Valentine's Day Healthy Fish Meal: Almond and Lemon Crusted Cod with Spinach

Susan Hoff
February 8, 2024

The perfect dish for a romantic and healthy dinner.

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Valentine's Day is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a romantic dinner for two? Today, I want to share with you the recipe for a delicious and healthy fish meal that's sure to impress: Almond and Lemon Crusted Cod with Fresh Spinach. If you’re looking for healthy dinner menu ideas, either for a special occasion or a normal day, look no further. This tasty fish dish will not only satisfy you but also nourish the body with its nutrient-rich ingredients. Let's dive into this delightful dish and discover why it's the perfect choice for your Valentine's Day menu.

Why Choose a Healthy Fish Meal for Valentine’s Day?

When planning a special dinner for yourself and your significant other, choosing healthy white fish dishes like this one ensures the right mix of indulgent and nutritious. Cod is a lean source of protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for heart health and brain function. Moreover, almonds, lemon, and spinach have their own amazing nutritional benefits: did you know that almonds are loaded with nutrients? Lemon and spinach are also a great combination, with the lemon providing Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and lots of iron and the fresh spinach being rich in vitamins and minerals.

Almond and Lemon Crusted Cod with Fresh Spinach: The Recipe


  • 2 cod filets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a shallow dish, combine almond flour, sliced almonds, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
  • Pat the cod filets dry with paper towels. Brush each filet with olive oil, then coat with the almond mixture, pressing gently to adhere.
  • Place the coated cod filets on the baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and the crust is golden brown.
  • While the cod is baking, wilt the fresh spinach in a skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Serve the almond and lemon crusted cod on a bed of wilted spinach and garnish with additional lemon zest, if desired.

If you or your partner are not fans of cod, don’t worry: try out this delicious salmon dish for a little twist on this recipe! You’ll still get an amazing healthy fish meal.

My Tips for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner

Creating the perfect Valentine's Day dinner involves more than just cooking a delicious meal—it's about setting the stage for a memorable and romantic evening. Set the mood with soft lighting, candles, and perhaps some romantic music playing softly in the background. Consider serving a glass of wine or champagne to complement the meal and enhance the celebratory atmosphere. As for a sweet course, a decadent treat like chocolate-dipped strawberries or my famous almond butter and chocolate desserts are a perfect choice. When it comes to setting the table, opt for elegant tableware, crisp linens, and perhaps a few fresh flowers as a finishing touch. Remember, it's the thoughtful details that truly make the occasion special!

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