Fish is a good source of low-fat protein and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, so you should eat up. Furthermore, making seafood a regular part of your diet could lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. But the vast majority of Americans aren’t eating the recommended two servings of fish per week, NPR reports.
Why are Americans giving seafood a pass? Fish can be expensive, so some people will pass on salmon or lobster in favor of cheaper meat. Others might be worried about the perceived health risks of certain kinds of fish, even though the health benefits are usually greater than any potential downside. In other cases, people who happily order fish when in a restaurant eschew cooking it at home because they don’t know how to prepare it properly.
Rest assured, cooking fish yourself doesn’t have to be complicated. We’ve pulled together seven seafood recipes that are ridiculously easy to make (some can be cooked in as little as 10 or 15 minutes). Even better, each of these recipes call for just five ingredients (not including salt and pepper).
1. Greek Snapper on the Grill
For an easy seafood meal for a crowd, try this five-ingredient snapper recipe from Southern Living, which serves 12. The fish is seasoned with Greek spices and grilled with lemon. It all cooks up in about 15 minutes and can be served with either homemade tartar sauce or the store-bought variety.
- 12 (8-ounce) snapper or grouper fillets
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Greek seasoning
- 24 (¼-inch-thick) lemon slices
- Tartar sauce
Directions: Rub fish fillets with oil; sprinkle evenly with Greek seasoning. Top each fillet with two lemon slices.
Place a large piece of lightly greased heavy-duty aluminum foil over grill cooking grate. Arrange fish on foil.
Grill fillets, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat for 15 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork. Serve with homemade or store-bought tartar sauce.