By contributing writer, Jane
I’ll be honest. I didn’t know how to cook fish (and make it taste good) until about three months ago.
Before that, my fish repertoire consisted of tuna sandwiches and way overcooked frozen salmon.
I was completely intimidated by the idea of buying and cooking fresh fish (and definitely doubted I could make it taste good).
As a result, fish didn’t land on our menu plan very often, though I knew that we needed to eat more of it.
I knew there were a ton of benefits associated with a diet rich in fish, like decreased inflammation, a lower risk of heart disease, and (I’ve heard) increased fertility.
What I didn’t know is that fish can also be very easy and fast to prepare! (Can you say “busy summer days”?)
It was Leigh Ann’s curried cod recipe that first gave me the courage to try cooking fish (we love curry!). That turned out to be such a hit, that I got a copy of Leigh Ann’s eBook, 20-Minute Meals: Giving Weary Chefs Grace While Keeping Families Healthy. There, I found several other fish recipes that were so unbelievably fast and easy!
The rest is history, folks.
Over the past few months, my husband and I have grown to LOVE fish!
While grocery shopping each week, I’ve made it a habit to select a different variety of fish (usually whatever is marked down) and try a new recipe or different combination of seasonings.
Unlike the dry salmon I used to prepare, these new recipes are flavorful, moist, and so satisfying! Fish is a staple of our diet now, and we’re absolutely loving how easy it is.
Try some of these recipes out for yourself to see what I mean!
Trust me, if I can cook fish, you can too!
Thirteen 20-Minute Fish Recipes To Add To Your Menu:
Pan-Seared Fish Recipes
1. Lemon Pepper Pan-Seared Cod – by Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
2. Pan-Seared Curried Cod – by Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
Cooking tip: Salmon is another type of fish that is delicious pan-seared. Just sprinkle salmon with your favorite seasoning (paprika is great) and follow the directions for the cod recipes above. Pan-searing is my favorite way to prepare fish!
3. Shrimp Scampi – by Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
4. The BEST Shrimp Cocktail – by Mary @ Barefeet In The Kitchen
5. Vegetable Shrimp Stir-fry – by Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper
Cooking tip: I like to buy frozen shrimp and keep them in the freezer, so I don’t have to worry about them going bad before I get a chance to use them. Get the kind that are already peeled and de-veined to make these meals super quick!
Breaded Fish Recipes
6. Beer Battered Halibut – by Mary @ Barefeet In The Kitchen
7. Onion-Crusted Tilapia – by Mary @ Barefeet In The Kitchen
8. Coconut Almond Crusted Haddock – by Mary @ Barefeet In The Kitchen
Cooking tip: To make an easy homemade tartar sauce, just add pickle relish to mayonnaise and continue to add the relish until your tartar sauce is the right consistency. I have to thank Amy from Gospel Homemaking for this simple and delicious recipe.
Baked and Broiled Fish Recipes
9. Lemon and Garlic Broiled Tilapia – by Mary @ Barefeet In The Kitchen
10. Salmon Cakes – by Stephanie @ Keeper Of The Home
Cooking tip: In addition to learning how to cook fish, I’ve also been learning the power of cooking meat with lemon juice. I almost can’t describe how much better it tastes with a little lemon juice squeezed on top! Lemon (or lime) juices really complement the flavors of almost any fish dish, and it helps you get a little extra vitamin C in your diet! Win-win!
Grilled Fish Recipes
11. Grilled Speedy Salmon Filet – by Better Homes and Gardens
12. Grilled Fish Tacos – by Better Homes and Gardens
13. Sweet and Smoky Grilled Salmon – by Better Homes and Gardens
Cooking tip: One of the most important things I’ve learned about cooking fish is that it does not take very much time to cook it at all! Just a simple 3-4 minutes on each side when your pan-searing, 4-6 minutes on the grill, or 7-10 minutes in the broiling oven. You’ll know fish is done when it flakes apart easily with a fork. I’m thinking about trying one of these grilled fish recipes next time we go camping!
Check out the 20 Minute Meals cookbook for more quick and easy meals!
Click here to purchase Leigh Ann’s book and have access to several more fish recipes not mentioned here as well as many, many other dishes (non-fish related!)
I keep referring back to this cookbook again and again, and highly recommend it.
So, what about you?
Have you ever felt intimidated about cooking fish? If you have a favorite fish recipe, share in the comments!