This recipe is perfect for your favorite variety of white fish like Mahi, Cod Halibut or Tilapia. Made with canned crushed tomatoes and a hint of cream with Italian seasoning it’s a super easy one pan healthy dinner!
We took our popular Chicken in Tomato Sauce recipe and swapped the chicken for fish! A sprinkle of feta gives it a Mediterranean taste that we love!
What ingredients do I need for this easy fish dinner:
- 4 fish fillet such as mahi (which is what we used), cod, tilapia or halibut. Thawed.
- canned crushed tomatoes
- canned diced roasted tomatoes or tomato sauce
- feta or parmesan if desired
- serve with pasta or rice if desired
We start by giving the fish a quick sear. Color is flavor! A bit of olive oil and butter. Oil keeps the butter from burning, they are BFF’s for a skillet dinner 🙂 Heavy on the salt and pepper to make a nice crust. Remember to not touch the fillet’s until they release easily from the pan and have some nice color.
We love a cast iron pan for this recipe. Both Rachel and I have Lodge Skillets in all sizes. Good quality, cheap and cheerful. No need to spend $200 bucks on a cast iron pan in our skillet opinion.
After a quick sear we add a bit more butter and cook up the onions. Toss in the garlic, tomatoes and herbs. Now is the the time to taste for salt and pepper!
We add just a touch of cream…about 1/4 cup will do it. More if you desire but we find we keep the red sauce red with just a hint of creaminess with a quarter cup.
Bring your sauce to a simmer and give a big stir. Add your fish back to the pan to finish cooking.
PRO TIP: Your fish is perfectly done when it reaches 145 degrees. A meat thermometer is your buddy…always! 30 years of cooking and I still use one almost every day. It has saved many a meal!
We love Meditteranean flavored anything so we topped with a bit of crumbly feta but you can easily substitute grated parmesan.
What do I serve with this Easy Fish in Tomato Sauce?
- rice – try our oven baked method for easy and perfect rice every time!
- Italian Chopped Salad
- Easy Fresh Breadsticks
- Foccacia Bread
Still craving a fast healthy dinner? Try one of these popular dishes:
- Mediterranean Shrimp and Orzo – a one pan healthy dinner in about 20 minutes!
- Pico De Gallo Chicken – A fresh salsa chicken all in one baking dish!
- Zuchinni Lasagna – All the flavor less all the carbs of your favorite comfort food!
- How to cook Mahi Mahi perfectly – all the info you need to prepare fish easily!
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Easy Fish in Tomato Sauce – one pan fresh dinner!
- 4 fish fillets such as mahi, cod, halibut or tilapia
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 3 large garlic cloves chopped
- 1 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1 14 ounce can diced roasted tomatoes drained (tomato sauce can be substituted)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning or one teaspoon dried basil and one teaspoon dried oregano
- feta or parmasen cheese to garnish if desired
Heat large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and butter, swirl to coat pan.
Pat fish fillets dry. Sprinkle generously with salt and fresh ground pepper. Place in hot pan and don't touch. Let sear for 3-4 minutes until they release easily from the pan and have formed a nice crust. Flip and sear other side.
Remove fish to plate and keep warm.
Reduce heat to medium. Add one tablespoon butter to pan. Add onions. Saute until tender about 2-3 minutes. Toss in garlic and stir for another minute.
Add crushed tomatoes, drained diced roasted tomatoes, heavy cream and italian seasoning to skillet.
Taste for salt and pepper.
Add fish back to pan and cover with sauce.
Cook for an additonal 10 minutes or until cooked thru and fish is 145 degrees internally.
Serve with a side or pasta or rice and top with feta and parm is desired.
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