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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arctic Char with Orange-Caper RelishAn orange and caper relish gives arctic char a punch of fresh flavor in this 15-minute recipe.
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.
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.
Snapper with Zucchini and TomatoLemon juice and rind brighten this Snapper with Zucchini and Tomato dinner for two. Vermouth also adds a hit a flavor to the vegetables.