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Sautéed Buttery, Garlic Cod with Lime

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Butter, garlic and lime! What an amazing combination. Cod is a fish that is pretty bland on its own. Which is great when you want to experiment with flavors. I don’t usually buy cod often but wanted something different. For lunch this weekend, I made a sautéed buttery, garlic cod with lime. If I had thought of the recipe in advance I would have let the fish marinade for a few hours before cooking. However, it still turned out super delicious.

Quick Meal

This dish was super easy to make but looks like it took hours to make. Cod cooks a lot faster than people may think. If you are a newbie, at cooking, give this a try! Unlike meats, fish will flake if you pierce through it with a fork. It means the fish is done. 4 to 5 minutes per side and your fish is done. Serve with vegetables and/or rice. Make tacos or add to a salad.

Yet, it keeps good in the fridge for a day. After that fish starts to smell and goes bad quickly. For this meal I purchased 1 1/2 lbs of cod and cut into 6 slices. Perfect to serve two adults (2 pieces each) and two kids (one piece each). I wanted that melt in your mouth taste, if you know what I mean. Buttery, garlic and lime with a tang! I served this with a side of white rice and roasted broccoli.

In under 20 minutes you have a nice buttery cod lunch/dinner to serve!



Instead of using olive oil, for this specific recipe, I used unsalted butter but added salt to the cod. The butter makes this cod creamy.


Garlic gives this dish a sweet but spicy taste. Add more or less to the dish. This all depends on how much you love garlic!


Citrus goes well with fish and is a must whenever I have fish. The lime gives this dish a nice tang. It has a nice acidic, sweet taste that pairs well with the garlic and butter.

Sautéed Buttery Garlic Cod with Lime

Recipe by Azilde ElizabethCourse: Lunch/DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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A melt in your mouth dish, that even newbie cooks can make this easy and delicious buttery, garlic cod with lime!


  • 1 1/2 lbs of cod, cut into 6 pieces

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 1/2 tsp of onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 tsp of dried cilantro

  • 1/2 tsp of dried oregano

  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed

  • 1/2 lime + 1 for serving, cut into 4 wedges

  • 2 tbsp of unsalted butter


  • Season the cod pieces on both sides with the onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, dried cilantro , dried oregano and some salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a non-stick pan, on MED high add the butter. Once melted add the garlic and stir. Cook for 30 seconds and add the fish.
  • Cook for about 4-5 to minutes per side. Squeeze half the lime on the fish add the end of cooking time. Pierce cod with a fork to make sure cod is fully cooked. Once it flakes it is done.
  • Pour the juices, left over from the pan, over the fish and in this case, also add some to the rice and roasted broccoli. Add a lime wedge on each plate and serve.

What are some of your favorite cod recipes?


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