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Almond-&-Lemon-Crusted Fish with Spinach

Almond-&-Lemon-Crusted Fish with Spinach

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.


4 servings

Prep Time

25 minutes

Total Time

25 minutes


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

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings)

Calories 249kcal
Carbohydrate Total 8g
Total Sugars 1g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 4g
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 1g
Mono Saturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 46mg
Sodium 496mg
Protein 28g
Potassium 1025mg
Calcium 166mg
Folate 144mcg
Omega-6 2g
Vitamin E 9mg
Zinc 2mg
Vitamin B3 3mg

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