There are plenty of mouthwatering fish options available for people who are keeping the Lenten season in mind. Options like quick and easy fish tacos and salmon-fried rice will satisfy everyone. Fish can be used as a main course for dinner, as a complement to salads and wraps, or as a base for soups and stews. With Carolina® Rice, you can make fish meals that are always on point. Try these easy and popular fish recipes for a hearty and satisfying Lenten dinner. Let’s look at some unique fish preparation tips before we get into those dishes.

Cooking Fish Tips

For optimal results, there are a few essential rules to remember while cooking fish. You may obtain the ideal texture and flavor in your fish dishes by following these guidelines, which range from selecting the freshest fish to correctly seasoning and utilizing the best cooking techniques.

Fresh is Best

For your Lenten meals, make sure you select fish that is both responsibly sourced and fresh. Look for fish with bright, clear eyes, shiny skin, and a fresh, ocean-like fragrance. Avoid fish with discolored or dull flesh, strong fishy scents, or dried-out gills. Fresh fish has a big impact on the quality and taste of your recipes.

Select Appropriate Seasoning and Marinades

To bring out the full flavor of your seafood, it’s crucial to season it right. Add a mixture of herbs, spices, and citrus to bring out the natural flavor and brightness of the fish. To improve flavor and soften the meat, try marinating your fish for a few hours or overnight. Try a range of marinades and #playwithyourfood to determine which ones your family prefers.

Perfect Texture Cooking Techniques

Different fish types require different cooking techniques to achieve the desired texture. Quick cooking methods like grilling, baking, or sautéing work well for delicate fish filets. For thicker fish steaks or whole fish with a crispy exterior and a juicy center, you can pan-sear, roast, or broil the fish. Steaming and poaching are great ways to keep things pliable and moist. Keep an eye on the temperatures and cooking times to avoid overcooking and drying out your fish. Regardless of your degree of fish cooking skill or love of seafood, these tips can help you elevate your seafood recipes.

Fish in Rice Bowls 

Not only can conventional rice bowls simplify mealtimes, but they may also be an excellent opportunity to sample novel culinary pairings. This Air Fryer Baja Fish Rice Bowl has a layer of whole-grain brown rice added to the bottom to help absorb the dressing and lend a hearty touch. 

Air Fryer Baja Fish Rice Bowl

Any rice bowl needs protein, but this one needs flaky, crispy-surfaced fish for the protein component. For simpler ingestion, we suggest using any white-fleshed, neutral-flavored fish filet that has been deboned. Moreover, using an Air Fryer allows you to get that unique crispy texture without dealing with a lot of boiling oil!

Our Mediterranean Rice Bowl with Tuna and Hummus is another delectable choice. This rice bowl is not just simple, but every ingredient is packed with flavor, from the savory base of red rice, jasmine rice, and wild rice mixed with arugula to the crunchy tuna and roasted red pepper hummus on top!

We’ve blended a range of cool vegetables, including cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and red onion, for a flavor that’s light but well-balanced. Next, a simple homemade dressing consisting of olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper is mixed with the vegetables.

This bowl is great for a quick family meal or for weeknight dinners. Add some spinach, feta cheese, and Kalamata or green olives to your meal to #playwithyourfood. If you want to vary the proteins, try hard-boiled eggs, salmon, or even tofu for a vegetarian option.

Soups and Stews with Fish

Fish gives soups and stews a distinct depth of flavor that makes for a hearty and satisfying supper. The ideal option is our One-Pot Fish Stew with Beans! Add the onion, bell peppers, and garlic to a foundation of sautéed olive oil to cook this delicious fish stew. Add the beans, salsa, and fire-roasted tomatoes after that for even more kick! Simmer the fish filets in the mixture for a few minutes after they are cooked. After that, serve them over rice so that the flavor seeps into the rice.

For best results, use fresh fish, but you can also use frozen fish.

One-Pot Fish Stew with Beans

Salads and Wraps with Fish


Incorporating fish into salads and wraps not only improves the taste but also offers a nutritious and filling choice for dinner. For a protein-rich and light spin on your green salads, try adding grilled halibut, flaky salmon, or tuna as a topping. Check out some useful pointers before you try our Lettuce Wraps with Cajun Blackened Fish:

1- Use high-quality ingredients. For easier eating, go for premium white-fleshed fish that has very few or no bones. Additionally, we used organic brown rice to make our filling, giving each bite additional naturally occurring vitamins and minerals! 

2- Look for larger lettuce leaves, like iceberg, romaine, or butter lettuce leaves. Always wash and dry before filling.

3- Don’t overfill each wrap. Enjoy folding! Begin by tucking in the sides, followed by the bottom flap.

Rice Lettuce Wraps With Cajun Blackened Fish


Feel like having a salad? Our Canned Tuna and Rice Salad is the only dish you need. If you normally have tuna on hand, try this delightful salad! It’s not only quick and simple, but it’s also a great method to ensure that your family is getting enough veggies, which may be challenging to achieve when you have picky eaters at home. Your family will love this salad, which features fluffy Carolina® White Rice and a tangy dressing prepared with mayonnaise, lemon, olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and garlic.

Rice and tuna salad made with canned tuna, jasmine rice, bell peppers and a mayonnaise dressing
Canned Tuna and Rice Salad

The possibilities are endless, allowing you to enjoy a fulfilling and satisfying meal to start your day off right. Check out more recipe inspiration on our recipe page

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