There are a lot of reasons to eat fish. Sure, some of us look to it as a dinner “alternative” during days that our religions ask us to give up meat. Others turn to fish when the doctor recommends less of the fatty stuff. But infusing our diets with a low-fat, omega-3-hearty dinner is something we can all stand to gain in our weekly lineup. I meet many people who are afraid to cook fish as they aren’t sure they know how. I encourage everyone to try. It is not nearly as easy to dry out as chicken or pork, and with a mild-flavored fillet, such as Tilapia or halibut, there are so many flavor applications that are a perfect complement. They are also mild enough to please those who don’t think they like fish.
An average 1/2- to 1-inch thick fish fillet is fairly foolproof when baked for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F. Easy marinades from your cabinets and refrigerator can include lime juice, salt & pepper, soy sauce & honey, orange juice & olive oil, or butter & garlic. Simply marinate fillets in a baking dish or ziploc bag for one half hour, up to 4 hours, remove from marinade and place in oven. (On grill works fine too, just use a shorter cooking time). If you don’t want to marinate, use the below recipe for one of our favorite, simple ways to make delicious fish.
There are also several more Seafood Recipes on our website that make serving fish simple, including Pecan-Crusted Fillets and Coconut Shrimp.
Italian Baked Fish with Garlic-Kissed Spinach
from the 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store cookbook
- 4 Fish Fillets
- 2 cups fresh or 1 cup frozen thawed spinach, rinsed and drained
- 1 teaspoon garlic, diced
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Combine bread crumbs, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper. In pan on stove cook spinach with two tablespoons butter and garlic for 5 minutes, until warmed through. Lay spinach in baking dish. Dredge fish in two tablespoons melted butter and place on top of spinach. Sprinkle fish with bread crumb mixture. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.