Looking for a delicious and budget-friendly seafood dish? Try our baked cod with lemon butter. If you’re a fan of seafood, then you know that it can be an expensive acquired taste. But this recipe won’t break the bank.
This meal is really easy to put together—less than 5 steps—and it cooks quickly. That’s why it’s one of our favorite weeknight go-tos. Pair the cod with some simple brown rice and you’ve got dinner in 30 minutes.
Baking the fish for 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees produces a yummy, crispy panko-breaded topping. Combine that with the flaky inside and you’ve got the perfect bite!
Oh, and don’t toss the leftover pan butter! You can use it to make a flavorful lemon sauce.
Pacific Cod with Lemon Butter Recipe
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, divided
- 4 6 oz cod fillets, about 1½" thick
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, or panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
- lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour 4 Tbsp of the melted butter into a 2-qt casserole dish and set aside.
- Season both sides of fish with salt and pepper and place into casserole dish on top of melted butter. In a small bowl, stir together breadcrumbs, lemon zest and parsley then drizzle in remaining 2 Tbsp of melted butter. Toss with a fork until breadcrumbs are evenly coated in butter then divide crumb mixture evenly over the top of the cod filets.
- Bake 18-20 minutes or until cod is cooked through and flakes easily when pierced with a fork.
- Remove from oven and transfer fish to serving platter. Add a few drops of lemon juice to the butter remaining in the baking dish and season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle butter sauce over fish filets and serve immediately.
Cod is one of the most affordable fish you’ll find in the market!