Hi friends! Whew! Things are getting fishy around here, but in a really good way. I’ve been more mindful of what I’m eating lately. Giving up a few things here and there in order to become more healthy. One thing I find myself eating more, is fish and shellfish. I’ll admit, they’ve not always been the easiest of things to cook, because it’s just not in my comfort zone. At least not YET! I’m determined to get down some basic techniques for cooking fish and wouldn’t you know it, turns out baking in the oven couldn’t be easier. This simple baked cod recipe comes together in minutes and is on the table quickly. That’s another benefit of seafood, often it’s the perfect 30-minute-or-less-get-it-on-the-table-quickly meal!
Another added benefit (for me anyway) is that it’s citrus season here in California and my lemon tree is bearing fruit! Lemon and fish are the perfect pairing. We’re going to bulk things up with some veggies too, but the cod and lemon get center stage!
Simple Baked Cod
- March 6, 2020
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- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus extra slices for serving
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 4 cod fillets 6 oz each, approx. 1-inch thick
- Step 1
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Step 2
- Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Alternatively, you can use a cookie sheet covered in foil for faster cleanup.
- Step 3
- In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, if using.
- Step 4
- Place the cod fillets in baking dish. Pour the butter mixture on top. Use a brush if needed to evenly distribute the thick sauce on top of the fillets.
- Step 5
- Bake, uncovered, until the fish is white and flakes easily with a fork. Depending on the thickness of your fish fillets and on your oven, this should take about 8-12 minutes.
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