on Feb 25, 2022, Updated Apr 15, 2023
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A truly simple fish dish, but with nice personality thanks to a drizzle or dollop of lemon yogurt.
Easy Baked Cod Filets
This is one of the easiest fish dishes ever. The cod is literally roasted with just oil, salt and pepper, and then a small drizzle of lemon yogurt gives it extra personality. But the simplicity of this dish truly allows the flavor of the fish to shine on through, so get a piece of super fresh fish.
You can use cod, halibut, or scrod, any white flaky fish. Actually, you could use any fish you wanted—perch, salmon, all that you’re doing is adding a bit of creamy citrus-ness to the situation.
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How Long to Bake Cod
The rule of thumb for cooking fish in most cases is 10 minuter per inch of thickness. If you are baking larger pieces of fish, even if they are not thicker, you’ll need to add more time. For this baked cod, if your filets are 1-inch thick, they should take 10 minutes to bake at 400 degrees.
Lemon Yogurt Sauce for Cod
The yogurt sauce is basically made of two ingredients: Greek yogurt, and lemon. That’s it (okay, okay, salt and pepper). You will use both the zest and the juice of the lmon, which is the best way to get the most flavor out of a single piece of citrus fruit.
You can be a little fancy in topping the fish with the sauce, with the help of a plastic baggie. No agility or technique involved here, just a squiggle over the fish. If you want to skip the yogurt in the baggie part, you can just top each filet with a spoonful of the lemony sauce. It will save a plastic bag, which is a good thing environmentally, but you won’t get that slightly sexy zigzag drizzle of sauce.
Sauces for Fish
Drizzling or dolloping a piece of simply roasted fish with a sauce is such an easy way to make dinner interesting. Try sesame drizzle, olive drizzle, green goddess sauce, chimichurri sauce, salsa verde—this is a smart use for leftover sauces of all stripes.
Round out your plate with Bulgur Wheat with Caramelized Onions and Parsley, Roasted Carrots with Tapenade Dressing and Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts for a very pretty meal. If you are making any roasted vegetables to go with the fish, you can slide the cod into the oven for the last 10 or so minutes of roasting time, maximizing your oven space and energy.
What to Serve with Baked Cod:
- Millet and Greens Salad
- Best Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
- Air Fryer Green Beans
- Chimichurri Garlic Bread
More Fish and Seafood Recipes:
In the mood for more fish? Try these easy fish recipes:
- Cod with Simplest Fresh Herb Sauce
- Rosemary Orange Cod Filets
- One Pot Cod, Cabbage, and Edamame
- 5-Ingredient Honey Ginger Salmon
- New England Baked Haddock
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- 4 6 to 8 ounces filets of cod (about 1-inch thick)
- 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
For the Lemon Yogurt Sauce (Optional)
- ½ cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a shallow baking dish or rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place the fish in the prepared baking dish and rub the tops with the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast the cod for about 10 minutes until it is cooked through and flaky—if the pieces of cod are thinner or thicker than 1-inch, tyou may need to reduce or extend the cooking time by a couple of minutes..
- While the fish is roasting, place the yogurt, lemon juice and zest in a sealable plastic bag. Seal the bag and mush it all around until blended. When you are ready to serve the fish, snip a tiny corner off of the baggie, and drizzle it over the fish. Serve hot.