We all know fish is part of a healthy diet but without an arsenal of awesome fish recipes on hand, it’s not always the easiest dish to put in front of your family. For most families, unless the fish is disguised as something else, they think like humorist, Dave Barry does, “Mother Nature clearly intended for us to get our food from the patty group, which includes hamburgers, fish sticks, and McNuggets—foods that have had all of their organs safely removed.”

Fish is an excellent source of lean protein, which places it high on the list of healthy foods; it’s inexpensive and easy to cook once you learn the basics. Most fish will readily absorb spice and it’s great with a little breading or a zesty sauce. Check out these recipes that we’ve selected and temp your family into finding some new favorites meals.


1. Taco Tuesdays
Everybody likes Tacos and these Halibut Fish Tacos with Cilantro Savoy Slaw are no exception. A creamy salsa verde tops mild fish in the ultimate finger food. It’s quick and nutritious and bound to be a new favorite. Serve it with beans or Spanish rice for a colorful and balanced meal.

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2. Hot Stuff
Tempura batter and panko crumbs form a crispy shell for Guy Fieri’s Tex Wasabi’s Koi Fish Tacos. This recipe, will be a hit at your house especially if your family likes their tacos spicy and full of character.


3. Another Day in the Tropics
If your family doesn’t like the taste of fish, look for flavors they do like. This Caribbean inspired Fish with Tropical Salsa tastes like mango and pineapple, which perfectly dress the flaky delicate fish. It’s a quick to prepare dish that won’t heat up the kitchen and will get dinner on the table in no time.


4. Chicharron Cod
Cod is a mild fish that lends itself to many recipes. Carlos Gaytan’s Chicharron-Crusted Cod has a delightful flavor and you substitute most any other fish you’d like to use.


5. Make a Hit with Swordfish
Swordfish steaks are cut thick and the cooked fish is particularly tasty. Swordfish with Thyme-Scented Asparagus will be a sure fire hit. Since the steaks are thick cut you’ll find it makes an easily affordable meal.


6. French Style Fish
Cooking ‘en papillote’ is a French term for wrapped or in paper. Fish en Papillote with Mango Papaya Salsa is one of our favorite fish recipes and it’s a lot easier than it sounds, using parchment paper for the wrapping. Portions are prepared individually so clean-up is easy. Basically, the fish, rice, spice and salsa are wrapped in parchment paper bundles and baked. The fish steams in its pouch and the flavors are absorbed.