Atlantic Cod with Lemon Herb Butter Recipe

Atlantic Cod with Lemon Herb Butter recipe – This dish celebrates the rich flavors of freshly caught Atlantic cod, delicately seasoned and adorned with a zesty lemon herb butter sauce. 


  • 4 Atlantic cod fillets
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves


  1. Season the Cod:
    1. Pat the Atlantic cod fillets dry with paper towels and season them generously with salt and black pepper on both sides.
  2. Pan-Sear the Cod:
    1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the cod fillets to the skillet, skin side down. Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and golden brown. Carefully flip the fillets and continue cooking for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Remove the fillets from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Lemon Herb Butter Sauce:
    1. In the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the unsalted butter and minced garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted and the garlic is fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh parsley, and fresh thyme leaves. Cook for another minute, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  4. Serve and Enjoy:
    1. Transfer the pan-seared Atlantic cod fillets to serving plates. Drizzle the lemon herb butter sauce generously over the fish. Garnish with additional fresh herbs if desired. Serve immediately, and relish in the exquisite flavors of the Atlantic. Enjoy this tantalizing seafood dish as a tribute to the coastal regions and their culinary traditions. Bon appétit!

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