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Cod fish is skillet roasted to perfection with a homemade garlic lemon butter on top. You’re going to love this dish! 

Cod Fish covered in a lemon sauce and surrounded by lemon slices in a skillet.

There’s nothing quite like a good roasted fish on a summer night. Cod is a nice, thick white fish with a nice firm bite to it. We absolutely love cod, and when we came across some the other day we just had to give it a go! The topping on this was just amazing and full of flavor. It was perfect.

You’ll notice I had several different thicknesses on the filet, and yes, I did defer their cooking time so that everything came out equal. The zing from the lemon juice makes for lemony goodness on a wonderful piece of cod. Side note: does anyone else think of Captain Hook when cooking cod? 

  • Cod Substitutes: 

    If you can’t find cod, or would like to just add more variety of fish into your diet, you could always try:
    • Haddock
    • Pollack
    • Stripped Bass
    • Mahi Mahi
    • Grouper
  • Fresh vs. Dried Basil:

    Certain times of year it is just difficult to find good quality fresh basil. If necessary, you can swap out the fresh basil for 2 teaspoons of dried basil.
  • Lemon Juice:

    We highly recommend fresh squeezed lemon juice and not a store bought bottled variety. There is nothing quite like fresh lemon juice on roasted cod fish. Trust us, you’ll want to have an extra lemon on hand to squeeze a bit extra on top when serving. 

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Roasted Cod With Garlic Lemon Butter
Servings

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 small white onion minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound cod filet portioned into 3 or 4 pieces
  • additional lemon slices or wedges for serving
Instructions
  • In a small bowl, stir together the butter, basil, garlic, onion, dijon, parmesan, flour, and lemon juice.  It'll be like a weird butter paste.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Season your fish with a little salt and pepper and lay it in the hot oil. Cook for about 4 minutes.
  • Flip your fish to cook the other side. Top each fillet with a large spoonful of the butter mixture. Cook another 4 minutes. Actual cooking time will depend on the thickness of your fish. The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.
Notes
Course: Seafood

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Delicious. Go easy on the onions. Make sure they are minced. 1/4th was too much onion (because I had a big onion 🙂 Go easy on the olive oil. I almost created an oil spit fire once I put in the fish, even after patting it down with paper towels. Medium high heat may not be necessary the whole time. I almost overcooked the fish. Really nice presentation and flavor though. Super simple recipe, loved it.

Love it! Thanks for recipe 🙂

What a simple & beautiful weeknight meal! I love the butter mixture that you added to the fish… I'm sure it adds a nice richness to the dish!

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