14 Fuss-Free Friday Fish Recipes

From fried fish recipes to other fish dinners, our list of recipes for Good Friday is sure to have the yummy meal for you.

Updated January 12, 2018
Friday Fish Recipes

Abstaining from eating meat on Fridays is a tradition many families hold dear during Lenten. Skipping red meats, chicken, and more allows you to pay penance on a sacred day. Making fish Friday recipes does not have to be difficult or time-consuming. The recipes below are all simple and tasty, making it easy to add a seafood treat to your dinnertime meal. Whether you prefer traditional fried fish recipes or are looking for something a little healthier like fish tacos or a salmon dish, we are sure to have the Good Friday fish recipe your family will love.

The fish recipes below are organized into sections including fried and non-fried options. If you are looking for a healthier alternative, consider one of our lighter fried recipes that use cornmeal or rice flour or scroll down for baked and roasted options.  It is tradition to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday in the Roman Catholic Church. Find your next Lent recipe in our list of fish recipes. From fried fish recipes to other fish dinners, our list of recipes for Good Friday is sure to have the yummy meal for you. 

Fried Fish Recipes

Fish fry Fridays are popular with many families because it is easy to fry fish up for a crowd. If you're hosting a particularly large Good Friday meal (or just have a big family), we highly recommend one of these recipes. Cod and smaller fish like perch or walleye are great for this! 

  • Crispy Oven-Fried Cod

    This quick and tasty way to fry fish in the oven is a lightened-up way to have a fish fry. Using breadcrumbs and cornmeal, the breading on this cod recipe is crispy and light.

  • Batter-Fried Fish

    This batter recipe uses sweet rice flour, making it light and crispy. If you're looking for a gluten-free option, this fish recipe is perfect.

  • Fried Grouper Sandwiches with Herbed Tartar Sauce

    Make this crispy and crunchy sandwich for your Friday night dinner. Much better than fast food options, this simple sandwich can be served with a homemade slaw or fries.

  • Mixed Fried Fish

    Serve up a wide variety of seafood favorites with this easy way to fry several types of fish at once.

  • Fresh Baja Fish Tacos with Mexican White Sauce

    Combine a lightly battered fried fish recipe with cabbage and corn tortillas to make these easy fish tacos.

  • Beer-Battered Fish and Chips

    If you're in the mood for old-fashioned fish and chips, this recipe for beer battered fish fillets and fries will do the trick.

Oved Baked and Roasted Fish

Skip the deep-fried and fattening fish recipes above for something lightened up and simple. There are plenty of good-for-you Good Friday recipes that allow you to make healthy choices during Lent. Check out some of our favorite oven baked and roasted fish dinner ideas below.

  • Basic Whole Roasted Rainbow Trout

    This elegant but simple-to-make trout recipe is a delicious dish, allowing you to enjoy a Friday fish meal in style. If you're avoiding carbs, this is the perfect alternative to fried foods.

  • Striped Bass with Lemon Zest

    Using less than 5 ingredients, this easy recipe for bass takes under an hour to bake and the lemon gives it a fresh and citrusy flavor palate. Serve it with a veggie like green beans for an easy, well-rounded meal.

  • Baked Fish n' Chips with Honey Vinegar

    Sweet meets salty and savory with this easy, baked cod and halibut recipe. You will love the way this unique baked fish recipes pairs with the veggies.Plus, you cook everything on one baking sheet, making clean-up a breeze!

  • Herb-baked Swordfish

    While it might sound strange, this combo of rosemary, lemon, tomato, and fish is delicious! The unique flavor combos offer a healthy yet decadent meal your family will love. Don't like swordfish? This recipe offers a just-as-yummy tuna alternative.

More Fish Recipes for Lent

Looking for a unique and brand new way to eat fish for Lent? Try one of the alternatives below. Just because you have to eat fish does not mean you need to make a boring dinner!

  • Pan Seared Tuna Steaks on Spinach a la Baja

    Tuna steaks are so delicious on their own that you don't have to do much to enhance their natural flavor. This tuna recipe uses hints of garlic and orange to build a decadent zest.

  • Salmon with Soy Caramel Sauce

    Savor the simple flavor palate of soy and salmon when you create this Asian-inspired recipe. With hints of ginger and chili, the caramel sauce atop this salmon steak recipe is delightful.

  • Fresh Tuna Rice Bowl with Cucumber, Avocado, and Spicy Mayonnaise

    Learn how to make poke bowls at home with this tasty Japanese recipe for salmon. While fried fish might be the most popular recipe for Good Friday, there's no reason not to branch out.

  • Grilled Whole Fish in Grape Leaves

    Grill on Good Friday instead of frying with this yummy grape leaves recipe. You'll need about 24 to 30 grape leaves for this recipe, so make sure you're prepared!

What does your family traditionally eat for Good Friday dinner?



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