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Lemon Garlic Butter Baked Cod


Fresh cod fillets are a delicious and easy dinner!

Cod fillets or loins are oven-baked over a layer of fresh lemon slices and infused with lemon pepper and garlic butter.

Serve as a light lunch or supper along with a side of rice and some fresh vegetables or a side salad.

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Best Lemon Cod Recipe

  • Codfish is so versatile, it can be cooked in a variety of ways. Air fryer, oven-baked, or even grilled.
  • This dish goes from prep to table in less than 20 minutes!
  • Cod is affordable, use fresh or frozen fillets, whatever is on hand. If you don’t have cod, use your favorite white fish.
  • This is the best recipe for foolproof and flavorful fish every time!

ingredients to make Lemon Garlic Butter Baked Cod

Ingredients & Variations

We love garlic butter on everything from roast chicken to this easy fish recipe.

FISH: Fresh or frozen cod is easy to find and affordable. We love cod loins in this recipe as they’re a bit thicker but cod filets are great too.

Other white fishes to use are tilapia, haddock, hake, or sea bass.

SEASONINGS: We prefer melted butter over olive oil in this recipe for its flavor. Garlic adds a savory flavor to baked cod and lemon pepper gives it a bright flavor along with the lemon juice.

Use fresh lemon juice, you’ll need a lemon for slices as well so one whole lemon should do it!

Use a little bit of lemon zest from the lemon to make homemade lemon pepper if you’d like! We prefer homemade as I find store-bought lemon pepper a bit too salty!

VARIATIONS: For a crispy topping, add seasonings to some homemade breadcrumbs, crushed crackers, or Panko.

PRO TIP: Always thaw frozen fish in the refrigerator, not on the counter.

pouring lemon mixture on top of cod to make Lemon Garlic Butter Baked Cod

How to Bake Cod

This baked cod recipe is simple to make.

  1. Prepare lemon slices for the baking dish & squeeze enough juice to equal 1 tablespoon.
  2. Season cod fillets with lemon pepper & place them on lemon slices.
  3. Drizzle with garlic butter. Bake at 400 degrees F until flesh is opaque and it flakes easily.

PRO TIP: Use a cake tester or fork to lightly test for doneness.

adding sauce on top of cod to make Lemon Garlic Butter Baked Cod

Tips for the Best Fish Fillets

Be sure to dab the cod dry after it thaws in the fridge as frozen filets will release a bit of water.

The key to perfectly flaky and tender fish fillets is to avoid overbaking them. Fish will continue to cook once it’s been removed from the oven.

Serve Baked Cod With…

It goes well with a light tossed salad, rice pilaf or brown rice, and either asparagus or broccoli.

This fish is great served with a glass of pinot grigio or other crisp white wines.

How to Store Leftovers

Keep leftover baked cod fillets in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Add to omelets, soups, or stews. Reheat in a saucepan with a little water and cover until steamed through.

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Lemon Garlic Butter Baked Cod

Tender, flaky, and infused with lemony garlic butter, this baked cod is bursting with flavor in every bite!


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  • Preheat oven to 400°F.

  • Slice half of the lemon. Juice the other half, you will need 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Lay lemon slices in a casserole dish.

  • Whisk together butter, garlic, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

  • Pat cod filets or loins dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle cod with lemon pepper & dill weed and place over lemon slices.

  • Pour garlic butter mixture over the cod. Bake 15-20 minutes or just until opaque and the fish flakes easily. Do not overcook.

  • Sprinkle parsley over top and spoon butter over to serve.

Store bought lemon pepper is usually quite salty so I don’t find the need to add much salt to this recipe. Taste the lemon pepper and if it isn’t salty, a little bit of additional salt can be added to the recipe.  
The cooking time can vary based on the shape and thickness of the fish. Cod that is 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick will need 15-20 minutes while thinner filets will need a bit less time. Check the cod early to make sure it doesn’t overcook.
If you’d like extra butter (to drizzle on rice or vegetables) the butter portion of the recipe can be increased.
Cod should reach an internal temperature of 145°F. It will be opaque and flake easily once cooked.
Once cooked, remove the cod from the baking dish as the heat from the dish will continue to cook the cod.

Calories: 345, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 51g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 152mg, Sodium: 5625mg, Potassium: 1226mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 567IU, Vitamin C: 19mg, Calcium: 146mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Dinner, Fish, Lunch

Cuisine American

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