Lemon-Ginger Fish


Homemade fish recipes are a great option when you need a quick and healthy dinner. This lemon ginger fish is best when served with a healthy side of wilted spinach.

Lemon-Ginger Fish
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Microwave Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
17 mins


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cod or other firm white fish

  • 2 small lemons

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 2 teaspoon sugar

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 2 5 ounce bags baby spinach

  • 2 tablespoon water

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Cut fish into 4 pieces; set fish aside. Thinly slice one lemon; set aside. Finely shred peel from remaining lemon; juice the lemon. In a small bowl combine the lemon peel and juice, ginger, and sugar. Set aside.

  2. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add fish to skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until browned. Turn fish and add lemon juice mixture. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until fish flakes when tested with a fork. Using a slotted spatula, transfer fish to platter; cover to keep warm.

  3. Add lemon slices to the skillet. Cook about 2 minutes or until lemon slices are softened and sauce is slightly thickened.

  4. Meanwhile, place spinach in a very large, microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle with the water. Microwave on 100-percent power (high) about 2 minutes or just until wilted, tossing once after 1 minute.

  5. To serve, divide spinach among four shallow serving bowls. Top with fish and sauce. Add lemon slices and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Orange Pepper Salmon:

Prepare as directed, except substitute salmon for the cod and 2 small oranges for the lemons. Omit ginger; add 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper to the juice mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
12g Fat
9g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 344mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 48.4mg 242%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 532mg 11%
Folate, total 8.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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