Best christmas fish recipes

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Best fish recipes

Cod with tomato, olive and chorizo sauce

Try our soft flaky cod cooked in a juicy chorizo and tomato sauce, served with bulgar wheat for a midweek meal for two.

Ras el hanout salmon with jewelled couscous

Add some colour midweek with this nutritious salmon recipe topped with pomegranate seeds and toasted flaked almonds.

Roast cod with slow-cooked English peas and shoots

Recreate simple yet delicious sharing plates in your own home with this easy cod recipe from Notting Hill’s Gold.

Baked cod and butter beans

Flaky, pearly-white cod with a rosemary parmesan crust, served on a sweet cherry tomato and butter bean sauce. It’s the perfect midweek meal!

Breaded plaice with sauce vierge

Coat this delicate plaice in panko breadcrumbs and serve with a herby sauce vierge for a seasonal dinner idea ready in 30 minutes.

Pan-fried cod with giant beans and chard

Check out our easy pan-fried cod stew recipe with large butter beans. This quick fish recipe is low in calories and ready in 25 minutes – simple midweek meal for two.

Chilli-salt salmon with chopped salad

Check out this quick and simple marinaded chilli-salt salmon. This colourful recipe is not only easy to make it’s low in calories, too.

Crispy soy salmon with quick pickles

A juicy, perfectly cooked fillet of fish with crisp skin that crackles when cut is a thing of beauty. Make our easy salmon recipe for a simple midweek meal.

Sea trout, new potato and asparagus traybake with dill mustard sauce

Make the most of seasonal sea trout in this vibrant fish tray bake packed with soft baby new potatoes, fresh spring asparagus and covered in a creamy dill mustard sauce. Discover more of our best tray bake recipes here.

Salmon curry traybake

Looking for an easy mid-week salmon recipe? This vibrant salmon dish is packed with punchy flavours and will make for a flavour packed meal to feed the family.

Grilled Portuguese sardines

Check out these sweet and peppery crispy sardines, ready in 20 minutes. These are great on a griddle, but will also work on the BBQ when the weather warms up. Serve with a big green salad and lots of crusty bread.

Dab with vinegar butter

This recipe for dab with vinegar butter is quick and easy to make and under 500 calories. If you can’t get hold of dab, any flat fish such a lemon sole will work

Moroccan tuna kebabs with herb and lemon grains

Midweek menu falling flat? Lift your appetite with these Moroccan-spiced tuna kebabs ready in 15 minutes, served with nourishing grains and punchy harissa yogurt.

Sea bass fillet with grilled courgettes

This recipe for sea bass, grilled courgette, lemon and hazelnut comes from Percy and Founder in Fitzrovia, London. It’s ready in under an hour, is really easy to follow and under 500 calories but still looks fantastic on the plate, perfect if you’re hosting a dinner party but don’t want to over-indulge.

Plaice with dill and prawns

This recipe for plaice with dill and prawns is ready in just 20 minutes and under 300 calories – perfect for a quick, healthy midweek meal for two

Devilled whitebait with roasted garlic mayo

Check out this easy recipe for crispy deep-fried whitebait and creamy roasted garlic mayo. This simple yet impressive spring recipe will make a perfect starter at your next dinner party.

One-pot paprika cod and chickpeas

Check out our punchy paprika cod one-pot with juicy tomatoes. This simple tray bake is an easy, low calorie midweek meal for when you’re short on time but still want something healthy.

Chargrilled tuna with crunchy lemon bulgar salad

Make our easy tuna steak recipe with zingy lemon bulgar wheat salad. Ready in 30 minutes, this low calorie recipe is a quick midweek meal for two.

Scandi-style salmon with pickled potato salad

A sophisticated meal for two, this quick and easy salmon fillet with sharp and creamy potato salad is exactly what you need to lift you out of that mid-week work slump.

Tamarind-glazed tuna with sugar snap and mango salad

Adding tamarind to tuna brings out delicious flavours in this simple but impressive dish. Serve on a a bed of sugar snap and mango salad for a healthy lunch or dinner.

Spicy merguez and cod tray roast

Spicy, smoky lamb merguez gives this sauce a rich, deep flavour and combines really well with the cod. You could also use cooking chorizo for a similar result.

Miso-glazed sea bass with ginger greens

Eating healthily doesn’t have to mean compromising on good food. This miso-glazed sea bass with ginger greens is quick and easy to make and under 300 calories

Seared tuna with ponzu dressing and coriander rice noodles

This recipe for seared tuna with ponzu dressing and coriander rice noodles is low calorie, low fat and ready in just 20 minutes

Spiced grilled salmon with pea and mint mash

The best quick meal for salmon. Made with Indian tandoori paste and grilled then served with the quick and easy mushy peas – with a twist. A healthy meal for two.

Sea bass with noodle salad

This quick and easy sea bass and noodle salad is ready in just 30 minutes but is packed full of flavour.

Grilled cod with salsa rossa

This recipe for grilled cod with salsa rossa is quick and easy and under 300 calories

Spiced mackerel fillets with shallot and lemon chickpeas

This recipe for spiced mackerel fillets with shallot and lemon chickpeas is quick and easy to make and under 500 calories

Skrei with smoky chorizo and clam sauce

This recipe for skrei with smoky chorizo and clam sauce makes for an easy but impressive midweek meal that’s ready in just 30 minutes

Whole sea bream cooked en papillote

Fish can be intimidating to cook but this recipe for whole sea bream cooked en papillote is really easy and looks impressive when guests open it at the table.

