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How to Bake the Perfect Piece of Cod: 5 best tips

Baking cod is a dish that has been around for centuries and it’s still popular to this day. This blog post will teach you how to bake the perfect piece of fish with easy-to-follow instructions. It includes tips on baking times, temperature settings, and baking tools required in order to make your own perfect dinner!

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What cod to buy for baking

Fresh cod

Thoroughly examine the quality of your cod before you buy it. It should be a large piece with skin to ensure that when baked, its structure is maintained and not flopped around or break apart.

Frozen cod

Yes, Frozen cod with skin is wonderful for baking.

The most important thing about cooking frozen fish, though, is that you let it thaw on a rack so the defrosting liquid can escape from your fillet.

After the fish is fully thawed make sure to pat the fish dry with paper towels.

How to bake cod

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Baking cod doesn’t always work for everyone. You have to find the perfect technique that suits your tastebuds and cooking style, or you’ll be left with a burnt mess in no time at all!

Follow these steps when baking this delicious fish: 

  • The perfect baked cod starts with preheating the oven to 400°F or 205°C.
  • Heat up a good quality oven prove skillet and add some high-quality butter to it.
  • As the butter begins to sizzle, place your cod fillet in the skillet with skin side first and bake for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Cover you skillet with alminium foil.
  • After 3 to 4 minutes, place the skillet in a preheated oven for another 7-8 minutes.

Is it better to bake fish covered or uncovered?

Covering your fish in foil while baking helps to create a steaming effect which will cut down on cooking time and keep the flavors of the fish inside. If you want your baked fish golden brown, never cover it with aluminum foil when putting it into an oven for baking.

When do you know your cod is cooked

The best way to tell if your cod is done cooking? Just take a fork and put it on the side of the fish, pushing gently. When you feel that it easily flakes apart then congratulations! Your fish is ready to serve.

How do you cook cod that’s not rubbery?

A good way to make sure your fish is cooked through properly and flakes easily when you’re baking it, for every inch of thickness use 10 minutes. For a half-inch fillet only 5 minutes will do the trick.

What spices go with seafood?

I am so excited about sharing these season’s combinations. They are the perfect pairing for baked cod fillet!

  • Lemon zest, rosemary, thyme, and garlic
  • Breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, dried Italian herbs
  • Capers, olives, lemon, and garlic
  • White wine, garlic, and butter
  • Dijon mustard, garlic and cream

Kitchen tools and ingredients you’ll

Baked cod recipe

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Oven baked cod fillet

Learn how to perfectly oven bake cod fillet
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 1 people
Calories 465 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 200 gram cod filet with skin
  • 3 tablespoons butter softened and high quality
  • salt to taste
  • peper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F or 205°C.
  • Season your cod with pepper and salt to taste.
  • Heat up a good quality oven prove skillet and add some high-quality butter to it.
  • As the butter begins to sizzle, place your cod fillet in the skillet with skin side first and bake for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add spices to taste (see notes).
  • Cover you skillet with alminium foil. (optional)
  • Place the skillet in a preheated oven for another 7-8 minutes.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

Some perfect spice combinations:
  • Lemon zest, rosemary, thyme, and garlic
  • Breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, dried Italian herbs
  • Capers, olives, lemon, and garlic
  • White wine, garlic, and butter
  • Dijon mustard, garlic and cream

Nutrition

Calories: 465kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 36gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 408mgPotassium: 836mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1130IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg
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