7 Top Seafood Dishes to Make in 40 Minutes or Less

You really can make healthy seafood dinners during the busy workweek. Here are seven scrumptious seafood dishes, including fish stew, grilled salmon, tuna cakes, fish tacos, and more — all ready in less than 40 minutes.

1. Chef John’s Brazilian Fish Stew | Ready in 30 Minutes

Chef John’s calls this interpretation of moqueca, the famous Brazilian seafood stew, “the weeknight version.” It’s on the table in 30 minutes. Matt raves, “Amazing! The perfect recipe. If you like spice, a full teaspoon of cayenne is the way to go. The pairing with rice is perfect. The soup is so flavorful the subtle differences between fish are really not detectable, so I would just use whatever fish is readily available to you.”

 Chef John's Brazilian Fish Stew

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2. Fiery Fish Tacos with Crunchy Corn Salsa | Ready in 40 Minutes

“Spicy grilled fish are cooled down with a fresh crunchy veggie salsa featuring fresh corn,” says LouiseCol. “Your guests will swim back for seconds!” CYNJAMS recommends a couple interesting adjustments: “I blackened the corn in a skillet and added diced avocado. This was so very good!”

Fiery Fish Tacos with Crunchy Corn Salsa

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3. Perfect Ten Baked Cod | Ready in 35 Minutes

“Simple, fast, and delicious,” says Pam. “Bake for two sets of 10 minutes each and you have the perfect ten dinner! This recipe was a favorite, most requested recipe from a local restaurant. I serve this with rice pilaf and fresh spinach that has been lightly seared in olive oil and garlic. Yummy!”

Perfect Ten Baked Cod

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4. Lemon Rosemary Salmon | Ready in 30 Minutes

“This is easy, fresh, healthy and delicious,” raves Dianne. “What more could you ask for?” It’s also a great choice for date night: “The perfect romantic dinner for two,” says CHEDDAR97005. “Serve with an Oregon Pinot Noir, crusty bread, wild rice, and salad.”

Lemon Rosemary Salmon

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5. Chef John’s Crab-Stuffed Sole | Ready in 35 Minutes

The stuffing is a simple combo of crabmeat, green onion, diced poblano peper, lemon juice, and breadcrumbs. The sauce? A quick mixture of mayo, lemon zest, and a dash of cayenne. “Sole is cheap and easy to find,” says Chef John. “It also has a mild, unremarkable flavor — which means it’s the perfect candidate for jazzing up by stuffing with crab.”

 

6. Pan-Seared Tilapia | Ready in 20 Minutes

“This pan-seared tilapia dish is a delicious and easy way to prepare seafood,” says AppleChef. “Great for a quick weeknight meal accompanied with fresh veggies. Try this healthy dish full of flavor and nutrition!”

Pan-Seared Tilapia

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7. Easy Tuna Patties | Ready in 25 Minutes

“These patties are great dipped in ketchup, mustard, or hot sauce,” says Phyllis Spencer Brixey. “They are also great as a sandwich.” Prefer salmon? Try Scrumptious Salmon Cakes are also ready in 25 minutes.

Easy Tuna Patties

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