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Top down shot of a piece of baked cod in a pan with three pieces of sliced lemon and melted butter around it.

Baked Cod

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Dreamy Baked Cod is topped with a delicious garlic herbed butter + surrounded by fresh lemons! Flaky, delicious and perfect with tartar sauce!



Baked Cod:

  • 4 (6oz) fresh cod fillets (approx. 1 inch thick)
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs, minced (thyme, rosemary and oregano)
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Tartar Sauce:

  • 1/41/2 cup Claussen pickles (spears)
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 12 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 12 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 
  2. Place cod filets in a baking dish. Pat dry with clean paper towel. Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  3. In a small bowl combine butter, garlic, and herbs. Take herbed butter and divide between cod filets, spreading over the top of each piece. 
  4. Place lemon slices around the cod filets and then place in the oven, middle rack and uncovered. 
  5. Let bake approx. 15-20 minutes or until the internal temp reaches approx. 140 degrees F. (for smaller/thinner pieces this will take closer to 14-15 minutes while thicker pieces will take closer to 20-21 minutes). 
  6. While the cod bakes, make the Tartar Sauce: In order to remove some of the excess water from the pickles (no one wants watery tartar sauce), lay each spear on its side on a cutting board and cut off the seeds. Cut remaining part of the pickle into small pieces and then using either a cheesecloth or clean hands, squeeze out as much remaining liquid as possible. Add prepared pickles to food processor along with mayo, dill, lemon juice, garlic, dijon, and onion. Blend until consistency is smooth (don’t over-blend). Taste and adjust seasoning. 
  7. Remove cod from oven and cool slightly. Serve with tartar sauce, rice and roasted vegetables.


  • Dairy-Free: to make this dairy-free use a plant-based butter.
  • Storage: store leftovers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.


  • Serving Size: 6 oz
  • Calories: 182
  • Sugar: 1.4 g
  • Sodium: 95.6 mg
  • Fat: 11.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.8 g
  • Protein: 15.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 69.6 mg