This easy baked Greek cod recipe with lemon and garlic is simple to prepare and delicious to eat! The mild, flaky texture of the cod blends with the boldness of Mediterranean spices and it comes together with a zesty lemon garlic sauce. Greek cod takes less than 30 minutes, uses easy to find ingredients and is gluten-free with an easy dairy-free option.
This recipe come from Raneem of Eat.Enjoy By Raneem. Born and raised in Dubai, she has experienced many cuisines living in such a metropolitan city and has run several restaurants over the years. After living in Egypt and Germany, she now resides in Pennsylvania and shares her delicious recipes online.
This Mediterranean fish recipe is simple enough for a weeknight dinner yet elegant enough to serve to guests. Easy Greek baked cod is healthy, gluten-free, tender, and has no flour!
It's packed with lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids, making it a delicious dinner and nutritious choice that comes in at just 250 calories! Pair it up with rice and Greek salad for a quick and easy complete meal or easy white bean hummus for a flavorful, high protein side dish or appetizer.
Mediterranean cauliflower salad and zucchini or eggplant antipasto are all great side dishes too and Italian style white beans make a healthy, fiber rich carb side dish. For more ideas, check out what to eat with white fish.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
This fish recipe comes together quickly (in about 20 minutes) with only a few simple fresh ingredients.
Baked Greek cod is a powerhouse of nutrients and pairs beautifully with a side of roasted vegetables or an easy, fresh Greek salad. It is perfect for meal plans and is considered healthy eating.
Cod is a flaky white fish and a lean source of protein(1)and is rich in vitamins B3, B6, and B12, as well as omega-3 fatty acids essential for heart health.
It's also an excellent alternative to meat. Cod fish can be cooked in many ways, baked, seared, fried, or grilled, and goes well with many flavors and cuisines. See photos at the bottom for some more of my favorite cod recipes.
- Codfish: Skinless, boneless fish fillets are best for this recipe. Fresh or frozen both work well, check notes below for details. Make sure it is fresh, good quality fish. This recipe calls for 4 oz portions which are on the small side. You can increase the fish to 6 oz portions easily without having to multiply the marinade.
- Fresh lemon: Lemon zest and juice give a tangy taste.
- Garlic: Garlic essential for this recipe (and most Greek recipes!) Fresh garlic adds great flavor and fragrance. Substitute a ½ teaspoon of dry garlic powder if you can't get fresh.
- Ground cumin, coriander, and paprika: Add a hint of warmth and complexity.
- Black olives or Kalamata: adds a briny, salty flavor to the dish while maintaining the essence of Mediterranean cuisine.
- Feta cheese: Feta makes a delicious finishing tough but it is optional as a garnish. To make this recipe dairy-free, omit the feta cheese and butter.
- Butter: adds a crispy and golden color to the cod. Again, omit this if you're making the recipe dairy-free.
- Fresh herbs: This recipe uses fresh parsley and dried dill and oregano, but if you have fresh, it is almost always preferred. If using fresh, double the amount.
- Dairy-Free - Swap out the butter for an extra tablespoon of olive oil and omit the feta cheese garnish to make this recipe completely dairy free.
- Cherry Tomatoes - Sun-dried tomatoes are a great substitute for cherry tomatoes, adding a slightly deeper, richer flavor that is still authentic.
- Fresh Herbs - Fresh basil or dried goes well in this recipe. Either add in it addition to the other herbs or you can use it in place of the oregano or parsley.
- Greek Cod Au Gratin - For extra crispiness, sprinkle a ½ cup of bread crumbs on top of the cod and herb mix and bake as directed.
- Olives - While black olives are more traditional, green will work just as well to add that tangy flavor.
Step-by-Step Instructions For Baked Cod
This easy Greek cod recipe comes together fast. Start by preheating your oven to 400'F. Once the oven is turned on, whip up the simple marinade or seasoning mix, layer cod and veggies and bake for just 15 minutes!
Step 1. Prepare the lemon sauce. In a small bowl, melt the butter, then add the olive oil, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, minced garlic, spices, and herbs.
Step 2. Mix and set aside.
Step 3. Place the cod fillets in a large baking dish and arrange cherry tomatoes, red onion, and olives over top.
Step 4. Season the cod fillets with the herb and lemon juice mixture.
Place the baking dish in the oven and bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes or until the cod is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve hot with rice, roasted vegetables, and Greek salad.
How to Know When Cod is Done?
Fish is ready when the slightly see-through raw appearance turns to opaque. If you're measuring with an instant-read thermometer, the internal temperature should reach 140-145°F.
Alternatively, if you don't have a thermometer, use a fork to cut the cod. When it flakes apart easily, it's ready.
Fresh Vs. Frozen
Whether fresh or frozen cod is better depends on the specific circumstances, including the quality of the available fresh fish, the freezing and thawing process, and personal preferences.
Fresh cod can offer a superior taste and texture when it's truly fresh, i.e., caught and served within a short period. However, the freshness can be compromised by factors such as how long the fish has been stored and transported.
Frozen cod can be a more reliable option for quality and availability. Contrary to popular belief, freezing does not inherently reduce the quality of fish. Many fishes are frozen immediately after being caught to preserve their freshness. This process can lock in the flavor and nutritional content, making frozen fish a viable, often excellent, choice.
Remove the fish from the freezer and leave it in its packaging. Place it in the refrigerator overnight or thaw under cold water and change the water every 30 minutes.
Storing: Place the leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days in an airtight container.
Freezing: Make sure your cod is completely cool before freezing. Top it on parchment paper in an airtight container to prevent it from sticking to the sides. It usually stays suitable for consumption for 45 days.
Thawing: Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight when you are ready to use it.
Reheating: The key to successfully reheating your fish (to prevent it from drying out) is low and slow, either in the microwave or oven.
What to Serve with Baked Greek Cod
Serving this cod fish with a Greek salad is an excellent pairing. A side of roasted vegetables or seasoned baked green beans pairs well with these fish fillets too. Add some rice or potatoes to round it out and if your family likes to dip, try one of these dipping sauces for cod.
Sauce - Tzatziki, tahini or garlic sauce are great sauces for dipping if you like.
Rice - Plain white or yellow rice or a rice pilaf are good choices for a starch.
Potatoes - Lemony, roasted Greek potatoes are a classic side dish. Alternatively, crispy pan-fried potatoes are a good accompaniment too.
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- 16 oz cod fillets, cut into 4 pieces (1 lb) For 6 oz portions, buy 24 oz (1.5 lb)
- 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 3 tablespoon lemon juice juice of one large lemon
- ½ teaspoon each, salt + black pepper
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
- pinch chili flakes optional
- 6 cherry tomatoes halved
- ⅓ c red onion one small onion
- 2 tablespoon olives halved
- 1 tablespoon feta cheese crumbled for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a small bow, melt the butter, then add the olive oil, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, minced garlic, salt, pepper, spices, and herbs. Mix and set aside.
- In a large baking dish, add the cod fillets, cherry tomatoes, red onion, olives and coat them with the lemon juice mixture.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and flakes apart easily (an internal temperature should reach 140-145°F).
- Serve Immediately and garnish with crumbled feta cheese and chopped parsley.