Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Fast and light! This recipe from Kristina Hoeksema goes well with rice and a fresh salad.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 lbs tilapia fillets
  • 2 lemons
  • 12 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (6 ounce) packagefresh Baby Spinach
  • 1 (16 ounce) jarprepared pasta sauce (your favorite marinara sauce)
  • 1 (6 ounce) packagecrumbled feta cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a glass baking dish, squeeze the juice of one lemon. Add the olive oil.
  3. Put the fillets in the dish and rub the lemon oil mixture on both sides; add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Take large spoonfuls of the spinach, sauce and cheese (in that order) and place in the center of each fillet.
  5. Roll up each fillet and secure with a toothpick.
  6. Add remaining ingredients in between and on top of the fillets; and squeeze the second lemon on top.
  7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
Most Helpful

This is a delicious and easy recipe! I've made it several times now and it always gets raves.
The first time I made it my filets were too thick to roll so I just put some of the sauce/spinach/cheese mix in the bottom of the baking pan, then placed the fish on top and covered with a bit more of the sauce and spinach. That's been my method since then! I did not salt the fish as the feta is so salty. Great recipe! Thanks!

Bitsymom February 15, 2011

DH was ecstatic, this was a full-bodied meal even though it was sensible. For two of us, I used 3 fillets and the remainder of a jar of spaghetti sauce and spinach salad, so this also helped me clean out the refrigerator. DH is not fond of feta cheese, so I used Swiss cheese for him (provolone would also work well). I served Paula Deen's Fancy Green Beans as a side to salvage fresh green beans in time, but there was too much going on -- a war of taste, Italian vs. Mandarin (although both recipes were fantastic). So it's best to keep it simple, and serve this with a side salad, and maybe a small serving of pasta. Thanks for sharing this recipe, ~Jen~. Made for Photo Tag.

KateL April 19, 2009

Although I did make changes to the recipe I was very happy with the results. It was quick, easy, and with a salad and fruit made a nice meal. My change was to use a garlic & herb alfredo jarred sauce instead of marinara. I also added cracked black pepper. Thank you for sharing your recipe! Made for ZWT4.

Susie D June 17, 2008