon. The creamy coating helps keep the fish moist.
Panko-Crusted Fish SticksThese fish sticks are easy, kid-friendly and coated in crunchy panko breakcrumbs. Don't forget to serve with the dipping sauce and lemon wedges for a great weeknight dinner.
Seared Arctic Char with Cucumber RelishThese arctic char filets bake to a beautiful golden brown and go perfectly with a side of quinoa or a rice pilaf.
Flounder en PapilloteFlaky flounder fillets are baked inside parcels of parchment paper. This process allows the fish to steam as it bakes, developing a delightful, fresh flavor.
Cod Poached in Spicy Tomato BrothMake a one-pan meal that's big on flavor and light on clean up. The bright sauce, a spicy combination of crushed red pepper, white wine, and capers, simmers for two minutes to combine the flavors, then cooks the fish. Cod, a firm white fish, works well in the recipe. Try it with flounder or sole for variety.
Pan-Fried Sole with Cucumber and Tomato SalsaThis simple pan-fried filet cooks in less than two minutes per side. While it cooks, stir together the eight-ingredient salsa, made with fresh herbs and veggies, and let it sit so the flavors meld before serving.
Asian FlounderCooking fish in the microwave may seem a bit retro, but it's actually a tasty method of cooking and a huge time saver. Plus, unlike baked or pan-cooked filets, the fish will steam without overcooking. Fold the fish as directed in the recipe to ensure uniform cooking.
Praline-Glazed SalmonServe a sweet New Orleans-inspired dish of meaty salmon topped with pecans in a dark brown sugar and melted butter sauce. A mild rice pilaf and steamed green veggie round out the dinner plate.
Baked Salmon with DillDress up rich salmon with a few simple ingredients for a dinner-worthy occasion. Sprinkle fresh dill, kosher sald, and ground black pepper over the filets and bake for 10 minutes, or until the fish flakes with a fork. Serve with steamed asparagus and quick-cooking rice.
Seafood CataplanaA cataplana is an item of cookware used to prepare Portuguese seafood dishes. If you don't have one, a large saucepan will do just fine. Clams and shrimp are the shellfish of choice in this authentic dish.
Mustard and Herb-Crusted TroutLightly coat trout filets in sourdough bread crumbs, Dijon mustard, dried tarragon, and paprika, then bake for ten minutes for a tasty and quick meal. Add a lemon drizzle and serve with steamed veggies on the side.
Swordfish with Cilantro-Lime CreamSwordfish steaks make for a hearty main dish, so go light on the sides. The cool Cilantro-Lime Cream sauce pairs nicely with the crispy breadcrumb coating of the steaks, and also jazzes up steamed veggies.
Blackened Yellowtail Snapper with Mango SalsaThe cool-and-spicy flavors of this Caribbean-inspired dish come complements of the ripe mango, fresh cilantro, and zesty jerk seasoning. Serve with potato wedges, a green salad, and a crisp white wine.
Hoisin FlounderThis Asian-inspired flounder dinner features flounder fillets brushed with a homemade sauce and served with quick-cooking brown rice.
Baked Herbed Fish FilletsDrizzle baked white fish fillets with a delicious butter sauce for a quick weeknight entree.
Snapper with Zucchini and Tomato
Lemon juice and rind brighten this 15-minute, warm-weather fish dinner for two.