Cod, a cold water fish, is a wonderful white fish that you can use in various cooking preparations. It has a mild, buttery, almost milky flavor and a flaky texture that stands up well to frying, baking, and even broiling. It doesn’t have a distinctively fishy smell and is said to be even milder than salmon!
Here’s a list of some mouthwatering cod recipes that’ll leave everyone craving more! These recipes are hearty, healthy, and bursting with flavors, perfect to serve up for family dinners.
1. Asian-Style Steamed Cod Over Napa Cabbage
Pairing the flaky cod with fresh Napa cabbage, this recipe produces a wonderfully savory meal. Cod filets are cooked with sautéed Napa cabbage along with onion, garlic, and ginger. Once cooked, drizzle this aesthetically-appealing dish with pan juices to infuse it with yummy flavors, then serve it with rice to enjoy a filling meal.
2. Baja Fish Taco Rice Bowls
Make cooking on busy weeknights a breeze with this Mexican comfort food recipe. It uses moist and flaky pan-seared cod, crunchy cabbage slaw, and lightly spicy and creamy guacamole to produce a crowd-pleasing dish. You can serve it over jasmine rice garnished with pico de gallo, pickled onions, or your favorite toppings to enjoy exquisite flavors in every bite.
3. Baked Cod in Cream Sauce
Baked flaky cod smothered in a flavorsome creamy sauce is a match made in heaven! The fish is flavored simply with garlic and butter and the entire dish comes together in just 45 minutes! You can pair it with lemon rice, sautéed veggies, baked potatoes, or other side dishes to enjoy a quick and tasty meal on busy weeknights.
4. Baked Cod with Citrus Salad
In this recipe, tender and flaky cod is paired with an assortment of microgreens, Napa cabbage, and various citruses such as oranges and grapefruit to produce a dish with complementary and contrasting flavors and textures. If you’re a sucker for sweet dishes, consider adding a splash of honey to the mix.
5. Baked Cod with Panko
This baked cod is crispy on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside — credit goes to the buttery Panko breadcrumbs it is coated with before cooking, which enhances the flavor and texture of the fish. Serve it with a spritz of lemon and a side of salad or sautéed veggies to round up the meal.
6. Beer-Battered Cod
Delightfully crispy and incredibly moist, this recipe uses beer in the batter to produce the best fried fish ever — one that’s light and tender yet packs a powerful crunch punch. You can serve it with a spritz of lemon and a drizzle of tartar sauce alongside French fries and onion rings for an indulgent meal.
7. Blackened Cod with Avocado Corn Salsa
In this gluten and dairy-free recipe, skillet-cooked blackened cod is paired with a fresh, vibrant, and flavorsome 5-minute avocado corn salsa. The blackened seasoning offers a nice kick of heat and smokiness that’s balanced out by the light salsa. This stove-top meal can be ready in less than 20 minutes!
8. Cod Chowder
This mildly flavored chowder is loaded with juicy and tender cod along with potatoes cooked in a cream-based broth flavored with shallots, thyme, butter, white wine, and garlic. It produces a filling dish that can be your perfect fall meal but can also be enjoyed throughout the year. Garnish it with crumbled bacon and dig in!
9. Crispy Cod Nuggets with Cajun Alioli
A platter of these crispy fish nuggets will be a big hit with kids. It’s crunchy yet surprisingly tender and is best served with a creamy and spicy Cajun Alioli prepared with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, crushed garlic, and Cajun seasoning. Pay extra attention to the beer batter since it really brings this dish together.
10. Daegu Tang (Mild Cod Fish Stew)
Delicious, hearty, and oh-so-satisfying, this Korean fish stew combines cod with a light broth to enhance the natural taste of fish. It also has fresh veggies like radishes and scallions, producing a dish with a mild yet deep flavor. You can also add some chili peppers to the dish to give it a spicy kick. Serve it piping hot.
