Easy and versatile fish fillets make a simple dinner that will please the whole family and they lend themselves well to a wide range of styles. Whether you broil, grill, fry, or bake fish fillets, their thinness means they can be ready in a snap. Make sure to use fresh fish within a day or so of purchase; the fresher, the better. Here we go!
Skillet-Fried Fish Nuggets
You’ll never pick up a bag of fish nuggets again once you try making your own at home. These come out crunchy, crispy, and perfect for dipping. The kids and kids-at-heart will love them. Serve with tartar sauce, barbecue sauce, or just ketchup and a side of French fries.
Baked Stuffed Fish Fillets
Flaky white fish fillets and a hearty sage-scented bread stuffing bake up in muffin tins in this unique, yet recipe. Sole and flounder work well, but thin tilapia can substitute, as well. Just make sure to choose thin fillets rather than steak-like cuts, so they can roll up in the muffin tins.
Hawaiian Fish Sandwich
For an easy, casual supper, try a simple and satisfying fish sandwich. Just cook meaty fish fillets in a searing hot pan, then stick them on soft buns with lettuce, a slice of red onion, tomato, and the sauce of your choice. Tartar sauce works well, but you may also like mayonnaise or hot sauce.
Honey-Orange Fish Fillets
With a sweet and tangy flavor and pretty presentation, these honey-orange fish fillets come together easily but taste impressive enough to serve guests. Try swapping out the fresh dill for thyme, marjoram, or other fresh herbs if you want a different note. Halibut, Arctic char, cod, or other mild white fish fillets all stand out in this recipe.
Coconut Fish Fillets With Mango Salsa
Transport your taste buds to warmer climes with this island-inspired fish that uses a coconut crust and fresh mango salsa. Coconut gives it a nice sweetness, while curry adds a hint of spice. The mango salsa lends a fruity and zesty element that also works with chicken and steak, so save the recipe for future dishes.
Cajun Seasoned Beer-Battered Fish Fillets
Head down to the bayou with this Cajun-inspired fried fish for a fresh way to use basic fish fillets. Beer gives the batter a shatteringly crisp crunch, while Tabasco or a similar hot sauce lends it a peppy zip. Serve the fish in tortillas for fish tacos or with coleslaw and French fries.
Fish fillets can also overcook easily, so keep an eye on them and cook just until they flake easily and the flesh is just barely opaque. Fish freezes well, so keep a bag of fillets on hand for a last-minute dinner. And when buying fresh, make sure the fish smells clean and a little like seawater, but not too “fishy.”