Fish and seafood are high in protein, vitamins, and healthy fats, making them an excellent addition to any busy and active lifestyle—and if you’re trying to eat healthy, having simple, delicious recipes in your arsenal is an absolute must. These 10 recipes are inspired by cuisines from all over the world and range from make-ahead lunches to dinner party-worthy appetizers. No matter what type of food mood you’re in, you’re sure to find a fresh, tasty option below.
Mediterranean Salmon Couscous Salad
Grain-based salads are a lot more filling than their greens-based cousins—and they don’t wilt as fast, either. This Mediterranean-inspired salad features pearl couscous, salmon, olives, and sundried tomatoes in a delicious, herby dressing that only gets better after a night (or two!) in the fridge.
Sesame Ginger Soba Noodles with Salmon
These quick, easy soba noodles with salmon are proof that “light and refreshing” can also mean “delicious and satisfying.” With cucumbers and scallions for crunch—and shelled edamame for even more protein—this is a complete meal in a bowl. Plus, the sesame-ginger dressing is good enough to eat with a spoon, so feel free to make extra and put it on everything.
Spicy Tuna Lettuce Cups with Soy and Sake
Our lettuce wraps are high in protein, low in carbs, and just plain fun to eat. This version spices up canned albacore tuna with soy sauce, sake, rice vinegar and hot red pepper, so it comes together in just a few minutes.
If you love clams, there’s nothing like a big bowl of linguine alla vongole. Our take on clam linguine is a little lighter than the butter-laden versions you may have had at Italian restaurants, but every bit as flavorful. (Just don’t tell your nonna about the Old Bay seasoning.)
Greek Whole Grain Salad with Lemon Salmon and Feta
Looking for a hearty salad that won’t leave you hungry 2 hours later? This whole-grain number with salmon and feta is just the ticket. Loaded with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, red onion, and fresh herbs, it’s basically a classic Greek salad mixed with filling, fiber-rich brown rice. Make it a day ahead of time so the lemon and olive oil dressing has plenty of time to soak into every last bite.
Easy Italian Salsa Verde
A good sauce can make plain crackers taste amazing, so just imagine what this intensely flavorful salsa verde can do to a simple piece of grilled salmon. (Or chicken breasts. Or pasta. Or scrambled eggs. Really, the possibilities are endless!)
Scandinavian Sardine Sandwiches
These simple, open-faced sandwiches are for all the sardine lovers out there. Thanks to dense European rye, a Greek yogurt-and-Dijon mustard spread, hard-boiled eggs, and of course the sardines, they’re chock-full of protein and healthy fats—perfect for a hearty lunch.
Mango and Jicama Salad with Crab
This delicate salad combines juicy pineapple and mango, crisp jicama, sweet crabmeat, and a touch of cayenne for an impressive appetizer or first course. Dial the heat up by adding diced fresh jalapeños or serranos—or leave it out and let the sweetness be the star.
Dumplings of any kind are always a crowd-pleaser, and making them at home is easier than you think. The filling for these simple salmon gyoza comes together quickly, so you can focus on the fun parts: Folding, frying, and, of course, eating them.
Healthy Lemon Parmesan Sardine Pasta
If you’ve never tried sardines and pasta, this is a perfect starter recipe. It’s fresh and healthy, but more importantly, it’s delicious. Briny capers, fresh lemon juice, and a shower of chopped parsley perfectly balance the rich flavor of sardines, while toasty panko breadcrumbs add a little crunch.