Easy Fish Recipes to Make at Home

Incorporating fish into your diet is great for a number of reasons: It is full of omega-3 fatty acids and is an excellent source of vitamin D, iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week. But the thing is, fish must be prepared just right to taste good! So, we put together a few of our favorite fish recipes that you can easily make at home.

Baked Cajun Garlic Butter Cod

(image and recipe via the recipe critic)

Cod is naturally tender and juicy, and this particular recipe from The Recipe Critic incorporates the spiciness of Cajun seasoning with garlic and olive. The best part? It’s baked to perfection in just 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cod fillets, cut in half
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, add the cod and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, olive oil, garlic, and Cajun seasoning. Spread evenly over the fish.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily.

Crispy Honey Ginger Salmon Bowls

(image and recipe via half-baked harvest)

If you like the combination of sweet and savory, then we have a feeling you’ll love this recipe from Half-Baked Harvest that incorporates fresh mango salsa and candied jalapeños.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 Tbsp chili paste
  • Four (4-6 oz) salmon fillets, cut into chunks
  • 4 Tbsp salted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3-4 cups cooked rice

For the Salsa:

  • 1 cup mango, diced
  • 1 ripe peach, diced
  • ¼ cup candied jalapeños
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the Tamari, fish sauce, honey, ginger, and chili paste.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon, skin side down, and cook for 3 minutes, until the salmon is crisp. Flip, reduce the heat to medium, and add garlic. Cook another minute.
  3. Pour in the sauce. Cook another 3 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Remove the salmon from the skillet.
  4. To the skillet, add ¼ cup water. Scrape up any sauce in the pan and simmer until the sauce comes back together.
  5. Meanwhile, make the salsa. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt.
  6. Spoon the salmon over the bowls of rice. Pour the sauce over the salmon. Top with the salsa and enjoy!

Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia

(image via taste and tell)

Tilapia is a great option if fish isn’t your favorite (yet!) because it doesn’t taste overly fishy. This simple recipe from Test and Tell incorporates Parmesan, fresh parsley, and lemon zest, and it’s ready to devour in under 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • ¼ tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tilapia fillets (about 4 oz each)
  • Lemon, cut into wedges

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix Parmesan, paprika, parsley, and salt. Drizzle tilapia with olive oil, then dredge in the cheese mixture, pressing lightly with your fingers if necessary. Transfer to baking sheet.
  3. Bake until fish is opaque in the thickest part, 10-12 minutes. Serve with lemon slices.
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