20 Quick and Healthy Fish Recipes You Can Make in 15 Minutes (or Less!) — Eat This Not That

Grilled chicken and lean meats are great picks for dinner, but make sure you have a stash of quick and healthy fish recipes you love for when you’re short on time. One of the great things about most types of fish is that they cook very quickly. If you want to make a delicious fish dish but don’t have more than 15 minutes to spare, then read ahead.

Fish is not only delicious but is also high in protein and omega-3s. Omega-3s, according to research, can help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease as well as inflammation in the body. Meanwhile, shellfish may help raise immunity levels and aid in weight loss.

Here are 20 delicious fish recipes that incorporate healthy and wholesome ingredients to make when you are low on time.

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Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This spicy tuna avocado fish taco recipe, which is perfect to make on a busy weeknight or for a dinner with friends, gets its mouthwatering flavor by using a combination of chipotle pepper, lime juice, pickled red onions, and hot sauce. We imagine that this would pair well with a crunchy side salad or steamed vegetables and rice.

Get our recipe for Spicy Tuna Avocado Fish Taco.

Paleo blackened fish sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Only have 15 minutes to spare and need to make a meal? Then read ahead. This blackened fish sandwich, which is made using plain Greek-style yogurt, tilapia filets, and whole-wheat sesame seed buns, can be whipped up in just minutes.

Get our recipe for Blackened Fish Sandwich.

coconut shrimp 2
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Air-fryers are at it again. This air-fryer coconut shrimp recipe, which can be put together in under 10 minutes, is the perfect dish to make when you want a comforting dish full of flavor and texture. This recipe works well as an appetizer, served over a fresh salad, or as an entree alongside mashed potatoes and sauteed veggies.

Get our recipe for Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp.

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Healthy grilled calamari salad
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Grilled calamari only sounds complicated to make. This recipe, which takes under 15 minutes from start to finish, is the perfect dish to make when you are trying to impress friends and family.

Get our recipe for Grilled Calamari Salad.

Grilled mahi mahi with salsa verde
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Homemade salsa verde, which is made using lemon juice, capers, and parsley, brightens up grilled Mahi Mahi in this fast and easy recipe that takes under 15 minutes to put together. Hint: If you want your fish to have crispy, crunchy skin be sure to start off by grilling it on the skin side down first.

Get our recipe for Grilled Mahi Mahi with Salsa Verde.

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Healthy scrambled eggs with salmon asparagus and goat cheese
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This recipe marries together a variety of delicious ingredients, such as smoked salmon and goat cheese, to create an egg dish that really can be enjoyed during any time of the day. Feel free to add in additional vegetables, such as chopped zucchini or diced onion, for an even bigger flavor boost.

Get our recipe for Scrambled Eggs with Salmon, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese.

Low-calorie honey-mustard salmon with roasted asparagus
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Honey mustard, which tastes great in sandwiches and pairs well with chicken tenders, proves that it also makes a great fish sauce in this Honey Mustard Glazed Grilled Salmon recipe. Made using Dijon mustard, brown sugar, honey, and soy sauce, this dish is packed with both flavor and protein.

Get our recipe for Honey Mustard Glazed Grilled Salmon.

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Paleo chili-glazed salmon
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This simple salmon recipe, which calls for chili sauce and fresh grated ginger, has just 330 calories per serving. This meal is so flavorful that you may want to make extra!

Get our recipe for Chili Glazed Salmon.

Fish Piccata with Crispy Mashed Potatoes
Recipe Tin Eats

Piccata and potatoes? Sign us up! This fish piccata meal, which is made using white fish filets, white wine, and fresh lemon juice, is packed with 18 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber per serving.

Get the recipe from Recipe Tin Eats.

Smashed Avocado Fish Tacos
What’s Gaby Cooking

Avocados and grilled fish prove, once again, that they are a match made in foodie heaven. The secret to this simple recipe is in the details—for instance, the lime juice in this dish adds an extra dimension to its flavor palate and compliments both the avocado and fish wonderfully.

Get the recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking.

Skinny Shrimp Scampi
Gimme Some Oven

Bring the Italian restaurant right into your home with this shrimp scampi recipe. Made using whole wheat pasta noodles, thinly sliced shallots, lemon zest, and garlic, this lip-puckering dinner dish is not only simple to make but is also a healthier alternative to takeout versions that are often packed with sugar and salt.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

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Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes
Ambitious Kitchen

This sweet potato salmon cake recipe uses canned wild salmon, panko bread crumbs, egg, and sweet potato to make simple cakes that take under 15 minutes to make. These taste great served over a bed of rice and grains or alongside a salad drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.

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Grilled Salmon
The Seasoned Mom

Need a simple grilled salmon recipe that takes just mere minutes to make? Then look no further. This recipe, which simplifies the process of grilling fish, is the perfect one to have on hand when you don’t have hours to devote to making dinner. Serve it with a Caesar salad or some steamy soup for a healthy, yet satisfying, meal.

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Creamy Salmon Risoni
Recipe Tin Eats

This creamy salmon risoni recipe, which is made using orzo pasta, chicken broth, fresh grated Parmesan, and hot-smoked salmon, is the perfect meal to make when you are looking to indulge in a comforting, yet protein-packed, dish. For instance, each serving has nearly 30 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber.

Get the recipe from Recipe Tin Eats.

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Cajun Hot Honey Shrimp
Half Baked Harvest

This 15-minute jumbo shrimp recipe gets its mouthwatering flavor from a mixture of Cajun seasoning, melted butter, and minced garlic. This dish works great for when you have people over to watch the big game or are just looking for a cozy meal to enjoy at home.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
Ambition Kitchen

These pinwheels, which are made using smoked salmon, dill, cream cheese, and fresh spinach, prove that you only need a few minutes, and a handful of simple ingredients, to put together a great recipe that doesn’t skimp on flavor.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

Garlic Basil Butter Seared Scallops
Inspired Taste

Quick and easy seared scallops, dressed in a garlic basil butter sauce, are a great addition to any meal. Serve alongside lemony rice, atop sauteed greens, or as an appetizer.

Get the recipe from Inspired Taste.

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Lemon Butter Grouper Fish Tacos
Averie Cooks

This fast, one-skillet group fish taco recipe, which is full of grainy mustard, shredded cheddar, and citrusy lemon juice, takes just 10 minutes to make from start to finish. Prepare it with a side of creamy potato salad or steamed vegetables for a tasty dinner.

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Blackened Tilapia
Gimme Some Oven

A variety of spices, such as cumin, oregano, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and thyme, help make this blackened tilapia recipe one that may just become your new weeknight go-to. Ready in just 10 minutes, this delicious dish pairs well with sauteed vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes.

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Ginger Shrimp Snow Pea Stir Fry
Little Spice Jar

Ginger, garlic powder, and ponzu meld together to create a stir-fry sauce that is undeniably delicious. From the stovetop to the table in just 10 minutes, this tasty shrimp dish is a lifesaver during those busy weeknights when you may be low on time and energy.

Get the recipe from Little Spice Jar.

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