This list of best fish recipes will delight fish lovers and fish skeptics alike! From the perfect, never-dry salmon to flaky baked cod with bold Greek flavors, trout piccata, saucy fish soups, and more. Plus, tips for how to cook fish perfectly every time!

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Fish recipes anyone can make

Loaded with important nutrients, including protein, vitamins, and Omega-3 fatty acids (which are good for the heart and the brain), fish is one of the healthiest foods to eat and is an essential Mediterranean diet ingredient.

Luckily, there are many ways to cook fish—grilled, baked, fried, or stewed—adding some bold flavors, from the classic lemon and garlic which I love over baked cod, to something more unique and daring like a spicy harissa baked salmon or a saucy one-pot fish coated in warm Moroccan flavors.

Most fish and shrimp dinners I make can be ready in about 20 minutes (including prep), so I like to prepare any sides or salads ahead of time to serve the fish as soon as it has finished cooking.

If you’re open to some bold seafood dinner recipes, you’ll find something tasty on this list of easy fish recipes! And for my friends who don’t cook fish or seafood often, I’ve also included answers to common questions and tips for how to cook your fish perfectly every time (toward the bottom of this post).

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Our top 5 fish recipes 

These fan favorite fish dinners are popular for a reason: They’re easy, quick, and delicious! Here are my top 5 fish recipes:

Baked Cod Recipe with Lemon and Garlic

Tender, perfectly flaky cod with very little effort! You'll love the lemon-garlic sauce. If you don't have cod, any flaky white fish fillets (such as red snapper and halibut) would work. Serve lemon garlic cod with crispy broccoli, oven fries, or fattoush salad.

Baked cod recipe with lemon and garlic, served on a cast-iron skillet
Baked Cod with Lemon and Garlic, Greek-Style

Mediterranean-Style Baked White Fish

This flavorful baked white fish is seasoned with oregano and garlic and a mixture of tomatoes, olives, and red onions. Use any white fish fillet you like: Cod, halibut, grouper, and sea bass would all be excellent choices! Serve baked white fish with lemon ricecouscous or your favorite grain, and a big salad like Greek salad.

baked white fish in a baking dish, topped with tomatoes, olives and onions
White Fish with Olives and Tomatoes

Baked Lemon Garlic Salmon

This bright, perfectly cooked salmon is ready in under 20 minutes, and my special technique ensures you get flaky, tender baked salmon every time! Because the salmon cooks so quickly, have all your sides ready before it comes out of the oven. This salmon dish is best served hot.

Lemon Garlic Salmon on Baking Sheet with Parsley Garnish and lemon slices
Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon

Fish Piccata

This fish piccata recipe with pan-seared trout and a lemon piccata sauce comes together in about 20 minutes. My recipe uses less butter than you'd usually see in a piccata recipe, as I relied more on extra virgin olive oil. If you prefer, use ghee instead of butter. Serve fish piccata with a big salad and a side of pearl couscouslemon rice or your favorite grain for an easy weeknight dinner idea.

Pan-seared trout topped with a lemon piccata sauce in a cast iron skillet
Trout Fish Piccata

Greek-Style Roasted Branzino

This whole roasted fish makes an impressive dinner, and it's a breeze to make! Finished with my lemony, garlicky ladolemono sauce, this roasted branzino is one of those fish dishes that is bright and flavorful in the best way. This Greek fish dinner pairs well with  lemon riceGreek roasted potatoes, or oven-roasted vegetables.

branzino stuffed with red onion and lemon on a platter with ladolemono, cherry tomato halves, and dill
Whole Branzino with Ladolemono Sauce

Easy baked fish recipes

Baked fish recipes are some of my favorite because they’re so hands-off and unfussy. Simply season beautiful fish fillets (or a whole fish!), put it in a hot oven for just a few minutes until tender and perfectly flaky. Check out these easy baked fish dishes:

One-pan Mediterranean Baked Halibut Recipe with Vegetables

If you're looking for a bright and quick sheet pan dinner that will deliver on flavor and nutrition, this baked halibut recipe with vegetables is your ticket. I like serving avocado hummus as a light appetizer to this fish dinner.

One Pan Baked Halibut Recipe | The Mediterranean Dish. Halibut fillet with green beans and cherry tomatoes baked in a delicious Mediterranean sauce with garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. Comes together in less than 30 mins! See the step-by-step on The Mediterranean Dish.
Sheet pan baked halibut and vegetables

Garlic Parmesan Baked Flounder Recipe

A one-pan fish dinner you can make in about 20 minutes! This baked flounder is so simple yet so flavorful, thanks to a lemony Mediterranean sauce and some Parmesan cheese. Serve this elegant baked white fish with some boiled potatoes or roasted broccoli.

