26 Best Cod Fish Recipes to Make Tonight

If you're a fish lover and regularly turn to salmon, tuna and swordfish for healthy, pescatarian-friendly dinners, then we have another option for you to try: cod fish.

White fish doesn't always get as much love because it's often associated with being bland and lacking in taste. However, cod is a white fish that swims against the current, in the sense that it has a mild flavor that can easily be seasoned and goes well with whatever dish you're making.

Never had cod fish recipes before? First let's get the basics right.

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Cod is a white fish with a soft, flakey texture and a mild and slightly sweet taste. It also tends to be firmer compared to other white fish, which makes it easier to handle and not break as easily.

Also, unlike other white fish which tend to dry up easily if overcooked, cod is an oily fish and maintains a juicy texture even after cooking.

Cod livers are often processed to make cod liver oil, which is an important source of vitamin A, D, E and Omega-3 fatty acids.

If you've never cooked with white fish before, cod is definitely a good candidate to start with.

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Given its mild flavor, cod fish can be easily seasoned according to your preferences. That means you can use herbs and condiments like you would with other fish.

A common way to season cod is to drizzle olive oil over the cod fillets, then add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, before sprinkling over condiments such as salt, ground pepper and a bit of ground paprika if you like things a little spicy.

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Now that you known what cod fish is and how to season cod, you might be wondering how to cook cod fish or how to make cod fish part of your mealtime routine.

There are plenty of ways to eat cod, including making cod fish tacos, breading it to make fish and chips, baking it in the oven or cooking it in a pan. Try them all with these 26 best cod fish recipes for Lent, Good Friday or the spring season ahead!

