If you’re a seafood lover looking for new fish dishes to try, you should consider cooking with rockfish. In case you’ve never heard of rockfish, it’s a term for over 70 fish species. You might also hear rockfish called the ‘Pacific Snapper’.
Rockfish may not be as popular as some other types of fish, but its slightly sweet and nutty flavor makes for a unique taste experience, and you can use rockfish in a wide variety of dishes.
Here are the 15 best rockfish recipes you should add to your repertoire, starting today!
1. Panko Crusted Rockfish Fillets
Breaded fish fillets are always a delicious dinner time option, and these panko crusted rockfish fillets are no exception.
You can serve these crusted fillets as they are shown here, but you can also use them as taco filling or for fish sandwiches.
The secret to getting these rockfish fillets just right is using panko bread crumb in addition to Parmesan cheese and Old Bay seasoning. Don’t forget to add the salt and pepper to taste!
2. One-Dish Rockfish
This one-dish rockfish recipe is perfect for when you want to make a meal that looks impressive straight out of the oven, without needing to use a lot of kitchen equipment.
It only takes 35 minutes in total to make this fish dish, and most of that is cooking time, so this is a great low-effort option for weeknights.
There are a lot of strong flavors in this recipe, including lemon, black pepper, garlic, and onion. These ingredients complement the milder flavor of the rockfish extremely well.
3. Moroccan Spiced Rockfish Fillets
Rockfish has a delicious and subtle taste, but if you want more of a burst of flavor from your evening meal, follow this recipe for Moroccan spiced rockfish fillets.
All you need to make this dish are some boneless rockfish fillets, Greek yogurt, and some herbs and spices (see also “How To Make Almond Butter Greek Yogurt Cheesecake“). You’ll be working with garlic, lemon, black pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper, and Moroccan spice mix, of course!
The fresh mint leaves are an amazing addition to an already complex flavor profile, providing a cooling balance against the hotter ingredients.
4. Baked Rockfish With Lemon
Sometimes, keeping things simple is all you need to do to produce a fantastic meal, and this baked rockfish with lemon recipe proves that.
It only takes half an hour to bake a whole rockfish in the oven, with olive oil, thyme, kosher salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and lemon slices for added flavor.
You may need to add a little extra time for broiling after baking in case the skin isn’t crisp enough, but this is still a quick and easy meal to make for any occasion.
5. Rockfish And Spinach Bake
Rockfish and spinach bake is a very nutritious recipe that tastes amazing and doesn’t require you to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. As long as you preheat your oven, cooking should only take a maximum of 25 minutes.
Preparing this dish is easy, too. The main ingredients include fresh spinach, rockfish fillets, vegetable broth, cherry tomatoes, and butter. The rest of the ingredients are mostly for flavor, including fresh dill, garlic powder, and lemon pepper.
6. Pan-Seared Rockfish
Pan-searing is one of the quickest and easiest ways to prepare rockfish, but the end result is still really impressive.
Because you’ll be searing the fish in a combination of oil and butter, the fish ends up tasting extra rich and fatty.
However, you’ll also be making a caper and lemon sauce to serve with the fish, and this adds some zest and brightness to the overall flavor profile.
The best part is that this dish literally takes 12 minutes to make. Only 2 minutes of that is prep time, so this is perfect for when you want some speedy seafood.
7. Rockfish With Crab And Old Bay Cream Sauce
Rockfish’s mild flavor lends itself well to pairing with other types of seafood. For example, this rockfish with crab and Old Bay cream sauce is one of the best fish meals we’ve ever tried.
The ingredients list for this recipe is minimal: rockfish fillets, heavy cream, crab meat, Dijon mustard, butter, Old Bay seasoning, white wine, and a green onion.
Each serving contains less than 400 calories, and you only need 25 minutes in the kitchen to produce this amazing dish.
8. Spicy Rockfish Bites With Mango Honey And Mustard Sauce
If you want to have some fun trying out different ways to cook with fish, this is one of the best recipes to work with.
These spicy rockfish bites with mango, honey and mustard sauce proves how versatile fish can be, and they’re not difficult to make.
