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Oven Baked Cod

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A flaky oven-baked cod that’s buttery, and garlicky with a burst of lemon. This refreshing and light main course is perfect for a weeknight dinner. These baked cod fillets will be a family favorite!

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Are you usually eating cod deep-fried with a side of chips or french fries? While fish & chips are delicious, biting into this tender and beautifully seasoned baked cod will give you a whole different appreciation for this often-overlooked piece of fish.

Baking fish in the oven results in delicious cooked fish with little effort. Whether it’s baked salmon, tilapia, or cod, this is a recipe you’ll use again and again.

a spatula picking up a piece of oven baked cod topped with lemon

Ingredients and Tools Needed

  • Codfish fillets – defrosted and patted dry.
  • Dry Seasoning – Garlic powder, Kosher salt, Paprika, Black pepper
  • Unsalted butter, Lemon, and Parsley for serving.
Oven baked cod ingredients

Tools Needed For Oven-Baked Cod

  • 3-quart baking dish
  • Knife & Cutting board
  • Fish spatula

How To Make The Perfect Oven-Baked Cod

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Dry fish filets with a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. Place fillets in a 3-quart baking dish. 

Sprinkle the filets with kosher salt, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper. Add butter and sliced lemon over the top of the filets. 

cod prepared in the baking dish with butter slices and sliced lemons

Place in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the fish is flaky and reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove fish from oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving. 

oven baked cod covered in fresh parsley

Can I Use Frozen Cod?

If you don’t have a local fish market near you with fresh fish, buying frozen cod is the next best thing. I would recommend buying a wild-caught cod versus a farm-raised cod. Wild-caught cod will have a fresher flavor, leaner meat, and no fishy aftertaste.

I suggest defrosting frozen fish prior to baking. If you prefer to bake from frozen, bake the fish for 20-25 minutes.

What To Serve With Baked Cod

Oven-baked cod can truly be served with almost anything!

Vegetables: My Sweet and Spicy Air Fryer Brussels or Broccoli would nicely complement baked cod.

Salads: Serve your fish alongside a fresh Quinoa Avocado Salad or Beet and Orange Salad.

Rice: Serving rice with fish is fairly common, Yellow Rice & Jamaican Instant Pot Rice and Beans are usually my go-to.

oven baked cod being cut by a fork

Different Ways To Season Oven-Baked Cod

Want to change up the flavor profile of your oven-baked cod? Any of these spices listed below will taste equally amazing.

Homemade Fish Seasoning: Use 1.5 – 2 teaspoons of fish seasoning per pound of cod.

Blackened Cod: Want a little kick? Swap out the spices with blackened seasoning.

Cajun Baked Cod: A deliciously spicy baked wish with this added cajun seasoning.

All-purpose seasoning: This flavor combo is on all around winner when it comes to any recipe.

Notes

  • The thickness of your filets will determine how long they need to be baked. Thinner filets will cook faster in the oven.
  • Leftovers will keep well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

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oven baked cod being cut by a fork
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Oven Baked Cod

A flaky oven-baked cod that's buttery, and garlicky with a burst of lemon. This refreshing and light main course is perfect for a weeknight dinner. These baked cod fillets will be a family favorite!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword oven baked cod
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 307kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Codfish fillets
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted butter sliced
  • 1 Lemon sliced
  • Parsley for serving chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dry fish filets with a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. Place filets in a 3-quart baking dish. 
  • Sprinkle the filets with kosher salt, garlic powder, paprika, an black pepper. Add butter and sliced lemon over the top of the filets. 
  • Place in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the fish is flaky and reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove fish from oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving. 

Notes

  • The thickness of your filets will determine how long they need to be baked. Thinner filets will cook faster in the oven.
  • Leftovers will keep well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1289mg | Potassium: 1038mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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Andrea

Saturday 4th of February 2023

Great simple fish dish.