Ready in about 15 minutes, this garlic butter cod recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. It's also deliciously versatile, as it pairs well with myriad vegetables. Try it with sautéed grape tomatoes, spinach and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Serve it atop a bed of rice or pasta or enjoy it on its own.

Garlic butter cod recipe

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Things You’ll Need

  • 4 small cod fillets, patted dry

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4 cup broth

  • Sautéed vegetables, for serving

  • Pasta or rice, for serving

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Ingredients for garlic butter cod recipe


To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free all-purpose flour.

Step 1

On a plate or shallow dish, toss the flour and spices together.

Mix flour and spices

Step 2

Coat both sides of each fillet in the flour mixture.

Coat cod with flour mixture

Step 3

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Cook the cod until it is golden brown and flaky, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

Cook cod fillets


Don't worry if the cod slightly falls apart. You will be deglazing the pan to make a sauce, so nothing will go to waste.

Step 4

Remove the cod and place it on a separate plate. Add the garlic and remaining butter to the skillet. Cook for about 30 seconds.

Add butter and garlic to skillet

Step 5

Add the lemon juice, broth and parsley. Cook until slightly reduced and thick, about 1 to 2 minutes, scraping the skillet with a spatula.

Add lemon juice, broth and parsley

Step 6

Plate the cod with cooked vegetables and pasta or rice. Pour the garlic-butter sauce over the cod and top with more fresh parsley if you'd like.

Plated garlic butter cod


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