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Lemon Baked Cod


  • 1lb cod fish fillet
  • 1⁄4cup butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine, melted
  • 2tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1⁄4cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄8teaspoon white pepper
  • paprika


  • If fish fillets are large, cut into serving pieces.
  • Mix butter and lemon juice.
  • In another bowl, mix flour, salt and white pepper.
  • Dip fish into butter mixture; coat fish with flour mixture.
  • Place fish in ungreased square baking dish, 8x8x2 inches.
  • Pour remaining butter mixture over fish; sprinkle with paprika.
  • Cook uncovered in 350 degree oven until fish flakes easily with fork, 25-30 minutes. Garnish with parsley sprigs and lemon slices if desired.


  • nebs

    After reading “broda’s” review and finishing laughing, I made the recipe using “vbkarb’s” recommendation of substituting panko for flour. I also brushed the bottom of the dish with the butter before putting the fish in. It still was a bit soggy but overall, excellent. My daughter, who wasn’t hungry, still ate half a portion without complaining at all! I call that a real winner! Maybe I’ll put it on a rack next time to avoid the soggy bottom.

  • Jane McKinney

    I read the reviews before I tried the recipe. I decided to use bread crumbs instead of flour. I also used parchment paper. Worked great. Delicious and easy recipe.

  • broda

    I thought this was a delicious, easy recipe. However my three children thought differently. My oldest child sat at the table with tears streamung down his face, my middle son was throwing up at the trash can, and my daughtersat with her arms drawn inside of her shirt saying she will not try anything on her plate. So I think I’ll be making this recipe again next Friday. Thanks for a new way to torment my kids.

  • vbkarb_2219434

    This recipe is easy with any fish. I dredged the fish in Panko after coating with the lemon-butter mixture, and I omitted the flour. It came out with a little bit of a panko-crust, and my family loved it.

  • PSU Lioness

    I thought this was pretty good. Instead of dredging the fish, I put it in the pan, brushed it with the lemon mixture and sprinkled breadcrumbs over the top. The top got crispy and solved the soggy bottom dilemma. I’ll be making this again.

  • asmooch22

    Just a cooking tip to those who are saying that their fish came out soggy. Try putting the fish or anything that you have dredged in flour/breadcrumbs in the refrigerator for at least an hour before you go ahead and cook it. This allows time for the coating to stick to the item to help create more crispiness in the oven while cooking!!!!

  • msl2u

    Ritz crackers !!!!! Use that instead of flour or bread crumbs. Delicious !!!!!

  • harrisonembrey

    Used North Atlantic Cod Loins defrosted, dried and replaced the flour with breadcrumbs, the left over butter and lemon juice seasoning mix was added to a tomato, caper, scallion and white wine dressing for the cod which I served on penne pasta, nothing was left! the fish was baked perfectly and came out dry, crispy and succulent.

  • Ayari

    This is not a recommendation, since I haven’t made it yet… it is what I’m going to do after reading the reviews. It almost seems it will be good even if I get it wrong! I will: pat fresh fish dry with paper towel. Coat only top of fillets. Use breadcrumbs instead of flour. Use chilli flakes instead of paprika. Not too thickly coated. Fridge for one hour after coated. Use real lemons. Use less butter. Spread out to bake, don’t crowd. Grill (broil) for last five minutes.

  • Akikobay

    This is really a amazing dish. The fish is so tender and flaky and the flavor is wonderful. I used 2 pounds of cod, but kept the butter and other ingredients the same. The cod was perfectly done at 30 minutes. Cod is a favorite fish at our house, but not like it was tonight. With four people, there wasn’t a lick of cod left after dinner. I couldn’t believe it. I even checked the bag to make sure I didn’t miss another filet! Thanks for posting this recipe.