Home » Recipes » Dinner » Lemon Baked Cod
baked cod with butter and lemon on a white plate

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.

And, please, if you make this, be sure to snap a pic and share with us on Instagram! Tag us at @that.low.carb.life or follow here. You can also share on our Facebook page! Click to like!

Garlic and lemon baked cod on sheet pan

Follow me on social for more recipe ideas & inspiration!

baked cod fish recipe on sheet pan

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

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information is accurate.

Want To Save This Recipe?

42 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!!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to Recipe
Scroll to Top