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Garlic Butter Cod Fish Recipe

This cod fish recipe combines fresh fish fillets with a flavourful garlic butter sauce. Make this easy fish recipe for a quick one-pan dinner!
Course dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cod, cod recipe, fish recipe, garlic butter cod recipe, seasfood recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 190kcal


  • Cast iron skillet



  • In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat. Pat cod fish dry with paper towel and season all over with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt and pepper.
  • Place the cod fish in a large (10-inch) skillet and turn the heat to medium. Sear fish for 3-4 minutes. Flip your cod fish fillets over to cook the other side.
  • Add butter and when it melts, add garlic and lemon zest. Cook for about 1 minute.
  • Gently remove fish from the pan and plate onto a serving dish. Garnish with green onions.



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  • If you use cod loins instead of fillets, you'll have to adjust the cooking time as they're larger.
  • If using frozen cod, make sure it's completely thawed before cooking with it.
  • The cod is ready when the internal temperature reaches between 140 and 145 degrees F.
  • To store: Store leftover cod in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat: You can reheat garlic butter cod on the stovetop or microwave. 


Serving: 1/4 | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 544mg | Potassium: 22mg