Cod Fillets with Chili & Lime

Friday 24 August 2018

Cod Fillets with Chili & Lime 

I think one of our favourite fishes has to be Cod.  It is so mild and sweet and takes well to other flavours. I prefer the loins of course as they are the meatiest.  Someone told me once upon a time that flatter fish fillets come from closer to the tail section and are fishier tasting.  I do like fish, but I don't like really fishy tasting fish, if that makes sense.  I always buy sustainable cod,  and I adore British and Icelandic Cod.  Thankfully our Cod here in the North Sea has been brought back from the brink and once again been awarded sustainable status.  Yay!  We can now enjoy it again with a clear conscience!

I love deep fried cod, most of all, but sadly that is a once in a blue moon treat for me these days, so more often than not I opt for a healthier way of preparing it.  Today I adapted a recipe which I found on Fashionable Foods for a roasted chili & lime cod.  The flavours sounded amazing. 

I had actually made it one other time, but found the rub a bit too much for only two fillets of fish, so I have adapted it to make four servings instead. The flavours work much better when spread out over more fish. At least for me anyways.

The rub contains sweet paprika (don't be tempted to use hot or smoked), dried parsley and oregano, MILD chili powder (I can't stress this enough) . . .

Garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.  The fish gets rolled in olive oil and then in the spice mixture before being placed in a dish and being roasted for just the right amount of time . . .

While it is roasting you create a lime butter using melted butter, more olive oil and the zest and juice of two limes.  Again, far too much for just two servings.  It worked much better on four. This gets spooned over the fish as soon as it comes out of the oven. 

What you end up with is tender, perfectly cooked, well flavoured cod . . .  the flavours of the rub not being so over-powering that you cannot taste the fish. In short . . .  PERFECTION!

Yield: 4

Cod Fillets with Chili & Lime

Delicious, perfectly cooked fillets of Cod with fabulous flavours!  You are going to love, LOVE this.


For the rub:
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp dried parsley leaves
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp mild chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

You will also need:
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil, divided
4 thick cod fillets
1 TBS butter, melted
the zest and juice of two limes


Preheat the oven to 230*C/440*F/ gas mark 7.  Have ready a baking dish large enough to hold all of the fish in a single layer.

 together all of the rub ingredients. Place 1 TBS of the olive oil in a
dish. Roll the fish fillets, one at a time, in this and then roll them
in the spice mixture, coating them all over.  Place into a single layer
in the baking dish.  Roast in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes
until the fish is opague and flakes easily beneath the tines of a fork.

 together the melted butter, and remaining TBS of olive oil, along with
the zest and juice of the limes.  Spoon this mixture over the fish and
serve immediately.
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I served this with a mix of vegetables and rice.  It made for a really lovely meal for two.

I really, really hope that you will try this recipe.  It is quick, easy and delicious!  I just know that if you like fish, you are sure to love this.  I think salmon would also be lovely done this way.  Bon Appetit! 


  1. *Adds to meal list for next week*

    I love fish as well and both cod and salmon are readily available here. I have salmon in the freezer, but I might give this a go with cod. Everything else I have on hand! I love recipes where you use pantry staples and don't have to go out and buy a lot of specialised ingredients. It sounds really tasty. Will let you know how it goes after I make it.

    1. Oh, I am excited for you Marie. I really hope you enjoy it. In the original recipe the quantities for the rub were for only two fillets, but I thought the flavours overpowered the flavour of the fish. Using it on four was just right! At least for us anyways. You go with what you think you will enjoy! xo

  2. I eat cod too and always baked ..chili and lime are a great combo I find..I'll make a mixture o tomatoes ,lemon, black olives, capers,oil and garlic and spoon on my baked cod.I always feel good after that meal:)

    1. Oh yes, Cod is like the chicken of the fish world Monique! So many flavours go well with it! I like the sound of your relish! xo


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