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One-pan baked flounder and vegetables.

Baked Sole Fillet

Simple baked sole fillet, spiced Mediterranean-style and baked in a buttery lime sauce with green onions, dill, and capers. This is one of my family's favorite seafood recipes, and it's perfect for when I'm short on time. If you don't have sole, another white fish fillet would work. Keep in mind that sole fillets are quite thin and cook very quickly, so you will need to adjust cooking time for a thicker fish fillet.

Baked sole fillet recipe from The Mediterranean Dish
Baked Sole Fillet with Capers

Whole Baked Red Snapper Recipe

This easy baked red snapper recipe with bold Mediterranean flavors, fresh herbs, and bell peppers is a must-try! To make things even easier, ask the fishmonger to clean and gut the fish for you, so it's ready for you to work with once you get home. Serve roasted red snapper with a side of rice or roasted potatoes and a big Fattoush salad.

Roasted whole red snapper placed on a bed of vegetables in a dish
Whole Roasted Snapper with Bell Peppers

Chilean Sea Bass with Basil Pesto

With just 7 ingredients, you can have a gorgeous fish dinner that packs a Mediterranean flavor punch! Chilean sea bass has a buttery, flaky texture that is perfect in this recipe, but if you can't find it, any white fish of your choice will work well. And if you can't find fresh fish, wild-caught frozen fish is perfectly acceptable.

baked Chilean sea bass with basil pesto in a large cast-iron baking dish. Topped with cherry tomatoes, with a sprig of fresh basil on the side
Sea Bass Fillet with Basil Pesto

Fish en Papillote

En papillote is a French term that means "enveloped in paper." It basically describes a way of cooking in which the fish (in this case) is placed in parchment paper pouches and baked with herbs or seasonings. This fish en papillote recipe comes together in 25 minutes start-to-finish. And you'll love the added veggies and Mediterranean flavors! I used cod, but you could use a variety of fish fillets, like snapper, halibut, trout, or even salmon.

fish en papillote topped with green peppers and tomatoes
Baked Fish in Parchment (en Papillote)

Easy Baked Fish with Garlic and Basil

The secret to this juicy fish is in the quick fish marinade with a few spices, garlic, fresh basil, a little citrus and extra virgin olive oil. You'll love the bright colors and bold flavors! Serve baked fish with lemon rice and my big white bean salad or any bright salad!

Marinated baked fish with garlic, basil, and bell peppers
Baked Fish with Garlic, Basil, and Bell Peppers

Baked Cod with Pistachio Cilantro Pesto

Pistachio Cilantro Pesto is one of my favorite condiments, and it takes this baked cod to a whole new level! Together, they make a light and flavorful fish meal. I diced up some Roma tomatoes to use as a finishing touch for even more vivid color.

baked cod with pistachio cilantro pesto on a blue serving platter, topped with diced Roma tomatoes
Cod with Pistachio Cilantro Pesto

Baked Grouper with Tomatoes and Olives

One of my favorite fish dishes! Ready in just over 20 minutes, this healthy, low-carb baked fish recipe is perfect for any night of the week. I can think of more than a dozen sides and salads to go along. Here are a few ideas: Shirazi saladMediterranean Lentil SaladCrispy Brussels SproutsBaked Zucchini with Thyme and Parmesan, Italian Roasted Veggies.

Mediterranean style baked grouper recipe with tomatoes and olives
Grouper with Olives and Cherry Tomatoes

Grilled fish recipes

When the weather is warm, nothing is better than grilling outside! These grilled fish recipes are perfect for when you want to be outdoors but would work just as well on a hot cast-iron griddle or skillet on the stovetop. Here are a few delicious grilled fish recipes to try:

Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa

Between the marinade and the mint mango salsa on top, this grilled salmon recipe is next level delicious. Follow my simple tips for perfectly grilled salmon every time. Bad weather? An indoor grill or griddle pan work just fine!

Salmon grilled and served on a plate with mango salad
Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa

Grilled Swordfish with a Mediterranean Twist

This quick grilled swordfish recipe has delicious Mediterranean flavor thanks to a simple olive oil marinade with fresh garlic and a trio of warm spices. The swordfish steaks take 15 minutes to marinate and about 8 minutes to grill it to juicy perfection. Serve with a big salad or a simple side and call it dinner!

grilled swordfish served with greek salad and a side of tahini
Grilled Swordfish with Tahini

Grilled Cod Recipe, Gyro-Style

A simple Mediterranean spice rub and an amazing lemon basil sauce take this perfectly crispy, flaky fish to a new level of delicious! I highly recommend you try this baked cod gyro-style, wrapped in warm pita and loaded with bright Mediterranean favorites. I show you exactly how we do this!