11. Fischeintopf (Fish Stew with Cod)
Loaded with mouthwatering flavors and nutritious ingredients, this traditional German stew makes for a wonderful meal. It is also pretty versatile, so you can use whatever veggies you have on hand. It is light, creamy, and refreshing, and it comes together in under an hour! Garnish it with some fresh dill or parsley and a spritz of lemon juice before serving.
12. 5-Ingredient One-Pan Tomato Braised Cod
This simple, fool-proof recipe can be a great gateway to learning how to cook fish perfectly. It uses cod filets, onion, white wine, seasonings, canned crushed tomatoes, and black olives to produce a crowd-pleasing dish in just 30 minutes! Serve it with a garnish of basil and chili flakes alongside boiled potatoes, rice, or garlic bread.
13. Garlic Herb Baked Cod
This simple recipe transforms the mild-flavored cod into a flavorsome delight using simple seasonings like butter, garlic, herbs, and parsley. It also uses lemon and paprika to add more brightness and a hint of spice. Ready in just half an hour, it’s a great meal to whip up on busy weeknights.
14. Garlic Herb Pan-Fried Cod Cakes
Don’t let the name fool you. These cod cakes are not only deliciously savory but also healthy. To make these pan-fried delights, you will need cod filets, eggs, herbs, spices, and flour. Add a simple garnish of lemon and herbs and serve with aioli or marinara sauce. They’re great as appetizers to set the mood for an elaborate dinner and can even be enjoyed on their own!
15. Grilled Cod
This classic grilled cod recipe uses a simple seasoning to infuse the cod with yummy flavors. It also comes with helpful tips to help you perfect this meal. The best thing? It’s ready in just 15 minutes! Pair it with grilled tomatoes or grilled potatoes for a healthy, delicious, and filling meal.
16. Healthy Cod Fish Tacos
Here’s a spin on the popular Mexican food. This recipe calls for seasoning cod filets to infuse them with delicious flavors, then cooking them until the flesh is opaque and charred. You can serve it on top of coleslaw layered on a taco and then garnish it with a drizzle of creamy lime sauce to serve.
17. Lighter Fried Fish Sandwich with Creamy Coleslaw
This fried fish sandwich is healthy and delicious, and it comes with the wonderful addition of creamy coleslaw! What makes this sandwich so appealing is the crumb coating added to cod, which not only gives the fish loads of clean and refreshing flavors but also gives it a crunchy texture you will love.
18. Low Carb Fish Taco Bowls
Being on a low-carb diet can seem limiting, but you can still enjoy delicious foods like this cod taco bowl. Make this healthy dinner with cauliflower rice, cod, coleslaw, avocados, and a creamy fish taco sauce. You can also tweak the ingredient list based on the amount of carbs you want to consume. The result is layers of yummy flavors in one bowl of nutritious goodness.
19. Pan Fried Cod
This recipe is pure seafood perfection. Cod filets are pan-seared in butter until they turn golden brown. Add a squeeze of lemon and sprinkle some herbs of your choice (basil and dill will pair wonderfully here) to provide the fish with a boost of fresh flavor and aroma. The best thing? This restaurant-level dish is easy enough that it comes together in a total of 15 minutes!
20. Poached Cod in Coconut Milk
Cod is wonderful grilled, roasted, and baked. But, when you want a satisfying and filling meal, try this poached cod recipe. The fish is cooked in coconut milk and flavored with aromatic ingredients like lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, onion, and crushed chilies. You need less than 30 minutes to put together this succulent meal!
21. Roasted Cod with Fennel & Lemon
This easy one-pan dinner is perfect for feeding a crowd, an ideal option for everything from potlucks to celebrations. The simple savory dish has layers of flavors from the mild and sweet fennel leaves, juicy cherry tomatoes, and tart lemon. This meal is wonderful on its own, but you can also serve it with your favorite salad.
22. Sheet Pan Cod and Potatoes
Got picky eaters in the house? This wonderful sheet-pan recipe is sure to change their minds about seafood! Yukon gold potatoes, cod, and Swiss chard are all baked together in a sheet pan for a quick and delightfully delicious meal. Paired with a light olive salsa dressing, this is a restaurant-worthy meal that’ll have you going back for more.