Baked Lemon Cod


Total Time:

20 minutes



Hands down the most simple way to prepare fish – Baked Lemon Cod is the easiest weeknight meal!

Baked Lemon Cod from (@whatsgabycookin)

Want to hear a confession? When I took my first ever job as a private chef I have absolutely ZERO idea how to make fish. I grew up not eating it, and we hadn’t get covered fish in culinary school, and the family I was cooking for were big time fish lovers. So after getting over my initial fear of cooking fish, I threw together the simplest recipe I could imagine. Lemon, butter, salt, paprika and a fish that you can’t easily mess up – Cod! The result was mind blowing and I impressed even myself! It’s been on regular rotation ever since and it’s the perfect lightened up main course that you can serve alongside some pesto broccoli, perhaps a bowl of garlic herb sweetpotato fries or even some spicy green beans

Baked Lemon Cod

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, American
Servings 4 People


  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 4 cod fillets 6 ounces each
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons zested lemon peel


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a shallow bowl, mix lemon juice and butter. In a separate shallow bowl, mix flour and seasonings. Dip fillets in lemon juice mixture, then in flour mixture to coat both sides.
  • Place the prepped fish in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with remaining lemon juice mixture. Bake 12-15 minutes or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork. Broil for the last 60 seconds to get a little bit of a golden crust.
  • Garnish with parsley and lemon zest.

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  1. Jesse

    I will be trying this! Do I need to flip the fish halfway through baking to get the bottom side crispy?

  2. Sharie Montgomery

    5 stars
    This is so easy to make! We liked it best using fresh cod, vs. frozen.

  3. Heather DeBerry

    I am confused I don’t see panko on the ingredient list?

  4. Tina

    Followed the recipe and the flavor was great but the breading was not crispy. Cooked for 15 mins plus 2 mins in broiler. Not sure what happened.

  5. Jamie

    5 stars
    This is a very tasty dish that has become a staple in our house. My husband and my son both love it. We either make it with roasted potatoes or lay it over a bed of rice and add the drippings from the pan. Highly recommend this recipe.

  6. Christy Stephens-Roy

    5 stars
    My family and I love this recipe!!! I was having trouble getting a golden crust until I realized my pan wasn’t exactly in the center of the oven. It is so good with cheesy pearl couscous and asparagus!! Thank you so much for this dinner staple!