Oven-Baked Fish with Garlicky Spinach

Lately I’ve been trying to incorporate more fish into my diet because it’s a really healthy protein, high in omega-3 fatty acids (which are an amazing preventative of cardiovascular disease, good for your brain & keep your skin looking youthful), and a good alternative to meat protein (chicken, beef, pork & lamb). If you were following my recent detox blogs you’ll know that eating a lot of meat can be congesting & toxic to your body if overdone. So that being said, my husband has been a guinea pig over the last couple months for my different fish recipes and we finally landed on one that we love.

I discovered this recipe on one of my favorite websites: www.doitdelicious.com. It’s Jessica Seinfeld’s (wife of Jerry Seinfeld!) website and it’s a great resource for healthy recipes and cooking tips. Also, for some of her recipes she will include a video of her and her friends making the dish. This makes the recipe easier to follow once you’ve seen it demonstrated. And sometimes Jerry makes a cameo in the videos, which is really juicy because as my family & close friends know; I love that show. Anything in life can relate back to an episode of Seinfeld. In my opinion, it was one of the best shows ever created and had a huge influence on popular culture, but back to the fish.

This recipe is great because it calls for simple ingredients that most people have on hand anyways. And every week I buy a big container of organic baby spinach. Sometimes we find it hard to get through the whole thing on salads alone before it goes bad. But this recipe is perfect for helping you get through your spinach.

Ok, here’s the recipe:

Oven-Baked Fish with Garlicky Spinach


1 clove garlic, smashed and cut in half
10 ounces baby spinach (I use whatever I have left over; usually about 5 or 6 cups)
1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for rubbing
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
4, 4-ounce halibut fillets, skin removed (we use tilapia because I prefer the taste, but we’ve also tried this recipe with cod & sole, and they both work. Just make sure if you use a different type of fish, other than halibut, to follow the cooking instructions on the fish package, not from this recipe or you’ll overcook it)
1 lemon cut into 8 slices


Heat the oven to 450° F.

Rub a sheet pan with the cut side of the garlic then discard.

In a large bowl, toss the spinach with 1 tablespoon of the oil and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and spread evenly on the sheet pan.

Season the halibut with the remaining teaspoon of salt (I also use fresh ground pepper on the fillets) and rub with a thin coat of olive oil.

Place on top of the spinach and top each fillet with 2 lemon slices. Bake until the halibut flakes easily, 7-8 minutes.

Check out Jessica’s video: http://www.doitdelicious.com/recipes/make_it/perfect_halibut_over_spinach

It’s the easiest, yummiest fish recipe – we love it. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to Oven-Baked Fish with Garlicky Spinach

  1. Your mom December 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    Enjoying the amazing fish recipe on spinach again, with tilapia !!

    • Lauren December 21, 2013 at 7:32 am #

      Yea!! Love to hear this!

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