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Cheesy Fish Fillets with Spinach

If you have trouble coaxing children to eat spinach, this fast-to-fix dish might be the solution. The cheese sauce works for me every time!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • Dash nutmeg
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Dash white pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar or shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pound cod, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Paprika


  • In a large skillet, melt butter. Stir in the flour, bouillon, nutmeg, cayenne and white pepper until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the cheddar cheese until melted; set aside.
  • Place spinach in an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Arrange fish on spinach; sprinkle with salt. Spoon sauce over top.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika; bake 5 minutes longer or until lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 307 calories, 16g fat (0 saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 860mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • blockmom
    Sep 18, 2015

    I have been making this dish for several years. It is delicious and easy to make. When I make it for company, I'm always asked for the recipe. I usually use mild or medium cheddarcheese--yummy. Makes a smooth, creamy sauce. Goes well with a garden salad and rice medley for sides.

  • Feen
    Aug 19, 2013

    Love this recipe. I make it with salmon and only use half the spinach called for. I also use cheddar cheese. Yum!

  • Mrs_T
    Feb 10, 2012

    I have made this recipe dozens of times over the years. it's an easy, dependably good way to serve fish. I have often made this with chopped broccoli rather than spinach, and some family members actually prefer this with broccoli.

  • Eleebe
    May 3, 2011

    I am so glad this recipe was posted. I had cut this out from one of my old issues of Taste of Home several years ago and have made it several times. I think I was in the process of planning to type it up and lost the recipe and I was about to make it for supper. So relieved to find it here, because it is one of my family's favorites and all of my 6 kids love it. I like to serve it over brown rice, which stretches it a little further. When I do that, for 8 people, I triple the sauce, double the fish, and double the spinach. I have made this successfully with some substitutions: I have used both almond and rice milk, and whole wheat pastry flour. I also use tilapia instead of cod and have left out the nutmeg.

  • cookjan
    Jul 24, 2010

    This is wonderful... we love spinach and have lots of fish. tried this one tonight a winner for sure!