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Looking for a quick and flavorful seafood dish that’s sure to impress? Look no further than this Lemon Butter Pan-Seared Cod recipe. Tender cod fillets are seasoned to perfection, then pan-seared to golden perfection, creating a crispy exterior while keeping the fish moist and flaky on the inside. What takes this dish to the next level is the luscious lemon butter sauce, infused with garlic and fresh herbs, which adds a burst of brightness and richness to every bite. This recipe is not only delicious but also incredibly simple to make, making it perfect for busy weeknights or special occasions. So, grab your skillet and get ready to create a restaurant-quality dish right in your kitchen!


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


  1. Season the Cod: Pat the cod fillets dry with paper towels. Season both sides generously with salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat the Skillet: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.
  3. Sear the Cod: Carefully add the cod fillets to the skillet. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on one side until golden brown and crispy. Flip the fillets and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  4. Make the Lemon Butter Sauce: While the cod is cooking, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly golden. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice.
  5. Finish: Once the cod fillets are cooked through, pour the lemon butter sauce over the fish in the skillet. Spoon the sauce over the fillets to coat them evenly.
  6. Garnish: Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the cod fillets.
  7. Serve: Transfer the cod fillets to serving plates. Serve hot with lemon wedges on the side for an extra burst of freshness.

Enjoy your Lemon Butter pan-eared cod! It’s simple to make and bursting with flavor.


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