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The Best Lemon Broiled Cod Recipe

Shockingly good, this Broiled Cod recipe is truly the best! Coated in a lemon sauce then broiled, it comes out moist, flakey, and super flavorful. Check out the video!

A piece of broiled cod sitting on top of brown beans next to steamed broccoli with a lemon wedge on one side.

I’m always on the look out for new, easy ways to prepare budget-friendly fish like cod. I ran across this recipe on Serious Eats a long time ago and fell in love with the lemon sauce that creates a bit of creaminess and a nice brown crust on top.

I’m not a fan of anchovies, but the anchovy paste in the sauce adds body that would be missing otherwise. Add some sautéed broccolini and tender beans or mashed potatoes and you have one lovely meal.

Ingredients to Make Broiled Cod

What you need to make broiled cod including cod fillets, fresh thyme, mayonnaise, olive oil, anchovy paste, and more.

How To Make It!

step one

Prep the oven and pan. Preheat the broiler to high and arrange an oven rack so it is in the upper third of the oven about 4-6 inches from the broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Don’t use parchment paper, it will burn.

step two

Season the cod. Cut the cod into 6-ounce fillets if they aren’t already. Pat the fillets dry with paper towel and set on the baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and season both sides well with salt and pepper.

Four pieces of cod seasoned with salt and pepper sitting on a piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet.

step three

Mix the sauce. Combine the mayonnaise, lemon zest, anchovy paste, and thyme in a medium bowl. Stir in the lemon juice until mixture is smooth.

A glass bowl filled with lemon sauce to coat the cod fillets sitting on a white counter with a purple spatula in the bowl.

step four

Broil. Coat the top of each fillet with the sauce. It will seem like a lot but use all the lemon sauce. Cut the other lemon in half and place the two halves on the pan too. Place cod under the broiler and cook until the top is golden and the fish fillets flake easily and are cooked through, about 4-6 minutes (depending on the thickness).

Four pieces of cod coated with the lemon sauce sitting on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil.

step five

Serve. Serve fish immediately with the broiled lemon wedges a sprinkling of more thyme leaves and red chile flakes, if desired.

A bowl sitting on a purple checkered tablecloth with beans and broccoli in it and on top a piece of broiled cod with a lemon wedge.

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This broiled cod recipe is going to knock your socks off, I promise. When you try it, let me know how it went! Share a photo and tag me on Instagram using @katesbestrecipes so that I can see (don’t forget to leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating)!

A baking sheet covered in foil with four pieces of broiled cod on it sitting on a purple checkered tablecloth.


Author: Kate
Flaky tender cod coated in a creamy lemon sauce that gets brown and crispy under the broiler. Dairy Free! Inspired by Serious Eats
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 200kcal




  • Heat broiler and arrange a rack in the upper third of the oven. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay fillets in a single layer on foil. Drizzle oil over fish and rub over both sides. Lightly season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper.
  • Zest 1 of the lemons then cut it in half and measure out 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Remove the ends of the other lemon so it sits upright, cut in half and set aside. Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, then spread over fish. It will seem like a lot, but use all the mayo mixture. Place the two lemon halves, flesh-side-up on the tray next to the fish.
  • Broil fish until cooked through and top has browned, about 5-6 minutes. Sprinkle with chili flakes and more thyme leaves if you'd like, then serve with the broiled lemon halves.


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