Meatless Monday Challenge

30-Minute or Less Fish Recipes

on August 26, 2022
last updated June 27, 2024
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This list of 30 Minutes or Less Fish Recipes gives you a wide variety of pescatarian-friendly dishes that come together quickly and easily.
pesto butter salmon served on top of creamy pasta

Fish is a healthy protein choice that is not only delicious but super easy to make! This list gives you 25+ options for 30 Minute or Less Fish Recipes to feed you in a flash!

Green Tip: Look for Marine Stewardship Council and Friend of the Sea labels on your fish to ensure they were harvested sustainably.

As an environmental scientist, sourcing seafood sustainably is very important to me. Each recipe not only contains in-depth instructions to bring you extra tasty fish dinners in a flash but also includes specific ways to source your fish to ensure you are minimizing your environmental impact.


1. Three-Ingredient Pesto Butter Salmon

pesto butter salmon served on top of creamy pasta
This Pesto Butter Salmon requires just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes to bring you a healthful dish that's bursting with color and flavor!
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2. 20-Minute Crispy Blackened Cod

20 minute blackened cod on a plate with two lemon wedges and a couple of pieces of spinach
This Blackened Cod recipe uses a flavorful spice blend to form a crispy outer layer on the soft and flaky fish, all in 20 minutes or less!
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3. Almond Crusted Salmon with Parmesan

Almond Crusted Salmon with Parmesan
This Almond Crusted Salmon is tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, with bold flavors from lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and the addition of Parmesan to the crust.
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4. Crispy Beer Battered Halibut

overhead photo of beer battered halibut with fires, dipping sauces, and lemon wedges
This flash-fried Beer Battered Halibut is crispy on the outside, tender and flaky on the inside, full of flavor, and ready in under 20 minutes!
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5. Roasted Garlic Salmon for Two

Roasted Garlic Salmon for Two - Featured and Recipe Card Image
This Roasted Garlic Salmon for two uses citrus and garlic to wake up the naturally rich flavors of the salmon for a healthy, elevated date night dish.
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6. 20-Minute Pecan Crusted Halibut

Pecan Crusted Halibut on a plate with spinach and two lemon wedges
This quick and easy Pecan Crusted Halibut uses a honey mustard and lemon marinade to bring sweet and citrus to the flaky fish that is then coated with a crispy pecan crust.
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7. Crispy Blackened Mahi-Mahi (20 Minutes!)

blackened mahi mahi plated with arugula and lemon wedges
This quick and healthy Blackened Mahi-Mahi strikes the perfect balance of herbaceous, smoky, and a little bit of spice to get you a nutritious dinner in just 20 minutes!
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8. One-Pot Cajun Salmon Pasta

Cropped Picture of plated One Pot Cajun Salmon Pasta
This Cajun Salmon Pasta is comprised of creamy, slightly spicy pasta with crispy Cajun Salmon sitting on top. It’s easy to make and requires only one pot and 30 minutes from start to finish!
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9. Salmon Spinach Pasta with White Wine Sauce

plated salmon spinach pasta with white wine sauce served with a lemon wedge
This quick 30-minute Salmon Spinach Pasta features with zesty white wine sauce made with butter —no cream needed. Plus, this recipe uses just 10 ingredients, making it perfect for those days when you want a flavorful and satisfying pasta dinner with salmon that’s simple to make!
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10. One-Pot Smoked Salmon Pasta with Parmesan

Two plates of One-Pot Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta
This Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta Parmesan is the perfect balance of rich and creamy sauce and the smoky and salty flavor of lox. Only one pot and 20 minutes required!
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11. 30-Minute Spicy Salmon Bowl

Overhead shot of Spicy Salmon Bowl with Sauce
This Spicy Salmon Bowl is a 30-minute wonder! Filling and flavorful, this quick dinner is the perfect balance of spicy, savory, and sweet!
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12. Salmon Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce

Salmon Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce assembled on a large white plate
These Salmon Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce are fresh, slightly spicy, and have a subtle sweetness from the coconut rice. Ready in just 30 minutes!
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13. 20-Minute Chimichurri Salmon

20-Minute Chimichurri Salmon
This Chimichurri Salmon recipe teaches you how to make a quick, classic chimichurri to marinate your baked salmon with. Ready in 20 minutes!
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14. Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Overhead image of 25-Minute Pistachio Crusted Salmon
This Pistachio Crusted Salmon is juicy & flaky on the inside and nutty & crunchy on the outside, making for a gourmet meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes!
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15. Old Bay Salmon (Only 4 Ingredients!)

