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Chef John’s Best Seafood Recipes Ready in 20 Minutes

Looking for simple, quick fish recipes to add some healthy seafood to your weeknight recipe repertoire? Let Chef John be your monger of fish recipes. With this collection, Chef John offers easy, crowd-pleasing seafood recipes that will appeal to even the doubters in your crew. You’ll love the easy prep-work too. Dinner’s on the table in about 20 minutes or less.

Easy Mustard-Glazed Broiled Salmon

Ready in about 15 minutes. Rice vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a dash of Asian hot sauce develop the sweet, sour, and slightly spicy flavors here. “This simple recipe makes a great salmon glaze,” says Chef John. “The sugar in the seasoned rice vinegar caramelizes under the broiler and the sweet, salty vinegar works perfectly with the tangy mustard.”

Brown Butter Perch

Ready in about 20 minutes. “I love everything about perch,” says Chef John. “The sweet, delicate flavor, the striking coloration, and the stubborn fight they put up for their size. The key here is getting the butter to a perfect nutty brown. Technically it’s still butter, but something happens when it’s toasted like this, and it really does become another ingredient altogether.”

Miso Maple-Glazed Salmon

Ready in about 20 minutes. “This simple glaze combines salty and savory miso paste with sweet maple syrup,” says Chef John. “The rice vinegar marries the two, and a few drops of hot sauce are all you need to complete this incredibly easy, yet sophisticated dish.”

Chef John’s Miso-Glazed Barramundi

Ready in about 15 minutes. A quick miso glaze works its magic here, too. “This recipe features Barramundi, a mild, flaky, white-fleshed fish that you’ll probably be seeing more and more due to its reputation as a sustainable, eco-friendly seafood. It’s showing up in grocery store frozen seafood cases, and chances are you’ll run across some soon. If you do, buy it and make this recipe.”

Sesame Seared Tuna and Sushi Bar Spinach Salad

Ready in about 20 minutes. Chef John dedicates this recipe to “the other side of the sushi bar menu.” After the nigiri and sushi rolls, you’ll discover intriguing offerings like this seared tuna tataki and Japanese-style spinach salad. “While I can’t promise authenticity, I can promise this is fast and simple to make–and I think, extremely delicious,” says Chef John.

Chef John’s Spaghetti with Red Clam Sauce

Ready in about 20 minutes. This classic recipe will be your new go-to weeknight meal. “The only prep work really is mashing the garlic,” says Chef John. “The sauce is great on any pasta, but I prefer angel hair or spaghetti.”

BBQ Broiled Red Snapper

Ready in about 17 minutes. Have a fish “hater” in your crew? This broiled red snapper recipe with a simple barbeque glaze will change some minds. “If you don’t cook fish often, or don’t like fish, this broiled red snapper recipe may be just what the doctor ordered,” says Chef John. “Normally we don’t want to cover up the delicate flavors of the seafood, but in this case, we have no choice. It’s not like you can’t tell you’re eating fish, but close enough.”

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