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overhead shot of cod in cast iron skillet with lemons

Baked Lemon Cod

With Mediterranean spices, lemon juice and garlic, this lemon cod is easy to make but loaded with flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 403kcal
Author Ryan Beck


  • 1 lb fresh cod
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. In a shallow bowl, mix together the lemon juice, 4 tablespoon olive oil and butter. In another bowl, mix together the flour and spices.
  • Dip the fish in the lemon mixture then dip in the flour, shaking off any excess. (Reserve the lemon juice mixture for later)
  • Take the remaining lemon juice mixture and stir in the garlic and set aside.
  • In a large cast iron skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the fish and cook for about 2 minutes on each side to brown it.
  • Drizzle the fish with the lemon juice and garlic mixture. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Remove and top with some parsley.


  • Use wild cod if possible. It is healthier for you and just tastes better.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Never use store-bought for something where lemon is the star.
  • You can skip searing the cod if you want. Just add to a baking sheet or skillet and toss in the oven. You'll want to cook for an extra 4 minutes.
  • Leftovers will last in the fridge for 2-3 days or freezer for 1 month.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 754mg | Potassium: 683mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g