Raise your hand if you’re tired of your go-to weeknight dinner. Raises hand. We get it—your failproof healthy post-work meals can start to get repetitive after a while. Don’t get us wrong, we love chicken with a side of veggies, but not for dinner every night of the week. Enter: Salmon, tuna, tilapia, and other hearty fishes.
Before you roll your eyes, these aren’t your typical healthy fish dishes. The following five recipes go beyond simple grilled salmon with a side of roasted broccoli. From a sesame-crusted, seared ahi bowl to an Asian-inspired salmon poke, these meals as so good that you might be able to fool yourself into thinking you’re on a tropical island (even if it’s 50 degrees outside).
Keep scrolling for five healthy fish recipes to shake up your usual weeknight dinner routine.
Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl
The Recipe: Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl
The Standout Ingredient: The mango chimichurri. “It’s salty, sweet, tangy, and spicy, perfect for spooning over these bowls,” according to Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
The Pro Tip: While you could sear the tuna without seasonings, the sesame seeds make the dish. “Coating the tuna in sesame seeds, and then quickly searing it adds so much flavor,” says Tieghan. “The tuna gets lightly warmed while the sesame seeds get toasted to perfection.”
Blackened Fish Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce
The Recipe: Blackened Fish Tacos With Creamy Avocado Sauce
The Standout Ingredient: The avocado tartar sauce. Creamy with a kick, it’s the ideal topping for blackened tilapia tacos.
The Pro Tip: How do you replicate that crispy texture without frying the fish? Heidi of Foodie Crush has an ingenious method. “My secret for crisping it on all sides is to place the sheet pan in the oven while it is heating up so when the fish hits the sheet pan, it’s coming into contact with the hot pan and already starting a crisp crust on the bottom,” she says. “I then give the top of the fish a light mist of cooking spray or vegetable oil, and let it cook for about 12 to 15 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork.”
Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
The Recipe: Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
The Standout Ingredient: The pomegranate molasses. This thick sauce lends a slightly sweet flavor to the marinade when combined with the pomegranate juice.
The Pro Tip: “I personally love the Brussels sprouts paired with the sweet pomegranate over the salmon,” says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. But if you don’t like them, they “can easily be swapped for a veggie you do love. I think any kind of winter squash would be incredible, as would broccoli,” she offers.
Salmon, Asparagus, and Fennel Salad With Lemon Mayo
The Standout Ingredient: The mayo. Spring for the high-quality variety since it’s the staple ingredient in the dressing.
The Pro Tip: This light, refreshing salad features bright ingredients. “The flavours are pretty classic—slightly aniseedy fresh fennel, rich hot smoked salmon, fresh, bright asparagus, peppery watercress, and creamy avocado with a hit of lemony mayo,” describes Sarah of Stuck in the Kitchen.
Mango Avocado Soba Noodles With Sesame Salmon Poke
The Standout Ingredient: The mango. The sweet, juicy fruit balances out the spicy flavors in this fresh poke dish.
The Pro Tip: Opting for freshly caught or sashimi-grade fish is a must for this recipe. “The salmon poke is a simple ginger garlic marinade, but don’t let the short list of ingredients fool you. As long as you have good salmon, the poke going to be so delicious,” says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.