Lenten Fish Recipes: 30 Healthy and Delicious Seafood Meals

30 Healthy and Delicious Lenten Fish Recipes

Happy Friday, everyone! Who’s hungry? You will be after seeing all of the mouth-watering meals in today’s Lenten fish recipes round up! 

Next week ushers in the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. As a Catholic (and several other Christians practice this as well), Ash Wednesday and the Fridays over the 40 days of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. Instead of eating chicken, pork, beef, or lamb, traditionally Catholics eat fish on Fridays in Lent.

You can, however, eat capybara, muskrat, alligator, and beaver as well, but those are a little too weird even for my taste.

You don’t need to be Catholic/Christian to enjoy a tasty meal of fish on Friday! Think of Fish Friday as an alternative or partner to Meatless Monday. Fish offers numerous nutritional benefits and many nutritionists recommend eating fish at least once a week. So why not on Friday, when you have the time to cook fish and want to enjoy a delicious meal after a long work week?

What exactly about fish makes it so nutritious? Fish is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation, improve recovery, and boost athletic performance. Fish provides a high source of protein, which additionally assists in the recovery process.

While you could receive the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil pills, as with many nutrients the actual source is preferable to the supplement. No supplement can provide the rich yet light taste of a bright pink salmon filet or the mouth-watering flavor of a fresh piece of blackened cod on a fish taco.

Many people avoid cooking fish based on the misconception that fish is messy and difficult to prepare. In my experience, quite the opposite is true. Fish requires a short cooking time and can be poached, baked, pan fried, or seared, meaning that there’s a method for preparing fish that will fit your culinary style.

Fish Fridays can pose a challenge in terms of meal planning, finding recipes, and knowing which type of fish to select from the market. So, as Lent begins next week, this week I’m sharing a round up of Lenten fish recipes!

These fish recipes contain no other meats (since bacon-wrapped scallops may be delicious but don’t meet the meat-free requirements of Fish Friday). With this many options, you can eat fish for lunch and dinner each Friday in Lent without ever repeating a recipe. Pair your fish with whole grains or potatoes and some roasted vegetables or a side salad and you have a nutritious and satisfying meal. 

30 Healthy and Delicious Lenten Fish Recipes

Healthy Lenten Fish Recipes

Fiesta Fish Tacos from Jill Conyers

Salmon Burgers from Fairy Burger 

Easy Five Ingredient Salmon Meatballs from rachLmansfield

Shui Zhu Yu (Sichuan Fish Stew) from Food Parsed

Cornmeal Crusted Haddock from Sinful Nutrition

30 Healthy Lenten Fish Recipes: Salmon Meatballs
Photo Republished with Permission from rachLmansfield

Mediterranean Salmon Burgers from The Healthy Helper

Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives from Little Chef Big Appetite

Mojo Shrimp Tacos from The Blissful Balance

Sushi Bowls from Fitful Focus

Healthier Dijon Tuna Salad in Avocado Boats from Clean Eating Veggie Girl

Crunchy Baked Ancho Honey Salmon from The Fit Fork

Salmon and Mushroom Stuffed Baked Potatoes from This Runner’s Recipes

Asian Salmon Cakes from Pancake Warriors

Dijon Tilipia with Peach Zucchini Salsa from Strength and Sunshine

30 Healthy Lenten Fish Recipes: Dijon Tilapia with Peach Zucchini Salsa
Photo Republished with Permission from Strength and Sunshine

Cod in White Wine Lemon Caper Sauce from Tasting Page

Veracruz Lime Scallops from Suzlyfe

Sushi Bowl with Cooked Salmon from Dancing to Running

Honey Dijon Crusted Salmon from Clean Eating Veggie Girl

Mango Salmon Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing from The Happy Health Freak

Salmon with Honey Mustard Pan Sauce from Hungry Hobby

Garlic Shrimp Pasta with Roasted Beets from Diary of an Ex Sloth

Easy Salmon and Crab Rolls from The Fit Blog

Speedy Orange Jalapeno Salmon from The Fit Fork

Salmon Asparagus Egg Muffins from Hello to Fit

30 Healthy Lenten Fish Recipes: Salmon Asparagus Egg Muffins
Photo Republished with Permission from Hello to Fit

One Pan Baked Tilapia with Roasted Vegetables from Simple Fit Foodie

Jerk Shrimp Stew with Cauliflower Rice from Food Faith Fitness

Pesto Shrimp and Vegetables over Linguine from Nutrition Starring You

Sweet and Spicy Dijon Encrusted Salmon from Fresh Fit and Healthy

Salmon en Papillote from Food Pleasure and Health

Salmon Sushi Salad from A Cup of Kellen

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What’s your favorite type of fish?
Is there a particular type of food you eat on the same day each week?
Ryan and I love pizza on Saturdays!
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42 Responses

  1. We always struggle with coming up with meal ideas for Friday’s during lent, so thank you for sharing this! I think the most challenging year was when we were training for a spring marathon because we love eating pasta and meatballs on Friday nights before a long run. I need to figure out what I am going to do about lunches because fish isn’t really a good work-place meal:)

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful! Lunch is tricky during Lent! I usually end up eating eggs and packing Ryan a salad with brown rice, hard boiled eggs, greens, and tahini. It’s got a lot of protein and carbs but not the fishy smell 🙂

  2. Looks like a great round up! I am not really a fish eater but I don’t pass it up when I am out for sushi (the extent of my fish eating lol) so that’s what keeps me from being a true vegetarian. However, I could go months without a spicy tuna roll – I can’t recall the last one I had! Pizza Saturdays sounds like a good time! I aim for pizza night every Tuesday, at least for my son, because it makes the mid-week and Hebrew school night a little better.

  3. I’m laughing at this -> You can also eat capybara, muskrat, alligator, and beaver. I grew up Catholic and never knew this. I was sooooo missing out. Dang. 🙂

    Pinning and I will be enjoying all of these recipes.

    1. Thanks for pinning! It’s so funny, isn’t it? I went to a Catholic university (Dayton) for grad school and somehow picked up that tidbit from my office…although I don’t know how good capybara would actually taste 🙂

  4. Great post! I love salmon–I made some this week! And in a pinch, I’m addicted to those peanut satay tuna cans. I dump them onto a bed of greens and roll them up into a tortilla.

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