Each one of these fish bites contains a huge amount of flavor from the Parmigiano-reggiano cheese, garlic, and pasilla pepper.
Luckily, the dipping sauce can also be made in minutes since it just involves puréeing chopped mango, honey and Dijon mustard in your food processor.
9. Rockfish Enchiladas
These rockfish enchiladas can be ready in about an hour. While they’re 870 calories per serving, they’re also loaded with nutritional value and one of the most interesting takes on traditional Mexican enchiladas we’ve seen.
Aside from the rockfish, you’ll need corn tortillas and enchilada sauce as well as black beans, sour cream, hot sauce, green onions, ground cumin, Monterey Jack cheese, lime slices, tomatoes, and cilantro.
The recipe also suggests making or buying some guacamole to serve on top.
10. Blackened Rockfish With Avocado Sauce
This recipe for blackened rockfish with avocado sauce looks simple and elegant, but there are some complex flavors involved. For example, you’ll be seasoning the rockfish fillets with cayenne pepper, paprika, lime, garlic and cilantro.
For the avocado sauce, you will be combining avocado, non-fat Greek yogurt, chipotle sauce, cilantro, lime, and other flavorful ingredients.
It’s worth noting that this recipe is ideal if you’re trying to eat fewer carbohydrates and boost your intake of healthy fats and protein.
In fact, there are only 9 grams of carbohydrates in this dish, compared to 25 grams of protein and 13 grams of fat, only 5 of which are saturated.
11. Rockfish Tacos
Another traditional Mexican dish using rockfish, these rockfish tacos are fun to make and very tasty.
You’ll be using ready-made tortillas for this recipe, so it should take less than half an hour. Each serving contains 390 calories.
The rockfish in these tacos is flavored with jalapeño peppers, Mexican seasoning, lime, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste.
There are some spicy, sharp flavors in this recipe, but it’s counteracted by the avocado, and you could always add some crema, too.
12. Chinese Steamed Rockfish
This authentic Chinese steamed rockfish takes 15 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook, so you can have a delicious meal ready in 30 minutes.
Very few ingredients are needed for this recipe. You just need to get a whole rockfish, a green onion, fresh ginger, soy sauce, and vegetable oil.
This recipe works best if you have a bamboo steamer with a lid, but if not, you can use another steaming method.
Since each serving of this dish contains 58 grams of protein and only 2 grams of carbs, it’s an excellent choice for those who are reducing their carb intake while maximizing protein.
13. Almond Flour Crusted Rockfish Fillets
Because rockfish has a slightly nutty flavor, using a nut-based flour to crust the fish fillets produces a truly delicious result. For example, we love making these almond flour crusted rockfish fillets.
At 412 calories per serving with 28.5 grams of protein, these almond flour crusted fillets make for a satisfying and nourishing meal.
All you will need for the fillers are the fish, of course, and some almond flour, whey protein powder, and avocado oil. Then, for the sauce, you’ll be using more avocado oil, lemon juice, white wine, whipping cream, and butter.
14. Rockfish Chowder
This rockfish chowder is an easy evening meal to make when you want something warm and comforting.
The chowder takes less than an hour to make, and you only need potatoes, rockfish, onion, evaporated milk, butter, corn kernels, and some pieces of smoked salmon or bacon to serve on top.
You can season the chowder both before and after simmering, depending on how strong you want the flavors to be.
15. Grilled Red Chili Rockfish
If you want to add some spice to the usually mild flavor of rockfish, this recipe for grilled red chili rockfish is the one you should try next.
The only ingredients needed are rockfish fillets, chili powder, lemon juice, butter, cilantro, oil, kosher salt, and black pepper.
You only need to grill the fish for a few minutes to bring out the flaky texture, and you can add extra seasonings before serving.
Rockfish might not have a naturally strong flavor, but you can use that to your advantage by combining it with other strongly-flavored ingredients to complement the subtle nuttiness of the fish.
From Chinese-style to chowder, there are plenty of options when cooking with rockfish, so get creative!
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