Mediterranean Pan Grilled Cod served on a tray with lemon basil sauce and gyro fixings like pita, salad, olives and Tzatziki
Grilled Cod Gyros

Salmon Kabobs

Easy, flavor-packed grilled salmon kabobs, covered in a Mediterranean-style marinade with fresh garlic, olive oil, citrus, herbs and spices. I like making these outside on the grill, but you can also make them in your oven! I share all the instructions for how to do this. Serve with Mediterranean-Style Roasted Eggplant or Greek potatoes.

Mediterranean salmon kabobs served on a plate with tahini sauce
Salmon Kebabs

Saucy fish stew and soup recipes

To me, fish soups and stews are just comfort in a bowl. Here are some of my favorite seafood soups and stews:

Fish Soup Recipe

Quick and easy fish soup with warm Eastern Mediterranean spices, loads of fresh herbs, and a big splash of lemon juice. It's the perfect one-pot warm-your-belly meal! Serve this soup right away so the fish doesn't overcook. I like including some rustic bread to sop up the rich broth.

Mediterranean fish soup
Fish Stew in Tomato Broth

Easy Salmon Soup

In just 20 minutes, you can have a bright salmon soup with potatoes, carrots, and fresh dill. This salmon soup recipe is comforting, nutritious, and satisfying. I prefer using skinless salmon in this recipe, but you can leave it on if you prefer. Note that it might get mushy as the fish cooks in the broth.

Salmon soup in a bowl. A side of bread
Salmon Soup with Dill and Potatoes

Sicilian Fish Stew

I know, I know -- this recipe is not as short as the others on this list, but I simply could not leave it out! Sicilian fish stew is one of those must-try fish recipes. Its white wine-tomato broth with garlic, capers, raisins, and more is irresistible.

Sicilian Fish Stew Recipe | The Mediterranean Dish. Italian comfort in a bowl! My favorite! Fish fillet pieces cooked in a white wine and tomato broth with garlic, capers and more! Super easy and quick recipe. See it on TheMediterraneanDish.com
Sicilian Fish Stew

Mediterranean Shrimp Soup

This flavor-packed shrimp soup with a tomato-based broth, vegetables, baby spinach, and loads of fresh herbs is satisfying and nutritious! I added some wholewheat orzo for some heft, but feel free to use a pasta or quick-cooking grain of your choice.

Two soup bowls with Mediterranean shrimp soup
Shrimp Orzo Soup

Mediterranean-Style Steamed Clams

My guide for how to steam clams is so simple, you'll be making steamed clams on the regular! Once steamed, prepare clams Mediterranean-style in a scrumptious white wine broth with fresh herbs and vegetables. I like serving these steamed clams with some crusty bread to sop up the delicious sauce.

Steamed clams with broth in a serving bowl
Brothy Steamed Clams

Confession: I don’t eat salmon when I go out. It’s always overcooked, dry, and rubbery. But a few simple, tried-n-true techniques give me the best homemade salmon every single time. I’ve only selected a few salmon recipes here for you to try:

Steamed Salmon with Lemon and Fresh Herbs

If you've never tried steaming fish before, here is your opportunity! This recipe requires very little effort, and the result is tender, moist salmon with loads of flavor. This Mediterranean-style steamed salmon is perfect on top of a bed of Greek lemon rice or Lebanese rice.

Steamed salmon with a side of fresh crusty bread
Steamed Salmon with Wine and Fresh Herbs

Easy Lime-Harissa Spicy Salmon Recipe

The secret to this spicy fish is the tantalizing sauce made of fresh lime juice harissa, garlic, and honey. It's next level delicious, and so quick and easy to put together! Be sure to cover the salmon with foil while it bakes for tender, flaky fish.

spicy salmon with harissa sauce in a baking dish
Salmon with Lime and Harissa

Honey Mustard Salmon

You can make this smoky, slightly sweet salmon recipe in the oven or on the grill. The moment your salmon comes off the heat, finish it off with a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice, and serve it with Grilled vegetablesbaked zucchini, grilled Brussels sprouts skewers, or Italian roasted vegetables.

honey mustard salmon garnished with parsley and sliced lime
Honey Mustard Salmon

Homemade Fish Sticks

This is my grown-up, tastier take on store-bought fish sticks. Tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, you'll love these salmon fish sticks with a parmesan crust and creamy dipping sauce. (I like them with tahini sauce or tzatziki sauce.)

