Lemon Pepper Baked Cod

Indulge in the delightful simplicity of Lemon Pepper Baked Cod, ready to grace your table in under 15 minutes – perfect for those hectic weeknights. Relish the flavorful combination with either freshly roasted veggies or a side of zesty lemon rice.


  • 4 cod fillets or cod loins about 8 ounces each
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • Lemons for garnish and juice


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cover a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Pat the cod fish very dry with paper towels. Place the fish fillets on the baking sheet and brush them with olive oil.
  • Combine the lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl or zipper bag. Sprinkle evenly over the filets.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork at its thickest point.
  • Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.  Serve with fresh lemon wedges or spritz with fresh lemon juice.


  • If at all possible, buy wild-caught cod.  They are not as susceptible to disease and illness as farm-raised cod.
  • This flavor-packed cod is on the slightly spicy side.  If your taste buds are sensitive, cut back on the Cajun seasoning a little bit.
  • It is important not to overcook fish as it can become dry and chewy.  A general rule of thumb is 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Cod is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. This can easily be checked with an instant-read thermometer.
  • For added flavor and moisture, cook with lemon slices and serve with lemon wedges.
  • Other fish substitutes for this recipe include salmon, haddock, pollack, grouper, and Mahi Mahi.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Baked fish is best enjoyed promptly; however, you can reheat the baked fish in a 275-degree oven wrapped in an aluminum foil tent for about 10 minutes or until warm. I do not recommend freezing baked fish.


Calories: 792kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 161g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 387mg | Sodium: 778mg | Potassium: 3760mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 799IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 4mg

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Lemon Pepper Baked Cod?

Lemon Pepper Baked Cod is a quick and flavorful dish featuring cod fillets seasoned with a zesty blend of lemon and pepper, then baked to perfection. It’s a simple yet delicious recipe perfect for busy weeknights.

How long does it take to bake the cod?

The baking time typically ranges from 10 to 15 minutes at a temperature around 400°F (200°C), ensuring the cod is cooked through while remaining tender and flaky.

Can I use frozen cod for this recipe?

While fresh cod is recommended for the best texture, you can use thawed frozen cod fillets. Pat them dry before seasoning to prevent excess moisture.

What sides pair well with Lemon Pepper Baked Cod?

Freshly roasted vegetables or lemon-infused rice are excellent choices to complement the flavors of the cod. The versatile dish allows for various side options based on personal preferences.

Can I marinate the cod in advance?

Yes, you can marinate the cod in lemon pepper seasoning in advance for added flavor. However, avoid marinating for too long to prevent the lemon juice from affecting the texture of the fish.

What other seasonings can I add to enhance the flavor?

Feel free to experiment with additional herbs and spices such as garlic powder, thyme, or parsley to customize the flavor profile of your Lemon Pepper Baked Cod.

Can I use a different type of fish?

Absolutely! While cod works wonderfully for this recipe, you can use other white fish varieties like haddock or tilapia, adjusting the cooking time based on the thickness of the fillets.

Is this recipe suitable for meal prep?

Yes, Lemon Pepper Baked Cod is ideal for meal prep. You can season the cod in advance, refrigerate it, and then bake it when ready to serve for a quick and convenient meal.

How can I tell if the cod is cooked through?

The cod is done when it flakes easily with a fork and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). Be cautious not to overcook to maintain its tenderness.

Can I freeze Lemon Pepper Baked Cod?

While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze baked cod for later consumption. Ensure proper packaging to maintain its moisture and flavor during freezing.