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.

Try these other FISH recipes:

Buttered Cod in Skillet. Ready in under 15 minutes and soo good!. ValentinasCorner.com
Print Recipe
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

Subscribe to our Family's Newsletter!

Valentina's Corner

Show 197 Comments
  • William S. Kling 09/29/2019, 2:12 pm Link Reply

    I made this last night and it was a huge success. So easy, and the flavor balance didn’t overwhelm the cod. I subbed in lime since we like it and I didn’t have a lemon, and smoked paprika for a bit more kick. Used LOTS of fresh dill-tasty and pretty. Used the sauce on mashed skin-on red potatoes. Next time I might try orange both for the flavor and the color in the presentation (slices simmered in the pan). Plus I might season an hour beforehand and let sit in the fridge. Thank you!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/01/2019, 7:55 am Link Reply

      So glad you enjoyed the easy cod recipe, William. I’m loving all of your tips.

  • Rusti 09/25/2019, 9:06 pm Link Reply

    This will be our go-to recipe from now on. I served the drippings over rice and my husband was scooping up leftover sauce from the rim of his plate. I love how easy and quick it was. We will definitely be eating cod more often now! Thank-you for sharing.

    • Valentina's Corner 09/26/2019, 3:10 pm Link Reply

      That’s just wonderful, Rusti. I’m so glad your family enjoyed the easy recipe. Stop by and try something else.

  • Kathey Ahrens 09/13/2019, 10:58 pm Link Reply

    Made this to celebrate Friday the 13th in Reno, NV where I’m visiting. The only “fresh” fish here was Cod, so I snatched it up.
    Served this with basmati with fresh flat leaf parsley, a steamed artichoke and Burre Blanc, just because we’re celebrating!
    Epic preparation! So easy, so succulent!
    Just delicious!
    Thank you so much for your interpretation and influence!

    • Valentina's Corner 09/13/2019, 11:23 pm Link Reply

      Oh your dinner sounds just lovely, Kathey. I’m so glad you enjoyed the “celebration”. Have a most wonderful weekend.

  • Larry L Holtsclaw 08/16/2019, 10:29 pm Link Reply

    Just did this recipe about an hour ago and hands down is the best cod skillet recipe: I don’t have to look any further!! The key is the flavor you end up with is the best … it was flavorful!! Simple yet right on. Excellent and thank you

    • Valentina's Corner 08/17/2019, 11:16 am Link Reply

      So sweet. Thank you, Larry! That makes me so happy. 🙂

  • Steven Mandel MD 08/14/2019, 10:30 pm Link Reply

    I made this 30 minutes ago. I used fresh cod and let it come to room temperature before following the directions. It was delicious! Remarkable because it was simple, straight forward and really took only a few minutes. Yummy.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/15/2019, 12:13 am Link Reply

      I agree. This recipe is not only good is just so quick. Makes it the perfect dinner for busy evenings.

  • Heather 07/28/2019, 7:18 pm Link Reply

    Absolutely fantastic, and so easy to make!

    • Valentina's Corner 07/29/2019, 1:08 am Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Heather. I’m so glad to hear that and welcome to our online home. 🙂

  • Leslie 07/16/2019, 5:23 pm Link Reply

    This is a great recipe with simple ingredients and fast preparation! We live in Alaska were fresh cod/fish is abundant so it always great to find new ways to prepare fish. This is a family favorite now! Thank you for posting it.

    • Valentina's Corner 07/16/2019, 7:28 pm Link Reply

      So happy to have you visit us all the way from Alaska, and so glad you enjoyed the easy but delicious recipe.

  • Amanda V 07/11/2019, 11:10 pm Link Reply

    I made 9 pieces of this thinking that we would have enough for leftovers…we ended up fighting over who got to lick the platter clean! (I won, of course!) We got nice pieces of cod from our local fish market and it ended up tasting like lobster! It was so rich and buttery. This will definitely be a family staple!

    • Valentina's Corner 07/13/2019, 1:38 pm Link Reply

      Your comment totally made my day. I’m so glad your family enjoyed the easy cod! 🙂

  • Sandra 06/06/2019, 10:52 pm Link Reply

    Fantastic!! Better than restaurants! I will absolutely check out your future fish recipes! I’m saving this one.

