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Easy Baked Cod with Garlic Herb Butter

Easy Baked Cod with Garlic Herb Butter

Delicious, healthy baked cod topped with homemade garlic-herb butter creates a tender, flavorful fish dinner that even the kids will eat!  This tender, white fish recipe is gluten-free, keto, and low carb.  Less than 1 net carb per serving.

 

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Hello there!  Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity!  This is my first fish recipe post and I’m excited to share it with you!

 

When I was in elementary school, they would serve us breaded, fried cod.  Fish Friday they would call it!  I covered it up with ketchup and ate it.  I actually liked our cafeteria food.  But now, I’m grown up and I really love baked fish, and pan-fried fish, too.  And I really like this baked cod recipe. 

 

The garlic-herb butter is what sets with fish recipe apart from the other fish recipes.  Making garlic butter was new to me and now I’ve been wondering, what took me so long to try it. This is an easy fish recipe! Letting the butter harden in the refrigerator after mixing it with the herbs takes about 15-20 minutes. You could make the garlic-herb butter a day or two in advance if you wanted to get a head start.  Once the butter has hardened, it’s smooth sailing after that as the fish only takes 5-7 minutes to cook.  

 

Actually, you could use this delicious garlic-herb butter on other types of fish such as salmon, and any kind of white fish; such as catfish.  Goes great on shrimp, too. 

baked cod with garlic-herb butter

 

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Ingredients for Garlic Herb Butter

6 T. unsalted butter, softened
1½  t. garlic, finely minced
1 t. fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 t. fresh thyme leaves
2 t. fresh basil, finely chopped
¼ t. sea salt

 

Remaining Ingredients

2 T. extra virgin olive oil
6 4-oz. Atlantic cod fillets
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

Easy Baked Cod Recipe

 

How to Make Baked Cod with Garlic Herb Butter

  • Prepare the garlic-herb butter by combining all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Stir until the garlic (for fresh whole garlic, use a mincer), herbs, and salt are evenly distributed throughout the softened butter.
  • Transfer the butter mixture to the center of a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a log. Wrap tightly and place inside the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to become firm.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pat cod filets dry with a paper towel and season both sides with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • Add filets to hot skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they become golden brown. Reduce heat to medium and carefully flip each fillet. Top each fillet with an equal amount of herb butter and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes. While cooking, spoon the herb butter back over the filets as it melts.
  • Remove from heat and transfer fillets to individual serving plates. Drizzle with melted herb butter and garnish with some fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

 

Serve immediately with your favorite side topped with the remaining butter in the skillet!  Asparagus, broccoli, and zucchini are some great, healthy choices.

 

Easy Baked Cod with Garlic Herb Butter
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Butter in fridge
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Delicious, healthy baked cod topped with homemade garlic-herb butter creates a tender, flavorful fish dinner that even the kids will eat! This tender, white fish recipe is gluten-free, keto, and low carb.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 tsp garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 4-oz. Atlantic cod fillets
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Prepare the garlic-herb butter by combining all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Stir until the garlic, herbs, and salt are evenly distributed throughout the softened butter. 

  2. Transfer the butter mixture to the center of a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a log. Wrap tightly and place inside the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to become firm. 

  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pat cod filets dry with a paper towel and season both sides with salt and black pepper, to taste. 

  4. Add filets to hot skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they become golden brown. Reduce heat to medium and carefully flip each fillet. Top each filet with an equal amount of herb butter and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes. While cooking, spoon the herb butter back over the filets as it melts.

  5. Remove from heat and transfer fillets to individual serving plates. Drizzle with melted herb butter and garnish with some fresh chopped parsley, if desired. 

 

Nutritional Information: *

Total Carbs: 0.43g
Fiber:  0.1g

Net Carbs:  0.33g
Protein: 43%

Fat: 56%
Carbohydrates: 1%

 

*Source: HappyForks.com recipe analyzer.

 

If you try this recipe, let me know!  Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

 

Please try these easy Low Carb & Keto recipes from My Kitchen Serenity:

Lemon Pepper Wings

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Baked Egg in Avocado with Bacon and Cheese

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Strawberry Cheesecake Squares

Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Wraps

Skillet Chicken Thighs over Cauliflower Rice

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

 

Notes:  Different brands will vary on the net carbs so keep that in mind.  For the most part, they should be fairly close.  Use a site like MyFitnessPal.com or happyforks.com to figure out this information based on the brands or ingredients you used.  

Now the legal stuff (because my mama didn’t raise a fool):  Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional.  I am simply sharing my personal favorite recipes on this blog.  Please consult with your physician before starting any diet or exercise program.  I provide net carb information for my low carb recipes simply as a courtesy to my readers.  I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

 

baked cod recipe with garlic herb butter

 

 



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