Buttered Cod in Skillet (VIDEO)

A simple and quick recipe for Buttered Cod in Skillet. Seasoned cod fillets in butter, herbs and lemon. The amazing recipe is ready from start to finish in under 10 minutes, perfect for a lazy dinner. Enjoy the fish with a side of mashed potatoes.

Cod in a Wine Sauce is another easy way to prepare cod.

Buttered Cod in Skillet topped with herbs and lemon slices.

Cod Recipe-

This truly is the best recipe for cod. The fish become so flavorful, flakey and melts in your mouth tender. The butter penetrates into the cod and combined with the seasonings, lemon and herbs is a phenomenal recipe.

How to Cook Cod-

This is the easiest recipe for cod fillets in a skillet you will find. You are going to love the recipe and prepare it over and over again. Even your picky eaters will approve and ask for seconds.

  • Prepare seasonings for the cod. Combine the ground paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder. TIP: If you like spicy food, add ground cayenne pepper or chili, to taste.

Seasonings in a bowl for cod fillets.

  • Heat 2 Tbsp butter in a wide skillet over medium-high heat. Add cod to the melted butter in skillet. Cook 2 minutes.
  • Turn heat down to medium. Turn cod over, top with remaining butter and cook another 3-4 minutes.
  • Drizzle lemon juice over cod and top with fresh cilantro or parsley.
  • NOTE: Butter will completely melt and fish will cook through. Don’t overcook, it will become mushy and completely fall apart.

Cod seasoned and topped with butter in a skillet.

What kind of Cod do I use for Buttered Cod in Skillet?

You can use any cod fillet. An Alaskan or wild caught cod will perform best in this recipe, however, your favorite cod fish will work.

How long do you cook Cod Fish?

The thickness of the cod fillet will impact the cooking time of the fish. A thicker and larger fillet will require a few more minutes of cooking time. A thinner fillet will cook quicker.

Can I use frozen Cod?

Yes, store bought frozen cod will work. Just be sure to completely thaw the cod fillets before cooking. Thaw the cod in the refrigerator.

Buttered cod in a skillet with herbs.

I hope you this seasoned Cod in creamy butter, herbs and lemon. Such a simple dinner with wonderful results. WOW your guests and family alike.

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Buttered Cod in Skillet. Ready in under 15 minutes and soo good!. ValentinasCorner.com
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4.98 from 41 votes

Buttered Cod in Skillet

Amazing, quick and easy recipe for buttered cod in skillet. Ready in 10 minutes, this fish recipe has a wow factor. The seasoned cod cooked in butter and topped with herbs and lemon juice is amazing.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttered cod, cod recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner



  • 1 1/2 lbs cod fillets
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, sliced



How to Make Buttered Cod in Skillet-

  • Stir together ingredients for seasoning in a small bowl.
  • Cut cod into smaller pieces, if desired. Season all sides of the cod with the seasoning.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once butter melts, add cod to skillet. Cook 2 minutes.
  • Turn heat down to medium. Turn cod over, top with remaining butter and cook another 3-4 minutes. 
  • Butter will completely melt and the fish will cook. (Don’t overcook the cod, it will become mushy and completely fall apart.)
  • Drizzle cod with fresh lemon juice. Top with fresh herbs, if desired. Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy, friends.
Nutrition Facts
Buttered Cod in Skillet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 118mg39%
Sodium 385mg17%
Potassium 712mg20%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 815IU16%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Buttered Cod in Skillet. Ready in under 15 minutes and soo good!. ValentinasCorner.com

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  • Mele Tua'one 02/08/2020, 4:29 pm Link Reply

    My second time cooking it this year, so tasty! Even those who aren’t fish fans loved this cod! Thanks so much!

    • Valentina's Corner 02/09/2020, 5:24 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing, Mele! I’m so glad you enjoy the cod recipe.

  • Michael Goode 01/17/2020, 4:16 pm Link Reply

    First time cooking cod at home. Your recipe is simple, fast and the cod was excellent. We will definitely be doing this again. Thank you for sharing these instructions.