    • Valentina's Corner 06/07/2019, 2:46 pm Link Reply

      Thank you, Sandra! That makes me so happy, I especially love how easy the dish is to make.:)

  • Sandra Bowyer 05/22/2019, 8:46 pm Link Reply

    Super success with my family even my very fussy daughter ! I even got a ‘Mom this is really good” !! It was wonderful. Thank you 😊

    • Valentina's Corner 05/22/2019, 10:37 pm Link Reply

      That makes me so happy, Sandra. I’m so glad your family enjoyed the cod. Please stop back and visit our online home again. 🙂

  • Sarah 05/22/2019, 7:31 pm Link Reply

    Great recipe, my alterations were I pan seared the fillets first, then removed them. I added garlic, roasted veggies and capers to the sauce, then returned the fillets, oops I forgot the lemon, next time 😉

    • Valentina's Corner 05/22/2019, 10:37 pm Link Reply

      Oh I just love the tweaks you added, sounds wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing, Sarah.

  • Marilyn 02/18/2019, 11:41 am Link Reply

    Amazing can’t wait to see more of your recipes. The cod fish came out . So good. Thank you for sharing
    Your recipe

    • Valentina's Corner 02/18/2019, 4:20 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Marilyn! Welcome to our Online Home. Do look around and try some of our other recipes. 🙂

  • Irene 02/14/2019, 8:15 pm Link Reply

    Made this tonite. It was DELICIOUS! Best Cod recipe that I’ve ever made. Thanks for sharing.

    • Valentina's Corner 02/15/2019, 1:26 pm Link Reply

      Thank you for the feedback, Irene. I’m so glad you enjoyed the cod recipe. 🙂 Come back and visit our online home again.

  • Diane 01/02/2019, 10:07 pm Link Reply

    My family LOVED the cod. The family wished there was more made. ? It will definitely be served again and again and again.
    I did start cooking the cod frozen, so it took a bit longer than you’re directions, but it still turned out fabulous! All the ingredients were on hand.
    I served it with roasted garlic mashed cauliflower (to go with the Keto Diet), sauteed onions and hot peppers, and french cut green beans for the family.
    Thank you for a great recipe! ??

    • Valentina's Corner 01/03/2019, 12:17 am Link Reply

      Oh I love the mashed cauliflower and veggies you served the Cod with. That sounds phenomenal. Thanks for the idea for the rest of us, Diane. 🙂

  • Sly 10/21/2018, 5:46 pm Link Reply

    Umm, have you followed the instructions? What do you do with the parsley or cilantro?

    • Valentina's Corner 10/21/2018, 10:53 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Sly. 🙂 As the video shows and per instructions, you add the parsley when serving for added flavors and appeal (this is optional). Enjoy.

  • Mike 10/05/2018, 10:36 am Link Reply

    One word…DE-LISH!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/05/2018, 4:49 pm Link Reply

      Thanks, Mike. Short, simple and to the point. LOVE it! 🙂

  • Amber 09/30/2018, 4:56 pm Link Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! We LOVED it! I used half the butter, as we are looking for healthy alternatives compared to battered and fried cod. Definitely a new addition to my recipes! THANKS!

    • Valentina's Corner 09/30/2018, 9:18 pm Link Reply

      Thanks bunches for the wonderful feedback, Amber. I am with you on skipping the fried version. This is so much better. 🙂

  • Amy 09/16/2018, 9:18 pm Link Reply

    Great spices and instructions. Seriously it is delicious with a quarter of the butter. Thanks!

    • Valentina's Corner 09/17/2018, 9:57 am Link Reply

      Thank you, Amy, glad you enjoyed the recipe. Stop by and visit our online home again. 🙂

  • Dianna Mayberry-Billiot 09/07/2018, 4:11 pm Link Reply

    My brother and I are always looking for new and easy recipes to try. Ran across this one and have to tell you we both fell in love with it. I think it took us less than 10 minutes to get it on the table. We served it with biriyani. It was amazing! We will be making this again and having friends and family over to share with them!

    • Valentina's Corner 09/08/2018, 10:00 pm Link Reply

      What a special bond you have with your brother, Dianna. That’s beautiful. I am so glad you enjoy the recipe and thank you for sharing our recipe with your family. Much appreciated! 🙂

  • Christine S Logan 08/19/2018, 12:28 pm Link Reply

    This recipe is so easy and absolutely Delicious! My whole family loves it; even my daughter who doesn’t really care for fish. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    • Valentina's Corner 08/21/2018, 11:05 am Link Reply

      Makes me smile huge, Christine. Thanks so much for sharing your feedback.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *