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Lemon Baked Cod

This lemon baked cod is such an easy weeknight dinner! I’m going to show you how to bake cod quickly and easily and I bet your whole family is going to love this low carb fish recipe!

lemon baked cod on white plate

I have a confession to make, my friends.

I am a little leery of seafood. I want to love it, but I’m mostly ambivalent about it.

Unless, that is, my seafood is deep fried. And even then, I’m mostly only interested in white fish.

I’m not very adventurous, am I?

I think it’s way past time I branched out and tried new seafood recipes and this lemon baked cod was a total hit with my entire family.

My son is like me – generally only accepting of fried fish – but he totally loved this!

I think it’s because I talked up the buttery garlic topping on this baked cod recipe.

Who can resist the words butter and garlic?

How to bake cod:

baked cod recipe on a white plate with lemon

Y’all, this has to be one of the easiest baked cod fish recipes!

You literally just toss some cod filets on a sheet pan, top with a mixture of butter, garlic, parsley, and lemon juice, and then pop it all in the oven.

I baked this at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

The fish was flaky and so full of buttery garlicky lemony flavor. Total hit!

baked cod with butter and lemon on a white plate

Lemon baked cod is perfect for a busy night!

It only takes about 2 minutes to stir the topping together and spread it over your fish filets.

Another 15 minutes in the oven and you’re done!

Talk about a quick dinner.

We served this baked cod with butter and lemon alongside a green salad. Steamed broccoli and some cauliflower rice would be a great side as well!

And isn’t this just totally gorgeous? So bright and pretty for spring or anytime of year! It’s going to be a regular in our house, that’s for sure.

Check out my video below to see how to make this lemon baked cod recipe! I think you’ll love it.

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Lemon Baked Cod

This lemon baked cod is an easy weeknight recipe. With just a handful of ingredients and 20 minutes time, you'll have a gorgeous, flavorful, and healthy fish dinner on the table. 

Yield 4 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 4 cod fillets, 4 ounces each
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the butter, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper to a small bowl and mix together with a fork until well combined.
  3. Spread the butter mixture evenly over each cod filet and top with a slice of lemon.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cod is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.


This cod recipe should also work well with tilapia and other firm white fish.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 1gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 7g

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42 thoughts on “Lemon Baked Cod”

  1. Jessica Luther

    Lemon is a difficult ingredient to make a complete dish, unexpectedly you can do it. wow

  2. Janille Sloan

    This is my second time using your recipe (first one was the million dollar speghetti squash recipe which was a MAJOR hit). Thank you for posting your meals as they are delicious and help me with my keto diet! I appreciate you!

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