Salmon Fishing Needs A Break, So Here Are 15 Fish Recipes You Should Be Cooking Instead

Browse any food blog and you’ll find that the majority of seafood recipes call for salmon or shrimp. Although salmon is certainly delicious, eating salmon can have serious consequences.

Salmon farms can lead to pollution, lack of genetic diversity in salmon, loss of natural habitat and more serious consequences for our favorite pink fish.

From 2000 to 2004, Americans ate an average of 284,000 metric tons of salmon each year, ranking the fish third in popularity after canned shrimp and tuna since 2001. As of 2016, salmon and tuna are tied as the second most consumed fish. in the United States, the top 10 fish make up 90% of our annual fish consumption.

These statistics are not good for biodiversity, which means we need to diversify the seafood we eat in order to maintain healthy ocean ecosystems. While farmed and caught salmon can certainly be sustainable, switch up your fishing routine a bit with these biodiverse seafood recipes.

1. Crispy sea bass with pistachio butter

How Sweet Eats

This really easy recipe can be eaten as a taco or elegantly plated, and it will make you completely forget about salmon fillets. Get the recipe here.

2. Thai noodles with red fish curry

Half-cooked harvest

If a big chunk of fish on a plate isn’t your thing, this recipe perfectly blends vegetables, rice noodles, and a crazy savory sauce. You can also cook this curry with any sustainable whitefish! Get the recipe here.

3. Cantonese Steamed Fish

The Woks of Life

Virtually any fish fillet will work for this recipe, so head to your local fish market or vendor to see what’s in season. Alternatively, you can also steam a frozen tenderloin! Serve with rice for a hearty meal. Get the recipe here.

4. Easy Clam Linguine

shit yummy

Two pounds of small necks, butter, broth, and plenty of pasta is about all you need to create a delicious salmon-free seafood dinner. Get the recipe here.

5. Pan-fried barramundi with garlic and basil

pinch of yum

This long-lasting fish is a great source of protein, not to mention flavor, and this pan-and-gravy recipe is really easy to make. Grab some crusty bread to dip! Get the recipe here.

6. Vietnamese Fish Tacos with Pickled Carrots and Daikon

I am a food blogger

Cod or other firm white fish are featured in these Mexican-Asian fusion tacos. Get the recipe here.

7. Macadamia Crusted Mahimahi

Oh, sweet basil

Take your mouth on a quick trip to Hawaii with this sweet, nut-encrusted, fruit-topped mahimahi. Get the recipe here.

8. Baked Dover Sole and Whole Grain Mediterranean Couscous

The clever carrot

Not only is this elegant dish extremely delicious and reasonably healthy, it takes less than 20 minutes to prepare! Get the recipe here.

9. Steamed fish with garlic and asparagus

A beautiful mess

A few minutes of preparation is enough to get a tasty and healthy fish dinner. Get the recipe here.

10. Greek fish en papillote

The wanderlust kitchen

Cod, snapper, and tilapia all work for this juicy fish cooked in a foil or homemade parchment paper packet. Get the recipe here.

11. Trout Cutlet with Spaetzle and Creamy Mustard Caper Sauce

A Spicy Perspective

This Bavarian take on fried fish is best enjoyed over a hot fire and with a chilled pint. Get the recipe here.

12. Fried smelt

Hot kitchen

Eating lower on the food chain is more sustainable, and what better way to do it than with this little fish? Fry a bouquet for a crowd and offer a variety of sauces and dips. Get the recipe here.

13. Red snapper in salt


A truly spectacular presentation for all guests, you’ll have to pound that salt crust to come up with this juicy stuffed fish. Get the recipe here.

14. Black cod with miso


Fresh fish is the star of the plate in this simple fish recipe that can be paired with a variety of vegetables and grains for a complete meal. It will need to marinate overnight, so plan ahead! Get the recipe here.

15. Easy 10 Minute Lemon Butter Grouper Tacos

The Cooks of Averie

The best part about fish fillets is how easy they are to cook! You can make this grouper in almost the time of a TV commercial and use it in tacos, on salads, or however you like. Get the recipe here.

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