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Lemon Baked Cod

This lemon baked cod recipe is such an easy weeknight dinner! Learn how to bake cod quickly and easily with loads of flavor and minimal effort!

lemon baked cod on white plate.

When we have picky eaters (hello, my children) we try to phrase their dislike of food in more positive terms…

Rather than ‘they don’t like seafood,’ they’re ‘learning to love seafood.’

Try it – it actually works! It reframes it into something that they’re still trying rather than setting things in stone that this a food we don’t like.

It even works on me…I’m learning to love fish. It’s not always my go to, but I want to like it more so I’m experimenting with new recipes and methods and learning to love it!

This lemon baked cod was one of our experiments and turned out to be a total hit with my entire family.

Let’s be real though – how could anyone resist that buttery lemon garlic topping on this baked cod recipe? So good and so much flavor!

Our Parmesan Crusted Cod is another favorite around here!

What Readers Are Saying:

“This was beyond delicious and probably one of the best seafood dishes I ever made. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe!”  – Jen

“This is my second time using your recipe (first one was the million dollar spaghetti 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!” – Janille

“Cooked this last night for my family and they loved it! My 3 year old daughter kept asking me for seconds, then thirds!! I will definitely be making this again.” – Ashley


ingredients for baked cod recipe.

Cod Filets – It’s no secret that fresh caught, never frozen fish tastes the best. But unless you live near the sea or in a city with a decent fish market or grocery store, chances are you’re going to have to make do with some frozen filets. That’s no problem! Just thaw them out first and you are good to go.

Buttery Topping – What makes this baked cod recipe so special is the topping! We’re talking about a mix of softened butter, minced garlic, parsley, and of course some freshly squeezed lemon juice.

How To Bake Cod:

  • Make the Topping – Add the softened butter, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper to a bowl and mash it all together with a fork.lemon butter in small bowl.
  • Season the Cod – Spread the butter mixture evenly over each piece of cod. Top it off with a slice of lemon.lemon butter spread on top of cod.
  • Bake – Pop the cod in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
What We Love About This Recipe:

Not only is this dish super flavorful thanks to the bold flavors of lemon and garlic, it’s also very simple with just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep. Ready in about 20 minutes from start to finish, this is perfect for a busy weeknight.

Lemon Baked Cod Serving Suggestions:

Our baked cod goes great with many different sides, including our roasted cauliflower rice, air fryer zucchini, and broccoli tots.

Of course, a simple side salad and some steamed broccoli are our go to sides for just about any meal, if you’d like to keep it more simple.


What temperature should cod be baked at in the oven?

The perfect temperature for cooking cod is 400 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, your cod filets will take about 15 minutes to cook through.

How do you know when cod is done?

Place a fork into the thickest part of the fish and twist. The fish should flake apart easily and no longer look translucent.

Why is my baked cod tough?

Overcooked fish tends to be dry and tough. Be sure to cook the fish until it just flakes apart with a fork for the best taste and texture.

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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 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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43 thoughts on “Lemon Baked Cod”

  1. Trying to slim down and add more fish to my diet. No question, this is the easiest cod recipe I’ve read. Can’t wait to try it out.

  2. Ashley Judd

    Cooked this last night for my family and they loved it! My 3 year old daughter kept asking me for seconds, then thirds!! I will definitely be making this again.

  3. Hi karly I live in Alaska and don’t like the taste of fish either!! But I’m trying to eat more so I bought some fresh cod today and I’m trying your recipe tonight. I wanted to let you know the Milk trick, when fish is straight out of the ocean it doesn’t have that fishy flavor but once it starts getting fishy you soak it in milk and it takes away the fishy and tastes like fresh caught.

  4. This was beyond delicious and probably one of the best seafood dishes I ever made. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe!

  5. Jessica Anderson

    Trying this tonight! Did you use fresh parsley? If I was to use dried parsley instead, do I use the amount called for in the recipe? Thanks!

    1. Karly Campbell

      I use the freeze-dried kind so it’s basically fresh. You could use a bit less for dried.

  6. Laura: My adult daughter has developed garlic allergy & gets deadly ill. I’m starting to realize garlic allergies are on the increase & garlic is hidden in everything, especially seasonings; hard to eat out. As an FYI, it seems she does not experience any effects with eating shallots.

    1. I developed a garlic allergy after I got lupus. I did the Specific Carb Intro Diet which is the same as gaps intro diet (www.gaps.me/diet). This is a temporary elimination diet that heals allergies and now I eat garlic with joy … I do avoid packaged and processed foods most the time though. The garlic allergy results from gut dysbiosis.

  7. I’m allergic to garlic. Can you think of a substitute? Seems most recipes call for garlic and if I eat it, my stomach is upset for about 6 hours afterward.

    1. Karly Campbell

      You could try shallots, but you may be allergic to those as well if you have issues with garlic. Otherwise just leave it out.

  8. Patricia Greiner

    First fish receipe I have realllly liked. I am not a big fish eater but have to say this receipe may just turn me around.

    Thank you

  9. Karly thanks a lot. Cod was dimply delicious. Even my kids loved it. I will definitely use this recipe in the future. Thanks again.

  10. My 17 year old son and I really enjoyed this recipe tonite! It’s really incredible easy and I love to bake fish. Thank you!

      1. This was a great recipe – easy and delicious. Made it last night! I tried to sign up to your recipe emails, but the link didn’t work.

        1. Karly Campbell

          Hi Sandra! Glad you enjoyed the recipe! Can you tell me where you tried to sign up at so I can get it fixed? Everything I’m seeing is working on my end, so just want to be sure I”m not missing something. You can sign up here, if you still want to: https://thatlowcarblife.com/free-email-series/ You’ll get a free series and also receive new recipes via email. 🙂

  11. Congratulations on your new low carb website. I’m really grateful that you did this. THANK YOU! I would like to request that you post the nutritional values. I notice on this recipe you post the calories, but it would be really helpful if you would also post carbs and sugar. I’m trying to do both for my husband and myself. I would also like to check if it’s all right if I post your recipes on my blog. I’ll of course provide a link to your website and give you credit. Thank you again.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Linda!

      You can find more detailed nutritional info above the prep time and below the recipe summary within the recipe card.

      I’d prefer you not copy my recipes onto your site, but you’re welcome to link your readers here. Thank you!!

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