25 Cod Recipes for Any Night of the Week

Updated: Dec. 23, 2023

Sayonara, salmon. We're jazzing up dinner with nutritious and flavorful cod.

Whether you’re going pescatarian or just enjoying a Friday fish fry, cod is a winning protein. This fish is flaky, firm and easy to work with. Need proof? Try any (or all) of these tasty cod recipes.

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Air-Fryer Fish and Chips

Time-saving tip: You can make this recipe with frozen fish. Thaw the fillets overnight in the refrigerator to help the coating stick and to allow the fish to cook evenly in the air fryer.
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Cod with Sweet Peppers

Cooking the cod over a bed of julienned rainbow peppers doesn’t just add a serving of veggies to the dish; it looks pretty too. After the dish cooks, use the pan juices to make an irresistible sauce.
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Cod and Asparagus Bake

This weekday winner uses only one pan, requires five ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes. If asparagus isn’t in season, swap in fresh green beans.
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Jamaican Cabbage and Saltfish

Find dried, salted cod in the seafood section of most large grocery stores. If you’re not a spicy food fan, swap out the Scotch Bonnet pepper for freshly ground black pepper.
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Lemon-Parsley Baked Cod

While it might be tempting to use lemon juice from concentrate for this recipe, opt for the juice of fresh lemons instead. The bright, tangy flavor of fresh lemon juice really makes the dish shine.
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Grilled Fish Sandwiches

If your only experience with fish sandwiches is from a fast-food restaurant, it’s time to try cooking them at home. Best of all, one sandwich has only 224 calories, 2 grams of fat and 22 grams protein.
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Best Seafood Chowder

Transform your kitchen into a high-end seafood restaurant with this easier-than-it-looks seafood chowder. Top with crumbled bacon, parsley and oyster crackers to make it extra fancy.
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Citrus Coconut Steamed Cod

One reader recommends adding orange and lemon zest to give the dish some added zip, while another suggests serving it on a bed of jasmine rice with the mildly sweet leaves of bok choy. Because steaming fish is such a quick cooking process, opt for a thicker portion—about an inch—so it doesn’t overcook.
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Fish Casserole

While we love a good, tuna noodle casserole, it’s always good to switch things up every once in a while. If you have leftovers, cut them into individual portions, then place into airtight containers and store them in the freezer.
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Fried Fish Tacos

Skip the ground beef and refried beans in favor of battered cod and crunchy cabbage slaw. While this recipe is time-intensive and requires an electric skillet or a deep fryer, once you get the hang of it, you’ll make this dish a part of your regular rotation.
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Broiled Cod

Yes, you can use your broiler to cook fish! Just preheat the oven, place the fillets on a greased rack of a broiler pan and broil three to four inches from the heat until the fish flakes with a fork.
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Cod with Bacon & Balsamic Tomatoes

Let’s face it, bacon makes everything taste better. Even picky eaters can get on board with an easy weeknight recipe like this one.
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Citrus Cod

If you’re not in the mood to chop onions and garlic, one reader recommends swapping in garlic and onion powder. Make this a quick and easy family dinner recipe by plating with couscous and the kids’ favorite veggie.
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Pepper and Salsa Cod

If you’re like us and you always have a half jar of salsa hanging out in your fridge, this is the dinner for you. Orange juice, spices and—that’s right—salsa come together to make a simple and delicious marinade. To let the flavor really soak into the flesh of the cod, let it rest in the marinade for 15 minutes before popping in the oven.
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Easy Fish Tacos

Bookmark this one for Taco Tuesday. It’s an easier lift than fried fish tacos because it requires no special equipment or deep frying. Instead, the cod is coated with egg, breadcrumbs and lemon pepper, then cooked for a couple of minutes in a nonstick skillet.
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Cioppino-Style Soup

For the uninitiated, cioppino is an Italian-American seafood stew that was popularized in San Francisco, California. Once you’ve tried it, check out some of our favorite chowder recipes.
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Artichoke Cod with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

There’s no marinating time needed for this quick dinner. Just combine artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, green onions and olive oil, then spoon the mixture on top of the cod before baking.
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Tomato-Basil Baked Fish

Tomato-basil baked fish is a summery cod dish that will make the most of your farmers market haul. If tomatoes aren’t in season, try the recipe with spinach or zucchini.
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Parmesan Baked Cod

Cheese, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce might not be the first ingredients you’d think to add to fish, but give them a try. The results are a foolproof cod recipe with the tangy flavors of tartar sauce already baked in.
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Greek Fish Bake

Transport yourself to Santorini with this bright and flavorful meal. It easily fits into the Mediterranean diet, but it tastes decadent enough for a Saturday date night.
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Crab-Topped Fish Fillets

Company is coming, but you don’t have much time to cook. That’s when 30-minute seafood dishes come in so handy. These fish fillets look and taste decadent, thanks to flaked crab meat, slivered almonds and a sprinkle of paprika.
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Stuffed-Olive Cod

Shallots, lemon juice and briny garlic-stuffed olives join forces to create an out-of-this-world cod recipe you’ll want to make again and again. It all cooks up in a skillet, so there’s only one pan to scrub.
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Almond-Topped Fish

Nuts make everything fancier. Case in point, this almond-crusted main dish seasoned lightly with dill, parsley and Parmesan cheese.
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Air-Fryer Cod

You can make almost any dish with your air fryer, and fish is no exception. But if you don’t have the appliance on hand, you can make it just as easily in the oven.
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Cod with Hearty Tomato Sauce

Your family will be asking for seconds and thirds of this warm and cozy dinner. Whole wheat pasta gives the dish extra fiber, while the fish provides a whopping 29 grams of protein.