Good Friday Food

Good Friday Food

Good Friday is a solemn, sacred day in the life of a Christian, and when it comes to food, those who do observe Good Friday can take a few different approaches. For many Catholics, Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence—basically, “putting food aside” as my BFF Hyacinth explained. Other observers of Good Friday take the seafood-only route as they do every Friday during Lent, saying no to meat, chicken, and pork. Still others take a vegetarian/meatless approach, forsaking all meat of every kind. I grew up Episcopalian and am now Presbyterian, and through the years I’ve found that how one approaches food on Good Friday is a very individual and personal thing.

To cover all bases, here are some Good Friday recipe options for you!


Beef, pork, chicken, and other meats are verboten on Good Friday, but fish is permissible for many observers. Here are a few options if that’s the way you like to go!


Shrimp Scampi. A quick-and-easy pasta dish everyone goes crazy for (especially my oldest child!)


Tuscan Bean Soup with Shrimp. If it’s still a little chilly where you live, this is a cozy, satisfying Good Friday fish dish.


Seafood Pasta in a Foil Package. If you’re having company over for dinner tonight and want to serve an elegant seafood dinner, look no further than this parcel of deliciousness. You cook the seafood in a skillet and make a light tomato sauce, then throw it into heavy duty foil with al dente pasta and finish it in the oven. Oh my heavens.


How about an easy batch of Shrimp Tacos? Another great Good Friday fish option, whether for the family or for company.


Coconut Curry Shrimp. Super easy, super flavorful…and super shrimpy!


And one of my very favorites: Lemon Basil Shrimp Risotto. So lovely and citrusy and comforting. I love this one!


Still other observers of Good Friday take the meatless route. Here are five of my favorites from that category.


Zucchini Noodles. I just posted this last week, and it’s one of my favorite easy, ultra-light veggie dishes. All you need is a vegetable peeler.


Heavenly Hummus Wrap. Mmmm…hummus, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, caramelized red onions, feta…all rolled up in a spinach tortilla.


Kale Citrus Salad. So light, so flavorful, so absolutely delightful. If I could eat one salad the rest of my life, I’m pretty sure it would be this one. Never gets old!


Spicy Cauliflower Stir Fry. A quick-and-easy, seriously meatless dish that’s so addictive, I once made it four times in one week. It really is that good.


Super simple Veggie Scramble. Eggs, veggies, cheese—nothing complicated about it.


And don’t forget to deliver Hot Cross Buns to your loved ones today! It’s a beautiful Good Friday tradition.

Wherever you are today and whatever you’re doing, I hope you have a blessed Good Friday, friends.

Delicious Fish Dinners To Make For Good Friday

During Lent, it’s tradition to abstain from meat on Fridays, meaning beef, pork, and chicken are all off the table. Whether you’ve been keeping up throughout the season or are planning a Good Friday meal, these delicious fish recipes are all solid options. And if you’re planning for Easter, be sure to check out our favorite dinner and dessert recipes.

Easy Mahi-Mahi Recipes

 dessert recipes.

1Blackened Tilapia
blackened tilapia


You’ll want to make extra of the avocado salsa.

2Mussels with Tomatoes and Garlic
mussels with tomatoes and garlic


Treat your fam to something fancy this Good Friday! Mussels feel special, but are easier to make than you might think.

Get the recipe from Delish.

3Garlicky Lemon Mahi-Mahi
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Get your veggies in with a (gorgeous!) side of asparagus.

Get the recipe from Delish.

4Salmon Burger
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It is a Friday…satisfy a burger craving with these salmon cakes.

5Best-Ever Greek Salmon
greek salmon


Your favorite salad just got turned into a full-on meal.

6Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon
honey garlic glazed salmon


A fish dish the whole family will love.

Get the recipe from Delish.

7Salmon Steaks
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The garlic-honey-lemon sauce on these steaks packs a punch—and uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

8Mango Salsa Grilled Halibut
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If it’s still cold where you are, pretend you’re somewhere tropical with this easy dish.

9Creamed Spinach–Stuffed Salmon
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Trust us—salmon and mozz might sound odd, but this combo is surprisingly amazing.

10Easy Grilled Tilapia
grilled tilapia


This no-fuss meal can be served with grains, greens, or potatoes.

Good Friday Dinner Ideas

For many households, a meat-free meal is on the menu for Good Friday. Consider these simple (and delicious) dinner recipes featuring fish, shrimp, pasta and more.