Grilled fish with Cretan rusk salad with tomato, oregano and feta

This recipe for grilled fish with Cretan rusk salad with tomato, oregano and feta comes from Morito in Hackney. It’s easy, ready in 30 minutes and low-cal

Some more fish recipes to try

Confit hake, cherry tomatoes and garlic

With a few simple steps learn how to use this classic French cooking technique to guarantee soft, flaky fish every time. Don’t use expensive extra-virgin olive oil for this – a cheaper, milder olive oil will work best.

Skinny fish and chips

Shallow frying the fish and baking rather than frying the chips makes our skinny fish and chips lighter so you can enjoy this delicious British takeaway classic without feeling too guilty. An easy, healthier way to enjoy a taste of British seaside!

Thai green salmon burgers with spicy sweet potato wedges

Check out our easy salmon burgers with soft ciabatta buns, crispy sweet potato wedges and a punchy carrot and cucumber slaw. These moreish fishcakes are high in protein and ready in under an hour.

Panch phoron fish curry in pineapple and coconut sauce

Check out our vibrant fish curry with juicy pineapple. This easy curry dish is packed with plenty of flavour and under 500 calories per serving – a great midweek meal for four.

Indian fish kofta sandwich

Upgrade your sarnie with our Indian fish sandwich with creamy raita and punchy chutney. The koftas are made with cod, ginger and spices and piled into puffy flatbreads.

Linguine with tuna, lemon and dill

An seriously simple, homely pasta dish that everyone will love. Tuna is tossed together with red onion, lemon and dill and served on top of fresh linguine.

Baked chorizo orzo with hake

Check out our easy baked orzo with spicy chorizo and flaky hake fillets. This simple but filling one-pot is an impressive midweek meal ready in under an hour, plus it’s low in calories too.

Hot-smoked salmon cakes

These hot-smoked salmon cakes are quick and easy to make, perfect for a midweek meal. You could make double and freeze some for later

Pizza bianca with smoked salmon and spring onions

We have taken inspiration for this delicious pizza bianca (without tomato) from The Priory Inn in the Cotswolds. Creamed horseradish, spring onion and smoked salmon, this pizza is piled high with fresh and delicious produce.

For my dinner party, I didn’t want to deal with whole fish, especially for a party of 10, and I probably wouldn’t be able to find fresh lemon leaves in Brooklyn in winter. Nevertheless I used that Italian-dish memory as a starting point and meandered from there.

The fish closest in texture to the one I ate (and not on any endangered seafood lists) is Pacific halibut. The downside is that it is neither locally caught nor economical. But given the celebratory nature of the get-together (it replaced a baby shower), I went for it.

That afternoon, I seasoned the fish with chili, salt and olive oil, set the fillets in a pan and chilled them in the refrigerator. I also sliced the lemons, but kept them away from the halibut, avoiding an accidental ceviche.

As the guests congratulated the mother-to-be in a round of toasts, I prepared the fish, topping it with rosemary, lemon and olives. Then I roasted it while we ate the parsnip soup another friend had brought.

The cream of parsnip was so good that everyone wanted seconds, which I had not anticipated in my mental timetable. When the fish timer went off, we weren’t ready for it.

Here in the UK, we’re used to the biggest meal of the festive season being the Christmas Day spread – a large roasted bird surrounded by spuds, Brussels, gravy and all the trimmings. For some of our European neighbours, however, a Christmas Eve supper is the main event and sees fish taking over from turkey as the centrepiece.

This Christmas Eve fish-fest stems from the Catholic tradition of abstaining from meat on holy days. Families across many European countries come together to enjoy several courses of meat-free food followed by presents and celebrations, making 24 December the real focus of the festivities.

In Italy, it really is a feast, with many households preparing The Feast of the Seven Fishes, also known as The Vigil, which features a mighty seven different fish courses. Popular dishes range from region to region but often include a hearty fish stew, salt cod, and fried calamari or fritto misto.

In Poland, the Christmas Eve supper, Wigilia, begins after the first star appears in the sky and often goes on late into the night. This meat-free meal usually includes a spread of beetroot soup, pickled herrings and pierogi (traditional dumplings stuffed with potato and cheese).

Whatever your location, culture or traditions, beautiful seafood is something many of us consider to be a really special supper – so it seems fitting to enjoy it the night before Christmas. With mega roast dinners and days of turkey curry and ham sandwiches ahead, it’s also a great way to enjoy a lighter start to the festive period.

If you’re hosting this Christmas Eve and want to dip your toe in the waters of this fishy tradition, check out some of our favourite meat-free meal ideas…


For simple yet impressive party canapes, these prawns and Marie Rose sauce and smoked salmon with horseradish and beetroot fun forks make the perfect posh nibbles.

Or, do as the Scandinavians do with boards of beautiful cured fish – this Christmas jerk gravlax is seriously easy, and something you can prep in advance. Serve up as part of a buffet spread with lots of rye bread, beetroot salad and bowls of hot potatoes.

Finish things off with these super-cute pots of fruity St Clement’s posset with starry shortbread.


If you know you’ve got a hectic Christmas Eve coming up, full of cooking, shopping and wrapping, you can still enjoy a good old fish feast – just get ahead with these simple recipes. Jools’ fish pie is perfect for preparing in advance and storing in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to pop it in the oven.

For a fuss-free dessert, serve these nutty, chewy everything cookies in front of the fire or around a board game with a glass of sherry for the adults and milk for the little ones.


A seafood cocktail is an old-school classic. This one is piled high with fresh prawns and crab and makes a brilliant dinner party starter.

Then, for a wow-worthy centrepiece, try this whole roasted salmon stuffed with lemon and herbs with homemade basil mayo and chilli salsa. Baking salmon in a thick layer of rock salt not only looks incredible – you’ll also end up with the most perfectly cooked fish. Alternatively, this sea bass in puff pastry stuffed with prawns and served with salsa verde is perfect for smaller dinner parties. Serve with steamed and buttered greens or any of these beautiful Christmas sides.

To round things off with a bang, finish with a flaming pud and homemade cocktails.

For more meat-free festive food ideas check out our vegetarian and vegan recipe collections.

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This Easy Lemon Butter Fish only takes 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients. It’s a delicious and nutritious white fish recipe. Pair with rice and vegetables for a healthy weeknight dinner.

Easy Lemon Butter Fish Recipe

Lemon Butter Fish may be more frequently ordered at restaurants than made at home. It’s not your typical Tuesday night, in-between carpool fare.

But it can be. And it is. This Easy Lemon Butter Fish goes from stovetop to table top in just 20 minutes.

Grab ‘n go DIY Lara Bars and Fruity Chia Puddings are fantastic for breakfast or lunch…but we shoot for one real-food meal a day, which typically happens at dinner time.

Not that Chicago style deep dish pizza isn’t all fab at 6pm, but Lemon Butter Fish is a nice and light fish recip that makes you feel pretty good about what you had for dinner.

You guys may know we’re wild about seafood here (some of our faves are rounded up at the bottom of this post for you.) But often, those dishes get reserved for the weekends. I don’t even know why, since they’re just as easy as Quick Lemon-Basil Chicken.

So. I’m improving our Tuesday night dinner game with this 20-minute Lemon Butter Fish recipe…

Use tender, flaky, mild flavored white fish fillets

This Easy Lemon Butter Fish is fabulous with any tender, flaky, mild flavored white fish. A firmer white fish works better than soft textured fish. A nice fresh cod, halibut, or mahi mahi would work beautifully. You’ll want 4 good-sized, firm white fish fillets that are about 6 inches long and 1 inch thickness. Definitely look for that 1-inch thickness, as thinner fish fillets don’t cook up as nicely.

Just be sure your fillets are about 1-inch thick, to ensure that nice thick texture. Go for pieces that are about 6″ x 3″ in length and width. We want nice-sized pieces. Besides that, a heavy, large and even-cooking skillet is your kitchen essential. For flipping delicate food like fish, I use an extra wide stainless steel turner with a smooth/narrow edge to get underneath the food and flip it easily.

You likely have the remaining ingredients in your kitchen already:

  • 3 TB melted butter (I use salted, but unsalted is fine) — real butter makes a huge difference in flavor
  • Juice and zest from 1 medium lemon — avoid bottled lemon juice. If your lemon is on the larger size, use less of it.
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, plus extra to taste (here’s why we always use kosher salt in our cooking)
  • 1 tsp paprika, for a bit of smoky flavor and natural color
  • 1 tsp garlic powder; it serves as your weeknight time-saving aromatic
  • 1 tsp onion powder, same as above.
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper; always use fresh peppercorns and grind your black pepper fresh. It makes a huge flavor difference.
  • 3 TB olive oil; we use olive oil for most of our cooking, which feels healthier to me, as well as works really well with most recipes. We even use it in chocolate cake — ridiculously moist.
  • freshly chopped basil or parsley leaves, for garnish and flavor
  • extra lemon slices for serving – kind of a vanity thing, but fish always looks prettier with freshly sliced lemon slivers on top 🙂

This isn’t the typical white-wine reduction situation. We’ve designed it for managing the midweek meal crisis, in order to provide the family a dish that’s super easy, quick, and we feel great about.

This Easy Lemon butter Fish is tender, lemony, buttery, and delish for the whole family.

We’re saving pizza night for Friday. 😉

Watch us make this easy Lemon Butter Fish:


This Easy Lemon Butter Fish only takes 15 minutes and a handful of ingredients. It’s a delicious and nutritious. Pair with rice and vegetables for a healthy weeknight dinner.

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  • 4 good-sized firm white fish fillets, about 6 inches long, 1-inch thickness (cod, halibut, or mahi would work well.)
  • 3 TB melted butter (I use salted, but unsalted is fine)
  • Juice and zest from 1 medium lemon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus extra to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 TB olive oil
  • freshly chopped basil or parsley leaves, for garnish and flavor
  • extra lemon slices for serving


  1. Use paper towels to thoroughly pat-dry excess moisture from fish fillets – this step is crucial for fish to brown nicely in pan. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine melted butter, lemon juice and zest, and 1/2 tsp kosher salt. Stir to combine well. Taste and add a bit more kosher salt, if desired.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 tsp kosher salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Evenly press spice mixture onto all sides of fish fillets.
  4. In a large, heavy pan over medium high heat, heat up the olive oil until hot. Once your oil is sizzling, Cook 2 fish fillets at a time to avoid overcrowding (allows for even browning.) Cook each side just until fish becomes opaque, feels somewhat firm in the center, and is browned – lightly drizzle some of the lemon butter sauce as you cook, reserving the rest for serving. Take care not to over-cook, as that will result in a tougher texture. Season with extra kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  5. Serve fish with with remaining lemon butter sauce, basil or parsley, and lemon wedges.


