15 Healthy Pescatarian Recipes To Enjoy Any Time Of Day
Many people choose to exclude poultry, beef, and pork from their diets without fully identifying as vegetarians. That's because they continue to incorporate seafood into their dishes for protein and omega-3 fatty acids. These people are called pescatarians, and their fish-friendly diet can also work well under a Mediterranean, keto, or paleo eating style.
Whether someone considers themselves a pescatarian or simply loves the taste and versatility of fish, these 15 recipes will hit the spot.
Sweet Potato Toast With Lox
Egg & Crab Muffins
These egg and crab muffins from blogger and registered dietitian Rima Kleiner, M.S., R.D., are high in protein from both the eggs, crab, and cottage cheese. Kleiner recommends preparing the muffins on Sunday and having them ready to go for the rest of the week.
Shrimp Broccoli Breakfast Frittata
Open-Faced Avocado & Tuna Sandwich
This open-faced avocado and tuna sandwich, developed by food blogger Michelle Braxton, is a healthier take on a classic tuna salad sandwich. The combination of cucumber, red onion, and pickles provides a satisfying crunch, which balances well with the creamy avocado.
Avocado Burger With Salmon
This avocado burger actually uses avocado as the bread. The pescatarian dish is filled with arugula, smoked salmon, crunchy watermelon radish, and yogurt and fresh herb dressing. For extra flavor, it's topped with sesame seeds and a homemade citrus dressing.
Salmon Cakes With Avocado & Chimichurri
Chipotle Shrimp Guacamole Bites
These chipotle shrimp guacamole bites from integrative dietitian Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, L.D., are healthy and just-filling-enough to keep people satisfied until dinner. The chips are fried, but with beneficial fats from avocado, protein from shrimp, and a mix of anti-inflammatory spices, Moore says the healthy-ish apps are all about balance.
Mini Ahi Tuna Poke Bowls
Pasta With Tuna, Olives & Cherry Tomatoes
This olive, tomato, and tuna pasta is an easy way to turn a humble can of tuna into a decadent weeknight dinner. The recipe calls for Castelvetrano olives, specifically. The buttery brine of the Sicilian olives balances well with the acidic tomatoes.
Mahi-Mahi With Shallots, Lime & Veggies
Spicy Shrimp With Zoodles & Cilantro Avocado Sauce
Salmon, Spinach & Squash Salad
This combo of salmon, spinach, and squash makes this dish a bit more hearty than your standard salad. "This fatty fish is rich in nutrients, and it's an excellent source of the essential long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure3," says Jennifer Koslo, Ph.D., RDN, LDN, CPT. Plus, the butternut squash is rich in both potassium and fiber.
These healthy fish tacos combine flaky white fish, crunchy cabbage, spicy jalapeños, and a blend of spices. The recipe calls for serving them on top of a fresh corn or grain-free tortilla, but you could easily put them on salad greens, or scoop the dish up with tortilla chips.
Abby Moore is an editorial operations manager at mindbodygreen. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and has previously written for Tribeza magazine. She has covered topics ranging from regenerative agriculture to celebrity entrepreneurship. Moore worked on the copywriting and marketing team at Siete Family Foods before moving to New York.