Old Bay Salmon on a plate with lemon slices
This simple yet effective recipe for Old Bay Salmon comes together in just 15 minutes in the oven and requires just 4 ingredients.
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16. Sheet Pan Salmon with Asparagus and Potatoes

Sheet Pan Salmon Asparagus and Potatoes on a plate with a fork
This quick and easy sheet pan meal gives you delicious and perfectly roasted Salmon with Asparagus and Potatoes in under 30 minutes!
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17. Easy Baked Salmon Nuggets

Salmon Nuggets in a basket with 3 sauces
These Easy Baked Salmon Nuggets are extra crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. This recipe uses simple ingredients to allow the natural flavors of your salmon shine, and requires less than 30 minutes!
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18. Creamy Cajun Salmon and Grits

Creamy Cajun Pan-fried Salmon and Grits
This super creamy Cajun salmon and grits is so delicious! Pan-fried salmon tops velvety grits that’ll transport your taste buds to the heart of the South. This salmon dinner recipe comes together in just 30 minutes— making it a perfect choice for a quick but flavor-packed meal.
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19. Roasted Salmon Wrap with Greek Yogurt Sauce

Roasted Salmon Wrap with Greek Yogurt Sauce.
This delicious Salmon Wrap is fresh and filling with roasted garlic salmon, fresh veggies, and a tangy Greek Yogurt sauce. Ready in 30 minutes.
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20. 30-Minute Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Three fish tacos with mango salsa on a plate, with hand reaching in to grab one.
These fresh Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa are perfectly balanced between spicy, savory, and sweet. Only 9 ingredients and 30 minutes required!
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21. Teriyaki Salmon Noodles

Teriyaki Salmon Noodles served with lime wedges in shallow bowl.
These quick and easy Teriyaki Salmon Noodles boast a beautifully sweet and savory flavor with thin, saucy noodles and tender and juicy salmon.
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22. Roasted Honey Sriracha Salmon

Two dinner plates with rice, broccoli, and honey sriracha salmon.
This quick and easy Honey Sriracha Salmon boasts bold sweet, spicy, and salty flavor with just 7 simple ingredients and in less than 30 minutes.
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23. Blackened Mahi-Mahi Tacos with Baja Sauce

Plate of Mahi-mahi tacos with a spoonful of Baja sauce.
These Mahi-Mahi Tacos bring bold fresh flavor from blackened fish, a quick 2-ingredient slaw, and a homemade sweet and spicy Baja sauce. Only 30 minutes required.
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24. Baked Cod with Panko

Crispy cod with panko crust served with lemon wedges.
Make baked crispy cod at home with just 5 ingredients with this easy recipe! With a panko breadcrumb crust, this white fish dish is crispy on the outside, and perfectly flaky on the inside. Only 20 minutes required!
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25. Lemon Butter Halibut

Ribbed pink plate with butter-basted halibut and two lemon wedges.
This quick and easy Lemon Butter Halibut is perfectly tender with gourmet flavor from just 5 simple ingredients. The garlic and lemon-infused butter brings out the natural flavors of the fish.
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26. Roasted Salmon with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Roasted salmon dripping in dill yogurt sauce served with lemon wedges.
This Salmon with Dill Sauce boasts a tangy, creamy, herbaceous sauce over perfectly roasted salmon for a distinctly fresh and flavorful fish recipe.
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27. Baked Red Snapper Tacos

Redfish tacos with baked red snapper and onion, arugula, and fresh avocado.
These easy, fast, flavorful, and fresh baked redfish tacos use high impact ingredients to bring tons of flavor with less ingredients, in just one baking dish, and in 30 minutes or less.
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28. Cajun Mahi-Mahi Sandwich

Sub-style sandwich with Cajun pan-fried mahi mahi, lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce.
This Mahi-mahi sandwich uses simple ingredients and makes the most of them for a flavorful, fulfilling meal with the perfect amount of salt and spice.
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29. Pistachio Crusted Halibut

Halibut with pistachio crust baked until crispy and golden brown plated with lemon.
This Pistachio Crusted Halibut is as simple as it gets, with only 5 ingredients and 20 minutes required! Tender fish with a crispy exterior and deep savory flavor.
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I hope this list of 30 Minutes or Less Fish Recipes inspires you to make a quick and healthful fish dinner! If you’re still not sure where to start, I’ve included this Pesto Butter Salmon that requires just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes to bring you a healthful dish that’s bursting with color and flavor!

pesto butter salmon served on top of creamy pasta

30-Minute or Less Fish Recipes, including Pesto Butter Salmon

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This list of 30-Minute or Less Fish Recipes gives you a wide variety of pescatarian-friendly dishes that come together quickly and with ease, including 3-Ingredient Pesto Butter Salmon.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 portions salmon (portions are usually about 3 to 5 ounces)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon pesto

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 475°F.
  • Prep your salmon by cutting into individual portions (about 3-5 ounces each) if necessary and patting dry with paper towels (try these bamboo paper towels for a more sustainable option!).
  • To a small mixing bowl, add your softened butter and pesto and use a hand mixer or whisk to combine until smooth.
  • Use a spatula to spread a generous amount of pesto butter on each salmon filet.
  • To a small 7 x 11-inch baking dish, add the pesto butter salmon skin side up, leaving a little bit of space between each salmon filet.
  • Bake salmon skin side up for 5 minutes.
  • Then, remove the salmon from the oven and use kitchen tongs or a fork to peel off the salmon skin. If the skin doesn't easily peel away, stick it back in the oven at 475°F for 2 more minutes and then try again.
  • Once you have removed the salmon skin, flip your salmon and bake again for an additional 3-5 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 145°F.
  • Serve over pasta, rice, or with potatoes and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • This recipe is designed for cooking individual portions of salmon, which usually come in 3–5-ounce portions. If you are cooking a larger cut, baking time will vary.
  • If you like salmon, you’ll love this collection of my best salmon recipes!
  • For even more pesto, check out my best recipes using pesto.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, 5 Ingredients or Less, Easy Dinner, Fish Dinner, Pescatarian, Pesto Butter, Salmon
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