Fish Florentine with Parmesan Crumbs

Lunch / Dinner

Fish Florentine with Parmesan Crumbs

If you’re looking for a dinner elegant enough to impress your better half, this one is sure to reel them in. Florentine might sound like a fancy word, but it just refers to dishes made with creamy spinach. Here, top fish with it, then finish it with a crispy crumb topping. Because spinach tends to be full of water, it can waterlog a dish. To prevent this, thaw it and squeeze dry with paper towels to remove the moisture.

When it comes to fish, halibut is always a good choice because it’s mild-flavored, but if that’s not an option, use the freshest white-fleshed fish available.


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Test Kitchen Tip

This dish is a cinch to prepare, but if you want to make it ahead, do so by adding everything but the bread crumbs and refrigerating.


Preheat oven to 400°. Coat a baking dish with nonstick spray.

For the spinach, sauté shallots and garlic in 2 tsp. oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat until softened, 2 minutes. Add spinach; sauté until liquid evaporates, 12 minutes.

Whisk together cream and Dijon; stir into spinach. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook 1 minute more. Season spinach with salt, pepper, and nutmeg; remove from heat.

For the fish, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, and zest; add 1 Tbsp. oil and toss to coat. Place fish in prepared dish; squeeze on lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Top fish with spinach mixture, then with bread crumb mixture. Bake fish until firm and an instant-read thermometer registers 145°, 1215 minutes.


Once the liquid evaporates from the spinach, add the cream and Dijon mixture to thicken it.


To keep the fish moist while it bakes and to add more flavor, squeeze fresh lemon juice directly over it.


To give the fish creamy and crispy texture, top fillets with the spinach mixture, then the crumb mixture.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 450

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 28g 43%

Saturated Fat 11g 55%

Cholesterol 139mg 46%

Sodium 375mg 15%

Carbs 7g 2%

Fiber 1g 4%

Protein 40g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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