This cod fish recipe is quick, easy and so flavorful! It takes only 15 minutes from start to finish. The fish is moist, juicy and flaky. This healthy baked cod recipe is great for family dinners, holidays, weeknights and more!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This cod fish recipe is easy and approachable.
  • Other than the fish, only pantry staple ingredients required.
  • Only 15 minutes total.
  • The fish comes out flaky and moist.
  • No need for a grill or skillet.
  • This cod is low in carbohydrates and high in protein.
  • This recipe is Whole30 friendly, Paleo, gluten free, Keto, low carb, and sugar free.
  • Check out this Trout Recipe for another easy dinner.

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for cod fish recipe. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Use fresh cod fillets if available. If not, completely thaw cod.

Melted butter goes so well with fish. Feel free to use melted ghee in its place. For dairy free, use only 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Garlic powder adds a slight garlicky flavor. Feel free to use minced garlic. In addition, increase garlic powder for a more intense flavor.

Paprika adds a slight hint of heat. Only half a teaspoon needed. For a spicier result, use more.

Both black pepper and sea salt add a subtle flavor.

Top baked cod with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh parsley. Both add a great freshness and brightness.

White fish and other ingredients.

What is Cod?

Cod is a white fish found in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Atlantic cod is found in the cooler Atlantic waters. Pacific cod is found in warmer climates of the Pacific Ocean.

These are the two most popular species.

Cod is a common seafood option. It is known for its subtle flavor and white flesh. Consuming cod liver oil has become more and more popular for its many health benefits.

The very popular fish and chips dish is typically made with cod. In addition, haddock is also typically used.

Cod is high in protein and low in carbs.

This fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin B-12.

Taste & Texture

This cod fish recipe tastes mostly like the seasonings and butter. A little squeeze of lemon juice adds some freshness. This fish is not overly fishy tasting.

The texture is flaky and moist. It is not bland or dry.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a pan with nonstick spray.

Step 2

In a bowl, combine the melted butter, garlic powder, paprika, pepper and salt.

Seasoned butter in bowl.

Step 3

Pat fish dry. Place in the greased pan.

Cod in pan.

Step 4

Then, pour melted butter mixture all over fish.

Seasoned fish in pan.

Step 5

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until fish is flaky and opaque.

Seasoned cod fish in dish.

Step 6

Finally, remove cod from oven. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh herbs on top.

Expert Tips & Tricks

For best results, use fresh cod.

Adjust seasonings to suit your taste. Feel free to add more or less of each seasoning.

Bake this cod fish recipe until opaque and flaky.

To test doneness, insert fork into fish. Twist. If fish easily flakes, remove from oven.

Top with lemon juice and fresh parsley.

Cod fish recipe with lemon.

How to Serve & Store

Serve this cod fish recipe hot from the oven. Serve alongside French fries, mashed potatoes, cauliflower rice or rice.

Consider serving as fish tacos or on top of a salad.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I cook cod fish?

Cod can be baked, grilled or fried.

What does cod taste good with?

Cod tastes well with butter, lemon and fresh herbs.

Do you soak cod before cooking?

No.

Can I use frozen fish?

Thaw frozen fish before making this recipe.

How do you know when it is done?

Insert fork into cod. Then, twist. If it flakes easily, fish is done.

Baked cod fish recipe.

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This cod fish recipe is quick, easy, and incredibly flavorful! The fish is flaky and tender while the seasonings are tasty. This homemade baked cod is great for family dinners, holidays and special occasions!
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a bowl, combine melted butter, garlic powder, paprika, pepper and salt.
  • Pat fish dry. Place in greased pan.
  • Then, pour melted butter mixture over fish.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until fish is flaky and opaque. Insert fork into fish. Twist. If the fish flakes, it is done.
  • Finally, remove from oven. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh herbs on top.

Notes

  • Use fresh fish or thawed frozen cod.
  • Feel free to adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.
  • For a more mild flavor, consider omitting the paprika.
  • To make this dairy free, replace melted butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Bake until opaque.
  • To test if the fish is done, insert fork and twist.  If the fish easily flakes, remove from oven.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Calories: 305kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 100mg, Sodium: 211mg, Potassium: 523mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 816IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 108mg, Iron: 3mg

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