A simple and quick recipe for Cod Fish pan-seared in a skillet. The fish is seasoned and cooked in butter and served with herbs and fresh lemon. The cod is so buttery, flakey, and melts in your mouth.

This easy recipe is ready from start to finish in under 10 minutes, perfect for a lazy dinner when craving seafood.

Cod fish in a pan with lemon wedges and herbs.

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 fish recipe.

How to Cook Cod fish-

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 SEASONING: 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.
  • CUT COD: Keep the cod whole (and cook an extra minute), or cut into smaller pieces. Season all sides of the cod.
  • COOK COD: Heat 2 Tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add cod to the melted butter and cook 2 minutes. Turn heat down to medium and flip the cod over. Top with remaining butter and cook another 3-4 minutes.
  • SERVE: Drizzle lemon juice over cod and top with fresh cilantro or parsley before serving.
Cod fish fillets in a skillet with butter.

frequently asked questions-

What kind of cod do I use?

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 approximately 9-12 minutes of cooking.
-A thinner fillet will cook quicker, about 6-8 minutes.

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.
NOTE: You don’t want to cook the cod when it’s still frozen.

Cod fish fillets in a skillet in a butter sauce and topped with lemon wedges and herbs.

I hope this cod recipe becomes our new favorite fish to enjoy when you want a quick meal.

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Buttered Cod Fish Recipe (Video)

Author: Valentina
Buttered Cod in Skillet. Ready in under 15 minutes and soo good!. ValentinasCorner.com
4.97 from 142 votes
The BEST cod fish recipe! Cod seasoned and cooked in butter until flakey and so tender. The cod is ready in just 10 minutes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings



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


  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¾ tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh herbs (parsley or cilantro)
  • few lemon slices, drizzle for serving


  • Combine the ingredients for the 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 the heat down to medium. Gently flip the cod. 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 and herbs. Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy, friends.


294kcal Calories30g Protein18g Fat11g Saturated Fat118mg Cholesterol385mg Sodium712mg Potassium815IU Vitamin A1.7mg Vitamin C32mg Calcium0.7mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Buttered Cod Fish Recipe (Video)
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.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)