One fish, two fish, red fish . . .

Or white fish, actually, works perfectly in this healthy and simple dish.  It's easy enough for a weeknight, but with a little effort in the presentation department, it can be an elegant company meal, as well.  The recipe was given to me by the Mister's college roommate's wife years ago.  She served it to us after we had spent a fun day boating on Tampa Bay.

                                           Photo courtesy of Petit Chef

Kim's Fish on Spinach

Lightly coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Layer the following ingredients in the order they are listed:

two tomatoes, sliced, or a cup of grape tomatoes, halved
one pound fresh spinach, washed and dried
one cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
fish filets, one per person (red fish, sea bass, tilapia, or similar)

Drizzle with the juice of two lemons, then sprinkle filets with:

1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
two garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or so, until fish is firm and flakes easily.  Serve with rice or couscous.

And now, please tell me, if you made Kim's Fish on Spinach for company, what would you serve for dessert?


  1. Thank you for sharing! I do believe that I will make this for dinner tonight.

  2. I LOVE this Ellie Krieger Fruit Salad.

  3. Something lemon-y for sure! Lemon sorbet and raspberries with shortbread or ladyfingers, simple lemon squares, lemon cream pie... you get the idea.

  4. Thank you for giving me a recipe for Sunday night! Normally we go out but are unexpectedly having my nephew and his wife and baby for dinner and we all like fish and I was looking for something new and fresh..and voila here it is! Perfect, easy and right up my alley. I will serve it with risotto, some fresh green beans and a big salad and then top off this healthy meal with something decadent for dessert!! Thanks..have a great day.

  5. I always feel like fish is a light meal, so I think I'd serve a strawberry trifle! Paula Deen has a great recipe! I've taken it to several functions, and always had rave reviews. Speaking of, that fish looks amazing!

  6. I am not sure what I'd serve for dessert but the fish looks yummy!

  7. oooh this looks delicious! and for some reason i think an angel food cake would be a great dessert after this-- it's light just like the fish, and would be a good complement!

  8. Are you thinking Key Lime Pie? With fresh raspberries and coulis. This is going into my recipe file...thanks.

  9. This looks yummy - AND easy. Always a key factor for me!

  10. This will make its debut at my table this week. I would serve strawberries and vanilla ice cream for dessert - seasonal, and the creaminess of the ice cream complements the lightness of the main dish.

  11. You always have GREAT recipes. Thanks will make this soon! PS Did I tell you we are going to the Clemson/Boston College game Oct. 8th weekend...maybe we could meet up?

  12. OH, for dessert I agree with Heather....something LEMON-Y or Rita's water Ice!

  13. that looks and sounds delicious! thank you for another
    delightful recipe. i hope you are doing well!

  14. Dear Town and Country Mom,
    I'm a new reader of your blog, and was delighted to find this recipe. I made this tonight with flounder and also substituted dollops of homemade pesto out of the freezer for the basil leaves because I didn't have any fresh basil. We had it with couscous and it was just delicious! Thank you so much for this great recipe.

    Oh, and I would definitely do a heavy duty chocolate dessert with this!


  15. Thanks everyone for your kind comments and dessert suggestions! Also, so glad to hear that flounder and pesto work well in this dish. Thanks, Francie!


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