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Overhead of a fried cod on a plate with parsley and lemon wedges.
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Fried Cod

Fried Cod is a delicious, family-friendly recipe that is perfect for a quick and easy dinner any night of the week. Cod fillets are coated in a seasoned flour mixture, then quickly fried in a deep fryer.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 160kcal



  • Preheat your deep fryer to 350°F.
  • Pat cod fillets dry with paper towels.
    1 1/2 pounds cod fish
  • Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk well. In a second bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, paprika, salt, and pepper.
    1 egg, 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dip each fish fillet into the egg, letting the excess drip off before transferring it to the seasoned flour mixture. Press the fish into the flour mixture, then flip to coat the other side. Transfer to a plate.
  • Once the oil in your fryer is hot, add the fish fillets in a single layer with a little space between them to the fryer basket. You will likely have to work in batches.
    oil for fryer
  • Slowly lower the basket into the oil and cover. Fry for 4-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillets. Cod is done when it’s golden brown and opaque and flaky when cut into.The internal temperature needs to reach 145°F on a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest part.
  • Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil before serving.
  • Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with a squeeze a lemon or cocktail sauce, if you prefer.


Tips and Techniques

  • If you don’t have cod, or don’t care for it, you can use pretty much any white fish. Other fish that would work great in this recipe are halibut, haddock, flounder, grouper, and snapper.
  • You can use blanched almond flour to make this recipe low carb and gluten free.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container. Use within 3-4 days.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary. It does not take into account the oil absorbed during frying, therefore the total calorie and fat content will be higher.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 740mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 252IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg