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Hooked on easy seafood dinners? Then add Baked Cod to your must-try-dinners list! This homemade fish dinner is flaky, perfectly seasoned, and a really healthy option that the whole family will enjoy!

baked cod in cherry tomatoes sauce

An Easy Baked Cod Recipe

We’ve done seafood dinners like salmon quite a few ways on this blog over the years. (Remember Honey Garlic Sauce Salmon and Air Fryer Salmon?)

But what we haven’t done is cod, and today that changes!

I present you with The Best Baked Cod recipe. It makes a bold claim, but I firmly believe this fish dinner will live up to the hype! Cod is high in protein, but relatively low in fat, making it a great option for healthy dinners, too. It’s deliciously flaky, and also well-seasoned with sweet paprika and a number of other spices. In addition to that, this baked cod is topped with feta cheese, which adds a whole new level of flavor!

Sounds totally tasty, right? Healthy dinners don’t have to be boring, or a drag to make! Plus, there are so many sides that you can make to go with your fish if you want. But, more on that later.

For now, let’s get started on this delicious cod dinner!

baked cod in cherry tomatoes sauce

What You’ll Need

So, besides the obvious, what goes into making baked cod? A good question! As it turns out, mostly seasonings and a couple of vegetables.

But, here is everything you will need to prepare this dinner:

  • Olive Oil: Other cooking oils like canola oil will work too.
  • Onion: I used 1 small yellow onion, diced.
  • Garlic: Minced.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Halve your cherry tomatoes before starting.
  • White Wine: To cook the cod and vegetables in.
  • Seasoning: Use dried oregano, salt, fresh ground black pepper, and sweet paprika.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Also for cooking the vegetables in.
  • Cod: I used 4 cod fillets to serve 4 people.
  • Cheese: Grab some crumbled feta cheese to sprinkle over the top of the cod.
  • Garnish: Chopped fresh basil or parsley, for serving.

Can I Use Frozen Cod?

  • Yes! In fact, frozen cod is probably the best way to go. You never know how fresh the ‘fresh fish’ really is (i.e. it could have been sitting there for a while before you got to the counter) so using frozen cod is a good idea. It can also be quite a bit cheaper.
cooking halved cherry tomatoes in a skillet

How to Make Baked Cod

Baking cod is super easy! It’ll only take you about 30 minutes, making this recipe an easy dinner idea for busy weeknights. By the way… don’t you love recipes that incorporate veggies and a main course into one meal? (I do!)

Here’s what you’ll need to do to make this baked cod:

  • Preheat Oven to 400˚F: Set a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and heat it up. When skillet is hot, add olive oil and swirl around.
  • Cook the Onion: Add chopped onions to the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender. Stir in garlic and cook for 20 seconds.
  • Cook the Tomatoes: Add tomatoes and season with ½ teaspoon oregano, ⅛ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper; continue to cook for 1 minute. Stir in the white wine and vinegar; bring to a simmer and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  • Bake the Cod: Season the fish with remaining oregano, salt and pepper, plus paprika. Remove skillet from heat. Nestle the cod fillets in the tomato mixture. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Add Cheese: Sprinkle the feta cheese over the fish and continue to bake for 5 to 8 more minutes, or until cooked through and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove from oven. Garnish with basil or parsley. Serve.
raw cod fish on top of halved cherry tomatoes

Tips for Success

See what I mean now? Easy. You can totally handle that busy schedule with a simple meal like this!

Read through these tips for some more information on how to make the best baked cod:

  • How to Tell When the Cod is Done: If you take a fork to the edges and pieces flake off, the cod is done! Using a meat thermometer can help you get a more accurate read, too. (Try for an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.)
  • Add Lemon Juice: Squeeze some lemon juice over your fish enhances the flavor even more – you could slice up some lemon wedges to serve on your plates as well, so people can do it individually.
  • Should the Skin be On or Off the Cod? I prefer to make this recipe with no skin on the cod – it’s easier to season and serve this way.
baked cod in cherry tomatoes sauce

Serving Suggestions

What goes with baked cod? Another good question! If we’re being honest, you can serve almost anything with this dinner, but here are a few suggestions:

  • Vegetables: Bake them, sauté them, air fry them – do whatever you like! Personally, I like to make something like Asparagus with Lemon Butter Sauce to go alongside this meal. The Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables are also great!
  • Rice or Noodles: Keep it simple with white rice, or make a quick pot of spaghetti. You could also do zucchini noodles!
  • Salad: Make a simple green salad, or try something a little more elegant like Mediterranean Cobb Salad.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Refrigerate any leftover cod you have in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • You can also freeze it for about a month.
  • When you want to enjoy it again, reheat it in the oven (sauce and all) for a few minutes until warmed through.

ENJOY!

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baked cod in cherry tomatoes sauce
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The Best Baked Cod

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WW Freestyle: 4
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Flaky baked cod prepared with bright cherry tomatoes, a white wine sauce, and crumbled feta cheese! You'll LOVE this easy seafood dinner.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 223

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, divided
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, divided
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 4 cod fillets
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • fresh basil or parsley, chopped, for serving

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Set a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and heat it up.
    When skillet is hot, add olive oil and swirl around.
  • Add chopped onions to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, or until tender. Stir in garlic and cook for 20 seconds.
  • Add tomatoes and season with ½ teaspoon oregano, ⅛ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper; continue to cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the white wine and vinegar; bring to a simmer and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  • Season the fish with remaining oregano, remaining salt and pepper, plus paprika. Remove skillet from heat.
  • Nestle the fish in the tomato mixture.
    Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the feta cheese over the fish and continue to bake for 5 to 8 more minutes, or until cooked through and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Garnish with basil or parsley.
  • Serve.

Notes

  • NET CARBS: 8 g
Nutrition Facts
The Best Baked Cod
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 576mg24%
Potassium 798mg23%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 804IU16%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 144mg14%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: baked cod, easy cod, healthy cod

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7 Responses
  1. JANE RITCHUK

    Very tasty and easy to prepare. With the Feta cheese, it becomes a bit too salty so next time I will cut down on the salt.

  2. Linda

    Do I need to defrost the cod before cooking? What is the best way to defrost?
    The recipe looks great and I have frozen cod fillets in freezer.
    Thank you

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      While you can use frozen cod, I would suggest to defrost just so you don’t end up with a watery sauce. Best and fastest way to defrost fish is to keep it in a sealed bag and put it in cold water.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Any crumbled, soft cheese will work. You can use goat cheese, cotija, bleu cheese, etc… Or you can just leave out the cheese. 😊

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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