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Easy Baked Lemon Herb Cod Recipe

Looking for a great baked cod recipe? This quick and easy recipe for Baked Lemon Herb Cod is simple but yields a rich, flavorful dish everyone will love.

Cod, dusted with red paprika and thyme leaves, is on a baking sheet, cooked and ready to be eaten.

Sometimes, you taste something – just a little bite of it – and it blows you away. That was the case with this dish. It was rich, buttery even (although there is no butter in the recipe), and absolutely mouthwatering.

This was a dinner that the kids devoured so fast that I did a double-take. Really, this Baked Lemon Herb Cod was just that good.

The fish itself is good and full of flavor. I used thin wild-caught cod fillets that were on sale at my local grocery store. (Any cod will work for it.) But that alone isn’t amazing.

It’s the pan sauce that you drizzle over everything that knocks this up a notch. Rich, garlicky and a little tart thanks to the lemon juice, it takes good fish and makes it extraordinary.

Another thing I love about this Baked Lemon Herb Cod recipe?

It takes less than 25 minutes to make, which makes it absolutely perfect for those busy evenings when dinner needs to get on the table fast. I think you know the ones I’m talking about.

I served this with Basmati Rice Medley from Trader Joe’s (love that!), which I season with salt, pepper and sometimes some barbecue seasoning (it’s found in the spice aisle). The dish would go really well with a side of roasted broccoli.

And one more thing … this is totally economical too. This meal — including rice and a vegetable — can be made for well under $10. High flavor at a low cost? Love it.

Cod, dusted with red paprika and thyme leaves, is on a white plate with rice pilaf piled nearby.
Yield: 4 servings

Baked Lemon Herb Cod Recipe

Baked Lemon Herb Cod Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 1 lb cod fillets
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, , crushed and minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, , lightly chopped
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • Sweet Hungarian Paprika


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Get out a 9×13 glass baking dish.
  2. Rinse the cod fillets under cool water and place in the baking dish. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Then sprinkle with garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and paprika. Try to divide the seasonings as equally as possible between the fish.
  3. Bake for 13-17 minutes until the flesh is opaque in color. Serve with rice, spooning the juices from the pan over the fish and rice.
  4. Devour.


recipe adapted very slightly from EatBetterAmerica @ Tablespoon

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Monday 28th of December 2020

3 minutes was perfect for my piece of cod. Great recipe and less smelly after cooking!

Ryan Christopher Lilly

Friday 28th of February 2020

I love this recipe! I had to substitute some key lime juice this time because my remaining lemon was no good. And I also replace the paprika with Old Bay. I love to dip the fish in melted butter before I take a bite. It almost makes it like lobster!

Sarah Walker Caron

Sunday 1st of March 2020

I am so glad to hear this! And oooh, dipping it in butter must take it over the top!

Maria McKenzie

Saturday 8th of October 2016

Hi Sarah,

I made this for company this evening and it was really delicious! Thanks for posting. Love how easy it is!

Sarah Walker Caron

Tuesday 11th of October 2016

So great to hear, Maria! Thank you!!


Wednesday 17th of August 2016

Absolutely delicious and very easy! My husband and I loved this dish. We are adding it to our repertoire! Thank you!!

Sarah Walker Caron

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

Thank you so much, Joia! So glad you loved it!


Tuesday 12th of April 2016

Really enjoyed this lemon cod dish,to serve with it I cooked baby potatoes then browned off in wok with chopped zucchini red onion & broccoli bit more lemon juice it was bril!

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