23 Must-Try Fish Dinners
Oh, the reasons to choose fish. It's lower in saturated fat, usually higher in healthy fat, has a shorter cook time, and you can buy just the right amount. And let's just be real, we could all use a break from chicken. Whether you prefer salmon, cod, halibut, or catfish, there's a recipe for a gorgeous, fresh fish dinner that fits your taste. We're loving the ease and bright flavors of these healthful dishes.
Roasted Salmon with Kale-Quinoa Salad
Wild salmon served over a simple, filling kale salad with grapes. The salmon is seasoned with everything that it needs: salt, pepper, and olive oil.
Seared Cod with Bacon, Braised Fennel, and Kale
Sear the cod fillets in the bacon drippings to form a delicious crust and soak in flavor. You could also use grouper or snapper in this recipe.
Tortilla-Crusted Tilapia with Citrus Slaw and Chipotle Tartar Sauce
Bread tilapia fillets in a mixture that includes tortilla chips and cumin and coriander. Serve the warm crispy fish alongside orangey slaw.
Seared Grouper with Black-Eyed Pea Relish
This black-eyed pea relish is paired with grouper, here, but you may use halibut or cod. Make the relish a few days in advance, it only gets better as it sits.
Sautéed Snapper with Curried Greens
Braised greens aren’t just for Southern soul food, they make a perfect bed for simply seared snapper, tilapia, or any mild, firm white fish. You'll love the way these greens become wonderfully silky and aromatic when stirred into a fragrant broth of coconut milk, curry powder, garlic, and fresh ginger.
Sea Bass with Citrus Salsa
This recipe gives you dinner party elegance in a 20-minute dish. We rely on sea bass, a tender, mild-flavored fish with a lovely buttery quality. Grapefruit, orange, cilantro, and lime juice make up this tangy topping.
Cod with Shiitake-Bacon Crust and Arugula Salad
Shiitake mushrooms have a bolder flavor than most mushrooms, with an almost smoky quality that amplifies the flavor of the bacon. It's not likely that you've had a breading like this one!
Grilled Tuna Over Green Bean, Tomato, and Chickpea Salad
This easy meal is high in protein, making is super satisfying. The green beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, walnuts, olives, and Parmesan make a delicious bed for sliced tuna steaks.
Salmon with Potatoes and Horseradish Sauce
You 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.
Seared Tuna with Shaved Vegetable Salad
Shaving raw root veggies into a side-dish salad is a fantastic approach. They're ready in just a few minutes, their earthy flavors stay vibrant, and a simple vinaigrette tenderizes them while retaining some crunch. This fresh, simple dish is ready in minutes.
Cod with Herbed Pea Relish
Frozen green peas help make this dish. Oregano, capers, lime juice, and red pepper bring flavor to the topping.
Almond-Crusted Trout with Dill
Trout gets an extra-crispy crust from the almonds. You could sub flounder for the trout and pecans or walnuts for the almonds. The delicate nut crust gives a welcome crunch to the tender trout.
Cod with Fennel and Fingerling Potatoes
Fingerling potatoes add some satisfying heft to a light dish of fish and veggies in a clean broth. We like the color contrast the purple potatoes lend, but any fingerlings you have will be fine. Use your most flavorful olive oil in this dish—it makes the sauce richer.
Pan-Seared Tilapia with Sweet Pea Puree
This lightly sweet, herby puree radiates with spring flavor and color.
Roasted Halibut with Tahini Sauce
This fish gets its Middle Eastern tang from zaatar, a spice blend, and its sesame-rich sauce. A fine side dish: oven-roasted diced potatoes (start them before the fish) tossed with parsley and olive oil.
Pan-Seared Grouper with Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce
This is the secret to restaurant-quality fish. The magic happens on the bottom of the pan where the fish forms an even, crisp crust. The sauce seals the deal.
Grilled Tilapia with Smoked Paprika and Parmesan Polenta
Discover the wonders of smoked paprika with this easy and economical fish dinner. Creamy polenta complements the full-flavored fish.
Seared Tuna with Eggplant and Edamame
Eggplant is the real star here, with its meaty texture and savory notes that match those of the tuna. Soy sauce and sesame oil deepen the effect, and edamame offers delightful chew.
Pan-Roasted Grouper with Provençale Vegetables
Use a broiler pan for both components of this recipe. The fennel-tomato mixture cooks in the bottom of the pan, helping to steam the fish on the rack above.
Mackerel with Herb Salad
Brining the fish in water with salt and sugar heightens its natural flavor, but it also provides a little added insurance that the fish will remain moist, even if it's slightly overcooked. Mackerel has a firm texture and full-bodied flavor, making it a perfect candidate for the grill.
Farmed catfish is an inexpensive, sustainable option. This recipe is also kid-friendly!
Halibut with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes
For a more budget-friendly option, try substituting a similarly textured fish, such as cod, for the halibut fillets.
Grilled Trout with Cherry Compote
This recipe may look intimidating, but if you can't find whole trout, use fillets; they'll only need to grill for about 4 minutes. You can also use 20 ounces frozen, thawed cherries: Use the liquid (don't drain them); simmer in step 1 until the liquid almost fully evaporates before stirring in the port and honey.