5 Ingredient fish recipes using cod, tilapia, shrimp, clams and tuna

5 Ingredient Fish

Learn simple, healthy ways to make seafood and fish using 5 ingredients or less!
5 Ingredient fish recipes using cod, tilapia, shrimp, clams and tuna

You know you should be eating more fish, but you don’t know how to make it happen. If you feel intimidated when it comes to cooking seafood, you are not alone. It’s probably the number one cooking-related question I am asked.

The funny thing is that fish is so simple to prepare, much more so than other proteins. I wonder if it’s because it’s so simple we think it must be a trick? I feel that way about baking. Sadly, I’m usually right. But with fish, it really is that simple. To prove it, I’ve put together this roundup of delicious 5 ingredient fish recipes.

You might notice I purposely left salmon out of this roundup, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a fan. I find myself eating salmon a lot. In large part because I’ve mastered it. I think it’s time to master another fish, don’t you?

Here we go: 5 fish + 5 different ways with 5 ingredients or less

This almond encrusted tilapia from Anne at Fannetastic food is simple and delicious. Tilapia is pretty easy to find and has a mild flavor but has gotten some bad press in terms of how it’s raised. Your best choice is tank-farmed tilapia from the U.S. and Canada. This dish is gluten-free and has an added nutrition boost from the almond flour (which is just processed almonds, by the way). And don’t just limit the almond-crusting to tilapia, you can use this technique for any white fish!

Almond Crusted Tilapia


Cod is a mild, white flaky fish. When buying cod, Pacific cod from Alaska is a best choice. This simple dish from Melissa at Simply Whisked combines a few of my favorite flavors — coconut, ginger and cilantro.



This Sweet Lemon Shrimp from Damn Delicious looks damn good, doesn’t it? She also says this is the “world’s easiest shrimp dish” so that has me smiling. I love a simple dish that boasts a ton of flavor. Most farmed shrimp raised in closed tanks or wild caught in the U.S. and Canada are a good choice.  Want 7 MORE delicious ways to eat shrimp? Click Here for a free download!

sweet lemon shrimp


I am mixing things up by adding in some tuna fish! I just love the idea of these tasty Granny Apple Tuna Jack Quesadillas from Katy at Domestic Rockstar. These look to me like the perfect way to ring in the fall (and apple season!).

Granny Apple Tuna Jack Quesadillas


This recipe comes from yours truly. Spaghetti with Clams is not only a childhood favorite, but it’s so easy to make. You can literally have dinner on the table in 10 minutes flat. I used my favorite Explore Asian bean pasta, but you can use whatever pasta your family enjoys. And if you prefer to stick to traditional Italian fare, linguine must be your choice!

bean pasta with white clam sauce

I hope you enjoyed this 5 ingredient fish and seafood roundup and are inspired to get cooking!  Please share your favorite fish dish in the comments.


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Black bean pasta with beans -- a delicious healthy weeknight dinner. Vegan and gluten free!

Black Bean Pasta with Peas

This month’s Recipe Redux is fun for me because it’s something I write about all the time — getting back to the dinner table.

Show us your favorite recipe to help families get ‘back to the dinner table.’ It might be a favorite family recipe from your childhood that you’ve ReDuxed…or a current family favorite. Let’s all gather back at the table!

Most of my meals are healthier renditions of childhood favorites, so this was a cinch.

Black bean pasta with beans -- a delicious healthy weeknight dinner. Vegan and gluten free!

I chose pasta with peas, or as my mom would call it pasta e piselli. If this dish doesn’t bring me back to the table, nothing will. I’ve been enjoying this super simple dinner for as long as I can remember, and it never disappoints. Usually made with white pasta, I health’d it up a bit using my favorite Explore Asian black bean noodles. I love the contrast of color and nutty flavor the black bean pasta adds.

Black bean pasta with beans -- a delicious healthy weeknight dinner. Vegan and gluten free!

As I’m sure is the case in any Italian family, this dish dates back well beyond my own childhood. My grandmother made pasta with peas for my mother when she was a kid, too. It was a classic Friday night go-to meal made with budget-friendly pantry ingredients!

For more delicious ways to bring your family back to the table, click the little blue box under the recipe below, and you will find a ton of healthy and delicious meals to pin for later.

Buon Appetito!

Black Bean Pasta with Peas

Black Bean Pasta with Peas


  • 1 lb Explore Asian Black Bean Pasta
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 1 bag frozen peas (canned peas work, too)
  • Sea salt and pepper


  1. Saute onions in olive oil on med-low heat until translucent.
  2. Add peas, herbs, salt and pepper and continue cooking until peas are tender.
  3. While peas are cooking, bring pasta to a boil in salted water and cook until al dente.
  4. When pasta is ready, drain noodles (reserve some extra pasta water for the sauce).
  5. Toss the peas with the pasta, adding a little of the pasta water, if needed. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve with a sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Black bean pasta with beans -- a delicious healthy weeknight dinner. Vegan and gluten free!



