Weeknight Cooking

19 No-Fuss Fish Dinners for Any Night of the Week

June 10, 2016

You sidle up to the fish counter, peer in at the lobsters moonwalking in their tank, squeak the name of a fish at the monger, and moments later, they hand it to you wrapped in paper. What next? Whether you're cooking fish for the first time, a vegetarian returning to the field (ahem—waters), or just looking for an easy weeknight seafood meal, here are 19 of our favorite no-fuss fish dinners (updated for summer!):

Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish) by Genius Recipes


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Fish Yassa by savorthis

Fish yassa


Blackened Tilapia (or Catfish) by Nicholas Day



Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos by Amanda Hesser

Fish Tacos


Steamed Fish with Ginger & Scallions by Sara Jenkins

Steamed fish


Le Bernadin's Crispy-Skinned Fish by Genius Recipes



A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon by Genius Recipes

Spicy salmon


Miso Black Cod by edamame2003

Miso cod


Roasted Salmon with a Cheat's Vietnamese Caramel Sauce by Kristin



IPA-Battered Fish and Chips by tideandthyme

Fish and chips


James Peterson's Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry by Genius Recipes

Baked fish


Lime and Tarragon Aioli with Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks by sdebrango

Fish sticks 


Seared Salmon with Cinnamon and Chile Powder by Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)

Seared salmon


Halibut with Basil, Garlic, and Tomato by April380



Maple-Cardamom Glazed Salmon by alasully



Roast Cod with Little Tomatoes and Assorted Olives by wingirls



Tangy Teriyaki Salmon by Singerinkitchen

Teriyaki Salmon


Baked Halibut by vivisue



Olive Oil Poached Fish or Shellfish by Amanda Hesser

Poached fish

What's your best trick for cooking fish? Tell us in the comments.

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Desiree D. October 11, 2015
These look wonderful! Though I'm having trouble with the link for olive oil poached fish, it's taking me to the image instead of the recipe.
Craig N. October 11, 2015
Caroline L. October 11, 2015
thank you both for catching! i've updated the link in this post.
Tweetie C. October 7, 2015
My best trick for cooking fish is to always include "sesame oil" in the ingredients in ordet to neutralize the smell of the fish.