There are three nonnegotiables we look for when it comes to sourcing weekday dinners we'd actually want to make ourselves: 1. It needs to be quick and easy, 2. It needs to taste good, and 3. It needs to be nutritious. While finding homemade meal options that ticks all the boxes can be pretty difficult, it's not impossible. Enter: baked fish recipes served with flavorful sauces, toppings, and sides.
When prepared this way, fish is the healthiest, tastiest, and quickest dinner option out there. It's low in cholesterol and calories and high in good fats like omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamin D. But you still have to know how to prepare it if you want to avoid a fishy, dry dinner. So with that, we'll leave with eight delicious baked fish recipes from our foodies and chefs. Take your pick between cod, salmon, mahi-mahi, and more, or try all eight and reap the heart-healthy benefits all week long.
Paleo Salmon With Avocado Salsa
Rubbed in a sweet and spicy blend of spices, this Paleo-friendly baked salmon recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats boasts the perfect amount of flavor. The avocado salsa topping packs in even more omega-3s. And it only takes 30 minutes to make. There are 38 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber. The top is slightly crispy and it flakes to perfection.
Mahi Mahi With Macadamia Nut Crust
With a total of three ingredients, it doesn't get simpler than this oven-baked mahi-mahi recipe from Food Faith Fitness. Encrusted in a macadamia nut topping and sprinkled in cilantro, this healthy and flavorful dish is only 396 calories and takes about 35 minutes to make.
Parchment Baked Salmon With Lemon and Dill
Though this baked salmon recipe from Half Baked Harvest looks fancy at first glance, it's actually super easy to make. With juicy lemon, hearty potatoes, fresh salmon filet, garlic, paprika, and dill all wrapped up into the parchment paper pockets and baked together, it's virtually mess-free. You'll just add fresh arugula and basil, as well as a dill yogurt sauce. It takes about 30 minutes to make and amounts to 482 calories.
Crunchy Pinenut and Herb White Fish
Though this flaky, tender baked white fish recipe from Stuck in the Kitchen is delicious enough to stand alone, the fennel recipe she makes with it really sets the dish apart. Incredibly fragrant and silky and firm in texture, the fennel salad adds an aromatic kick to the nutty fish, which is topped in a crunchy pine nut and herb crust.
Salmon With Veggies and Mint Pesto
This baked salmon from The Modern Proper is both refreshing and satisfying and it makes for a beautifully colorful dish. With pistachios, mint, carrot tops, and a healthy medley of veggies, you'll remember that nutrient-rich and tasty foods aren't mutually exclusive.
Cod With Brown Sugar Glaze and Pineapple
If you love experimenting with unexpected flavor combinations, you should try this cod recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Slow roasted in a sheet pan with a brown sugar acorn glaze, pomegranates, and succulent pineapple, it tastes sweetly indulgent.
Lemon Herb Tuna Steaks
For a bold and flavorful fish dish, try this tuna steak recipe from La Creme de la Crumb. A bit less common than your average salmon or white fish dinner and lighter than red meat, baked tuna fillets are a happy medium. And this recipe only requires one sheet pan, which can be super helpful on busy weeknight dinners.
Sesame Glazed Salmon and Asparagus
If you love a subtle mix of sweet and salty flavors, try this sesame glazed salmon recipe from Le Creme de La Crumb. Like the one above, it only requires one sheet pan, which makes life easier. But that doesn't mean it cuts any corners taste-wise. The Asian-inspired glaze is both tangy and earthy, and the asparagus adds a nice balance to the meal.