** Be sure to use coarse kosher salt, not fine table salt. Kosher salt is much milder and less salty. ** The actual cook time varies, depending on type, cut, and starting temp of fish. I typically cook about 3-4 minutes per side. I check for doneness by lightly pressing fillet centers for firmness. Once it feels somewhat firm, it’s usually done. ** Serve with Perfect Instant Pot Brown Rice or Best Easy Roasted Vegetables Recipe for a healthy meal that happens to be gluten-free.

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Splendid Seafood:

  1. 15-Minute Ginger Soy Steamed Fish
  1. Grilled Teriyaki Salmon
  1. Cioppino Seafood Stew
  1. Skillet Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Lemon and Basil
  1. 10-Minute Garlic Shrimp


Here a few of my all-time favorite, healthy fish and seafood recipes from around the globe that are fresh and light while not lacking in flavor! Whether you are following the Mediterranean diet, practicing Lent, or simply love fish, you’ll find lots of inspiration here!

Most are simple easy meals that can be made in under 30 minutes, perfect for weeknight dinners! Pick out a few to try in the next few weeks and let me know your favorites in the comments below!

A simple Brazilian Fish Stew called Moqueca made with your choice of fish, simmered in coconut milk with onion, tomatoes, chilies and lime. Easy, fast and full of flavor!

Pan-Seared Halibut over Lemony Zucchini Noodles with olive oil, garlic and parsley, topped with sweet summer tomatoes. A quick and easy low-carb meal! Wait till summer to make this when tomatoes are ripe and zucchini is aplenty.

Spicy Miso Ramen with Roasted Chili Salmon with bok choy, mushrooms and scallions. One of my favorite dishes on the blog. Vegan and Paleo adaptable! Swap out zucchini noodles or kelp noodles to keep it Keto!

Simple Baked Cod with Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic & Lemon– a fast and easy weeknight dinner that is healthy and delicious!

A Simple Moroccan Salmon Recipe that can be made in less than 25 minutes, baked with flavorful Moroccan spices. Serve this with a delicious Moroccan-inspired Quinoa Salad with oranges, olives and mint.

Chia Crusted Salmon with Fennel Slaw – pan seared salmon served hot and crispy over cool, crunchy fennel slaw, topped with quick pickled onions and fresh dill. A simple, healthy, paleo dinner that is quick and easy. Low carb, gluten-free and YUMMY!

Simple Ceviche Recipe! Easy, delicious and healthy this version is made with everyday ingredients! Serve as an appetizer or main course salad.

Watch the Ceviche Video and see how easy it is!!!

Seared Hawaiian Ono with Honey Soy Glaze and fresh Pineapple Salsa…an elegant healthy meal, perfect for a gathering or dinner party. Easy, delicious!

A delicious recipe for Seared Sea Bass with Cannellini Bean Stew. A fast, flavorful dinner recipe that can be made in 30 minutes!

How to make authentic Mexican Aguachile! Similar to ceviche, shrimp is cooked in a mixture of lime juice, chiles and cilantro. Flavorful, simple and sooooo delicious!

Roasted Mustard Seed White Fish with Potato-Brussel Sprout Hash, a quick, healthy sheet-pan dinner that is full of flavor. Can be made with wild cod, black cod, haddock, halibut, salmon or sea bass.

Seared Scallops with Coconut Lemongrass Sauce, fresh basil and lime zest. Healthy and delicious, this Thai-inspired dinner is FULL of amazing flavor and easy and quick to make. Feel free to substitute halibut, black cod or shrimp for the scallops!

Dover Sole with Leeks and Lemony Dill Sauce – a simple healthy dinner that can be made in the oven, on a sheet-pan in 25 minutes!

Furikake Brussel Sprouts and Shrimp -a quick and healthy Japanese-inspired meal that can be made in under 30 minutes, a delicious weeknight dinner! FYI this is one of my favorite meals!

Pan Seared Ahi with Dill, Yogurt and Chive Blossoms a simple beautiful Nordic style dinner that bursts with flavors of Spring.

Smoked Salmon Hand Rolls filled with avocado, cucumber and smoked salmon with an easy step by step guide to making this Japanese-style sushi roll! Make this for a party and let guests roll their own!

Baked Cod with Asparagus, Fennel and Leeks – a simple, spring-inspired dinner that is low-carb and low-calories! Serve this over Everyday Quinoa or on its own for a light and healthy dinner!

Melt in your mouth, White Miso Black Cod is made with the most delicious miso marinade ever! Served up with pickled daikon, kale “nests” and miso aioli, a simple delicious recipe, perfect for entertaining!

Baked Salmon with Asparagus and Dill Sauce -a simple easy sheet-pan dinner that comes together in 30 minutes. Healthy and Delicious!

A Scandinavian twist on the classic nicoise salad – Nordic Nicoise Salad is made with smoked fish (salmon, trout, sardines) or pickled herring, on a bed of watercress with radish, cucumber ribbons, baby potatoes, capers, dill, chive blossoms and horseradish-spiked nicoise dressing. Fresh and tasty!

