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Fish Florentine – The BEST Fish Recipe!

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This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant!

This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant!
Fish Florentine

I love fish and try to eat it once or twice a week. You can see all my fish recipes here! This recipe takes under 30 minutes to make, the creamy spinach is what makes the whole dish, made with a little cream cheese, half & half cream and Parmesan cheese. It’s dreamy, delicious and the perfect pairing for the simple white fish.

This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant!

I adapted this dish from this recipe I found online, which I lightened up simply by reducing the butter, oil, Parmesan and cream cheese. I had reduced-fat cream cheese on hand so I used that instead and it turned out amazing! Rich and decadent and feels like it should be a lot more calories!

Cooking Tips

  • Any firm, white boneless fillet would be great, I choose local and ask my fishmonger for the freshest options available. Here I used cod, but halibut, or sea bass would make a great option.
  • For a thinner piece of fish, adjust the cook time so you don’t over-cook it.
  • When fresh fish is available, wait until the day or day before to buy it before you are going to cook it.
  • If fresh isn’t available, buy frozen instead of previously frozen to control freshness and keep it frozen until you need it.
  • Frozen fish fillets are great to keep on hand in the freezer. You can defrost them overnight in the fridge or pull from from the freezer and put them in an ice bath (in the package if they are individually wrapped or in a sealed Ziploc) for about 30 minutes
  • Swap the fish for chicken breast, scallops or shrimp if you’re not a fan of fish.

Freezer Tips

Refrigerate leftovers up to 2 days or freeze in individual containers for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave about 3 minutes.

How To Make Fish Florentine

This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant!

This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant! This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant! This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant! This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant!This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant!

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Fish Florentine

4.94 from 396 votes
6
Cals:351
Protein:43
Carbs:6
Fat:16.5
This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant!
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 fish filet with scant 1/2 cup spinach

Ingredients

  • 4 5 oz thick pieces of skinless white firm fish fillet (such as grouper, bass or halibut)
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 9 ounces fresh baby spinach from two bags
  • 2 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese I like Philadelphia
  • ¼ cup half & half cream
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon of butter, red bell pepper and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes.
  • Add spinach season with a pinch of salt and pepper mix until the spinach wilts down.
  • Add cream cheese, half & half and parmesan cheese mix well until cream cheese is melted and resembles creamed spinach.
  • Heat a separate skillet on medium high heat, add remaining oil and butter.
  • Season fish on both sides with salt and pepper and place on the hot pan.
  • Cook 6 minutes on first side and flip fish over and cook other side an additional 5 minutes, until cooked through and browned.
  • Divide the spinach mixture on the bottom of each plate and top with piece of fish.

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Notes

Refrigerate leftovers up to 2 days or freeze in individual containers for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave about 3 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 fish filet with scant 1/2 cup spinach, Calories: 351 kcal, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Protein: 43 g, Fat: 16.5 g, Saturated Fat: 6.5 g, Cholesterol: 78 mg, Sodium: 300 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 2 g

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Photo Credit: Jess Larson

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643 comments on “Fish Florentine – The BEST Fish Recipe!”

  1. I made this last night for dinner.  My husband and I both loved it.  He said it tasted like an expensive restaurant meal.  I loved that it was quick and easy.  I will definitely be making this again.

  2. A winner! Easy, only a few ingredients, minimal chopping, and had it on the table in under 30 minutes. Husband and daughter both really enjoyed it and thanked me multiple times. I used black cod and kept the skin on. I cooked it flesh side down for the first 6 minutes and then skin side down for the remainder of the time. It was perfect! I also plan to make the spinach as an easy side for other meals. Thank you, Gina!

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    Debbie Hiner

    We absolutely loved this dish!  Used halibut and it was terrific ❤️ Made exactly as written. My husband wanted it 2 times in one week.

  4. I made this tonight with the lightly smoked salmon from aldi, and the smoke flavor played in so perfectly! It was a nice substitution for anyone looking for something easy and accessible. Great recipe, Gina!

  5. I absolutely love this recipe! I use unsweetened almond milk in place of cream and it comes out awesome every time! I also push the spinach/ pepper mixture to the side, add olive oil, and cook the fish (always use cod loins) right in the same pan. Fantastic every time!! ♥️♥️♥️

  6. Oh my goodness…..this is for sure restaurant quality.  A beautiful dish and it was delish!  It’s going into the “keeper” file and I can’t wait to make this for guests.  I added diced onions to the peppers and I seasoned the fish with Trader Joe’s Lemon Pepper seasoning.  For both I sautéed in Orange Rosemary Olive Oil.  Serve over rice.  Thank you for this wonderful recipe.  I will be checking your website for more delicious and healthy recipes!

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    Chris Schilstra

    I hate when people change recipes and then rate them, but I had different things on hand, and tried them and it worked great, so I am sharing. I doubled everything, used a small tub of Allouette instead of cream cheese. I added half a bag of whole small carrots, one chopped tomato and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for additional flavor. I even threw in 4 small potatoes sliced thin just to use them up before they spoiled. My husband raved about it. I would give it 6 stars if I could. I was so happy I found this recipe!

  8. Has anyone made this with scallops? Small or large? How long do you cook them before adding to spinach mixture?

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      Sam from 'Berta

      YES. We made with this recipe with scallops, We used large scallops and pan seared separately until opaque and then added them to the top of the mixture. Was amazing.

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    Patty Buchanan

    Made it for dinner last night and my husband and I loved it! It came together in about 30 minutes, which is a huge benefit, and the taste is out of this world! Will definitely be making this again soon!

  10. This is my favorite recipe to make fish! It is hands down the best recipe! I haven’t had it in a while so I am making it for dinner tonight. Can’t wait.

  11. This sounds so good that I’m going to try it with frozen spinach! I’m snowed in so going to the grocery store isn’t an option this week. I have all the ingredients except fresh spinach so I’m going to take a chance that it will work if I thaw and drain it before adding it to the pan.

    1. How did this recipe work out with frozen spinach? Wanting to make this week but also only have frozen spinach on hand. 

      1. I made it with frozen rapini no it was great 

        I boiled and blanched it first though and didn’t need to wilt it in pan – just added it 

  12. This really is the BEST florentine fish recipe. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now & is most definitely our go to because it’s delicious and not as fattening as a regular florentine cream style dish. LOVELY. Thank you!

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    Michelle Prather

    Love love love this recipe!! Absolutely a restaurant quality dish. You’re amazing Gina and should have your own Food Network show!