How to Cook Cod Fish

Updated February 21, 2017

Cod fish have a dense, white flesh that makes them perfect for almost any type of cooking method. Most of the cod sold in the United States are Atlantic cod, but many other fish are sold around the world using the same name. Cod are generally flash-frozen aboard the fishing vessel and sold in the frozen fish aisle of the grocery store. If you live on the Atlantic coastline, fresh cod may be available at certain times of the year.

Thaw frozen cod fillets overnight in the refrigerator. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

Place cod fillets in a single layer on a grill pan and brush with melted butter.

Squeeze the juice of one-half of a lemon over the fillets. Alternatively, you can season the fillets with a generous application of lemon pepper seasoning.

Adjust your oven rack to the highest setting level and preheat the grill.

Cook the cod fillets under the grill for five minutes, then turn, re-season with butter and lemon juice, and cook for an additional five minutes or until the cod fillets flake easily with a fork.

Brush a 9-by-13 shallow baking dish with olive oil. Place thawed cod fillets in a single layer in the dish.

Pour a jar of your favourite spaghetti sauce evenly over the fillets.

Cook the fillets in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes. While the fillets are cooking, prepare linguine noodles or other pasta as directed on the package.

Remove the fillets from the oven and sprinkle shredded or grated Parmesan cheese over the entire pan. Place back into the oven and cook for another 10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily and the cheese is hot and bubbly.

Serve over drained linguine or other pasta noodles.

Cut cod fillets into 2-inch pieces. Pat dry with paper towels.

Season the fillet pieces with lemon juice.

Melt one-quarter cup of butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.

Cook the fillet pieces in the melted butter, turning often, for 10 to 12 minutes or until the fish is completely cooked though.

Serve the sautéed cod over a fresh green salad or use in a pasta salad.


For a light main dish, sauté whole fillets for four to five minutes per side.

Things You'll Need

  • Cod fillets
  • Paper towels
  • Grill pan
  • Butter
  • Pastry brush
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • Baking dish
  • Olive oil
  • 16 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Linguine noodles or other pasta
  • Large non-stick skillet
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