Whether your toes are in the sand or snow, fish are delicious! Don’t limit yourself to only eating fish in the summer, there are plenty of cozy and warm winter fish recipes for when the weather gets cold. To prove it, we’ve compiled 27 of the best winter fish recipes that you absolutely have to try this season. There’s a recipe for everyone, whether you prefer healthy meals, hearty stews, bold flavors or a simple meat-and-three.
Winter White Fish Recipes
When there’s a blanket of white snow outside, what better to eat than some warm, rich white fish? Check out these wonderful winter white fish recipes!
Cod With Pancetta, Artichokes, and Olives
This cod with pancetta, artichokes, and olives recipe is simple but scrumptious. The recipe is easy-to-follow and make because you cook your fish, sauce, and side dish all on one pan! The sophisticated flavors and salty notes are sure to impress.
Portuguese Fish Supper
The thick piece of white fish is the star of this Portuguese fish supper, but the side characters, the flavor-infused garbanzo beans and steamed kale aren’t anything to sneeze at. This hearty, hot meal will taste like heaven after being in the winter cold.
Parmesan & Panko-Crusted Cod
Pairing plenty of parmesan and a perfect panko crust, this parmesan and panko-crusted cod is absolutely one of my favorite dishes on this list. This flavorful fish has hints of lemon and spice and a satisfyingly crunchy shell. You’ll want to have it all the time, and can because it’s super simple to make.
One of my favorite fish of all time is salmon so naturally, I included some delicious salmon recipes that are perfect for the wintertime on this list!
Oven-Roasted Salmon with Parsnips, Potatoes, and Peas
This satisfying oven-roasted salmon with parsnips, potatoes, and peas meal will add some warmth to your winter, but not pounds to your body. It has a super clean oven roasted taste and is beyond easy to make.
Seared Salmon & Shallot-Dijon Vinaigrette
Although this seared salmon and shallot-dijon vinaigrette recipe is a little tricky to make, it’s absolutely worth all of the effort. The salmon is beyond flavorful, and the oven-roasted and pan-fried sides complement it effortlessly.
Kosher Salmon Fillet
Keep it kosher with this kosher salmon fillet! Make this delicious fish fillet in less than 30 minutes on lazy winter nights. The hints of garlic and lemon are subtle but so, so good. This fillet is a great example of how you don’t have to compromise on flavor when it comes to healthy food.
Grilling salmon can be a tricky process, but when done right, it’s spectacular.
These easy-to-follow grilled salmon instructions will guide you towards preparing a perfectly cooked, gently browned, fish. Just be sure to bundle up when you go outside to use your grill!
Healthy Winter Fish Recipes
Love fish but scared about putting on winter weight? There’s no need for you to compromise, these healthy fish recipes taste good and are good for you.
Baked Swordfish Steaks
This baked swordfish steaks recipe pairs pops of color with a fish cooked to perfection. The color comes from the tomatoes, mushrooms, celery, onions, and bell peppers which add some flavor to this oven-baked fish along with dashes of Creole-inspired spices. This decadent meal is low calorie but high in nutrients.
Baked Piri-Piri Tilapia
Another colorful, low-calorie option is this beautiful baked piri-piri tilapia with crushed potatoes. This flavorful feast is perfect for recharging after a long winter day, with plenty of fiber, iron, and vitamin C.
Foolproof Fish with Spiced Chickpeas
Perfect for beginner chefs and those looking for a flavorful, healthy meal this foolproof fish with spiced chickpeas is super simple and so so good. It’s a hassle-free cooking and cleaning process only involving one pan for your main dish and sides.
Flavorful Winter Fish Recipes
Beat the winter blues with some flavorful fish dishes! Just because the weather is dull and grey doesn’t mean your food needs to be.
Cuttlefish and Chorizo Braised with Chickpeas
It takes a lot of time to bring out this much flavor! This cuttlefish and chorizo braised with chickpeas recipe requires you to start prepping the bay before you cook it, but it will be well worth the wait. This warm, creamy, flavorful dish will become a winter classic for you.
Baked Fish with Lemon Cream Sauce
It’s hard to think of two foods that go better together than fish and lemon.
This classic combo really shines in this baked fish with lemon cream sauce recipe. Although the amount of flavor in this dish is large, the work required to make it is not. This classic comfort food is absolutely perfect for the wintertime.
Grilled Rainbow Trout Fillets with Curry Paste
There’s a rainbow of flavor in this delicious grilled rainbow trout fillets with curry paste recipe. The pairing of delicious rainbow trout, flavor-packed curry paste, young coconut, and lime leaves makes this recipe more than memorable. Beginner chefs beware, this recipe is a bit advanced but well worth the work.
