Almond and Lemon Crusted Fish with Spinach - Mature Health Center

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Almond and Lemon Crusted Fish with Spinach

Try this elegant, foolproof way to cook mild white fish.

Servings: 4 servings

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes


  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon, divided
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided   
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/4 pounds Pacific cod or halibut, cut into 4 portions
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard 
  • 2 cloves garlic, slivered
  • 1 pound baby spinach    
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Combine lemon zest, almonds, dill, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place fish on the prepared baking sheet and spread each portion with 1 teaspoon mustard. Divide the almond mixture among the portions, pressing it onto the mustard.
  3. Bake the fish until opaque in the center, about 7 to 9 minutes, depending on thickness.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant but not brown, about 30 seconds. Stir in spinach, lemon juice and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; season with pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the spinach is just wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Cover to keep warm. Serve the fish with the spinach and lemon wedges, if desired.

Per serving  Calories: 249; Carbohydrates: 8g; Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Protein: 28g; Cholesterol: 46mg; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sodium: 496mg

Coating fish with nuts and baking it is an easy, foolproof way to cook it elegantly. And it is especially nice with a mild white fish like cod or halibut. The spinach turns a little yellowy because it’s cooked with the acidic lemon juice, but what you lose in green color is more than made up for in great flavor.