Salmon fish sticks on a platter with sauce
Baked Salmon Fish Sticks

Baked Salmon Recipe with Garlic Cilantro Sauce

This Mediterranean-style baked salmon with a delicious garlic cilantro sauce, tomatoes, and lime is ready in just 15 minutes. If you don't like cilantro, mint or basil would taste just as amazing over the salmon!

Baked Salmon Served with extra garlic cilantro sauce on side and more tomatoes
Garlic Cilantro Salmon

Mediterranean Blackened Salmon Recipe with Pomegranate Salsa

This blackened salmon has a bold rub, both for flavor and for a delicious crust. I used a few warm spices like cumin and coriander, and even a pinch of cayenne (totally optional, if you don't like spicy food!). And the fresh pomegranate salsa with cherry tomatoes and mint complements the salmon perfectly.

Mediterranean Blackened Salmon with Pomegranate Salsa and Grilled Lemon Halves
Blackened Salmon with Pomegranate Salsa

Fish Tips & FAQs

How to buy fish?

If you can, choose wild-caught fish instead of farmed. And if you’re buying the fish fresh, start by smelling the fish. While fish does tend to smell “fishy” and a bit like the sea, it should not be a bad smell. If you’re buying a whole fish, also examine its eyes and skin. The eyes should be glossy, not dehydrated. And look for tightly adhering, shiny scales.

How do I know when my fish is ready?

As a rule of thumb, 1-inch thick fish fillets will take no more than 10 minutes to cook (longer if the fish is thicker). Fish is ready when the meat turns from translucent to opaque and flakes easily at the touch of a fork. If you’d rather not eyeball it, you can use a meat thermometer to remove the guesswork. Cooked fish will have an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, but keep in mind that, like any other protein, fish will continue cooking even after it’s removed from the heat. So, I typically cook the fish to a few degrees under its ideal temp, and let it finish cooking at room temperature.

What sides go well with fish?

One of my favorite things about fish dishes is how many sides they can be served with. Looking for a light lunch? A quick baked fish recipe with a big, fresh salad is your ticket. Wanting something a little more filling? Try serving your fish with roasted vegetables, boiled potatoes, or a grain like couscous or barley.

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25+ Bold and Easy Fish Recipes: Baked White Fish with Tomatoes and Olives

Suzy Karadsheh
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There is something for everyone on my list of easy fish recipes above, but if you're looking for one recipe to get started, this baked white fish with a delicious topping of tomatoes and olives is a good one. Serve this fish over a bed of grains.
Prep – 10 mins
Cook – 15 mins
Cuisine:
Mediterranean
Serves – 6 people (up to)
Course:
Dinner

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ lb white fish fillet such as cod or halibut, (1 to 1 ½ in thickness)
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon, more for later
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 ounces pitted olives, halved (I used a combination of kalamata olives and green olives)
  • 3 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Pat the fish dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Brush a 9 ½ x 13-inch baking dish with a little extra virgin olive oil and put the fish in it. Squeeze lemon juice all over the top of the fish.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, onions, garlic and spices. Add a very small pinch of salt and ground black pepper. Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (about 3 tablespoons) and toss to combine.
  • Pour the tomato and olive mixture over the fish.
  • Bake in the heated oven for 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the thickness of your fish).
  • Remove from the heat and serve.

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Notes

  • Fish cooks quickly. So, you can check if the fish is done before the 15-minute mark. Carefully insert a fork at the thickest part of the fish and twist gently. Fish is ready when it flakes easily. 
  • Use a meat thermometer. If you would rather be 100% sure that your fish is done, use a meat thermometer. Cooked fish will have an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Because it will continue to cook once removed from the oven, I like to take it out when it's a few degrees lower than 145 degrees F, and let it finish cooking at room temperature. 
  • Serve with lemon rice, couscous, or your favorite grain. Try adding a big salad as well. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 128.3kcalCarbohydrates: 3.9gProtein: 21gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 48.8mgSodium: 286.8mgPotassium: 587.5mgFiber: 1.3gVitamin A: 353IUVitamin C: 12.6mgCalcium: 49.8mgIron: 1.2mg
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  1. This is the heaven recipe. I will be making my favorite whitefish on grand party of my friends. Just like always I will be ordering my whitefish with whitefish mail order service and will enjoy your delicious recipe.

  2. Are the 25 fish recipes a book that we can buy? I already have your other book on pre-order … absolutely love everything you make, shakshuka has been revelation! Thank you so much!

    1. Hi, Linda. You are very sweet. Unfortunately, I haven't compiled all of these fish recipes into one single book. My cookbook coming out in September will have a great seafood chapter, though! Thank you so much for already placing an order :).

  3. 5 stars
    My family has tried so many of these. The baked halibut with veggies is probably our fav. I see some new ones on here I can't way to make!