Prosciutto-Wrapped Cod with Lemon Caper Spinach

I’m always drawn to recipes that are simple, yet impressive. This prosciutto-wrapped cod recipe is definitely that. Who says elegant dinners need to take all day? Seriously, no one has time for that. This delicious meal only takes 20 minutes to make. Total. It couldn’t be easier. And, of course, the flavors in this dish are just amazing.

Prosciutto, capers, lemon, and light, buttery cod fillets. So. Good.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how crispy the prosciutto gets when you cook it in a skillet. I’ve actually tried this same recipe in the oven and it just does not compare. In a skillet you get a nice crispy exterior and a light, flaky interior. Plus, you can cook the spinach right in the same pan after the fish is done. I just love one pan meals.

Not only is this recipe super easy and delicious, it is also really healthy! It’s paleo, low carb, keto, Whole30, gluten free, and dairy free. If you need extra carbs, this meal would be great with some black rice or quinoa.


Prosciutto-Wrapped Cod with Lemon Caper Spinach

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Author: Kit
Recipe type: Dinner, Seafood, Fish
Serves: 2 servings
  • 12-14 oz (340-400g) cod fillets
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • 1.5 oz (~45g) prosciutto de parma
  • 2 Tbsp (28g) grass-fed butter, ghee, or avocado oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 cups (~180g) baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  1. Pat fillets completely dry with paper towels and allow to come to room temperature.
  2. Once they are at room temperature (usually about 30 minutes), pat them dry again and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Not too much salt here because the prosciutto is salty.
  3. Wrap the fillets with prosciutto. You want to wrap them tightly but gently so that you do not tear the prosciutto. If your prociutto is in strips rather than sheets, just overlap the strips to create a sheet and then wrap around the fillets. I like to lay the prosciutto out on a flat surface, place the fillet on top, then roll the fillet to wrap it.
  4. Melt butter or ghee in a cast iron skillet or other nonstick pan over medium heat.
  5. Once the butter is hot, add the fillets and cook for 5 minutes per side or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Total cooking time of 10 minutes. Flip carefully with a flexible spatula. Cooking time is for 1″ fillets. Adjust cooking time based on the thickness of your fillets. When in doubt, use a thermometer and cook until the internal temperature reaches 140ºF/60ºC.
  6. Remove the fillets to a cooling rack. This prevents the bottoms from getting soggy.
  7. With the burner still on medium, add garlic to the pan and stir for about 30 seconds. Add spinach, capers, and lemon juice. Stir and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Just until the spinach has wilted.
  8. Move the spinach to plates using tongs. Top with the fish and sprinkle with lemon zest.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy.


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