Baked Tilapia

I’ve decided to cook healthier for my family, and that includes having more fish at home. After looking at easy tilapia recipes I decided to try baked tilapia. I love that it’s fast, too! —Hope Stewart, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Baked Halibut

I got this easy baked halibut recipe from Sandy Schroth of the Puffin Bed & Breakfast in Gustavus, Alaska. —Edward Mahnke, Houston, Texas

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Rosemary Salmon and Veggies

My husband and I eat a lot of salmon. One night, while in a rush to get dinner on the table, I created this rosemary salmon meal. It’s a keeper! You can also include sliced zucchini, small cauliflower florets or fresh green beans. —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington

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Vegetable Potpie

We raised our daughters as vegetarians. I wanted to give them more options than just pizza and pasta, so when they were around 11 years old, I made this vegetable potpie recipe. It’s still a hit. —Mark Sirota, New York, New York

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Mediterranean Sole

This Mediterranean sole recipe may be simple, but it’s also elegant and incredibly flavorful. Steaming in parchment is an easy and healthy way to cook fish and vegetables. Any white fish will work in place of the sole. —Andrea Potischman, Menlo Park, California

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Tilapia & Lemon Sauce

Serve this lemon tilapia with any tossed salad full of your favorite vegetables and buttered bread. It’s easy, quick and unique. And it’s a big hit with company, too. —Susan Taul, Birmingham, Alabama

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Fast Baked Fish

We always have a good supply of fresh fish, so I make fish recipes often. This recipe is my favorite because it is moist, tender and flavorful. —Judie Anglen, Riverton, Wyoming

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Salmon with Spinach Sauce

You won’t have to fish for compliments with this tasty recipe. Poaching is a quick and healthy way to prepare an entree as delicate as fish, keeping it moist and tender while cooking. And the flavorful spinach sauce adds a pretty green accent to the pink salmon. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Portobello and Chickpea Sheet-Pan Supper

This is a fantastic meatless dinner or an amazing side dish. It works well with a variety of sheet-pan-roasted vegetables. We enjoy using zucchini or squash in the summer, and you can also change up the herbs in the dressing. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Comforting Tuna Patties

My grandmother and mother made these tuna patties on Fridays during Lent. I’m not the biggest fan of tuna, but it’s perfect in this dish. These patties are even good cold the next day, if there are any leftovers. —Ann Marie Eberhart, Gig Harbor, Washington

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Chimichurri Baked Flounder

Chimichurri is a tasty uncooked sauce made from fresh herbs. I love it over any type of fish, but especially over baked flounder. To save time, I gather the herbs on my chopping board and chop them all at once. —Jennifer Okutman, Westminster, Maryland

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Easy Poached Salmon

In 46 years of marriage, we had never tasted salmon until a friend told me about poaching it in a low cooker. I tried it and got flaky, moist results with little fuss. I added some soy sauce for extra flavor. — Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Tuscan Portobello Stew

This is a heart-healthy, one-skillet meal that is quick and easy to prepare, yet elegant enough for company. Vegetarian teachers and students alike appreciate this stew at school potlucks. —Jane Siemon, Viroqua, Wisconsin

Asparagus Tuna Noodle CasseroleTASTE OF HOME

Asparagus Tuna Noodle Casserole

I updated a traditional tuna casserole using fresh asparagus and asparagus soup. This is so different and so delicious. Use frozen asparagus when fresh is not in season. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Feta Tomato-Basil Fish

I rely on my husband for the main ingredient in this fuss-free dish. He fills our freezer after his summer fishing trip. —Alicia Szeszol, Lindenhurst, Illinois

Lemon Shrimp with Parmesan RiceTASTE OF HOME

Lemon Shrimp with Parmesan Rice

I grew up in Biloxi, Mississippi, where rice, garlic and seafood are staples of Gulf Coast cuisine. This easy shrimp and rice dish is a longtime family favorite that’s ready in minutes. —Amie Overby, Reno, Nevada

Almond-Topped FishTASTE OF HOME

Almond-Topped Fish

A co-worker gave me this recipe, but I didn’t try it until recently. What a mistake it was to wait! It’s easier than dipping, coating and frying—and the flavor is outstanding. Once you’ve tried this tender fish, you’ll never go back to fried. —Heidi Kirsch, Waterloo, Iowa

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Families are sure to love the creamy texture and comforting taste of this traditional tuna casserole that goes together in a jiffy. I serve it with a green salad and warm rolls for a nutritious supper. —Ruby Wells, Cynthiana, Kentucky

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Pesto Halibut

The mildness of halibut contrasts perfectly with the robust flavor of pesto in this recipe. It takes only minutes to get the fish ready for the oven, leaving you plenty of time to get started on your side dishes. Nearly anything goes well with this entree. —April Showalter, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Cod with Sweet PeppersTASTE OF HOME

Cod with Sweet Peppers

This quick and delicious recipe is a long-time family favorite. I like to use three or four different-colored peppers for an extra-pretty presentation. Then serve with couscous or brown rice to round out the meal. —Judy Grebetz, Racine, Wisconsin.


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