I was at the grocery store and saw that rockfish was on sale and was the cheapest fresh fish. I had never heard of rockfish before so I figured “why not?”. It just looked like a white fish and I figured I could find a recipe online. And I found this one, so I bought all of the ingredients and away I went.
5 cups fresh spinach
2 (6 oz.) fillets rockfish
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tbsp. minced fresh dill
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1 lemon, sliced
1/2 sweet onion, sliced
1 tsp. butter, divided
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Layer the spinach in the bottom of a 2 quart baking dish. Lay the rockfish on top of the spinach. Scatter the tomatoes around the fish. Pour the broth into the dish.
3. Season the fillet with the dill, garlic powder, lemon pepper, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Place the lemon, onion, and butter on the rockfish.
4. Cover the entire dish with aluminum foil.
5. Bake until the fish flakes easily, about 20 to 25 minutes.
I love one dish recipes. A lot less dishes for me to do!
And it was fun to try a new kind of fish. However, it did seem to be a simple white fish, which is essential flavourless. So it would be really important how you cook the fish so that it has flavour. This recipe did just that.
For the herbs and spices, I used dried dill because I didn’t have any fresh, and I didn’t have lemon pepper so I just omitted it (I ended up adding lemon zest hoping that would do the trick). Looking at the pictures, I think I forgot the onion and I didn’t even notice at the time. For the butter, I put a very thin slice on each fillet.