You need recipe basics the same way you need wardrobe basics: the pair of jeans or white shirt that you can easily throw on, items that mix and match with other things or stand alone. The baked fish below from Ali Slagle is just that, a streamlined dish that’s simple to make and goes with just about any seasoning or side. (The other four recipes are just downright delicious.)
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Tilapia is great for picky eaters because it’s mildly flavored and sweet — not fishy at all. But it comes with sustainability concerns, depending on where it’s farmed, so I check sources like Seafood Watch to make sure I’m buying fish I’m comfortable with.
Nothing says “weeknight” as efficiently or delectably as stir-fry. This recipe comes from Lan Hing Riggin, a home cook from Virginia who grew up in Hong Kong. It practically dances on your tongue, thanks to the fresh, bright zip of all that ginger.