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Lemon Butter Cod Recipe

A simple yet incredibly flavorful Lemon Butter Cod recipe! Made with flakey cod fish, a simple seasoning, bright lemon, and ultra rich butter! It’s pan seared to achieve a light browning and flavor boost, and you can have it ready in just 25 minutes!


  • 4 (6 oz each) cod fillets, skinless, about 1-inch thick

  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme

  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 3/4 tsp salt, or to taste

  • 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 5 Tbsp Danish Creamery Butter, cut into 1 Tbsp pieces, divided

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley


  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together flour, paprika, onion powder, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.

  • Sprinkle and spread flour mixture over both sides of the cod fillets (use up all of the mixture).

  • Melt 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

  • Add cod and sear until golden brown and cooked through on each side, about 3 - 4 minutes per side (fish should flake easily with a fork when done). Transfer to serving plates.

  • Reduce burner temperature to medium-low. Melt remaining 4 Tbsp butter in same skillet.

  • Add garlic and saute just until fragrant and just lightly deepened in color (but not browned), about 15 seconds.

  • Remove from heat and carefully pour and stir in chicken broth and lemon juice (careful it will steam!).

  • Immediately pour sauce over cod fillets. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm.

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