I’ll be honest: I’ve been in a fish rut. You might’ve been there, too—that comfy-but-boring place where you sprinkle lemon-pepper seasoning on tilapia and call it a day. And that’s fine, and my family doesn’t seem to mind…but I do. Because what is cooking if not an adventure, am I right?
So in the spirit of adventure (and to pull me out of my blah-fish funk), I’m sharing five recipes you might not have made before—but you totally should. We’re talking saucy salmon recipes, killer casseroles and not-your-ordinary foil packs. The stuff of culinary inspiration. So if you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen upping my game.
Barbecue Salmon with Zucchini and Quinoa: If you’re like me and default to baked fish, this 25-minute salmon skillet is just what you need to switch things up. With its sticky-sweet glaze coating a crispy, pan-fried exterior, this flaky salmon is about as far as you get from same-old, same-old. (Pssst: Need help taking the skin off your fish fillets? Watch this video.)
Pan-Fried Fish with Creamy Lemon Sauce for Two: My overreliance on lemon-pepper seasoning aside, there’s just something about the combination of flaky fish and zingy citrus that can MAKE a dish—and these skillet-browned fillets drizzled with a zesty pan sauce are case in point. If you’re cooking for more than two, just pull out your large skillet and double the recipe!
Ancho Chile-Fish Tacos with Creamy Cabbage Slaw: I credit Chicago-area food trucks with igniting my love for spicy fish-stuffed soft tacos—but honestly, they’re a breeze to make at home! Four ingredients gets you a creamy, lime-spiked cole slaw topper, and five minutes in a hot skillet turns spicy marinated cod strips into golden-brown deliciousness. After that, it’s just assembly!
Foil-Pack Fish Florentine: I love anything served with creamy spinach—chicken, steak, you name it—so these oven-baked packets are firmly at the top of my to-make list. Two more reasons why I think they’re magical: 1) The fabulous, hands-off way its creamy sauce comes together while it cooks (read: dump ingredients in packet), and 2) its easy, toss-the-foil-in-the-trash cleanup.
Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole: If you’re not using fresh fish, you can’t go wrong with a comforting tuna casserole. (And if you’re not using it because a certain kiddo claims not to like fish—I feel your pain. Baby steps all the way!) I love this casserole’s crunchy cracker topping and super-creamy texture…which is courtesy of cream cheese spread, in case you were curious.
Want to check out more flaky goodness? You’ll find it in our collection of fish recipes.