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During law school this was my go-to meal…I ate it once or twice a week for three years, which is probably why I rarely make it anymore, and why my husband tells me all the time that we should eat fish more often.  This meal is quick (about 15 minutes from start to finish), healthy, delicious, and so pretty to look at (which is of course important, since we eat with our eyes before we eat with our palates or our stomachs).


Scroll down the ingredient list and you’ll find an unusual pairing…fish and cheese.  (I know, usually this is a horrifying combination!)  This is only instance when I like the taste of fish and cheese together, and this is only because it’s bleu cheese.  I find that the creamy texture and tangy flavor of bleu cheese pair well with flaky, mild-flavored white fish.  Of course, feel free to leave it out if you prefer.  ;)


If you want, you can make this dish with salmon instead of a white fish (in that case I would definitely leave out the bleu cheese).  If you use salmon, a little fresh grated ginger cooked along with the garlic takes this dish to another level.



Fish with Sautéed Spinach & Tomatoes


(Yield:  2 servings)


2 TB olive oil, divided

1 onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 c halved or quartered cherry tomatoes

4 c baby spinach

2 fillets of white fish, such as halibut, cod, haddock, or tilapia

Salt and pepper to taste

A few bleu cheese crumbles (optional)

Prepared couscous (for serving)


Preheat the oven to 400F.  Heat 1 TB of oil over medium heat, then add the onion and sauté for 6-8 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and garlic and sauté another minute or two, then add the spinach and sauté until it’s just wilted (1-2 minutes).  Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Pat the fish dry, then season both sides with salt and pepper.  In an oven-safe pan, heat 1 TB of oil over high heat, add the fish, and sauté for 2-4 minutes on each side (searing the fish over high heat like this is what gives it the golden color on the outside).  Transfer the fish to the oven and bake for about 5 minutes (the length of time needed will depend on the thickness of the fish).  The fish is done when it’s opaque and flakes easily with a fork.


Serve the fish on top of the couscous and spinach and tomatoes. 



I Love the Pretty Purple One On the Right...
I Love the Pretty Purple One On the Right…




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Optional, Of Course ;)


Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

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  1. Jenn Lopez says:

    I just made this tonight and it was DELISH! I usually, well never, care for tomatoes and I ate them and LIKED them!! Very good and EASY, QUICK recipe! Highly recommend and will be making again!

  2. We’re getting close to the end of our (humungous) tomato crop this year, but I had plenty to make this for dinner tonight. ‘Twas good :)

  3. This sounds perfect! I love all of the ingredients! Your photo is amazing!

  4. This is the total dish. I would make it with salmon and a different cheese. I like cheese with fish but I would like a “melty” cheese like provolone.

    I love tomatoes and spinach and salmon so this is a winner for me to hopefully get to, soon.

  5. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Delicious, I love the addition of blue cheese!

  6. i shud try this! have got some fish in my fridge! :)love the idea of adding cheese :)

  7. That dish is so colorful and appetizing! I love all those delicious flavors!



  8. The blue cheese makes it creamier. It looks delicious just the way it is..

  9. This sounds so wonderful! I have never thought of pairing fish with blue cheese!

  10. BEAUTIFUL!! This is the kind of stuff I’ll definitely devour on the spot. You are really making me crave fish now!

  11. Quick, healthy and delicious…PRINTING! I think I could eat this a couple times a week myself! Lovely recipe!!

    Okay, so you’re a fabulous cook, smart and I’m sure you’re gorgeous too!

  12. Oh yum, this looks just delightful! It contains some of my favorite things (blue cheese, tomatoes, fish :) ) And only 15 minutes to make? Wowzer. Thanks.

  13. this looks SO good faith…seriously, that is a gorge dish. i had no idea you went to law school – that is awesome. have a wonderful wednesday!

  14. I’ve been on such a fish kick lately…this is going in my menu jar!

  15. Fitness Surfer says:

    Yummy and quick to make. All of my favorite ingredients I’m flagging this on to try out soon. I had no idea tomatoes could be do dark. Delicious. Thanks!

  16. I had no idea you were a lawyer:) This meal looks great but I would probably sub chicken…not a huge fan of fish.

  17. Wonderful list of ingredients…looks nice and interesting dear

  18. I never would’ve thought to use blue cheese with fish but I like the idea. I think it would be a good pairing!

  19. Finally a new recipe for tilapia! I love making it because it’s delicate and doesn’t taste too fishy… plus is soooo cheap! I’ll have to try it next time I make fish, although unfortunately I know I won’t find those beautiful heirloom cherry tomatoes!

  20. Honestly? I like everything except the tomatoes. I’m even okay with the blue cheese. I struggle with tomatoes. Thanks for sharing. Love easy, tasty, and quick meals!

  21. I could eat blue cheese with just about anything!! This is so fresh and delicious looking. Love the flavors.

  22. This is so bright and colorful. Its looks very tasty. I think I would like to try it with the salmon too.

  23. Heavenly Housewife says:

    This looks so yummy and healthy, just what i need for my detox for being such a piggy. :D
    By the way, those tomatoes were just gorgeous. I see tomatoes like that on people’s blogs, but never in real life lol.

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