| | | | |

Simple Cod with Sauteed Spinach

This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. For more information, please visit my disclosure page.

Simple Cod with Sautéed Spinach is a healthy and delicious meal that is fast enough to make any night of the week , and fancy enough to serve on date night!

A cod filet on a bed of cooked spinach garnished with pepper and lemon zest.

This Simple Cod with Sautéed Spinach is full of flavor and incredibly delicious, but it is also healthy and lacking in any intense flavors as the recipe is written….but the flavors can be kicked up quite easily! 🙂

Looking down on a cod filet on a bed of cooked spinach garnished with pepper and lemon zest.

How to make Simple Cod with Sauteed Spinach:

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the cod with ground black pepper {or seasoning of your choice}.

Two seasoned cod fillets on a cutting board.

and place it in the skillet. Sear the first side and flip over. Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. (Cook until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees)

Two cod fillets in a skillet with oil.

Remove from pan and set aside.

Clean out the skillet and add olive oil. When oil is heated, add the garlic. Cook for one minute, stirring to keep it from burning.

Olive oil and minced garlic in a non-stick skillet.

Add a handful of spinach and toss to combine.

Fresh spinach in the skillet.

Sauté and stir until spinach is wilted.

Wilted spinach in a skillet.

Add another handful of spinach, wilt, and continue until all of the spinach is wilted. Squeeze one wedge of lemon.

A hand holding a lemon wedge.

over the spinach and toss to combine.

Sautéed spinach in a small bowl.

Divide the spinach between two plates, using a slotted spoon to drain off excess moisture. Top with the cod and season with black pepper and lemon strips and serve.

A cod filet on a bed of cooked spinach garnished with pepper and lemon zest and two lemon wedges on the side.

It was perfect! Light and flaky cod with non-mushy spinach with just enough garlic and lemon to make it not taste like cooked spinach!! 🙂

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • For more of a kick, sprinkle cayenne or red pepper flakes over your spinach.
  • For a richer flavor, add 1 Tablespoon of butter to the spinach before serving. {Clarified Butter to remain Whole 30 & Paleo}
  • Thyme would be a nice addition to the cod, or Herbs de Provence.

If you just cannot bring yourself to eat cooked spinach, Sautéed Zucchini and Carrots would make an awesome substitute.

Easy Sautéed Zucchini and Carrots in a small bowl.

I would cook the zucchini and carrots first since they take longer than the spinach, set them aside, and then cook the cod. 

Tools used to create this recipe:

You can see the rest of my favorite kitchen tools and gadgets here in my Amazon Affiliate Page. I earn a small commission when you purchase through my links, at no cost to you, so I can keep bringing you more delicious recipes!

More delicious seafood recipes:

Tomorrow I am going to make Butternut Squash Soup in my Instant Pot, another one of my favorites!

If you love this recipe, please rate it five stars and help me share on facebook and to help other readers in our community!

Enjoy!!

Simple Cod with Sauteed Spinach is the perfect, healthy Dinner for Two | COPYRIGHT © 2017 COOKING WITH CURLS

Simple Cod with Sauteed Spinach

Simple Cod with Sauteed Spinach is a healthy and delicious meal that is fast enough to make any night of the week , and fancy enough to serve on date night!
4.67 from 6 votes
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stove-top cod and spinach
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

For the Cod

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2) 5 ounce cod filets
  • ground black pepper {or seasoning of your choice}

For the Spinach

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 wedge lemon juice, squeezed

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the cod with ground black pepper {or seasoning of your choice} and place it in the skillet. Sear the first side and flip over. Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Clean out the skillet and add olive oil. When oil is heated, add the garlic. Cook for one minute, stirring to keep it from burning. 
  • Add a handful of spinach and toss to combine. Saute and stir until spinach is wilted.
  • Add another handful of spinach, wilt, and continue until all of the spinach is wilted. Squeeze one wedge of lemon over the spinach and toss to combine. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
  • Divide the spinach between two plates, using a slotted spoon to drain off excess moisture. Top with the cod and season with black pepper and lemon strips and serve.

Notes

  • For more of a kick, sprinkle cayenne or red pepper flakes over your spinach.
  • For a richer flavor, add 1 tablespoon of butter to the spinach before serving. {Clarified Butter to remain Whole 30 & Paleo}
  • Thyme would be a nice addition to the cod, or Herbs de Provence.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 791mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 13292IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 4mg

Similar Posts

5 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Ok this is simple and delectable. My wife loves it. Suggest you add the red pepper flakes as a must use ingredient, otherwise its just too bland. Serve with a sassy white wine and a Caesar salad and you have a very nice easy meal.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating