Garlic and Lemon Baked Cod

Grandma's Secret Recipe: Garlic and Lemon Baked Cod

This recipe from my grandmother is more than 100 years old and always works! This garlic and lemon baked cod is easy to make and incredibly flavorful. It’s a dish that takes me back to the cozy kitchen of my childhood, where the aromas of comfort food filled the air. Let’s dive into this timeless recipe that will surely become a favorite in your household too.


  • 4 fresh cod fillets (6-8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus thin slices from the other half
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (save some for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

easy baked fish dinner


  1. Preheat Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare Cod: Place the cod fillets on a greased baking dish. Pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
  3. Mix Ingredients: In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, olive oil, minced garlic, and lemon juice. Stir well.
  4. Season Fillets: Pour the mixture evenly over the cod fillets. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add Lemon Slices: Arrange the lemon slices on top of the fillets.
  6. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  7. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with the remaining chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Tips for a Perfect Dish:

  • Fresh Ingredients: Always use the freshest cod you can find for the best flavor.
  • Customize: Feel free to add a splash of white wine to the baking dish before cooking for extra depth of flavor. If you prefer a bit of spice, sprinkle some paprika over the fillets before baking.
  • Dietary Adjustments: For a dairy-free version, substitute the butter with a high-quality dairy-free alternative.

Pairing Suggestions:

This garlic and lemon baked cod pairs wonderfully with a classic potato salad or garden-fresh green beans. For a heartier meal, serve it with roasted root vegetables or a tangy apple sauce.

The Nostalgic Flavor of Home:

The sound of this dish baking takes me back to a cozy Midwest kitchen, where the warmth of the oven and the smell of garlic and lemon fill the room. It’s more than just a meal; it’s a piece of family history that brings comfort and joy to the table.

Enjoy this timeless recipe that has been cherished for generations. It’s a testament to the love and care that goes into family cooking, bringing a touch of nostalgia to every bite.

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