Butter Baked Cod

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

We are great fans of fish in this house, especially haddock and cod. It goes without saying that we only buy and eat fish that is responsibly sourced and caught.

We do also occasionally eat salmon and tuna and Todd loves mackeral. Me, I'm not such a fan of mackeral. I've never been overly fond of strong flavoured fish. Call me squeamish.

This is an excellent way to prepare Cod. This dish is also called Poor Man's Lobster, although to be sure anyone who calls it that today has certainly not taken into account the price of Cod these days!

It's a simple dish with simple ingredients. There is no faff here, or anything fancy. Easy and simple and oh so very delicious.

I'll tell you now that I only use half the amount of butter that the recipe requires, and we don't dip it into butter when we are eating it either. Our cholesterol levels do not allow for that. It is delicious regardless.

Of course, if you are not bothered, by all means do use the full amount of butter. If it is as delicious as it is with half the amount, I can only imagine how very tasty it is with the full amount! Recipe taken from The Best Casserole Book Ever, by Beatrice Ojakangas. (Lots of scrumminess in that book!)

*Butter Baked Cod*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

Delicously tender and moist. Fish at it's best.

1 1/2 pounds fresh cod fillets
8 ounces of butter, melted (1 cup)
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp of ground paprika
Chopped fresh parsley
Sliced lemon to serve

Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.

Place the fish in a shallow casserole dish. Pour half of the melted butter over the fillets. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika. Place into the heated oven and bake, uncovered, basting occasionally, until the fish flakes with a fork. This will take 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve, garnished with some parsley and some sliced lemon. Pass the remaining melted butter for dipping


  1. So simple... so good... Must do this one--we love fish too! :o) Happy Day, Dear Marie--LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

  2. Delicious as always, cod is SO underated - even the kids like it! THank you for a great recipe.
    Have a lovely day
    Mary x

  3. I love all fishes Marie , and this recipe look specially yummy, bookmarked, I send you big huggs and love for you and Tood...and Daisie of course, she is soo cute, gloria

  4. This recipe is so heavenly good.
    Like you I only use 1 stick of butter. I put it all on the fish, in addition to some chopped shallots and red pepper, and let it marinate overnight. Not that this is necessary though. I ADORE this dish. I also choose to season the butter itself instead the fish which allows me to taste it and adjust the amounts. I also added maybe 2 chopped garlic. The sauce that comes of of the prepared dish with the butter, fish flavor, garlic, and all is divine. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe! Regine

  5. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know how much you enjoyed this Regine! YOu made my day!

  6. After trying this method, I doubt if I will cook cod any other way!

  7. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know Caroline! YOU made my day! :-) I love it when people try my recipes and then come back and tell me that they enjoyed them! xx

  8. Yummy, I made this fish for dinner tonight with rave reviews from the whole family; even my picky kids!

  9. Connie, I am so glad you family enjoyed this! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know! You're a star!!

  10. Hi Marie, I'm not sure if my comment went through, (I got an error message). I wanted to let you know that that I bought Cod Tenderloins for dinner tonight. I googled it to see the best way to cook them. I arrived at your doorstep :) I chose this recipe due to my picky eaters. This was so delicious and my husband just raved about it! I can't wait to try your other recipes. Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. Christina, thank you so very much for letting me know how much you enjoyed this dish. I think it's pretty special myself and I am glad your family does too! I hope you do get a chance to try some other recipes. That always makes me happy when people try them out love them like I do! I am sorry about the comment thing. I had to put restrictions on comments on posts more than a week old as there were some nasty foreign people dropping links on my posts via the comments section all the time. I was forever having to spend time taking them off!!

  12. This is probably my 10th time making this recipe since I found it on Pinterest. It's cooking right now and my whole family can't get enough, even our 6 year old boy! I usually use cod loins so I just cook a bit longer to make up for the thickness difference. Thank you for sharing this as it has become a family staple recipe in this house. Oh and also since I pinned this on Pinterest, it's the most re-pinned of all the recipes I've saved with new people pinning it every day. Again thank you, must check out more recipes here.

    1. Tiffany, thank you so much for taking the time to let us all know how much you enjoy this recipe! You really made my day! I do hope you will check out more recipes here. I think they are all pretty fab, but then again, I may be a tad bit biased! ;-) xo

  13. I've been on the Mediterranean Diet and love fish. This is wonderful with a plateful of veggies.

    1. Hi Kathy! I am so pleased that you enjoyed this! xo


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