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Baked White Fish with Spinach, Kalamata Gremolata, and Savory Herbed Orzo Pilaf

  • Main
  • All White Fish
  • Active Time:20 min
  • Total Time:45 min
  • Servings:4
  • Difficulty:Easy
Photo by Diana Andrews


  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ pounds white fish fillets (lingcod, pacific cod, rockfish, yelloweye, or halibut), cut into 4 pieces Available in Our Seafood Subscription Box

  • ½ cup pitted and coarsely chopped kalamata olives

  • ¼ cup finely diced red bell pepper

  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped pistachios

  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 10 ounces baby spinach, about 10 lightly packed cups

  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic

  • 1 cup orzo pasta

  • ⅔ cup finely chopped sweet onion

  • 1 ½ cups chicken or vegetable broth

  • ½ cup finely grated ricotta salata

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Lemon wedges, for serving



Preheat the oven to 425°F with a rack in the center position. Lightly oil a large baking dish. On a plate, brush the fish with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Let sit while you prepare the rest.


In a medium bowl, combine the olives, red bell pepper, pistachios, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, the lemon zest, honey, crushed red pepper, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Set aside. In the oiled baking dish, toss the spinach, granulated garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper and spread evenly across the bottom of the dish. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of water and top with the fish. Cover tightly with foil and bake until the fish is opaque and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.


Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil on medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the orzo and onion, and cook, stirring occasionally until the orzo is golden and the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes.

Add the broth and ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the orzo is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the cheese and remaining ¼ cup parsley, and season with salt and pepper.


Spoon spinach and orzo onto plates and top with the fish. Spoon the olive mixture on top and serve with lemon wedges.


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