For those who are observing the Lenten season, there are many delicious fish options available. Everyone will be satisfied with options ranging from salmon-fried rice to quick and easy fish tacos. Use fish as a main course for dinner, in soups and stews, or as an accompaniment to salads and wraps. Mahatma® Rice helps you consistently produce flawless fish dishes.Try these simple and well-liked fish recipes for a filling Lenten meal. Before we dive into those recipes, let’s take a look at some interesting tips on how to prepare fish. 

Tips for Cooking Fish

When it comes to cooking fish, there are a few key tips to keep in mind for the best results. From choosing the freshest fish to properly seasoning and using the right cooking techniques, these tips will help you achieve the perfect texture and flavor in your fish dishes.

Choosing the Freshest Fish

Make sure to choose fresh and responsibly sourced fish for your Lenten meals. Search for fish with shining skin, bright, clear eyes, and a clean, ocean-like scent. Steer clear of fish with dried-out gills, strong fishy smells, or dull or discolored flesh. The flavor and caliber of your fish recipes are greatly influenced by their freshness.

Proper Seasoning and Marinades

It’s important to correctly season your fish in order to bring out its full flavor. Incorporate a blend of herbs, spices, and citrus options to enhance the fish’s inherent flavor and brightness. Try marinating your fish for several hours or overnight to upgrade the flavor and soften the meat. #Playwithyourfood and try a variety of marinades to see which ones you and your family like most.

Cooking Techniques for Perfect Texture

To get the right texture, different fish varieties require different cooking methods. For fragile fish filets, rapid cooking techniques like grilling, baking, or sautéing are good choices. You can pan-sear, roast, or broil thicker fish steaks or whole fish to have a crispy outside and a moist inside. Excellent methods for retaining moisture and suppleness are steaming and poaching. To prevent overcooking and drying out your fish, pay close attention to the temperatures and cooking periods. These pointers can help you take your fish dishes to the next level, regardless of your experience level with fish cooking or passion for seafood.

Fish in Rice Bowls 

Conventional rice bowls are great for making mealtimes easier, but they can also be a great way to enjoy interesting food combinations. To help absorb the dressing and offer a hearty touch, a layer of whole-grain brown rice is added to the base of this Air Fryer Baja Fish Taco Rice Bowl

Air Fryer Baja Fish Taco Rice Bowl

Protein is necessary for any rice bowl, but this one calls for fish that is flaky on the inside and crispy on the exterior. We recommend using any neutral-flavored, white-fleshed fish filets that are deboned for easier consumption. Additionally, you can achieve that distinctively crisp texture with an Air Fryer without having to deal with a lot of boiling oil!

Another delicious option is our Mediterranean Tuna and Hummus Rice Bowl. Not only is this rice bowl straightforward, but every component—from the robust base of jasmine, red, and wild rice combined with arugula to the tuna and roasted red pepper hummus on top—is bursting with flavor!

For a light but well-balanced flavor, we’ve combined a variety of cool veggies like cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and red onion. After that, the veggies are combined with a basic homemade dressing made of olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Try this bowl for a fast family dinner or lunch, or save it for weeknight dinners. #Playwithyourfood and add feta cheese, spinach, and green or Kalamata olives. Use salmon, hard-boiled eggs, or even tofu for a vegetarian option if you’d like to switch up the proteins.

Adding Fish to Soups and Stews

Fish adds a unique depth of flavor to soups and stews, creating a comforting and nourishing meal. Our One-Pot Stew with Fish and Beans is the perfect choice! To cook this tasty fish stew, sauté onion, bell peppers, and garlic in olive oil to a foundation. For a kick, add the beans, salsa, and fire-roasted tomatoes after that! When the fish filets are cooked, let them simmer in the mixture for a few minutes. Then, serve them over rice so that the rice absorbs all of the flavor.

Use fresh fish for optimal results, but frozen fish can also be used.

One-Pot Stew with Fish and Beans

Fish in Salads and Wraps


Adding fish to salads and wraps not only enhances the flavor but also provides a healthy and satisfying meal option. Consider topping your green salads with grilled halibut or flaky salmon, or tuna for a protein-packed and refreshing twist. Before you check out our Cajun Blackened Fish and Rice Lettuce Wraps check out these helpful tips:

Cajun Blackened Fish and Rice Lettuce Wraps

1- Use high-quality ingredients. Look for high-quality white-fleshed fish, without or with very little bones, for easier eating. We’ve also made our filling with organic brown rice for more natural vitamins and minerals in every bite! 

2- Look for larger lettuce leaves, like iceberg, romaine, or butter lettuce leaves. Make sure to wash and dry before filling.

3- Don’t overfill each wrap. To fold, start by folding the sides in, then the bottom flap, and enjoy!


Craving a salad option? Look no further than our Canned Tuna and Rice Salad. Try this delicious salad if tuna is something you usually have on hand! It’s not only quick and easy, but it’s also a terrific way to get in a healthy dose of vegetables, which may be difficult to slip in when you have finicky eaters at home. This salad, which has fluffy Mahatma® White Rice and a zesty dressing made of mayonnaise, lemon, olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and garlic, is sure to become your family’s new favorite.

Canned Tuna and White Rice salad with zesty mayonnaise dressing and fresh bell peppers
Canned Tuna and Rice Salad

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