Baked Cod Recipe

April 30, 2018   17 Comments

This baked cod recipe is for all of those fish haters out there. Cod is a very mild fish.

Baked Cod Recipe

Heck, I'm not even sure it is fish :)

Unlike salmon which I featured in baked salmon and asparagus recipe and baked salmon with mustard, cod is very pale and bland.

My son, who does not like fish very much, prefers white fish to other oily fishes. This recipe is the kind of thing that he will eat, along with deep fried fish and chips. Who doesn’t like deep fried fish? Or deep fried anything for that matter?

I buy my cod frozen from Costco and it is not cheap. I think it is about $9 per pound but it comes in these perfect little plastic packages so I can choose to thaw only what I need. I buy wild cod or haddock and I always have it on hand for a quick dinner.

This baked cod recipe is cooked in a casserole which can be glass or whatever you have. Because of this job, I won a $1000 gift card to Willams Sonoma (years ago) and got my hands on this casserole.

I don’t think I would have bought it because it is $100 and I have two glass casseroles that work fine but since it was “free” – I went for it.

I have been using it for about 7 years and it is really stellar. It holds heat well and it is a pretty serving dish. If you are looking for a present suggestion and love casseroles – this should be on your list (see below on Amazon).

Coating the fish is easy. All you do is dunk in the butter and lemon juice and then dunk in the flour mixture.

A little bit of coating goes a long way to making this fish into something a little bit special.

I serve this with a cucumber salad and some brown rice. I love how light and healthy it is – but it tastes more decadent.

Do you bake cod? How do you prepare it?

Baked Cod Recipe

3.4 from 31 reviews

Makes 4 servings

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1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4-6 ounce cod fillets, thawed
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons chopped lemon zest


Heat oven to 400 F. Coat a 13x9 inch casserole with non-stick spray. In a shallow bowl, mix lemon juice and butter. In another shallow bowl, mix flour, salt, paprika, and pepper. Dip cod in lemon juice and butter and then in flour mixture, shaking of the excess and then placing the fillet in the casserole dish. Repeat with the four fillets.

Drizzle fillets with remaining butter and lemon and bake for 12-15 minutes until fish is flaky. Toss on parsley and lemon zest when done and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

One fillet is 173 calories, 6.9 g fat, 3.7 g saturated fat, 6.4 g carbohydrates, 0.2 g sugar, 21 g protein, 0.4 g fiber, 414 mg sodium, 3 Freestyle SmartPts

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It's mouthwatering. Got to give it a try.

Thank you so much for sharing

Just saw this and thank you. It’s fun to try new things in a different way. You’ve made me get “outta my box”! I use a large sheet of parchment paper folded in half like a book. I skip the flower. I put a few onion slices on bottom then a little sliced bell pepper then I lay the cod on top and place a few heaping spoons of diced tomatoes from a can and finally a few slices lemons on top of that. After folding the paper over the fish and “sealing the fish by folding the paper together I place in the oven 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Almost no clean up and fancy enough for company! Last time we added a few zucchini slices in there by the onions. The kids will love opening their own “presents” for dinner! Thanks again ❤️✌️

I will be making the recipe as given as soon as I find out what the equivalent of cod or haddock is here in France. I hope others try it as printed and report how they liked it before suggesting changes or additions.

It sounds really good. Thanks, Snack Girl!

I love cod and struggle to cook it different ways.. will definitely give this recipe a try... Normally, I just use a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Thanks for this new recipe...

This looks good, I too am only a white fish eater. I also like it baked with a mixture of mayo, parmesan, herbs spread on top. Yum

Do you cover it?

Temp u bake this?

I love cod. It is one of the few fish where mercury is not problematic. This is a great recipe and I can't wait to try it on Friday. Unfortunately, I am also a big fan of tartar sauce when my fish is not fried and when its fried, I use vinegar. Keep these great recipes coming Lisa! :)

Here is what looks like a complete list of fish and mercury content. Cod is low, btw. There is a lot of good info in this article.…

I love cod. I buy it at Market Basket and its $7.99 a pound and also comes individually wrapped. i season it, top it with lemon slices

cook it in my instant pot.

@Mary - you do not cover it. Great question!

@Wendy - 400 F

Thanks for asking!

Lisa, do you dunk the fish frozen, or thaw it first, and then dunk in your butter and seasoned flour?

@Shanna - you dunk the thawed fish in the butter and flour. Thanks for your question! I have indicated that now in the recipe.

For me it's not that I hate fish as much as it is I don't like lemon or any citrus. Every fish recipe I find has lemon as the main flavoring. So I have no idea how to make fish taste edible.

@EllenD, just leave the lemon out. Could add a splash of white wine if you like, but just the butter would be fine, along with any herbs you like. I saw a baked cod recipe that used no lemon and seasoned the cod with Old Bay Seasoning.

This was delicious!! Even my hubby ate who 8s not a fish lover!!

Did not turn out so well for me. Was very soggy. I may have not done it the right way. I've only cooked salmon, which I've perfected. I just wanted to try something new.

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