Almond-&-Lemon-Crusted Fish with Spinach

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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.

Almond-&-Lemon-Crusted Fish with Spinach
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • 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 cod, (see Tip) or halibut, cut into 4 portions

  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 cloves garlic, slivered

  • 1 pound baby spinach

  • Lemon wedges, for garnish

Directions
  1. 4 servings

  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  3. 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.

  4. Bake the fish until opaque in the center, about 7 to 9 minutes, depending on thickness.

  5. 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.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
4
Per serving
Calories
249
Carbohydrates
8g
Fat
13g
Saturated Fat
1g
Monounsaturated Fat
8g
Protein
28g
Cholesterol
46mg
Dietary Fiber
4g
Potassium
1025mg
Sodium
496mg
Added Sugars
0g
Exchanges
1 vegetable
3 lean meat
2 fat
Carbohydrate Servings
1/2
Vitamin A (184% daily value)
Vitamin C (37% dv)
Folate (36% dv)
Magnesium (35% dv)
Potassium (29% dv)
Iron (22% dv)
Calcium (17% dv)

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2 replies

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-06-03 10:40:46 -0500 Report

I am trying this with some fresh cod. Lemon and fish just go together and I love mustard for this is going to be something I look forward to enjoying soon.