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Super Easy Atlantic Cod with Garlic Herb Butter

Delicious, healthy Atlantic 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.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Butter in fridge: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 204kcal



  • 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


  • Prepare the garlic-herb butter by combining the first 6 ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Stir until the garlic, 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. (see Alternate cooking method in Notes). Pat cod fillets 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 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.
  • Remove from heat and transfer fillets to individual serving plates. Drizzle with melted herb butter and garnish with some fresh chopped parsley, if desired. 


ALTERNATIVELY, you can bake these cod fillets in the oven.  Preheat oven to 400F and bake in an oven-proof skillet or pan for 15-20 minutes (or until fish flakes easily with a fork or reaches an internal temperature of 145F).  Baste with garlic herb butter 1-2 times while baking and then again after baking.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 204kcal | Protein: 21g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5.6g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 164mg