Peruvian Seafood Stew with Cilantro Broth made with fish and shellfish, potatoes, carrots, and the most flavorful delicious broth! Healthy, Paleo, Gluten-free, Easy! Can be made in 35 minutes!

Seared Black Cod with Meyer Lemon Risotto and Gremolata– a flavorful Italian herb sauce. Feel free to sub halibut or Sea bass!

Grilled (or Baked) Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw – a “go-to” healthy dinner that be made in 30 minutes flat! Flavorful and healthy!

Quick and Easy Salmon Cakes– a simple pantry recipe that can be whipped up in 20 minutes, perfect for midweek meals! The recipe features 3 different variations – Asian Salmon Cakes, Mediterranean Salmon Cakes and Nordic-style Salmon Cakes!

Balinese Fish Curry with potatoes, spring veggies, lime and mint in a fragrant curry sauce. A simple flavorful dinner that is healthy and easy!

Pan-Seared Scallops with Citrus Shallot Dressing served with a healthy side of veggies… a simple, healthy weeknight dinner! Keto and low-carb!

Portuguese Shrimp and Cauliflower “Grits” with garlicky kale. A fast delicious dinner that is vegan-adaptable, keto and gluten-free!

Citrus Baked Salmon with roasted fingerlings and kumquats in a flavorful citrus marinade. With only 15 minutes of hands-on time, this simple easy dinner recipe is perfect for busy weeknights!

Ahi Poke Bowl! A simple step by step recipe to making Hawaii’s favorite meal!

Sheet-Pan Teriyaki Salmon and Baby Bok Choy – a delicious healthy dinner that can be made on a sheet-pan in 25 minutes.

Caribbean Shrimp Tacos with Mango Cabbage Slaw– bursting with Caribbean flavors! Healthy, easy and fast- and can be made in 30 mins!

Fennel Crusted Halibut with Asparagus – a simple healthy dinner that can be made in 35 minutes! Wait until spring when Asparagus are in season for this one!

A simple authentic Cioppino Recipe that is easy to make and full of flavor. Fresh fish and seafood are bathed in a light and flavorful tomato broth. Serve with crusty bread to mop up all the juices.

Pan-seared Crispy Skinned Trout (or Steelhead) over a fresh spring pea sauce with shiitakes and new potatoes. A delicious spring recipe!

Chimichurri Shrimp! A fast and flavorful weeknight dinner that comes together in under 30 minutes! Serve over basmati rice or cauliflower rice!

A simple delicious recipe for Halibut with corn, leeks pancetta and sage, served over a “lightened-up” creamy polenta. And the best part is it can be made un under 30 minutes! Wait until summer when corn is juicy and sweet!

Pan-seared Scallops with Spring Peas, tarragon and truffle oil– a light and elegant meal, perfect for entertaining or special occasions. Best to wait until you can get fresh peas!

Baked White Fish with roasted tomatoes, fennel and shallots– a simple, easy, healthy one-pan meal that can be made in 35 minutes! Gluten-free, Paleo, keto.

Mexican Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa served over greens with creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing …can be made in 20 minutes. A delicious, healthy low-carb meal.

Spanish Seafood Stew with Garbanzo beans and Chorizo served over Saffron-infused rice. A simple delicious stew with smoky rich flavor.

Roasted Pomegranate Salmon with braised fennel – a healthy and festive dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes.

Wait until summer to make this Corn and Basil “Chowder” topped with Seared White Fish- a light and fresh summery dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes. Use cod, halibut, sea bass or salmon!

Spring or summer are the perfect time of year for these Mini Crab Louie Lettuce Wraps! Served in a fresh butter lettuce wrap with radish and avocado. Fresh and light, these flavorful appetizers are always the hit of the party!

This Summer Nicoise Salad Recipe can be made with grilled salmon, tuna or white fish with baby potatoes, olives, roasted peppers, french beans & a delicious lemony, mustard seed dressing. Gluten free, super filling and full of flavor!

And lastly, one of my favorite recipes of all times, Tea-Smoked Five Spice Salmon – it’s not as hard as it sounds (you smoke the salmon in a wok on your stove-top!) and the flavors are divine!

Hope you like these light and healthy fish and seafood recipes!


20 Simple Healthy Fish & Seafood Recipes

Healthy Fish and Seafood Recipes from around the Globe!

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: fish, seafood
  • Method: baked, seared
  • Cuisine: Global



Pick a few to try tonight!


  • Calories: 425

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Chef John’s 17 Best Seafood Recipes

The best seafood recipes

Here they are, Chef John’s best seafood dishes. These top-rated Chef John recipes cover all our favorite fish and shellfish preparations. You’ll find baked salmon, grilled shrimp, broiled trout, fish stew, seared scallops, crab cakes, fisherman’s pie, grilled tuna and halibut, and much more. Enjoy!

1. Chef John’s Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon

This baked salmon recipe uses lots of fresh lemon juice and black pepper, plus a little mustard, yellow miso paste, and mayo. “You don’t need the broiler to make great salmon fillets,” says Chef John. “A hot oven can produce tender, moist, flaky meat every time.”

Image zoom Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

2. Chef John’s Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp

So easy, so delicious. Fresh herbs and crushed garlic lively up both the marinade and the serving sauce in this classic grilled shrimp recipe. Chef John recommends the extra-large shrimp here “so they can grill longer and get maximum caramelization.”

Image zoom Photo by Chef John

3. Chef John’s Crab Cakes

Chef John’s trick for making incredibly tasty crab cakes is to use almost no filler — just large chunks of delicious fresh crab. “These are what crab cakes are supposed to be like,” explains Chef John. “They are basically a fried lump of crabmeat, held together with a minimum of filler. Delicious!”

4. Veracruz-Style Red Snapper

This classic Gulf Coast fish dish bursts with vibrant flavors. The recipe calls for red snapper. But Chef John says any flaky white fish works. You’ll cook the fillets with a Mexican-inspired mixture of tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, olives, and oregano. “Excellent recipe,” raves Sidekick. “Quick, healthy, and so tasty.”

Image zoom Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

5. Grilled Salmon with Bacon and Corn Relish

Here grilled salmon is served with a warm corn relish starring crisp bacon, red bell peppers, and green onions, finished with rice vinegar and a healthy drizzle of olive oil. “An exciting and vibrant new way to use salmon,” says Chef John, “dressed up with an easy, summery relish. Did I mention there will be bacon? Oh, yeah.”

6. Chef John’s Fisherman’s Pie

A beautifully browned crust of buttery mashed potatoes tops off this top-rated seafood casserole. Beneath the potatoes, flaky cod mingles with baby spinach in a garlic and lemon-scented white sauce. “This was the ultimate in comfort food,” says Alison. “Simple, easy, delicious. I really can’t rave enough.”

Image zoom Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

7. Chef John’s Broiled Trout

This is a great recipe for anyone, but especially so for people new to cooking fish. “It’s so simple, it doesn’t even have a name,” says Chef John. “I just call it Trout.” Just season, broil, and serve the trout with the simplest butter and lemon sauce. Amazing!

Image zoom Photo by Deb C

8. Pan-Roasted Halibut with Clamshell Mushrooms and Lemon Butter Sauce

Here’s another super-simple fresh fish recipe. This one combines mushrooms and halibut. “Those two ingredients have a natural affinity for each other,” explains Chef John. “And both are wonderful with the lemon-parsley butter sauce.”

9. Chef John’s Salmon Cakes

This is a great recipe for using canned salmon. Chef John explains the benefits of canned salmon: “Every grocery store carries canned salmon, and it’s almost always wild salmon, which is more eco-friendly, tastes better, and is more nutritious.” Canned salmon is also easy and inexpensive. Of course, you can use leftover cooked salmon here, too.

Image zoom Photo by Meredith

10. Seared Scallops with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

This recipe is quick and easy but still elegant and absolutely bursting with flavors. Seared scallops are served with fresh orange segments and a mild but versatile jalapeño vinaigrette. “Delicious,” says lovestohost. “The vinaigrette was nice and light and allowed the flavor of the sea scallops to shine.”

Image zoom Photo by Kim’s Cooking Now

11. Chef John’s Crab-Stuffed Sole

Oh yes, Chef John’s got soul! Crab-stuffed sole, no less. The stuffing is a simple combo of crabmeat, green onions, diced poblano pepper, lemon juice, and breadcrumbs. The sauce? A quick mixture of mayo, lemon zest, and a dash of cayenne. “Sole is cheap and easy to find,” says Chef John. “It also has a mild, unremarkable flavor — which means it’s the perfect candidate for jazzing up by stuffing with crab.”

12. Sea Bass a la Michele

Here’s a real crowd-pleaser. Thick fish fillets are coated in a highly seasoned vinaigrette (starring sherry wine and smoked paprika) and baked on top of a warm potato salad. Serve with a drizzle of freshly squeezed lemon juice and chopped oregano or parsley. “Another 5 star fish from Chef John,” raves KimcheeMomma.

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13. Chef John’s Brazilian Fish Stew

Here’s Chef John’s interpretation of moqueca, the classic Brazilian seafood stew. “I’m calling it the weeknight version,” says Chef John. “It’s ready to serve in less than 30 minutes.” You’ll simply poach chunks of fish in a coconut milk sauce with sweet and hot peppers.

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14. Grilled Halibut Steaks with Corn and Chanterelles

With this recipe, Chef John goes full-on Surf-and-Turf. Grilled halibut steaks pair up with a sweet corn and sautéed chanterelle mushroom relish. Add a little fresh tarragon at the end and top it off with a handful of baby arugula or microgreens. “So delicious,” says JDPFIF. “The fresh tarragon was a delightful treat.”

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15. Grilled Tuna with Fresh Horseradish

Tuna’s a terrific choice for fast, high-heat grilling. This quick-and-easy recipe was inspired by the simplicity and flavors of sushi. Grilled tuna steaks are spiced up with freshly grated horseradish root. The flavorful horseradish sauce is also delicious with swordfish, salmon, and mahi mahi.

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16. Coquilles Saint-Jacques

With this recipe, Chef John gives a nod to elegant old-school dining. “But for something so fancy, this is pretty easy to make,” says Chef John. “It’s rich and decadent, and yet still light.” You’ll serve these tender, plump sea scallops in real scallop shells along with sautéed mushrooms, a creamy sauce, and a topping of Gruyere cheese.

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17. Crispy Beer Batter Fish & Chips

“Virtually every beer-battered fish recipe looks crispy coming out of the fryer, and some even stay crispy for a few minutes, but then the inevitable sogginess sets in,” says Chef John. “Well, with this simple formula, and a few easy tricks, you can achieve a fried fish where the last bite is as crisp as the first. The keys are keeping your batter really cold and patting your fish really dry. Serve over a bed of salt ‘n vinegar chips with tartar sauce and lemon.” See how it’s done:

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Whether you’re looking to lighten up your diet or just love fish, I’ve got 20 Global Fish Recipes right here that are sure to provide lots of inspiration and delicious meals around the table with loved ones! Beyond mere sustenance… 😉

There was no cast net and the boy remembered when they had sold it. But they went through this fiction every day. There was no pot of yellow rice and fish and the boy knew this too.

~~ Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea.

I could be a pescatarian (one who does not eat meat but does eat fish and seafood). So many of my favorite foods come out of the water – oysters, shrimp, scallops, fish. Emphasis on FISH. When I started putting together this post, I expected some amazing recipes, but I was totally overwhelmed by the quality and variety of the contributions I received. I’m guessing that means there are a lot of fish-lovers out there! In order to narrow this list to a manageable number, I elected to stay primarily with fish this time; I will bring you a similar collection of shellfish recipes in the near future. 😀

With the change of the seasons, many home cooks tend to rely on meat and poultry for cool-weather fare. I live 45 miles from the Gulf of Mexico (as the crow flies), and I tend to be looking for interesting fish recipes year ’round. My focus with this “roundup” is on dishes that will make your mouth-water when the days are getting shorter… and cooler. Fish soups, stews, and gravies with hearty bases. I hope you’ll find yourself drooling making a few…

Cooked On the Stove:

The Delicious Crescent ♥ Spicy Pan Seared Fish with Tamarind Sauce

“Pan Seared Fish with Tamarind Sauce is an easy recipe that gives you a tasty flaky fish with a spicy crust in a tangy sauce. It is low in calories and carbs, high in protein and healthy fats!”

Caroline’s Cooking ♥ Romesco de Peix (Catalan Fish Stew)

“Romesco de peix is a delicious fish stew with a tomato-nut sauce as the base. Comforting, filling but not heavy, it has been loved by all we have shared it with.”

West Via Midwest ♥ Fancy Bouillabaisse: Special Occasion Meal

“Fresh shellfish in a very flavorful broth you can have on the table in less than 45 minutes.”

Healthy World Cuisine ♥ Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry

“Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry is creamy, dreamy and delicately mild and can be on your dinner table in less than 15 minutes.”

The Cheerful Kitchen ♥ One Skillet Cod Veracruz

“This one skillet dinner is simple but impressive enough for guests. One Skillet Cod Veracruz is healthy and so delicious!”

The View from Great Island ♥ Ottolenghi’s Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce

“Ottolenghi’s Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce is an earthy meal of tender fish cakes tucked into an aromatic sauce. Serve it with couscous and sauteed spinach…this is comfort food with a Middle Eastern flair.”

Beyond Mere Sustenance ♥ Ginger Mushroom Miso Poached Fish With Kale and Shiitake

“Savor all the umami flavor in this Ginger Mushroom Miso Poached Fish With Kale and Shiitake replete with ginger, garlic, and sesame in a savory miso broth. The tender white fish, hearty kale, and earthy shiitake mushrooms soak up all that delicious flavor… Served atop nutritious soba noodles, it’s a perfectly balanced meal in a bowl!”

Abra’s Kitchen ♥ Easy One Pan Mediterranean Cod with Fennel, Kale, and Black Olives

“Easy Mediterranean cod with fennel, kale and black olives, a healthy complete meal prepared in one pan and ready in 30 minutes!”

Cook with Kushi ♥ Fish in Ginger Onion Gravy

“Fish in ginger onion gravy is a super delicious and an irresistible curry that can be prepared in less than 20 minutes using your favorite fish.”

Peter’s Food Adventures ♥ Lohikeitto – Finnish Fish Soup (Финская уха)

“Finnish Fish Soup (Финская уха) or Lohikeitto, is delicious and creamy Salmon soup, popular across Scandinavia and Northwestern Russia. Usually made Salmon heads and bones for the broth, this soup is delicious and full of vitamins and minerals.”

Champagne Tastes ♥ Pumpkin Cod Curry

“This easy Pumpkin Cod Curry is made with a spiced pumpkin-tomato sauce, fresh spinach, and gently poached cod.”

Garlic and Zest ♥ Spicy Caribbean Mahi Mahi

“Lightly spiced tomato broth poaches fresh mahi mahi. Serve over sticky rice for a healthy, flavorful meal!”

La Petit Chef ♥ Fish Curry in Light Mustard Sauce

“Fish curry in a light mustard sauce is the curry of my dreams. Succulent tender fish cooked in a spicy and tangy mustard gravy in the traditional Oriya way, just the way my mom and grandma used to. This curry is best eaten with simple steamed rice.”

Compass and Fork ♥ Cambodian Fish Amok

“Enjoy the sensation of making your own curry paste. Honestly it is worth it. And then add wonderful ingredients, most from the supermarket or Chinese grocer, to make Cambodian fish amok, the national dish of Cambodia.”

Broiled, Baked, Combination, Pressure Cooker:

Midlife Croissant ♥ Weeknight Broiled Salmon with Lentils

“Meaty broiled salmon fillets on a bed of savory lentils topped with yogurt cumin dressing. A ridiculously easy, healthy, gluten free and, oh yeah, delicious dinner.”

Slow the Cook Down ♥ Lemon Sole Tin Foil Meal with Parmesan Potatoes

“A super tasty, super easy weeknight meal. Lemon sole is paired with pesto, parmesan potatoes, asparagus and broccoli.”

Two Healthy Kitchens ♥ Red Miso Salmon with Ginger Scallion Sauce

“This Red-Miso Glazed Salmon is truly a stand-out – a restaurant-quality meal that’s ready in about 30 minutes (with make-ahead steps, too)! Inspired by one of our favorite OBX restaurants, it’s bursting with bright and savory Asian flavors. Satisfying and vibrantly delicious, it’s the perfect way to elevate heart-healthy salmon to superstar status!”

Beyond Mere Sustenance ♥ Mediterranean Fish and Lemony Orzo

“A rich, complex sauce adds Mediterranean flavor to simple and healthy baked fish. Mediterranean Fish paired with Lemony Orzo and a simple salad or steamed vegetable, is quick enough for a weeknight, yet elegant enough for a special occasion!”

Super Golden Bakes ♥ Pancetta-Wrapped Cod with Blistered Tomatoes and Lentils

“This delicious pancetta-wrapped cod with lentils is special enough for a dinner party yet easy enough for a weekday meal.”

Delightful Plate ♥ Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Vietnamese Fish Congee (Chao ca)

“Vietnamese fish congee (rice porridge) is so flavorful and comforting. Making it in a pressure cooker is super easy and cuts down cooking time significantly. A steamy and delicious bowl of fish congee will be ready in just 30 minutes.”

Well, what do you think? I’ve added a couple of these to my “must try” list! Here’s to eating more fish…

11 Best Fish Recipes | Easy Fish Recipes | Maachh Recipes

Fish recipes that you can try at home.

Best Fish Recipes- Fish are usually low in fat and high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 improves mental functions and helps in maintaining a healthy heart by lowering blood pressure. Researchers have discovered that eating fish regularly may reduce the risk of diseases ranging from asthma to prostate cancer. White fish like cod are a great source of low fat proteins while oily fish like sardines, salmon and mackerel are dense with omega-3 acids.

Quit tip for buying fresh fish – Look for the ones with clean bright eyes. Fish with dull eyes may be safe to consume but not fresh. A fish should smell like clean water and not have any bad odour. The flesh should be bright and shiny. There should be no milky liquid on the flesh as that’s the first sign of becoming stale.

With a slight twist and a subtle kick, you’ll absolutely fall in love with our fancy 11 best fish recipes.

1. Masala Fried Pomfret

Crisp fried pomfret marinated in a melange of spices. A warm, sweet and tangy salad of cabbage, kiwi, mild spices and coconut makes a great side!

Masala fried pomfret is a classic fish recipe to cook at home.

2. Fish Curry with Lotus Stems

A recipe from Marut Sikka’s cookhouse. The Czar of Indian flavors teaches us how to cook an authentic Kashmiri fish curry with lotus stems.

Simple fish curry to prepare for a dinner party.

3. Khud Style Baked Indian Basa

Rustic flavors of the basa fish wrapped in a banana leaf and baked. A traditional recipe from Raghogarh, Madhya Pradesh.

Fragrant and delicious fish recipe packed with flavourful spices.

4. Fish Curry without Oil

Fish cooked with tamarind juice, coconut, onions, tomatoes and chillies, without a drop of oil, in a clay pot. Fresh, fast and flavorsome!

Easy, quick and absolutely no oil, there is no better fish recipe.

5. Popcorn Crusted Fish Fingers

The good old fish fingers with an extra crunch of popcorn. Fish fingers wrapped in a popcorn and bread crumb mixture. Bake or deep fry in hot oil.

A delectable starter fish recipe

6. Fish Cutlets

A fishy party starter! Steamed fish minced with spices, combined with potatoes, shaped into cutlets and fried to perfection.

Fish cutlets are perfect snack to pair with any beverage, served with a chutney of your choice.

7. Meen Curry with Ghee Bhaat

A recipe from ‘God’s own country’, Kerala. Fish is known as ‘meen’ down south. Fish fillets cooked in coconut milk with tamarind, mustard seeds and other aromatic spices. Goes best with rice laced with desi ghee.

Delicious fish curry served with rice tossed in desi ghee.

8. Thai Steamed Fish

For all the health fanatics a recipe with minimal sesame oil and brown sugar. Steamed in a range of assorted flavours, fish fillets are served with a sweet and sour sauce. Pure indulgence, guilt free!

9. Chettinad Fish Fry

This one’s for all the spice lovers! Surmai or king fish marinated in fiery flavors and fried till crisp. Chettinad is the cuisine of a region in Tamil Nadu known to be the spiciest and most aromatic cuisine in India.

This fish fry recipe has a host of delectable spices giving it a unique flavour.

10. Hariyali Machli With Onion Pulao

Diverse flavours meshed together in this recipe. A succulent fillet of fish cooked in a minty green masala and served with some smoky brown rice.

11. Fish Duglere

A delicious french recipe that brings together white wine and fish fillets. Pan fried fish, cooked in a tomato concasse, spices and fish stock, served with the delicious wine sauce garnished over. The perfect party snack to prepare at home.

This fish recipe comes with an interesting amalgamation of white wine and fish fillets. Try these popular fish recipes at home and impress your friends and family!