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Let’s face it: Cooking fish can be intimidating. First, what kind of fish should you make? Salmon? Cod? Tilapia? Plus, fish is a pricier protein, so messing it up is higher stakes than your usual weeknight chicken breast. But don’t worry—if you can cook chicken, you can ace fish. Try one of these 17 easy fish recipes and you’ll be an expert by dinnertime.

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Baked Fish and Chips

As easy as microwaving fish sticks (well, almost), these homemade breaded whitefish strips are baked until crispy and served with homemade fries that are just as simple to make. Grab some vinegar or tartar sauce at the grocery story for easy dipping.

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Slow-Cooked Salmon

All you really need is time to sit around while these salmon fillets slowly roast in your oven. The results? A tender, savory dinner that basically made itself.

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One-Pan Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Romaine

It doesn’t get much easier than this. Just toss the potatoes on a sheet pan, roast in the oven until they’re tender, then add the fish and romaine and roast for another five minutes.

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Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment

The best part of this ridiculously simple recipe? No dishes to do. Once you master the en papillote technique, you can replicate it with other fillets of fish and complementary seasonings.

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Whole Roasted Branzino with Shaved Fennel Slaw

Branzino with the head and fins on looks intimidating, but if you can buy the fish, you can master the recipe. Just follow Coterie member Gaby Dalkin’s easy steps.

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Bacon-Wrapped Black Cod with Spinach and Capers

Cod is a neutral-tasting fish, meaning the flaky white flesh can take on whatever flavor it’s cooked with. (In this case, bacon.) Get ready to impress your dinner guests. 

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Pan-Fried Cod with Orange and Swiss Chard

This keto-friendly, low-carb, high-veg meal not only looks beautiful, but tastes sophisticated—and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

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Honey-Mustard Sheet Pan Salmon

Impressive-looking but easy to prep and cook, this two-pound salmon fillet can feed a crowd and be prepped a day or two in advance. Invite your crew and wow them with your cooking skills.

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Wild Alaska Salmon and Smashed Cucumber Grain Bowls

We see you, fancy lunch place, and raise you one elegant, delicious grain bowl, topped with expertly seared salmon. The fillets take only a few minutes to cook in a pan and are just as good cold the next day.

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Fish Taco Salad

When you’re craving tacos but want something a bit healthier, this pan-fried, taco-seasoned tilapia salad does the trick. Bookmark this baby for Taco Tuesday.

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Crispy Baked Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

These fish tacos are baked, not fried, but just as crisp as if they were fished out of a boardwalk fryer. The breaded tilapia is a breeze to make and can also be enjoyed as a salad topper. 

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Lemon Butter Tilapia

This fish doused in lemon, butter and fresh herbs is so clean and tasty, it will be hard not to crave all the time once you master the basic recipe. (Bonus: You can sub in pretty much any type of seafood to keep things interesting.)

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Honey Garlic Salmon Lo Mein

This is meal prep at its finest, people. Roast sockeye salmon in an addictive sweet-and-spicy sauce, pair it with noodles and you’re set for eight meals.

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One-Pan Lemon Roasted Salmon, Potatoes and Parmesan Asparagus

A restaurant-caliber meal made on only one sheet pan? Sign us up. It doesn’t get much easier than this salmon with roasted lemons and a few edible flowers, just to make it fancy.

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Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Bowl

Making sushi may be slightly above your skill level (you can get there!), but this simple seared tuna plated on brown rice with fresh veggies is a breeze to replicate.

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Garlic Basil Barramundi Skillet with Tomato Butter Sauce

We know what you’re thinking: barramundi? Believe it or not, this recipe is seriously doable on a weeknight. This fish can be cooked from frozen, so you can always have the ingredients on hand when a craving strikes.

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30-Minute Blackened Salmon Caprese Skewers

These kebabs are just as fun to eat as they are to make. Plus, the hands-on assembly is fabulous for kids or guests who want to help out.

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