Easy Weeknight Fish Recipes

Simple weeknight fish recipes are the best way to get us out of our little ruts, and get more fish on the table.  Years ago when I did a little woman-on-the-street video about what parents wished they could get their kids to eat more of, fish was the overwhelming #1 pick.  Kids and fish have had a long standing rivalry.  Well, I guess it’s not a rivalry, in that the fish don’t have much against kids, but by and large getting your kids to try, never mind like, fish is something many parents struggle with for a long, long time.  You are not alone.

Roasted Cajun Cod

Roasting fish is one of the easiest and most forgiving ways to prepare fish. – no flipping, no falling apart.  Some roasting recipes start with the fish on the stovetop and then the pan is transferred to the oven.  This one is all in the oven – it takes about 5 minutes to throw together the rub and rub the fish while the oven preheats, and then 10 minutes to cook.  Meanwhile, you make a salad, and dinner is on the table in 20.

Cajun Seasoning for Fish

The cheerful flavors of Cajun and Creole food are one way to make the concept of fish more enticing.  I personally think the delicate and slightly sweet taste of cod is a winner on its own, but I certainly love matching it up with the warm and slightly spicy flavors of a Cajun spice mix.  If you have a Cajun spice blend that you like, just use about 1 tablespoon of that instead of blending together the spices listed below. There is a gentle kick from the cayenne, but the amount is quite small, so no one’s mouth should feel assaulted. 

Roasted Cajun Cod

A fast, homemade Cajun spice blend turns flaky cod into a quick weeknight fish dinner.

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Using Leftover Fish

Leftover fish isn’t in and of itself always so appealing (though I love leftover salmon).  But pretty much any leftover flaky white fish can be turned into tacos and used in recipes like this one and this one.  It’s really the single best way I know of to use up leftover fish, so if you are thinking you might have leftovers, make sure you have a pack of soft tortillas and some salsa and sour cream on hand for the next day.

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Roasted Cajun Cod

A fast, homemade Cajun spice blend turns flaky cod into a quick weeknight fish dinner.
Yield: 4 People
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 6- to 8-ounce filets of cod
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a shallow baking dish or rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl blend together the paprika, salt, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne. Place the fish in the prepared baking dish and rub the tops with the oil.  Evenly sprinkle over the spice blend.  Roast the cod for about 10 minutes until it is cooked through and flaky – this really depends on the thickness of the pieces, which can vary a lot.
  • Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 948mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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