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.

Melissa Pasanen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2011




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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • 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.

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

  • 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: Look for U.S. wild-caught Pacific halibut, U.S. Pacific cod or Atlantic cod from Iceland and the northeast Arctic. For more information, visit Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch at

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

244 calories; protein 26.9g; carbohydrates 7.8g; dietary fiber 3.9g; sugars 1.4g; fat 12.4g; saturated fat 1.4g; cholesterol 66.6mg; vitamin a iu 9174.1IU; vitamin c 18mg; folate 146.1mcg; calcium 168.6mg; iron 3.8mg; magnesium 137.3mg; potassium 852.6mg; sodium 507.5mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
Easy and flavorful I really liked this recipe and loved the combination of lemon and dill. I think I'll make a little extra spinach next time. Definitely a keeper! Pros: Easy to make quick simple ingredients Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Extremely Flavorful and Delicious! This is such a tasty way to fix any white fish! The chopped almond creates a satisfying crunch the mustard provides a spicy undertone and the lemon adds a real brightness. So quick and easy but impressive enough for guests. I've never fixed the spinach part of this recipe but the fish is fabulous! Pros: Flavorful quick and easy healthy low-fat low calorie impressive presentation Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy and Fast with a perfect result! I made this and it was GREAT! I happened to have all the ingredients on hand and was looking for a cod recipe. I have never cooked cod before. I followed the directions and it came out really good. My 14 year old son even liked it! Pros: easy fast tasty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe is a keeper! Delicious flavor easy to make and great presentation. I used whole grain Dijon mustard. Didn't think I'd like the lemony spinach but it went nicely with the fish. A good white fresh or flash frozen fish will do very well with this recipe. I think next time I might try adding a bit of heat to the topping. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Wonderful This was soooo good. I didn't have dill so I used cilantro. No lemons sold where I live so I used lime. No halibut here so I used red snapper. Was still absolutely amazing. Pros: Easy Healthy Good Presentation Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Really enjoyed this! But would maybe serve with Dijon if the taste doesn't come through enough. Also added some carrots to the spinach for a bit more. Really enjoyed this!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Unbelievably quick and tasty too! This was delicious and took way less than 25 minutes. Made it as written except did the topping in the food processor to save even more time. The whole thing took 15 minutes tops. Used fresh rock cod - it was wonderful! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty! I'm normally not a big fish eater but I have been trying to eat a bit more of it to add to a healthier diet. Tonight I made this for the first time for my husband and myself. We decided to try it using tilapia and we both thought is was very good. I really enjoyed the taste of the lemon almonds and dill together and loved the lemon flavor with the spinach! I held back on how much lemon I used since a lot of the reviews said that she lemon could be over powering. I wish I did use more because I thought that the lemon flavor on the fish was too subtle for my liking. Next time I will be sure to use more! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Good Fish Meh Spinach The fish was truly amazing! I would definitely make it again! Was not too keen on the spinach (and I like spinach). Was too lemony and if you don't eat quickly enough it starts getting cold and gross. But I would most definitely make the fish again--the lemon and dill combination were amazing! Read More