James Stefiuk<p>This Instant Pot fish taco bowls recipe looks complicated, but you probably have most of the spices on hand and the variety of flavors will win you over.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/640822/parade/instant-pot-fish-taco-bowls/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instant Pot Fish Taco Bowls;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Instant Pot Fish Taco Bowls</em></a></strong></p>
Mark Boughton<p>Crushed kettle-cooked potato chips turn simple fish fillets into crispy, crunchy deliciousness.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/842696/communitytable/potato-chip-fish/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Potato Chip Fish;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Potato Chip Fish</em></a></strong></p>
Mark Boughton<p>Spread store-bought hummus on cod and roast with broccoli, olives and cherry tomatoes for an easy, flavorful (and fast) sheet pan dinner.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/959327/parade/hummus-fast-and-flavorful-sheet-pan-dinner/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crunchy Hummus-Crusted Cod with Roasted Broccoli & Olives;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Crunchy Hummus-Crusted Cod with Roasted Broccoli & Olives</em></a></strong></p>
James Stefiuk<p>Frozen fish gets a crispy topping and cooks quickly in a hot oven in this Parmesan-crusted cod recipe—no thawing or deep-frying required.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://parade.com/1156228/parade/use-up-that-frozen-fish-in-this-20-minute-parmesan-crusted-cod-recipe/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:20-Minute Parmesan Crusted Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>20-Minute Parmesan Crusted Cod</em></a></strong></p>
Eva Kolenko<p>Ayesha Curry's sweet sambal cod recipe pairs affordable, heart-healthy cod with a zippy spicy-sweet sauce. Even better, it’s a quick, easy one-pan dish for your suppertime lineup.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/1073444/parade/ayesha-curry-sweet-sambal-cod-recipe/" data-ylk="slk:Sweet Sambal Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Sweet Sambal Cod</em></a></strong></p>
Chisel and Fork<p>This blackened cod with a fresh corn mango salsa is loaded with flavor and can be prepared in under 10 minutes.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.chiselandfork.com/blackened-cod/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Blackened Cod with Fresh Corn Mango Salsa;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Blackened Cod with Fresh Corn Mango Salsa</em></a></strong></p>
The Mediterranean Dish<p>This easy baked cod recipe comes together in just over 20 minutes, but there is a reason it is a big fan favorite! Tender, perfectly flaky cod, tossed in bold Mediterranean spices and baked with a tasty garlic and lemon sauce.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.themediterraneandish.com/baked-cod-recipe-lemon-garlic/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Baked Cod with Lemon and Garlic;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Baked Cod with Lemon and Garlic</em></a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/50-lent-worthy-baked-fish-222143318.html" data-ylk="slk:40 Baked Fish Recipes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;" class="link  yahoo-link">40 Baked Fish Recipes</a></strong></p>
Closet Cooking<p>Buttery soft black cod in a simple and tasty miso marinade that melts in your mouth taking your taste buds on a trip to heaven.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.closetcooking.com/miso-glazed-black-cod/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Miso Glazed Black Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Miso Glazed Black Cod</em></a></strong></p>
South Your Mouth<p>A quick and easy recipe for baked cod seasoned with blackening spices–using a prepared blend or the included blackening seasoning recipe. It's ready in under 15 minutes!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.southyourmouth.com/2021/02/baked-blackened-cod.html" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Baked Blackened Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Baked Blackened Cod</em></a></strong></p>
Kitchen Swagger<p>Crispy baked coconut cod breaded with shredded coconut and panko crumbs.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://kitchenswagger.com/coconut-crusted-cod-recipe/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Coconut Crusted Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Coconut Crusted Cod</em></a></strong></p>
Fashionable Foods<p>Cod filets are rubbed with a flavorful spice mixture before roasting to perfection. Top this roasted chili-lime cod with a delicious lime-butter sauce and serve over your favorite veggie and rice, quinoa or cauliflower rice for a simple weeknight meal!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://fashionablefoods.com/2014/06/27/2014618roasted-chili-lime-cod/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Roasted Chili Lime Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Roasted Chili Lime Cod</em></a></strong></p>
More than Meat and Potatoes<p>Baked cod with panko is an easy, flavorful and light dinner dish. Cod fillets are topped with seasoned, buttery panko breadcrumbs then baked to perfection!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://morethanmeatandpotatoes.com/baked-cod-with-panko/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Baked Cod with Panko;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Baked Cod with Panko</em></a></strong></p>
Unicorns in the Kitchen<p>Parmesan baked cod is very easy to make and is ready in 30 minutes. Tender cod fillets are coated with a parmesan and spice combination and baked to perfection.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.unicornsinthekitchen.com/easy-parmesan-baked-cod-recipe/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Easy Parmesan Baked Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Easy Parmesan Baked Cod</em></a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: 55 <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/55-air-fryer-fish-recipes-140215764.html" data-ylk="slk:Best Air Fryer Fish Recipes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;" class="link  yahoo-link">Best Air Fryer Fish Recipes</a></strong></p>
Closet Cooking<p>A quick and easy, light and healthy cod in a tomato, lemon, butter and garlic sauce with plenty of fresh herbs.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.closetcooking.com/cod-in-a-tomato-lemon-butter-sauce/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cod in a Tomato Lemon Butter Sauce;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Cod in a Tomato Lemon Butter Sauce</em></a></strong></p>
Will Cook for Smiles<p>This is a delicious buttery baked cod recipe that has a simple and delicious seasoning combination along with savory garlic and fresh lemon flavors.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.willcookforsmiles.com/baked-cod/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Buttery Lemon Garlic Baked Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Buttery Lemon Garlic Baked Cod</em></a></strong></p>
What's in the Pan<p>Boston baked cod with lemon and wine is amazingly quick, crispy and flaky cod recipe! Easy to prepare and ready in less than 30 minutes in one pan. Perfect for quick weeknight dinners!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://whatsinthepan.com/boston-baked-cod-lemon-wine/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Boston Baked Cod with Lemon and Wine;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Boston Baked Cod with Lemon and Wine</em></a></strong></p>
Midwest Foodie<p>This healthy Mediterranean baked fish dinner takes just 20 minutes from start to finish and is made with only 8 ingredients!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://midwestfoodieblog.com/mediterranean-fish/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Easy Mediterranean Baked Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Easy Mediterranean Baked Cod</em></a></strong></p>
Fav Family Recipes<p>This baked cod is hands-down my favorite fish dish. It turns out perfectly flaky every time. The flavorful, creamy sauce puts it over the top!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/baked-cod-in-cream-sauce/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Baked Cod in Cream Sauce;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Baked Cod in Cream Sauce</em></a></strong></p>
Lavender and Macarons<p>This easy cod piccata in a creamy picatta sauce makes a quick 30-minute dinner recipe your family will love. Creamy, a bit briny and so so good!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.lavenderandmacarons.com/cod-piccata-cod-fillet-recipe/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cod Piccata;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Cod Piccata</em></a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/heres-much-fish-buy-per-165048282.html" data-ylk="slk:How Much Fish Should I Buy For Dinner?;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;" class="link  yahoo-link">How Much Fish Should I Buy For Dinner?</a></strong></p>
Baker by Nature<p>A quick and easy recipe for pan-seared cod in white wine tomato basil sauce! If you love cod fish recipes, try this flavorful dish for dinner tonight! So good with rice or zoodles!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://bakerbynature.com/pan-seared-cod-in-white-wine-tomato-basil-sauce/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce </em></a></strong></p>
Little Broken<p>Most tender, flakiest and flavorful cod you will ever make! This tomato and herb butter complements the mild tasting cod in the most delicious way ever.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.littlebroken.com/cod-with-tomato-and-herb-butter/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cod with Tomato and Herb Butter;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Cod with Tomato and Herb Butter</em></a></strong></p>
Delicious Little Bites<p>Pan-fried cod is a delicious, family-friendly recipe that is perfect for a quick and easy dinner any night of the week.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://deliciouslittlebites.com/pan-fried-cod/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pan Fried Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Pan Fried Cod</em></a></strong></p>
Erren's Kitchen<p>Cod fillets in a delicious simple garlic butter sauce. Mouthwatering and easy to make too!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.errenskitchen.com/garlic-butter-cod-fillets/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Garlic Butter Cod Fillets;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Garlic Butter Cod Fillets</em></a></strong></p>
The Recipe Critic<p>Air fryer cod will change the way you eat fish! Crispy golden outside and flakey tender inside, you are going to love this!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://therecipecritic.com/air-fryer-cod/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crispy Parmesan Air Fried Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Crispy Parmesan Air Fried Cod</em></a></strong></p>
Cooking Classy<p>A simple yet incredibly flavorful lemon butter cod recipe made with flakey cod fish, a simple seasoning, bright lemon and ultra rich butter!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.cookingclassy.com/lemon-butter-cod-recipe/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lemon Butter Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Lemon Butter Cod</em></a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://parade.com/1201727/parade/zesty-grilled-fish/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zesty Grilled Fish Recipes;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Zesty Grilled Fish Recipes</a></strong></p>
Cooking with Mammac<p>This oven-fried cod will become your go-to recipe! I tested it over and over to achieve the best, crispy, baked cod. Use this method for any oven-fried fish!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://cookingwithmammac.com/oven-fried-cod/" rel="sponsored" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Oven-Fried Cod;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>Oven-Fried Cod</em></a></strong></p>

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