8 Fish Dinner Ideas For Absolute Beginners

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Fish is one of the fastest and easiest weeknight dinners. However, a lot of people – especially those who are new to cooking fish – are afraid to mess it up. This is something that can be fixed easily.

Armed with the fish dinner ideas in this article, serving a hearty meal fresh from the sea should be possible.  Whether you are trying to eat healthier or just love fish, these fish dinner recipes are worthy of a spot on your weeknight dinner schedule.

Top-Rated Fish Dinner Ideas Anyone Can Try

1. Steamed Salmon and Veg Rice Bowl

This speedy salmon recipe allows you to prepare the ideal low-hassle, low-calorie weeknight meal. If you like to use your salmon fishing rod and salmon lures every once in a while, the instructions below should be perfect for you.

Ingredients

  • 4 x 100-gram salmon fillets
  • 200 grams of pak choi (chopped into chunky pieces)
  • 100 grams of green beans
  • 200 grams of brown rice
For the Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon of golden caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
  • 1 red chili (deseeded and chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons of ketchup and mayo
  • Juice 3 limes
To Serve
  • Chopped pickled ginger (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons of mixed seeds (you can use sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame)
  • 4 spring onions (finely chopped)

Instructions

  1. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Boil the rice in plenty of water and then drain it when cooked, approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, put the fish and vegetables in 2 layers in a large steamer. Steam the salmon fillets for 5 to 8 minutes and the vegetables for 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon your rice into bowls and then top with your steamed vegetables and fish. Pour some dressing over and then top with the ginger, spring onions, and mixed seeds.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 to 20 minutes

2. Baked Piri-Piri Tilapia and Crushed Potatoes

A healthy low-calorie and a low-fat fish dish that is bursting with flavor as well as rich in folate, vitamin C, iron, and fiber. Ideal for you if you like to catch tilapia or you have access to a market selling tilapia. Keep in mind that you do not have to use tilapia for this recipe – other firm-fleshed white fish should produce ideal results.

Ingredients

  • 4 large pieces of tilapia
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • 2 red peppers (cut them into chunky pieces)
  • 600 grams of small new potatoes
  • Green salad (to serve)
For Your Piri-Piri Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of chili flakes
  • 6 hot pickled peppers

Instructions

  1. Heat your oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Boil your potatoes until they become knife tender and then drain.
  2. Spread the potatoes on your baking tray and then crush them gently using the back of a spatula. Drizzle with oil and vinegar, add the peppers, season well and then roast for about 25 minutes.
  3. Put your Piri-Piri ingredients in the food processor with some salt. Purée until they become fine and then pour them in a bowl.
  4. Put your fish in the baking tray and spoon some of the Piri-Piri sauce over it. Season and then bake for the final 10 minutes of your potatoes’ cooking time.
  5. Serve everything with your extra sauce and some green salad.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

3. Cod and Chorizo Stew

Need your fish supper to be ready in less than half an hour? This is one of the few fish dinner recipes that can help you do this. If you were lucky enough to reel in catch on your cod fishing trip, mix up your midweek dinner with this satisfyingly spicy cod and chorizo stew.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 200 grams of cooking chorizo (chop this into small pieces)
  • 400-gram can of chopped tomatoes
  • 4 cod fillets
  • 400 grams of butter beans (drained)
  • ½ small pack of parsley (roughly chopped)

Instructions

  1. In a fish cooking pan (or deep-frying pan), heat the oil and then add the onion. Cook over medium heat for five minutes. Add your chorizo and cook for a few additional minutes to release the oil. Coat your onions in the chorizo oil and then tip in your tomatoes. Fill the tomato can with water and then tip it in too. Season and then bring to boil.
  2. Once boiling, season your fish fillets and nestle them into your pan. Reduce the heat and then simmer gently for approximately 7 minutes.
  3. Mix in your butter beans and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Scatter with the parsley and then serve in bowls.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 17 minutes

4. Blacked Catfish with Mango Avocado Salsa

This fish dinner idea features a delightful, tasty rub that makes it extremely fantastic. Assuming you got prepared catfish fillets from the market, you should be able to prepare your dinner in under an hour. If, however, you caught the catfish, you may need some additional time to gut the fish and use the filleting knife to make the fillets.

Ingredients

  • 4 catfish fillets (six ounces each)
  • ¾ tablespoon of salt (divided)
  • 2-quarter teaspoon pepper (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 1 medium mango (peeled & cubed)
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup of finely chopped red onion
  • 1 medium ripe avocado (peeled & cubed)

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 teaspoons pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, paprika, cumin, and oregano; rub over the fillets and then refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the lime juice, cilantro, red onion, avocado, mango, and the remaining salt & pepper in a bowl. Chill until serving.
  3. In a big cast-iron skillet, cook your fillets in oil, over medium heat, until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork – this will take 5 to 7 minutes each side. Serve with salsa.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

5. Honey and Orange Roast Sea Bass with Lentils

Having a busy weeknight? You can still eat a healthy gluten-free and low-calorie fish dinner. Easy and quick to prepare (your dinner will be ready in under 30 minutes), this bass recipe should save you a lot of time.

