Easy Lemon Garlic Baked Cod Recipe – a keto low carb baked cod fish with tons of lemon garlic butter flavor in just 20 minutes and one dish!
One of my favorite easy healthy dinners will always be baked fish – it is light, full of flavor, and so easy.
Baked cod is especially easy and delicious – cod is a lighter fish with less fat than some fishes, it flakes beautifully, and it has a mild non-fishy flavor.
Most people know cod from fish and chips – but it is fabulous baked in the oven because of it’s fast cooking and flaky texture.
Cod also doesn’t stink up your house, and with my tips you can avoid a strong fishy smell (because who wants fishy fish?)
This baked cod recipe is easy, quick, tender and juicy, and bursting with a lemon garlic butter flavor that will knock your socks off!
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Is Cod Fishy
If you are worried about fishy flavor, cod is a great fish to choose because it has a light, buttery flavor and is generally not a “fishy” fish.
Cod’s flavor is so light, it is the go-to choice for fish and chips, fish frys, and is fabulous baked.
If you’ve had fishy cod, and are trying to get the best flavor, please consider some of my tips below to cut down on fishy smell and flavor:
-Rinse fish with cold water.
Fish can collect bacteria and get a fishy smell in your refrigerator – if your fish has a slightly fishy smell, you can rinse it with COLD water to help rinse away the smell.
Pat fish dry before cooking.
Do not rinse fish with hot water, as it will start to cook the fish.
-Soak fish in milk.
Soaking fish in milk for 20 minutes takes away any fishy smell.
Pat dry before cooking.
Lemon juice is one of the most flavorful and fragrant ways to take away any fishy smell.
We’re using lemon in this recipe to pull out the light, sweet flavor of baked cod – and reducing the fishy smells.
Where to Buy Cod
If you’re looking for delicious fish, it helps to buy fresh.
Since fishy smell comes from bacteria on fish that accumulates over time, it helps to buy the freshest fish possible – or fish that has been fresh-frozen, so that the fish’s freshness is locked in.
Since cod is a widely available fish, you can find fresh or fresh frozen fish at almost every grocery store or fishmonger – it is one of the most popular fish in America and abroad, so it is easy to find.
How To Tell When Baked Cod is Done
Cod is cooked at 145 degrees – but thankfully it is an is an easy fish to tell when it is done by sight and an easy method called the flake test without a thermometer.
To do the flake test, simply poke your fork into the thickest part of your fish at a 45 degree angle.
Gently twist your fork and pull up some fish.
To tell by the look of the fish, look for how translucent or opaque the fish looks.
Fish that is not done cooking will still look a little translucent, and won’t flake with with light twisting.
Fish that is fully cooked will be bright white and fully opaque.
These methods work to tell when cod is done using any method – grilling, baking, frying, or poaching.
How To Bake Cod
I love to bake cod because it is fast and easy – with proper cooking temperatures and times.
If you cook fish for too long, or at a wrong temperature, it can quickly overcook, resulting in a dry, flavorless fish.
These steps will help you find the right temperature to cook your fish at, every time.
Prep cod to bake.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees for a thicker cod fillet, or 350 degrees for a dressed fish.
Rinse cod and pat dry with a paper towel. Make sure there is no extra liquid on the fish to help ensure it cooks properly.
Place your fish in a single layer in a well prepared pan or baking dish. I like to use olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray to prevent the fish from sticking – or a little bit of garlic butter!
Brush fish with some kind of fat or sauce (butter, olive oil, or a sauce like the tomato and caper sauce I use in my Tuscan Baked Fish) to help keep fish moist and flavorful.
Season with herbs, spices, and aromatics.
Calculate cooking time.
For these baked cod filets, weigh your filets and plan to bake fish at 350 degrees for 6-9 minutes for every out ounces.
Watch fish very carefully as it cooks to check for opaqueness to be sure fish doesn’t overcook.
To Make This Lemon Garlic Butter Baked Cod, You’ll Need:
-Olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray
-Sharp kitchen knife
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Easy Lemon Garlic Baked Cod Recipe - a keto low carb baked cod fish with tons of lemon garlic butter flavor in just 20 minutes and one dish!
- 2 cod fillets (around 8 oz each)
- 1 lemon, sliced into thin circles + any juice that is left from slicing lemons.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp kosher sea salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees so oven is hot when fish is placed in (cooking temperature will be 350 degrees).
- Pat fish dry and season with herbs.
- Prepare baking dish by spraying with coconut oil or cooking spray.
- Layer lemon slices along bottom of dish.
- Arrange fish in baking dish on top of sliced lemons.
- Add garlic to dish.
- Reduce temperature to 350 and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until fully cooked.
- When fish is 140 degrees internal temperature, or looks fully opaque and flakes when a fork is inserted and lightly twisted, fish is fully cooked.
- Remove from pan and serve.
Amount Per ServingCalories 198 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 65mg Sodium 444mg Carbohydrates 14g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 8g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 21g