Aunt Carol's Spinach and Fish Bake

Aunt Carol's Spinach and Fish Bake


"Simple, easy fish recipe. Any white fish will do! And even the kids will eat up the spinach! (My four year old loves this dish!) This recipe was passed on by my Aunt and was a little bit of this, a little bit of that - so tweak the ingredients to your liking!"

Ingredients 35 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 306 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 306 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 14.3 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 10g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 34.2 g
  • 68%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 131 mg
  • 44%
  • Sodium:
  • 419 mg
  • 17%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a bowl, mix the spinach, 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, about 5 tablespoons dry bread crumbs, and the egg. Spread the mixture into the bottom of a small baking dish. Arrange the cod fillets on top of the spinach mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Top with the remaining Cheddar cheese and bread crumbs.
  3. Cover, and bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
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  1. 230 Ratings

Aunt Carol

Thanks to my niece, Liz, this recipe has been enjoyed by many. The original recipe is called Cheddar Fish Florentine. It calls for 1 C shredded sharp cheddar, 2 Tbls dry bread crumbs, 1/4 tsp dried and crushed tarragon leaves, 1 10oz pkg chopped spinach thawed and well drained, 1/2 lb fish fillets. Combine cheese, crumbs and tarragon, reserve 1/4 C for topping. Mix with spinach. Spread this into baking dish, top with fish, sprinkle on remaining cheese mixture. Bake 450 15 to 20 minutes. Two servings. I love all the variations. I myself added an egg to make the spinach more like a souffle. Of course, I rate it 5 stars! Enjoy!


I will admit that I made some drastic changes in this recipe but I had to use what I had on hand! I did not have any cheddar cheese so I used real parmesan (not the green can kind). I did not have frozen spinach so I used a bag of fresh that I sautéed with a small chopped onion and 2 chopped garlic cloves. I used Italian breadcrumbs instead of plain. Even with these changes, this fish was yummy and a big hit with the family. I may try it the “real” way one day but I liked this way just fine!

I'm Not Stupid, I Know Tings

I make this recipe about once a week and we love it here! However, I have made several key changes so that's why I'm rating this 4 stars -- Firstly, I set the oven at 400 degrees. Since I use frozen cod, I end up cooking these much longer as well. I place each cod into small au gratin dishes (sprayed with Pam) for individual servings; squeeze fresh lemon juice, sea salt & freshly ground pepper over each; top each with mixture of fresh baby spinach (cut up), 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 1 beaten egg, and crushed saltine crackers instead of dry breadcrumbs; cover each dish with foil. I found that roasted new potatoes go very well with this fish ~AND~ the best part is they can roast in a seperate pan right along with the fish! For that, I toss the potatoes in a pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil; little salt & pepper and throw the pan in the oven next to the fish. They're ready when nicely browned. Serve it up with steamed baby carrots--how healthy is that?!