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Fish Friday: 10 Recipes for Lent


In the Roman Catholic Church, it is traditional to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. Fish specials are popping up everywhere and will continue until Easter Sunday in the spring, and so, if you’re looking for a seafood-based meal or a fish dish to serve for the Lenten season, I have a few that I would happily eat. (Of course, you could always go the vegetarian route if you prefer.)

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  • Sinfully Creamy 1 of 10
    Sinfully Creamy
    Class up the joint with scallops and polenta. It works equally well on the grill or stovetop, so even if it's cold where you are, this is still a great option.
    Get the recipe at Food for My Family
  • Properly Seasoned 2 of 10
    Properly Seasoned
    With tilapia being affordable and readily available, consider this one for a last-minute dish. The mild flavor of the fish is enhanced by a solid spice and herb blend.
    Get the recipe at Dine & Dish
  • En Papillote 3 of 10
    En Papillote
    Asian flavors are always right at home with seafood. The bonus with this one is the clean-up. Everything is cooked together in a paper pouch, which pulls double duty as both the cooking and serving vessels.
    Make mahi mahi en papillote
  • Shrimp Sauce 4 of 10
    Shrimp Sauce
    Cultures collide in a whirlwind of flavors that blend the best of Italy and Mexico. This is great for breaking out of the mundane repetition we can all find ourselves in.
    Get the recipe at TidyMom
  • Pasta Night 5 of 10
    Pasta Night
    Turn Friday into a pasta night, complete with lemon pepper shrimp to top it all off.
    Get the recipe at Dine & Dish
  • Taco Night 6 of 10
    Taco Night
    A wonderful twist on an alternative fish favorite can be found with these salmon tacos. Healthy ingredients and easy oven prep directions mean less work and no guilt.
    Make salmon and asparagus tacos
  • Sear It 7 of 10
    Sear It
    This fast Asian tuna recipe is great for thinking ahead. Mix up the marinade and sauce the day before, program the rice cooker in the morning, and all that's left is to sear the tuna.
    Get the recipe at Food for My Family
  • Fish Cakes 8 of 10
    Fish Cakes
    These crispy fried fish cakes make life easy. A short ingredient list with plenty of room for improvisation provides a nice platform for you to get creative.
    Make Prince Edward Island fish cakes
  • Red Snapper 9 of 10
    Red Snapper
    Bold colors and varied textures make this a perfect fish dish. This is also a good one when you're short on time and long on hunger.
    Make adobo red snapper with confetti couscous
  • Cajun Style 10 of 10
    Cajun Style
    This traditional New Orleans dish is great for keeping your seafood interesting. The classic Cajun ingredients and seasonings can be adjusted for your individual tastes.
    Make shrimp etouffee

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