Ingredients

  • 2 large skin-on sea bass fillets
  • Small bunch of dill (chopped)
  • Small bunch of parsley (chopped)
  • 100 grams of watercress
  • 250-gram pouch of ready to eat puy lentils
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of clear honey
  • ½ orange juice and zest

Instructions

  1. Heat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place each fillet – skin-side down – on individual foil squares.
  2. Mix the honey, orange zest, mustard, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and some seasoning – drizzle this over your fillets.
  3. Pull the sides of your foil up and twist its edges to create individual parcels. Place your parcels on the baking tray and then bake in your oven until your fish flakes easily when pressed with the knife (about 10 minutes).
  4. Following the pack instructions, warm your lentils and then mix with remaining oil, watercress, orange juice, seasoning, and herbs. Divide your lentils between 2 plates and then top every plate with your sea bass fillet. If roasting juices are present in the foil, drizzle them over and serve.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

6. Smoked Trout Fish Pies

Without the right fish dinner recipes, it is easy to assume that making comforting fish pie is complicated. With this super-speedy recipe, however, you should be able to make yourself a trout fish pie in a flash. While the recipe is simple, the flavors you end up getting aren’t simple at all – when followed precisely, the recipe will give you one of the tastiest fish dinners.

Ingredients

  • 2 x 175-gram packs of smoked trout fillets – bones & skin removed and flaked into large chunks
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 450 grams of leftover mashed potato
  • 1 large bunch of spring onions (chopped)
  • Small bunch of dill (chopped)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of creamed horseradish (optional)
  • 350ml of full-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 5 tablespoons of butter

Instructions

  1. Heat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Melt your butter in the saucepan and then stir in the flour for about 60 seconds. Stir in the horseradish and milk gradually.
  2. Bubble your sauce to thicken for a few minutes and then add dill, lemon zest, ¾ of the onions, fish, and some seasoning. Pour into 1 large pie dish.
  3. Mix your mashed potato with the remaining spring onion. Spoon over your fish mixture and bake for 15 to 20 minutes (until bubbling and golden).

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

7. Roast Salmon with Beetroot Slaw and Pesto Sauce

There are numerous fish dinner ideas that you can use to turn salmon into a wholesome midweek meal. In addition to the previously discussed salmon recipe, you can also use the instructions outlined below. Baked salmon topped with sour cream & pesto and served with some grated root vegetables should be a perfect dinner for the entire family.

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 4 tablespoons of soured cream
  • 2 tablespoons of pesto
  • 2 tablespoons of mixed seeds (toasted)
  • 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar
  • Two 175-gram carrots (coarsely grated)
  • 175 grams of celeriac (peeled & coarsely grated)
  • Two 250-gram raw beetroots (peeled & coarsely grated)
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line your baking tray with aluminum foil. Season your fillets and then put them on the tray, keeping the skin-side down. Drizzle the tops with some oil and then cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the seeds, remaining oil, vinegar, carrots, celeriac, beetroot, and some seasoning in a bowl. Spoon soured cream and pesto into another bowl, mix, and then season.
  3. Serve your salmon fillets with the pesto sauce and crunchy slaw.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes

8. Stovetop Lemon Caper Tilapia

Looking for the easiest fish dinner recipes? We saved the best for the last. The instructions below will help you prepare a good dinner in less than 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Two 4-ounce tilapia fillets
  • Salt and pepper
  • A pat of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of capers
  • Fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a seasoned cast-iron skillet over medium heat – until shimmering.
  2. Season the tilapia fillets with pepper and salt and then sear on one side for about 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Once flipped, drop the butter and capers on top. Cook until done (2 – 3 more minutes).
  4. Finish with a big squeeze of lemon juice.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

FAQs

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Q: What Goes Good with A Fish Dinner?

A: 

You can never go wrong serving the following side dishes with fish:

  • Steamed or grilled vegetables
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Salad
  • Quinoa

Q: What Are the Best Vegetables to Serve with Fish?

A: 

When serving fish, the vegetables outlined below should help you make your dinner even more delicious:

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Fennel
  • Leeks
  • Diced carrots

Q: What Sides to Serve with Fried Fish?

A: 

Fried fish goes well with the following side dishes:

  • French fries
  • Tartar sauce
  • Pineapple Coleslaw
  • French rolls or cornbread
  • Macaroni and cheese

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If you like to put on your fishing hat and fish shirt, chances are, fish is one of your favorite meals. Maybe fishing is not your thing but you like to buy fish fillets. The fish dinner ideas in this article should help you make the meals you and your family will enjoy.

All the fish dinner recipes in this article will take less than an hour to prepare and cook. This makes them ideal for the busy midweek nights.

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