    • Valentina's Corner 01/17/2020, 6:27 pm Link Reply

      Michael, I am so glad this buttered cod was a hit for you! 🙂

  • Donna Hunter 01/13/2020, 7:02 pm Link Reply

    Excellent. Have made this a few times now. Last time I put some sage in the butter and cooked the cod and it was delicious. Making this tonight and will add capers. So happy I found this recipe.

    • Valentina's Corner 01/13/2020, 10:52 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Donna. I love the caper idea, that will be wonderful will the lemon and butter. We are glad you found our online home. 🙂

  • Nancy Deane 01/06/2020, 7:10 pm Link Reply

    Made this tonight and loved it! I didn’t have a lemon but I substituted a little lemon pepper plus the remaining seasonings. I also added a tiny pinch of cayenne. I had two filets weighing total 3/4 lb and I used approx 4 T butter and honestly could have used 3T. But it was fantastic! The cod was on sale for $5 and I served with a stir fried yellow pepper and a little broccoli. Great Keto dish!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/06/2020, 9:53 pm Link Reply

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the cod, Nancy! Thanks for sharing feedback with us.

  • sarah 12/29/2019, 9:03 pm Link Reply

    A simple and tasty meal. Combined it with asparagus, nice compliment to the fish

    • Valentina's Corner 12/29/2019, 9:06 pm Link Reply

      Oh I bet asparagus tasted amazing with the cod, Sarah. Thanks so much for visiting our online home.

  • Valerie 12/23/2019, 9:55 pm Link Reply

    Great recipe! Followed your recipe exactly and was pleasantly surprised how delicious and EASY it was! Thank you!

    • Valentina's Corner 12/24/2019, 10:33 am Link Reply

      Thanks for sharing, Valerie. That’s wonderful, stop back and visit our online home again.

  • Gary Mehalik 11/25/2019, 5:17 pm Link Reply

    I tried this with frozen cod thawed in the refrigerator and it was wonderful. My wife doesn’t like fish, so I did it with thinly-sliced boneless chicken breast and it was also fabulous. Served it with the sauce over orzo cooked like rice pilaf and it was a huge hit.

    • Valentina's Corner 11/25/2019, 11:28 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful and Gary and I love your experiment with the chicken breast, genius! I can almost taste how wonderful it was over the orzo. Thanks so much for giving our recipe a try.

  • Marth V 11/16/2019, 12:29 am Link Reply

    First time cooking fish. I didn’t know what to expect because I don’t like the taste of any fish. Easy, great tasting. Thanks.

    • Valentina's Corner 11/16/2019, 10:19 am Link Reply

      That just put a HUGE smile on my face, Marth. Thanks for giving our recipe a try even though you don’t like fish.

  • GLORIA J GUERRERO 11/10/2019, 3:35 pm Link Reply

    This recipe sounds like its gonna be a winner for me, I do not any kind of seafood but my son is a seafood lover,the hard part for me is trying to figure out if I under cooked it or over cooked it since I will not test taste it this is what I battle with , I’m going to give it a try again with your recipe, “Wish me luck”!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/12/2019, 12:39 pm Link Reply

      I hope the recipe is a hit and your son loved it, Gloria. 🙂

  • Tony Cini 11/06/2019, 8:33 pm Link Reply

    Easy Easy Easy! Turned out great. Made me a hero of the evening.

    • Valentina's Corner 11/07/2019, 12:56 pm Link Reply

      I love it, Hero Tony. Thanks so much for sharing that and for trying our recipe. 🙂

  • DEANNA ELFERS 11/05/2019, 3:27 pm Link Reply

    how many carbs in this cod recipe

  • Carey 10/25/2019, 7:52 pm Link Reply

    We used smoked paprika. It was awesome.

    • Valentina's Corner 10/25/2019, 9:56 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Carey! Thanks for trying our recipe.

  • Dawn Shiflet 10/19/2019, 8:49 pm Link Reply

    My first time cooking cod at home. Followed your recipe to a “T”. So glad that I tried your recipe first! Don’t think I want to try any other. It was absolutely delish and so easy! This will be something that I will cook often as it fits perfectly into my keto diet plan. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/20/2019, 6:04 pm Link Reply

      That just makes me so happy, Dawn. So glad you enjoyed this superbly easy dish! Thanks for visiting our online home..

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