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Lemon-Ginger Fish


I like this zesty lemon-ginger fish when I need a light dinner option in a hurry. Filled with the fragrant flavors of zesty lemon, fresh ginger, iron-rich spinach, butter, and protein-rich cod, this dish is a perfect light and healthy dinner or lunch option any time of the year.

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  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cod or other firm white fish
  • 2 small lemons
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 (5-ounce) packages baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Servings 4
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 15mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. Cut fish into 4 pieces and set aside. Thinly slice one lemon and set aside. Finely shred peel from remaining lemon and then juice the lemon. In a small bowl combine the lemon peel and juice, ginger, and sugar. Set aside.

In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the four fish pieces to the skillet and cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side, until lightly browned. Don't overcook. Add the lemon juice, ginger, sugar mixture. Cover and cook for about 2 - 3 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully lift the fish from the skillet and transfer to a platter. Cover with foil to keep warm.

Add lemon slices to the skillet. Cook about 2 minutes or until lemon slices are softened and sauce is slightly thickened.

Meanwhile, place spinach in a very large, microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle with the water. Microwave on 100-percent power (high) about 2 minutes or just until wilted, tossing once after 1 minute.

To serve, divide spinach among four shallow serving bowls. Top with fish and sauce. Add lemon slices and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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