I used to always say, I can cook anything but breakfast food and fish. But all of that has changed. I still won’t offer to make anyone eggs, but I can whip up some bacon or some mean red velvet waffles. I’ve also been trying to expand cooking expertise with fish. I started with salmon, then tilapia and now I’ve conquered cod. This recipe is quick and easy to whip up and the garlic herb butter is mmm mmm good. Garlic butter makes EVERYTHING better.


Atlantic Cod with Garlic-Herb Butter
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Garlic Herb Butter
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
Remaining Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 4-oz Atlantic cod fillets
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
  1. Prepare the garlic-herb butter by combining all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Stir until the garlic, herbs, and salt are evenly distributed throughout the softened butter. 

  2. Transfer the butter mixture to the center of a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a log. Wrap tightly and place inside the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to become firm. 

  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pat cod filets dry with a paper towel and season both sides with salt and black pepper, to taste. 

  4. Add filets to hot skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they become golden brown. Reduce heat to medium and carefully flip each fillet. Top each filet with an equal amount of herb butter and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes. While cooking, spoon the herb butter back over the filets as it melts.

  5. Remove from heat and transfer fillets to individual serving plates. Drizzle with melted herb butter and garnish with some fresh chopped parsley, if desired. 

  6. Serve immediately with some oven-roasted asparagus tossed with remaining herb butter from skillet or your choice of sides. 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional Information: *


Total Carbs: 0.43g
Fiber:  0.1g

Net Carbs:  0.33g

Calorie Breakdown:

Protein: 43%

Fat: 56%
Carbohydrates: 1%

*Source: HappyForks.com recipe analyzer.

Hope you enjoy!


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