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

4.8 from 6 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. Tangled Noodle

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

  2. The Italian Dish

    That looks SO good! I bet you get such great seafood out there. Keep it up, Gaby!

  3. LK- Healthy Delicious

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

  4. Tami V

    This was the best fish I have EVER had!!!! Will be making this often for years to come! YUM!!!

  5. Scribble

    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.

    • Gaby

      you can! but I don’t because then the first gets a really nice color 🙂

    • Gaby

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

  6. Julie @ Table for Two

    Looks like such a great dish! I love the crispiness of that crust!

    • Gaby

      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!

  7. Signe

    I think the title of the recipe should be Baked. Not Baken. But I’m still going to make it. 🙂

  8. Helen Kennedy

    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!

  9. Beverley Press

    I love following you on snapchat and this is just a scrumptious recipe thank you xoxo

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    • Gaby

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

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    • Julianne

      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!

  12. Barbara

    I loved this! Fish was perfect. I made a simple veggie fried rice with it. Thank you!

  13. CTouch

    Thank you Gady. This receip was awesome. The fish was the best fish ever. Thanks again!

  14. Sarah

    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!

  15. Meri

    Does lemon juice take the fishy taste out of the fish when it’s cooked?


    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

    • Gaby

      it’s the same! we’ve updated the photography since it’s an older recipe

  17. Erica

    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.

    • Gaby

      I haven’t tried it with Flounder but go for it!! LMK how it turns out! xx

  18. Becky

    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.

    • Gaby

      you for sure could!! I haven’t tested it though

  19. Lori

    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!

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  21. Gloria Gauntt

    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!

  22. Helen Scoville

    Hi Gabby!

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



    • Gaby

      you can use just regular cracked black pepper and then top it with some lemon juice

  23. Melody

    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.

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  25. Gemma Kemps


    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?

  26. Chelsey

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