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Formula Meal: no-bake energy balls are a favorite snack! healthy, gluten free and no added sugars! Learn how to make them yourself in a few easy steps! @danielleomar

Formula Meals: No-Bake Energy Balls

Formula Meal: no-bake energy balls are a favorite snack!  healthy, gluten free and no added sugars! Learn how to make them yourself in a few easy steps! @danielleomar

I was fixing up a batch of my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough energy balls last week and realized that this is a formula recipe! If you’re new around here, a Formula Meal is basically a dish that you can whip up using a specific formula each time, switching out the ingredients to create new and delicious flavors.

No-bake energy balls, bites, bars — whatever you want to call them — are great for a variety of circumstances: morning or afternoon snack, grab-n-go breakfast, post-workout or pre-run fuel, and even dessert if you get fancy with them. My no-bake energy balls are all nut-based, so if nuts are not your thing you are out of luck. They are also gluten-free and dairy free. I have seen energy ball recipes online where honey, agave, or maple sugar is added, but my no-bake balls do not contain added sugars.

There is one catch to making my no-bake bites, you need a food processor. I know for some people the food processor can be very intimidating, but it’s really very simple to use. Food processors run from $60-$200. If you don’t think you’re going to use the food processor very much you could get a mini one for about $30. I like this one.

I use my food processor all the time! Not just for my no-bake energy balls, but for slicing, dicing, and shredding vegetables (I hate to chop onions). I also use use it to make applesauce, hummus, nut butters, and a ton of other things. Most come with a few different blade options that you can use in a lot of different ways. This is the machine I have.

Now let’s get busy making some energy balls! Below are my favorite ingredient tips and a simple formula that will make you an energy ball pro in no time.

What’s the Formula?

2 parts dried fruit:  the dried fruit is going to play an important role in your balls because it helps to keep them sticky, which allows them to stay together when forming the balls. I always use Medjool dates because they are delicious, soft, and moist. The pitted dates in a bag at the grocery store are definitely not as moist as Medjool dates, so you will have to soak them in water first to soften them. I use about 10 dates to make one batch of balls.  Other dried fruits you can use are figs, cherries, cranberries, and apricots!

2 parts nuts: here’s where you can get as creative as you want. I always use raw nuts.  Raw cashews are a secret weapon for giving that cookie dough flavor.  Almonds are always a go-to, peanuts, macadamia, walnuts, pecans, even pistachios are good. You can combine a few different nuts or go with one for a very consistent flavor. Like for cashew lemon balls, you would go straight cashew. If you want a more complex flavor, mix them up. I usually do 1/2 cup total nuts.

1 part nut butter: the nut butter is for keeping the balls together. Natural almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, and sunflower butter are great choices. I usually use about 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons.  If you don’t want to add nut butter you could substitute with coconut butter/oil.

1 part spice: adding spice can give your balls some complex flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon or orange zest, sea salt, vanilla powder/extract, ground ginger, cardamom, and pumpkin pie spice are all fun!

1 part seed: seeds can add some fiber, protein and healthy fats to the balls. Options include ground flaxseed, chia seed, or hemp seed. You can also use sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, too! I usually add in 1/4 cup.

1 part flavor (optional):  the flavor can be any combination of add-ins. I usually use about 1/4 cup. These are a few of my favorites:

  • raw oats
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • cacao nibs or powder for chocolate
  • matcha tea powder
  • freeze-dried fruit (apples, strawberries, raspberries, etc.)
  • extracts (mint, almond, hazelnut, etc.)
  • frozen wild blueberries
  • rice krispies
  • pretzels

1 part protein (optional): protein add-ins include protein powder, hemp seeds, or spirulina powder, and even cooked quinoa.

If soaking dates or making a paste, do this first. Then add dates to food processor and pulse until chopped up pretty well. Then add nuts and nut butter and process again. Finally, throw in your extra add ins and pulse until well combined and mixture looks like sand. You know they are ready when you squeeze the “dough” with your fingers and it sticks together. Then just roll the mixture into balls. Once you have your balls you can also roll them in cocoa powder, shredded coconut, or anything you want!

Below is some inspiration to get you started:

Chocolate Lemon Energy Balls



No-Bake Fig Newtons

no-bake fig newton balls


Cranberry Macadamia Nut Squares

Cranberry Macadamia Nut Energy Bars


Gingerbread Hemp Balls

gingerbread hemp bites


Lemon Apple Cocoroons

No-bake lemon apple cocoroons



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