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Close up of 2 cod fillets in a cast iron skillet with pieces of lemon, lemon slices, and parsley on them.
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Broiled Cod with Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce

Broiled Cod with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce is a quick and easy, family friendly recipe. It takes just 5 ingredients and less than 20 minutes to put this delicious meal on the table. This recipe is also perfect for those following low carb, keto, or gluten free diets, as well.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Low Carb, Seafood
Servings: 4
Calories: 200kcal


  • 1 pound cod fillets (4 fillets)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (minced)


  • Preheat the broiler on the oven. Pat the cod with a paper towel, then season both sides with the salt and pepper.
    4 cod fillets on a wood cutting board with salt and pepper on them
  • Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a cast iron or oven-proof skillet that is no bigger than 12 inches. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds, then stir in the lemon juice and zest.
    Butter, garlic, and lemon in a cast iron skillet over a white background
  • Place the cod fillets in the pan and cook for 1 minute, then carefully turn them over.
    4 Cod fillets in lemon garlic butter sauce in a cast iron skillet over a white background
  • Place the skillet in the oven about 4-6 inches from the broiler. Broil for 6-9 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillets, or until the internal temperature of the cod reaches 130-140°F on a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest portion of a fillet.
    Broiled cod fillets in a lemon garlic butter sauce in a cast iron skillet over a white background
  • Garnish with the parsley and extra lemon slices, if desired, and serve.



Tips and Techniques

  • Choose cod fillets that are approximately the same size and thickness to ensure even cooking.
  • If you don’t have an oven-proof skillet, you can place the cod fillets in a baking dish. Prepare the Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce as instructed in the recipe card, then pour the sauce over the fillets before broiling.
  • Store leftover cod in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 564IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg