Lemon and Herb Fish Recipe

Hello my friends! On the menu today: a Lemon and Herb Fish recipe. Pull up a chair and enjoy.

Lemon and Herb Fish Recipe

As you guys know, I’m partnering with McCormick this year to share some fun cooking tips and recipes with you guys each month. This month’s challenge? Create a tasty, easy, and healthy fish/seafood recipe and share some tips for properly seasoning fish at home.

lemon herb fish recipe

Growing up, I almost never ate fish, and when I did, I didn’t really enjoy it… well, unless you count fried shrimp. ;) I feel like in the 80’s and 90’s it was either a plain, super boring white fish or fish sticks, and as a result I didn’t really start to like fish until I was well into my 20’s.

lemon and herb fish recipe

For awhile, I stuck with only ordering fish at restaurants because I thought it was too hard to try to make it myself at home, but in recent years I’ve gotten more adventurous and as a result have found that making fish at home is actually quite easy! I’ve even been able to win over Matt, Mr. “I hate fish”, with some of my fish recipes. :) (See also: Almond Crusted Tilapia!)

The Dietary Guidelines recommend eating seafood at least twice a week; however, most Americans fall short of this goal. Let’s see what we can do to change that, okay? Fish is a great way to mix it up from meat – high in protein and packed with heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation. Fatty fish (salmon, lake trout, herrings, sardines, and tuna) will be your best source of omega 3’s, but most fish contains at least some omega-3s.

lemon and herb fish recipe

The secret to delish fish at home (frozen or fresh is fine!) is herbs and spices. Some tips from McCormick that I found useful:

  • Slightly sweet or delicate seafood – such flounder, halibut, cod, or scallops – can be enhanced by an equally delicate or lightly pungent herb. Some good pairings for mild fish are chervil, chives, dill and parsley.
  • Meaty, full-flavored seafood, such as tuna, swordfish, and even clams, mussels, and shrimp will stand up to stronger-flavored or peppery herbs, or herb blends that include marjoram, basil, oregano and sage.
  • Not sure what category your favorite fish falls into? Thyme and tarragon pair well with both mild and full-flavored seafood.

Since I was using a mild white fish (sablefish, leftover from my free shipment from Sizzlefish awhile ago), I decided to go with a mix of dill, parsley, and some garlic powder for good measure. I’ve been obsessed with dill lately – and it’s so good with fish.


I love lemon with fish, too, so I added some of that in addition to a little olive oil. Whisk it all together in a bowl, coat the fish in it, and bake! That was easy. The full recipe is below, if you’d like to try it!

how to make fish taste good

Lemon and Herb Fish Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes Prep Time
Cook Time 15 minutes Cook Time
Total Time 20 mins Total Time


(2 servings)

  • 2 white fish fillets, any kind (fresh, or frozen – thawed)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried dill
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix lemon juice, olive oil, and herbs/spices in a shallow bowl. Coat fish fillets in mixture, spooning herbs on top.
  3. Place fish in a greased baking dish and bake 15 minutes, or until fish is solid white throughout.
  4. Enjoy!


The fish came out delicate and flavorful with just the right amount of lemon and herby goodness. I served it with some brown rice and string beans, but feel free to mix it up. This fish would be great atop salad for lunch, too!

how to make fish taste good

What’s your favorite fish/seafood recipe? I’d love to see some links for new recipes to try! Here are a few of my other fishy dinner favorites:

And lunch favorites:

Thank you to McCormick for sponsoring this post (and for sending me some of their awesome spices to experiment with in the kitchen)! If you missed last month’s McCormick post, check that out, too: How to Add Flavor to Meals Without Salt or Sugar.


  1. 1

    I love eating fish! This dish looks so light and flavorful! I don’t cook with dill often but will probably give it a try again!

  2. 2

    i never eat fish twice a week! shame on me. one of my (and 1,000+ other people’s) favorite recipes: :)

  3. 4

    I love fish now, but didn’t care for it too much growing up either! Some of my favorite seasonings are lemon juice, garlic and dill. So delicious!

  4. 5
    Larisa @ 0to26point2 says

    This fish looks amazing. I will be making this this week. Thanks for posting.

  5. 6

    I’m not usually a huge fan of dill (reminds me too much of pickles), but it looks really good on fish! If I have really high quality fish, I just like to season it simply and give it a quick sear on the griddle. Or if it’s sushi grade, I make sushi rolls or sashimi.

  6. 7

    Yummy! And so simple! I’m a HUGE salmon fan and I love sardines. I prefer “breading” with almond meal or crusting white fish to make it a bit more substantial but love the simplicity of this! What’s your favourite fish?

  7. 9

    This sounds so delicious! I just started cooking with dill recently and love it! I pinned for later!

  8. 10

    mmm… and the greens beans look perfectly al dente, too!

  9. 11

    This looks delicious and fairly simple as well! I will definitely have to try this out. Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. 12
    Roadrunner says

    Looks very tasty!

  11. 13

    MATTTTTT you are missing out on “not liking seafood” -WTFFFFF!!! HA HA! I am glad you could change his palate a little bit with this deliciousness!! BLACK COD/SABLE FISH ROCKS MY SOCKS OOFFFFF!

  12. 14

    I definitely eat fish more than twice a week, I love it! Sometimes, it comes from a can but it’s still yummy! Marking this recipe to try next week : )

  13. 15

    Mmmmm looks divine! I would eat that in seconds! I definitely want to make this in the future

  14. 16

    The problem I have with getting enough fish is the source. I worry about the amount of mercury and PCBs in the actual fish. I’m pretty sure that salmon is relatively safe, but I know you have to be careful about farmed vs. wild and where the wild ones are from. I also worry about my house smelling too fishy the next day, so we tend to grill. I know, I’m so picky.

  15. 17

    I love seafood and have been obsessed with dill this spring too!! Definitely going to try this recipe next week with some cod!


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