13 One-Pot Fish Dinners to Make When You Want Easy, Healthy Weeknight Meals

braised cod and bulgur with zucchini and tomatoes
Photo: Justin Walker

Simple and delicious, one-pot dinners are our secret to getting weeknight meals on the table. If you want to serve your family more fish for dinner, these one-pot recipes are the ones to start with—they'll help you keep cleanup to a minimum while also taking the intimidation factor out of preparing seafood.

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James Ransom

Are you a home cook who doesn't feel confident making fish? Take the intimidation factor out of cooking seafood with these one-pot fish recipes: Each will prove to you that seafood is one of the easiest and tastiest routes to dinner and that a stellar meal doesn't require the use of every pan in the kitchen. In just one vessel—be it a pot, skillet, or sheet pan—fresh, versatile seafood comes together with other tasty fare to become quick, comforting meals that will always hit the spot.

To help you round out your dinner repertoire, we cooked our favorite seafood—salmon, shrimp, tuna, mussels, and white fish—using techniques that freshen up dishes while also teaching you how to get a tasty meal on the table with minimal effort. Simmer a quick-cooking fish stew, such as the Fish Stew with Herbed Toasts that's pictured here. Embrace the broiler to prepare a quick and lightly charred Seabass, Kale, and Cannellini Bean sheet pan dinner. Utilize high heat wok-style cooking to make a fast Shrimp and Basil Glass Noodle Stir Fry in a skillet. Enjoy just how tender fish is when it's simmered right into a Salmon and Corn Chowder.

Once you have the basics down, switch your focus from technique to flavor pairings, marrying the fruits of the sea with vegetables, healthy carbs, and signature flavors like fragrant Scotch bonnet and thyme in Fish and Pumpkin Stew. Stir golden raisins into a salad of Lemony Orzo with Tuna to add a pop of interest to an otherwise savory dish. Spoon a bright and briny caper and parsley sauce over Roasted Sea Bass with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, and Salsa Rustica.

With this many fast, simple, and flavorful one-pot ish meals, there is no reason not to enjoy healthy seafood regularly at the dinner table. Read on for our best recipes and ideas.

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Sumac Dusted Salmon and Broccolini

Sumac-Dusted Salmon with Broccolini
Kate Sears

Sheet pan dinners are especially fast when they are also fall into the broiler meal category. We love that the high heat of the oven broiler cooks fish to perfection without overdoing it in the center. Sumac, a Middle-Eastern spice, upgrades simple ingredients—salmon, broccoli, oranges, garlic, and bread are transformed into a sophisticated and tangy meal, complete with a crispy carb.

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Instant Pot Shrimp Boil

instant pot shrimp boil on table on plates
Julia Gartland

One-pot cooking definitely saves you from doing a lot of dishes, but it doesn't always save time—that's where the Instant Pot comes into play. In just four minutes at pressure, the Instant Pot creates a flavorful broth and cooks potatoes until creamy tender alongside sausage. All you'll have to do is add the shrimp and corn to the pot, then let the residual heat cook them through before calling your family to the dinner table.

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Roasted Sea Bass with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, and Salsa Rustica

fish and vegetables on baking sheet
Justin Walker

Elevate a meaty sea bass sheet-pan dinner into an exciting meal by spooning a hand-chopped Italian salsa rustica made from parsley, capers, vinegar, and oil over top. Sea bass cooks fast, so you'll want to roast the colorful sweet potato slices first until just tender, then add the fish and greens for the final moments in the oven.

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Skillet Cod with Bulgur, Zucchini, and Tomatoes

braised cod and bulgur with zucchini and tomatoes
Justin Walker

In the style of paella and arroz con pollo, this skillet meal swaps out rice with wholesome bulgur and the rest for flaky cod and summer vegetables. The secret to the incredibly flavorful bulgur is clam broth. Unexpected mint leaves finish the dish and go so well with the zucchini and tomatoes, although any leafy green herb would be delicious.

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Lemony Orzo with Tuna

Johnny Miller

No need to worry about how to cook tuna when you have this easy recipe for lemony orzo and tuna salad, which is prepared with one of our favorite pantry staples: canned tuna. This dish satisfies seafood cravings fast, but it's important to grab the right canned tuna before cooking. Select a brand that is high quality, sustainably caught, and preferably packed in flavorful olive oil which keeps the fish tender. Raisins add a pop of sweetness that balances the savory and zesty side of this salad which is perfect for quick dinners and packable lunches or picnic fare.

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Shrimp and Basil Glass Noodle Stir Fry

shrimp basil glass noodle stir fry
Christopher Testani

Wok-style cooking is one of the fastest and most flavorful routes to dinner. Don't be intimidated if you don't own a wok—just use a hot cast iron skillet instead. The high heat adds an extra smoky layer of flavor to shrimp, vegetables, and noodles in this Vietnamese-inspired dish. Wilted basil leaves finish off the dish adding a wonderful aroma and flavor with an unexpected use of this ingredient.

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Slow-Cooker Fish Curry

slow cooker indian style fish curry
Stephen Kent Johnson

Set it and forget it, then come back to a perfectly simmered meal! That's exactly what we love about the slow cooker. This fish curry is made by simmering coconut milk with spices letting the ingredient meld into an irresistible thick broth. White fish, like cod or halibut, cooks fast so be sure to add the fish in during the last 20 minutes of cooking; the slow cooker will finish it off from there.

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Drunken Mussels with Chorizo and White Beans

drunken mussels with chorizo and white beans topped with parsley leaves
Con Poulos

Spanish flavors and seafood are a combination we can't get enough of, and this chorizo and white bean-spiked pot of mussels is the perfect example. Just steaming mussels in a pot creates a wonderful, flavorful broth with literally no extra effort—make sure to have a fresh loaf of bread on hand to sop it up.

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Sea Bass with Kale and Cannellini Beans

Armando Rafael

We love broiling white fish for dinner. This recipe nestles meaty sea bass into a hearty kale, creamy white bean, and briny kalamata olive mixture. While it all cooks, simply whisk together a tasty orange and vinegar dressing and pour it over top right out of the oven. If you can't find sea bass, try another flaky white fish, like hake or cod.

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Salmon and Corn Chowder

salmon-and-corn chowder
Armando Rafael

Corn and basil add a summery finish and pop of sweetness to this creamy salmon and potato chowder that is ready in less than 30 minutes. The key to perfectly cooked salmon in this recipe is to add pieces of the fish to the broth with the corn—they cook to perfection in just about the same amount of time.

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Fish and Pumpkin Stew

Caribbean Fish-and-Pumpkin Stew recipe
Lennart Weibull

Cod and pumpkin are cooked with coconut milk, tomatoes, thyme, and chiles for an easy dish that takes you straight to the islands, no matter where you are. If you can take the heat, turn it up with just a touch more of the fragrant and fiery Scotch bonnet pepper.

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Shrimp Maque Choux

two bowls of shrimp maque choux
Lennart Weibull

The backdrop of this shrimp dinner is maque choux, a saucy and chunky corn and pepper mixture that gets its creaminess from a touch of heavy cream and the "milk" scraped from the corn cobs. Par for the course with seafood dinners, the shrimp just need a quick two to three minutes to cook, so add them in the end as both the final touch and highlight of the dish.

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