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 served with flavorful sauces, toppings, and sides. We rounded up some delicious baked fish recipes to get you inspired. Take your pick between cod, salmon, mahi-mahi, and more.
Read on for our favorite easy baked fish recipes for a healthy weeknight dinner.
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. 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 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.
Crunchy Pine Nut 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 you make 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 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 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.
10-Minute Baked Salmon
Bookmark this A Couple Cooks recipe for your next busy weeknight. It's ready in just 10 minutes, and it's both healthy and flavorful. Salmon gets a flavor boost from a bright chimichurri sauce.
If you've never cooked with bluefish before, try it out in this Feed Me Phoebe recipe. The baked white fish is served with crispy potatoes atop kale mixed with anchovies and lemon. The meal packs in serious flavor.
Baked Honey Cajun Salmon
This Food Faith Fitness recipe balances spicy Cajun seasoning with sweet honey. Though it packs in major flavor, the dish is super healthy and very easy to make. It's good on its own, or you can serve it atop rice, a salad, or with potatoes.
According to recipe creator Taylor Kiser, for every inch of salmon, roast for four to six minutes.
Oven Baked Mahi Mahi with Macadamia Crust
Though we love them on their own, these macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi filets by Food Faith Fitness were made for stuffing inside fish tacos. They only require three ingredients to make, and are also paleo-friendly!
Broiled Miso Cod With Vegetables
This Foodie Crush recipe is proof that low-carb doesn't have to be bland and boring. Marinade fish in a miso sauce before placing on a sheet pan with veggies and baking in the oven for a dinner that's super simple to make, but so satisfying.
Baked Salmon With Spicy Plum
This salmon recipe from Foodie Crush is bursting with bold flavors. You might not typically think of salmon and plum preserves together, but this recipe is proof that they're meant to be. Best of all, it'll be on your table in less than 15 minutes.
Honey Garlic Salmon
We can never resist a sweet/savory combo, and this salmon recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats definitely delivers. Sweet honey balances out the garlicky flavor in the sauce. The salmon is broiled in foil, which creates a crispy topping.
Herb Baked Fish With Rainbow Bell Peppers
You can feel good about eating this Minimalist Baker baked fish recipe. Baked white fish is served alongside an array of vibrantly colored veggies and rice (or cauliflower rice). It's gluten and dairy-free, as well!
Baked Salmon With Grapefruit Salad
This The Modern Proper salmon recipe is perfect for a light spring or summer meal. Baked salmon tops a fresh grapefruit salad with avocado for a healthy dinner that comes together in just 15 minutes.
Baked Miso Salmon With Ponzu Sauce
Root + Revel's baked miso salmon is quick and easy to make. The gluten-free recipe is packed with delicious Asian flavor and served atop lentils. The meal is anti-inflammatory, high in protein, and ready in 15 minutes.