The Lemon Butter Pan-Seared Cod Recipe

Here’s a delicious recipe for Lemon Butter Pan-Seared Cod:


  • 4 cod fillets (about 6 ounces each)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Season both sides of the cod fillets generously with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Once the skillet is hot, carefully add the cod fillets to the skillet, skin side down if the fillets have skin. Cook for 4-5 minutes on one side, until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Flip the cod fillets over using a spatula and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the butter to the skillet. Once the butter has melted, add the minced garlic and lemon zest to the skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant.
  6. Stir in the lemon juice and chopped fresh parsley, and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove the skillet from the heat. Spoon the lemon butter sauce over the cod fillets.
  8. Serve the Lemon Butter Pan-Seared Cod immediately, garnished with additional chopped parsley if desired.

This Lemon Butter Pan-Seared Cod is a simple yet elegant dish that’s bursting with flavor. The combination of tender cod fillets, zesty lemon, and rich butter creates a mouthwatering meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Enjoy!

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