Winter Fish Stew Recipes
What better time to eat stews than the winter? And what better to eat in stews than some tender, flaky fish?
No need to mess with success when it comes to this traditional fish stew. With a dark, smoky, flavorful roux as its base, and your white fish of choice as the star, this stew is absolutely divine. It does take quite a bit of work, but not a lot of talent so if you are willing to put the time in you will be well-rewarded.
Zuppa di Pesce
Requiring 5 fishes, and 9 hours of time, this Zuppa di Pesce recipe is truly a labor of love. This Italian American classic includes notes of tomato, garlic, rosemary, and saffron which all swirl together into one satisfying stew.
Mohinga (Burmese-Style Fish Curry)
While not technically a stew, this Burmese-style fish curry will provide you with the same feeling of warm satisfaction. It’s the national dish of Burma, and for good reason, this flavorful concoction with thick curry, rice noodles, mustard green, and ducks eggs is absolutely divine.
Winter Fish Appetizer Recipes
Watch out, these amazing winter fish appetizers will steal the spotlight from whatever main dish they precede!
Fish Taco Bites
Just like fish, tacos are often associated with the summertime, but with warm flavors, these fish taco bites are perfect for the winter. After all, what’s better comfort food than fried fish? These fish taco bites will be a hit at all of the holiday parties you bring them too.
Speaking of fried comfort food, these codfish croquettes are absolutely decadent. You have to prep the cod by soaking it in water for a few days, and frying fish can be a messy process, but as soon as you bite into these moist-yet-crunchy croquettes it will be worth it.
Avocado and Tuna Tapas
If you are looking for a fun holiday party appetizer with a bit of Christmas color, these avocado and tuna tapas will be right up your alley. Not only are they festive and fun, they are also freaking delicious effortlessly pairing creamy avocado and savory tuna.
Lemony Salmon Patties
These lemony salmon patties are super easy to make and perfect as appetizers for dinner parties and events. The simple salmon patties are spiced with parsley, salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Add a dollop of the lemon sauce to them to make them unbelievably delicious.
Winter Fish Dinner Recipes
After a long winter day in the grey and cold, these rich and flavorful meals will taste absolutely heavenly.
Pan-Fried Trout with Tomato Basil Sauté
This salty and rich pan-fried trout with tomato basil sauté is an easy-to-make a culinary treat. If you follow the recipe to a tee, your fish will moist and tender, with a hint of smoky-salty flavor and a basil-infused tang. The basil and tomatoes give this dish a warm wintery feel.
Roast Fish with Cannellini Beans and Green Olives
I love one-pot dinners, so naturally, I’m a huge fan of this roast fish with cannellini beans and green olives recipe. Although it brings big flavor and includes tastes that will appease sophisticated palettes, it’s super simple to make. This creamy, lemony meal is sure to impress.
Bourbon Glazed Salmon
You could cover cardboard in bourbon glaze and I would probably still think it was delicious. I love the sweet, smoky taste of bourbon, and especially love it in this incredible bourbon-glazed salmon recipe. Pair it with rice, potatoes, and greens for a wonderful winter meal.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
If you are looking for a truly homey, comfort food meal than this tuna noodle casserole will not disappoint. With peas, carrots, cheese, bread crumbs, and of course, tuna, this creamy noodle casserole will warm up your taste buds and tummy,
Holiday Fish Recipes
These festive and special fish dishes are perfect for important winter holiday celebrations.
This tangy and festive orange-glazed tilapia is a uniquely delicious dish. With sweet fresh oranges, plump golden raisins, and red pepper flakes this fish is bursting with flavor. Serve it over a bed of collard greens and kale, and then top it off with a herbaceous cilantro sauce. Pair it with a citrusy winter cocktail to fully bring out the fish’s flavor.
This intensely delicious seafood paella has every kind of seafood you could possibly want in it, including monkfish, king prawns, and mussels. It will serve a village, or your family, at a large holiday dinner party event. Its spicy, smoky, sultry flavor will make it a total stand-out.
This deeply decadent fish pie will become a holiday tradition for you and your family.
It’s the ultimate winter comfort food and is loaded with seafood, including mussels, salmon, scallops, monkfish, and megrim sole. While mildly difficult to make you will definitely devour it.
I hope you enjoyed this flavorful, fishy list! If you found any recipes you want to try, be sure to let me know how they go in the comments. Pair any of these delicious recipes with some winter vegetables for a completely satisfying meal.
As always, remember to share this guide if you found it inspiring and have yourself a wonderful winter full of fabulous food!