Baked Lemon Cod

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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! You can whip up an amazing pan fried sole with lemon using similar and few ingredients in no time. 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

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.9 from 18 votes
Hands down the most simple way to prepare fish – Baked Lemon Cod is the easiest weeknight meal!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, American
Servings 4 people


  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1.5 pounds cod cut into 4 equal pieces
  • 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.


I love to serve this with rice or pasta and a veggie.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 452mg | Potassium: 742mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 562IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Amazing! Easy, healthy, tasty! Served with quinoa roasted brussel sprouts and spinach salad. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Loved ir!! So easy and yummy, bright and wonderful! Thanks for a super simple dinner tonight!

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