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Lemon Butter Cod

Lemon butter cod is a flavorful and easy main dish you can make in less than 10 minutes. This lean entree goes great with a range of delicious side dishes, and is a perfect quick weeknight dinner.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: cod, egg free, gluten free, lemon, nut free, soy free
Servings: 4
Calories: 746kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap


  • 4 cod fillets
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoon dried dill


  • Melt butter in a pan on medium to high heat. Season the cod fillets with a pinch of salt and pepper, plus a drizzle of lemon juice, dill and parsley on both sides.
  • Pan fry the cod in the butter until it has cooked through. Cod cooks quickly, and is done when it flakes at the touch of a fork. This takes 1-3 minutes on both sides, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  • While cooking, use a spoon to baste the cod with the melted butter. This helps keep the fish juicy.


Can I make lemon butter cod in the oven? – Absolutely. Bake the fish in the oven until it’s tender enough to flake with a fork. Cod bakes really fast, and should be cooked through within a few minutes.
Can I use other herbs? – Of course. You can use any herbs you like or whatever you have available.
Is this recipe allergy friendly? – Yes. This recipe is gluten free, soy free, nut free and egg free. Always consult the nutrition label on your ingrdients to make sure that they comply with your dietary needs.
Does this suit my diet? – Lemon butter cod is perfect for many diets, including low carb, keto, weight watchers and slimming world.


Leftover lemon butter cod can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Serve it cold in salads, or reheat it in the microwave and serve with your favorite side dish.

Top tips

Here is how you can get this recipe perfect:
  • Make sure to use enough lemon juice and herbs. It gives the fish a lot of delicious flavor.
  • We use a large amount of butter, but the majority is left in the pan after cooking. The butter keeps the fish tender and gives it a lovely taste.
  • Make sure not to overcrowd the pan. If you’re making several servings, you might have to cook the fish in multiple batches.


Calories: 746kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 161g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 388mg | Sodium: 1078mg | Potassium: 3744mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 4mg