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Almond Lemon Crusted Fish With Spinach

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.

Prep: 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
    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
  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.



Tip: Overfishing and trawling have drastically reduced the number of cod in the U.S. and Canadian Atlantic Ocean and destroyed its sea floor. For sustainably fished cod, choose U.S. Pacific cod or Atlantic cod from Iceland and the northeast Arctic. For more information, visit Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch at

Nutritional Information

Makes: 4 servings
  • Calories249
  • Fat13 g
    • Saturated fat1 g
  • Cholesterol46 mg
  • Carbohydrates8 g
    • Dietary fiber4 g
  • Protein28 g
  • Sodium496 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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