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! 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

4.8 from 11 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.


  1. The cod looks absolutely perfectly cooked! Mmmm . . . now you’ll have to tell us what would make a great accompaniment.

  2. i love the color from the paprika! what a beautiful dish- and it looks nice and light too!

  3. I don’t eat fish or seafood, but made this for my husband. He said it was really, really good. Maybe one of the best fish dishes he’s ever tasted.

    1. Hey Jacelyn!!! I’m actually re-posting this recipe in like 10 minutes so it will be updated momentarily!

    1. I used fresh – but you could use frozen! Just make sure to thaw it out entirely and then pat it dry before proceeding with the recipe!

  4. Sounds yummy. Looking forward to trying it out. I think home made oven chips to accompany, basically your parmesan roasted potatoes but cut into chunky sticks rather than cubed., and green veg, broccolli or peas. British person here!

    1. it would be better if you make it right before eating – fish is funny like that. BUT… it’s do-able

    1. LOL so I am also GF and subbed Arrowroot flour which was a terrible mistake. It turned into a gelatinous mess. Gross! I know in fancy restaurants people pay good money for “gel” but not this lady. I’ll try almond flour next time. The fish underneath was good once we scraped off the gel!

  5. The flavor was good; however, the coating was a little gummy vs crispy. I used frozen cod that was well thawed and patted dry. I used a glass 9×13 pan, maybe that was why. Dunno. Good to try something new though!

  6. gaby, I am making this today. the photo which caught my eye is completely different than your.
    i am wondering if it is the same recipe

  7. Can I use flounder?? I find flounder to be a little less flaky and meaty though. I just already thawed out some flounder and don’t want to waste it. I can try it with cod tomorrow if not.

  8. Can I make this using Mahi Mahi? Do you think that would change the baking time? I LOVE this recipe with cod, but would like to try a different fish.

  9. Made this tonight! So good! Had frozen cod from costco. Thawed it and patted dry with paper towel. Cooked it for 14 minutes and then turned on the broiler for about 3 minutes. It didn’t get much browner because I don’t think it came up to broil temp in time. Husband loved it. I loved it. Definitely making it again! Thanks!

  10. It’s one week since Thanksgiving 2018 and I’ve finally finished the leftovers so I made this tonight using tilapia. Thought it was really good. Will try again and delete the flour to get it close to a Keto recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi Gabby!

    Finally going to try this tonight! Anything I can sub for lemon pepper seasoning? I don’t have that on hand.



  12. Made this tonight and placed the cod on a bed of sautéed spinach. Wonderful flavors. Thank you for a great recipe. Will be making this often.

  13. Gaby,

    My fish and broccolini turned out great however I felt as though this lacked flavor like the others recipes. My family and I were not a fan of the cod. What other fish would you recommend?

  14. Love this recipe and have made it twice now. Thank you!! I think about it for hours after I’ve eaten it

  15. 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.

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