Roasted Cod with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

This is one of the easiest fish dishes ever.  The cod is literally roasted with just oil, salt and pepper, but it’s the small drizzle of lemon yogurt that gives it its 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.  Gosh. It’s barely even a recipe.  

Roasted Cod with Lemon Yogurt Sauce: A truly simple fish recipe, but with nice personality thanks to a drizzle of lemon yogurt.

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Yogurt Sauce

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.

Roasted Cod with Lemon Yogurt 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 do 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.

Roasted Cod with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

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Roasted Cod with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

A truly simple fish dish, but with nice personality thanks to a drizzle or dollop of lemon yogurt.
Yield: 4 People
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 6 to 8 ounces filets of cod
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest


  • Preheat the oven to 400°. 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—the cooking time really depends on the thickness of the pieces, which can vary a lot.
  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 972mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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